4 out of 4 stars
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The Warramunga’s War by Greg Kater is an historical fiction book set during World War II in Cairo, Egypt and post-war Australia. It is centered around two main characters, Lieutenant James Munro, or Jamie as he is referred to in the story, and Corporal Jack O’Brien, or Jacko, in the Australian army. As the story opens, they are in a battle with the Nazi Vichy French where Jacko saves Jamie’s life. Shortly thereafter, they are transferred to an intelligence agency based in Cairo, Egypt where they are to follow and collect intelligence on Nazi agents positioned throughout Cairo. After the war, they return to Australia and their intelligence gathering abilities are utilized to track down a killer they had come to know all too well.
The author gave vivid descriptions of each major location in the story. The reader could actually feel the warm breezes coming off the Nile River and smell the intoxicating spices in the air as well as take in the dank mustiness of the pyramids at Giza. The author made one feel as if one were there. Cairo was a place teeming with spies from both Allied and Axis countries, and it was difficult to know whom one could trust. The reader was brought into the struggle of trusting those with whom you were working, making new contacts to obtain the best information as well as learning to love in an uncertain time. It was evident that the author had either lived in one or several of these areas or had visited and done a great deal of research because the geographical descriptions were very concise and made sense. Also, the location changes in the story made sense and flowed easily in the story.
The character development of not only the main characters, but also the secondary characters, was very well done. It was possible to identify with different aspects of multiple characters even if one did not live in that time period. Each character had a purpose even if he or she was only mentioned briefly. The conversations were realistic and engaging, particularly the conversations between Jamie and Jacko. It felt like they had always known each other though they only met during the war.
If one enjoys historical fiction blended with a good amount of intrigue, espionage, humor, love and even murder then it is a must read. It was also interesting that the author included a copy of a song written by Jamie that he sung with his guitar. The author was also skillful in educating the reader about the Aboriginal people of Australia and gave insight into some customs and beliefs.
This was definitely professionally edited as I found, perhaps, one typo. Overall, I found nothing wrong with this book and thoroughly enjoyed reading it! I give it a 4 out of 4 stars and wholeheartedly recommend it to others.
The Warramunga's War
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