Review by kdstrack -- The Warramunga's War by Greg Kater

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Review by kdstrack -- The Warramunga's War by Greg Kater

Post by kdstrack » 08 Feb 2019, 11:03

[Following is a volunteer review of "The Warramunga's War" by Greg Kater.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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The Warramunga’s War, by Greg Kater, is listed as historical fiction. Readers follow two Australian soldiers, Jamie and Jacko, from the Giza Pyramids of Egypt to the Pigeon Caves of Australia as they learn about their experiences in the Second World War.

The first interaction between Lieutenant James Munro and Corporal Jack O’Brien occurred in Syria. Jacko used his Warramunga sense of direction to kill a sniper and save Jamie’s life. They became close companions and continued to work together in Egypt and Australia. Their assignments involved breaking up a spy ring in Cairo and tracking war criminals in Australia. Their communications with the local police also led them to help the police in their search for a serial killer.

The friendship that developed between the two main characters reflected the camaraderie that is common among war buddies. Jamie and Jacko covered each other’s backs in the war and became true brothers for life when they participated in a Warramunga ceremony in Australia.

I liked the author’s use of strong female characters both in Egypt and in Australia. The women played a pivotal role in bringing down criminals and traitors. Once they arrived in Australia, Jacko’s sister, Sarah, demonstrated her superior tracking skills. She used her acute eyesight and well-developed powers of observation to help the tracking team.

The descriptions of the different locations were vivid and thoroughly researched. Readers learn interesting historical facts about Egypt and also about Warramunga tribal customs. The author speaks knowledgeably about the different types of weapons used in this war and about the types of transmitters used by spies. These descriptions heightened the historical aspect of the novel and added authenticity to the story.

I was hoping the book would have included a map of Australia. Since the title references the Warramunga tribe, it would have been helpful to be able to visualize the location of Tennant Creek and the Pigeon Caves. The cover picture of a kangaroo intrigues readers about the Warramunga tribe. Additional images of the tribal dress and the initiation ceremony would enhance the story and the title.

I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. The author has a gripping writing style that keeps your interest with his brilliant mix of historical facts and humor, mystery and suspense. I found very few errors, which made this a quick and easy read. People who do not enjoy war stories and historical fiction might want to pass on this book. I would recommend this book to anyone who studies history as this author brings a unique perspective to this world conflict. Historical fiction readers will learn and laugh as they read this book.

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Post by BelleReadsNietzsche » 11 Feb 2019, 22:16

Great review! I’ve been one of the more complainy voices in the discussion topic on the women in this book (I would have liked them to be more there-dimensional), but at the same time I agree with your assessment here. It’s great that the women are there, in the book, and do important things.

I also agree a map or more visuals would have been good supplementary content.
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Post by kdstrack » 11 Feb 2019, 22:22

BelleReadsNietzsche wrote:
11 Feb 2019, 22:16
Great review! I’ve been one of the more complainy voices in the discussion topic on the women in this book (I would have liked them to be more there-dimensional), but at the same time I agree with your assessment here. It’s great that the women are there, in the book, and do important things.

I also agree a map or more visuals would have been good supplementary content.
Thanks you for you kind comments. They are greatly appreciated.

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Post by BelleReadsNietzsche » 11 Feb 2019, 22:26

kdstrack wrote:
11 Feb 2019, 22:22
BelleReadsNietzsche wrote:
11 Feb 2019, 22:16
Great review! I’ve been one of the more complainy voices in the discussion topic on the women in this book (I would have liked them to be more there-dimensional), but at the same time I agree with your assessment here. It’s great that the women are there, in the book, and do important things.

I also agree a map or more visuals would have been good supplementary content.
Thanks you for you kind comments. They are greatly appreciated.
You’re welcome- it’s a really good review.
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Post by Robby Chandra » 12 Feb 2019, 09:03

A good and very interesting review, it's just that the story of spies and snipers is normal, we have often read and watched in films.

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Post by kdstrack » 12 Feb 2019, 14:16

Robby Chandra wrote:
12 Feb 2019, 09:03
A good and very interesting review, it's just that the story of spies and snipers is normal, we have often read and watched in films.
I appreciate your comments. Thanks for stopping by.

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Post by inaramid » 12 Feb 2019, 21:31

I read historical fiction from time to time, but that "serial killer" thing always makes me draw back from this book. Thanks for this review! (I never noticed the kangaroo in the cover until now.)

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Post by kdstrack » 12 Feb 2019, 22:10

inaramid wrote:
12 Feb 2019, 21:31
I read historical fiction from time to time, but that "serial killer" thing always makes me draw back from this book. Thanks for this review! (I never noticed the kangaroo in the cover until now.)
Thanks for your comments. It was an interesting read.

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Post by Samy Lax » 14 Feb 2019, 23:16

To me, the highlight of the book is how it shows the women to play a key role in bringing down traitors. Another spy story I wouldn't mind reading next.

Great review!
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Post by kdstrack » 15 Feb 2019, 05:03

Samy Lax wrote:
14 Feb 2019, 23:16
To me, the highlight of the book is how it shows the women to play a key role in bringing down traitors. Another spy story I wouldn't mind reading next.

Great review!
Both Yvette and Sarah were fascinating characters. Hope you enjoy the book!

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Post by Miriam Molina » 16 Feb 2019, 09:02

I've been absent from the BOTM forums for a while. I hope Jamie and Jacko will bring me back. I have been meaning to read this book and its sequel too.

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Post by kdstrack » 16 Feb 2019, 10:30

Miriam Molina wrote:
16 Feb 2019, 09:02
I've been absent from the BOTM forums for a while. I hope Jamie and Jacko will bring me back. I have been meaning to read this book and its sequel too.
Welcome back! Hope this book inspires you. Thanks for commenting.

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Post by Bianka Walter » 16 Feb 2019, 15:32

I've read the sample of this book before, and I enjoyed Jamie and Jacko's meeting. I'm glad to see that their friendship develops because their characters really do jump off the page. Great suggestion for a map - hopefully the author considers it :)
Great review!
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Post by kdstrack » 16 Feb 2019, 18:02

Bianka Walter wrote:
16 Feb 2019, 15:32
I've read the sample of this book before, and I enjoyed Jamie and Jacko's meeting. I'm glad to see that their friendship develops because their characters really do jump off the page. Great suggestion for a map - hopefully the author considers it :)
Great review!
Thanks for your kind words. They are greatly appreciated!

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Post by Rose Harebate » 17 Feb 2019, 10:55

I am not a fan of a historical fiction and war stories, however I am interested in Jamie and Jacko's friendship. It seems enjoyable. Thanks for a nice review.

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