4 out of 4 stars
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The Warramunga’s War by Greg Kater tells the story of two Australian soldiers who are being sent to Egypt to undertake a new mission. Having saved Jamie’s life in Syria during a battle of the Second World War, Jacko accompanies him to the African front. Their job from now on is to discover axis spies and act upon their discoveries. Jacko’s aboriginal descent helps him fulfill his new duties, and soon enough he and Jamie become best friends. They work well together and manage to aid in winning the desert war. The story becomes even more interesting when new characters and events add to the novel’s pace. Moving the location to Australia after the end of the war keeps it exotic for the reader while changing the scenario for some new captivating events.
In my opinion, The Warramunga’s War is an excellent read, fair dinkum! It’s a true page-turner, and its characters are real, likable and easily related to. We witness new friendships grow and relationships develop. Just like in real life, we are charmed by loyalty and repulsed by hideous crimes. Factual wartime events and historical figures are skillfully intertwined into the fictional story, making it a pleasant as well as educational read.
The writing style is light and reads effortlessly, which is a great asset. The dialogues have a casual flow to them and are filled with colloquialisms. Non-native speakers make mistakes or use words and phrases in their native language. The fact that Jacko starts using more slang having returned to Australia, where he speaks mostly to his countrymen, is very curious, but also very natural.
I loved how the author presented his characters. The fact that Jacko’s aboriginal roots play such an important role in his life is uplifting. He ultimately affects the lives of people around him as well as, to some extent, the results of the desert war. Knowing that brings joy and appreciation of the differences between people around the globe. Through that, the author feeds us food for thought about the individual’s role in the world history and in individual histories of the people around. The author also makes us ponder on the strong bonds that difficult times may create among people. We get to realize that sometimes even something as horrible as war may bring people, who otherwise never would have met, together. As readers, we also have a chance to see the characters grow and learn from one another. All that makes The Warramunga’s War an incredible book!
I rate The Warramunga’s War 4 out of 4 stars. Apart from all the aforementioned pros, the book is impeccably edited. I did not find anything to dislike about that book. I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes spy, crime or war stories or is interested in history. If you simply enjoy a very well written book filled with adventures, this one is definitely for you!
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