4 out of 4 stars
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Lieutenant James Munro was in Syria fighting the pro-Nazi Vichy French when he met Corporal Jack O’Brien, also known as Jacko. Jacko was a half-aboriginal from Tennant Creek in Australia and was blessed with the mystic skills of the Warramunga, and he saved Jaime’s life when he was wounded in the battlefield. With this new friendship, they were both transferred to Cairo and were reassigned to become an operative under MI6 to track down German spies. As they undertake their undercover work, they find their group caught up with a disturbing crime happening in the city.
The Warramunga's War is the first book of the historical fiction Warramunga Series written by Greg Kater. Set during the Second World War, between 1941 and 1945, it tells the story of the two army officers with their group as they live their undercover lives in Cairo, Egypt. Even after the war, and after going back home to Australia, Jamie and Jacko’s friendship and adventure continue as they try to track down and capture wanted German wartime spies.
Having watched a lot of war movies, I was curious as to how it would translate being narrated in a book. I have to say that I was very pleased with the story descriptions and progression. The story was not about the action of exchanging bullets in the battlefield, but it was rather focused on the strategies of being undercover and using assets to apprehend the enemy, and how they used them to their advantage to try to win one of the many battles during the war. The story was far from being flat and dull as it captured my interest in how battles were fought without the need to draw blood. I also liked that they have their own personal time during the narrative as it makes the characters more real. It also made me curious about the Warramunga because I haven’t heard about them before, and I liked that their special skills were highlighted and used as an advantage.
At the first few chapters, I thought that some dialogues felt monotonous. These were during the introductions of some characters to each other. But I thought that these were probably in the attempt to get the basic information out of the way early on because the dialogues improved after that. Other than this, I didn’t have any issue with the book and I enjoyed the flow of the story a lot. I found only one error in the book wherein the author seemed to confuse Jacko’s name with Jaime, but aside from that, the book seemed well edited.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. Reading the first book of the series made me like the partnership between Jaime and Jacko, and also curious about what stories the next books would tell about them. I would recommend this book to any reader who likes historical fiction, anyone interested in war stories, or even anyone who likes spy stories.
The Warramunga's War
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