THE WARRAMUNGA’S WAR

The Warramunga’s War is a sweeping narrative of the friendship that forms between a young Australian army officer, Jamie Munro, and an educated half-casteWarramunga aboriginal NCO, Jack ‘Jacko’ O’Brien, duringthe Syrian campaign against the Vichy French in World War II. Jacko rescues a wounded Jamie after which they are conscripted in Cairo by MI6. Here, Jamie and Jacko learn about the seamy side of war in counterespionage as they track down German spies. The principal fictional characters interact with actual historical figures and events throughout the story.


As the desert war escalates to the west of Cairo, the MI6 team confuses the enemy with misleading radio messages using German codes and using local entertainers as undercover agents. On one of his day leaves, Jacko meets a beautiful young Syrian-French girl and a strong romantic bond forms between the two during his time in Cairo.


Following the end of the desert war, Jamie and Jacko are assigned to wartime intelligence work in Southeast Asia. After the end of the Pacific war, they initiate the Darwin operations of the CIS, the Commonwealth Investigation Service. On the trail of two suspected wartime German agents, they discover the agents have formed a dangerous criminal gang with an individual they had known during their time in Cairo. The tracking skills of the Warramunga are needed to finally catch up with the murderous gang in Western Australia’s Kimberley region.

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Online Bookclub Review; Rosemary Wright

..."suspenseful and absorbing, the tale is well written, easy to read, and full of fascinating historical details...the historical setting is excellent, and the narration is compelling. It's filled with a lot of riveting action scenes...with sharp writing and gentle humour."

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Pacific Book Review: Star of Excellence Award

"This is a must read novel for any history buffs out there. The writing is smooth and flows well, creating an even paced read that doesn’t get too bogged down in details but plants enough history into the narrative so it feels natural. The author has demonstrated a mastery of the genre and the subject of this story, and yet it’s the close friendships and relationships built between the protagonists and the people they meet during their spy and wartime work that makes this story so compelling."

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Review by Darryl Greer for Readers Favorite

"This is a war story with a difference, a crime novel with a difference, an historical novel with a difference, an adventure story with a difference and I can’t wait for the movie."

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Review by Ella James : ARTISAN BOOK REVIEWS

"I completely and thoroughly enjoyed The Warramunga’s War. It is the best historical, war and espionage book I have ever read. I was entirely engaged, unable to put it down, It is an enjoyable and delightfully entertaining book to read. It is filled with anticipation, peril, unpredictability and bravery. I look forward to reading more by Greg Kater."

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Coffee Pot Book Club Review

"The Warramunga’s War is filled with non-stop action, cliff-hanger tension, and characters that seem to leap off the page. With an exciting narrative that is backed up by confident research, Kater is the kind of author that makes historical fiction lovers prick up their ears and take notice."

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Official Review: Onlinebookclub.org


by Rosemary Wright» 23 Mar 2018, 

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Warramunga's War" by Greg Kater.]

‪4 out of 4 stars


The Warramunga's War, written by Greg Kater, is the first novel in a trilogy. It's a historical fiction about war and espionage. Lieutenant James Munro and Corporal Jack O'Brien were among the Australian troops that fought against the Nazi Vichy French in Syria and Lebanon. Shortly after the end of the Syrian Campaign, James and Jack were promoted and transferred to Egypt to be part of the army's intelligence agency in Cairo. Now in Egypt, their mission, with the aid of other operatives, is to detect and neutralize the German agents who are in contact with Rommel, the commander of the Afrika Korps.


‪Cairo is a place full of agents attached to the Germans, Italians, British, and others, and these operatives are all working desperately to find out battle plans and other secrets to give to their masters. Operating in such an insecure location, will James and Jack succeed in this mission? Having some interesting twists, this book's plot is solid and fast paced, and set in the 1940s, the narrative features spies, mysterious crime, and adventures. Written in the third-person point of view, it explores the themes of the essence of teamwork, dedication, determination, and love.


‪Being suspenseful and absorbing, the tale is well written, easy to read, and full of fascinating historical details. Excitingly, it gives a fair account of the Egyptian pyramids, Sphinx, and other structures at Giza. No less, the historical setting is excellent, and the narration is compelling. It's filled with a lot of riveting action scenes. Frankly, I had a great time reading the story. Besides, what makes it more captivating is Greg's sharp writing and gentle humor. I like the way he teamed his characters to achieve a common goal, and I commend him for his vast knowledge of the military and famous wars.


‪In addition, the characters are unique, exciting, and well developed particularly the focal characters, James and Jack. They are high-spirited and full of fun, and I enjoyed reading about them. The dialogues are realistic and can easily grip readers. A bit of romance is in the story, and intriguingly, a guitar music sheet is included in the book. Some readers who are music fans may love this extra. 


‪Lastly, this book is balanced since it consists of enthralling and sufficient conversations, action, and narration. It's engaging and worthwhile. 


Moreover, I couldn't find any fault with the novel and hence, I rate it4 out of 4 stars. Undoubtedly, it will be a feast for fans of historical fiction blended with mystery and romance.


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Pacific Book Review: Star of Excellence Award

Napoleon Bonaparte once said, “You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war.” In author Greg Kater’s novel The Waramunga’s War, readers are shown this in full effect as they witness the friendship between two unlikely allies and the way war changes as time goes on.


This story explores the meeting and ensuing friendship between the Australian soldier Jamie and the half-aboriginal soldier Jacko. Their meeting during a bloody battle results not only in friendship, but in a partnership that sends them into the heart of espionage and intrigue like no other. The author beautifully explores pieces of WWII that are often overlooked, most specifically the wartime atmosphere of both Syria and Egypt during the war.


This book will be loved by anyone who enjoys historical fiction and anything related to WWII. It’s also a great read for anyone interested in the dynamics between soldiers during the war, and in particular the relationship between the Aboriginal and Australian soldiers. It also harbors a bit of romance and studies the relationship between these soldiers and spies with the people caught in the middle of this impossible war, making this a truly compelling thriller and historical fiction read like no other.


As someone who is passionate about history in general, and in particular the changes WWII had on our world, it was so captivating to see this side of the war which rarely gets seen. While readers and history buffs are used to seeing the rampage across Europe and America’s inclusion in the war after the attack on Pearl Harbor, rarely do we get to see the struggles and battles fought in the Middle East and Africa, places that also felt the full effects of the Nazi occupation and battle.


This is a must read novel for any history buffs out there. The writing is smooth and flows well, creating an even paced read that doesn’t get too bogged down in details but plants enough history into the narrative so it feels natural. The author has demonstrated a mastery of the genre and the subject of this story, and yet it’s the close friendships and relationships built between the protagonists and the people they meet during their spy and wartime work that makes this story so compelling. If you haven’t yet grab your copy of Greg Kater’s The Warramunga’s War today


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Review by Darryl Greer for Readers Favorite

Author, Greg Kater’s first foray into the world of fiction is "The Warramunga’s War." It tells the story, set in World War II and immediately thereafter, of a friendship between a young Australian officer, Jamie Munro and an educated, half-caste Warramunga aboriginal NCO, Jack “Jacko” O’Brien. 


In the opening scenes the Allies in North Africa are fighting the Vichy French. Jacko rescues a wounded Jamie and later, in Cairo, they are conscripted by British intelligence service, MI6. Soon they are hot the trail of suspected German agents. As the desert war escalates, the MI6 team confuses the enemy with misleading radio messages using German codes and local entertainers as undercover agents. Despite the chaos of war, the author has included a touch of romance as, on one of his day leaves, Jacko meets a beautiful, young Syrian-French girl and a strong romantic bond forms. At the end of the war, Jamie and Jacko are assigned to wartime intelligence work in Southeast Asia. 


They eventually find themselves in northern Australia and initiate the Darwin operations of the CIS — Commonwealth Investigation Service. Tracking down two suspected wartime German agents, they discover the agents have formed a dangerous criminal gang with someone they’d met in Cairo. With the aid of Jacko’s tracking skills they pursue the gang through arid and unforgiving parts of the Northern Territory and Western Australia. They are soon to discover that brutal savagery is not restricted to wartime.


Unique is how I would describe "The Warramunga’s War." There are untold books about War World II but they usually follow a distinct pattern — gung-ho heroes who can thrust themselves into a hail of bullets and survive, and other stories that we’ve heard time and time again with only cosmetic changes. The first part of this saga is set during the Allies’ North African campaign, first against the Vichy French and later, against Rommel. The scenes and dialogue ring true, no doubt partly because the author Greg Kater, has drawn on his own father’s experiences. But in addition to that, it is clear that he has put meticulous research into the story’s background. The characters are three dimensional, the scenes come alive — you feel you are there, watching the action as it happens. 


When the narrative moves to Northern Australia again, Kater draws on his own exhaustive experience in the resources industry in parts of Australia that only a limited number of tourists would dare to tread. He clearly has extensive knowledge of the Warramunga tribe. His use of “Pidgin” English for the aboriginal characters’ dialogue is, or at least sounds, spot on. Similarly, his descriptions of outback Australia, the laid back attitude of people in its far flung small towns, the dialogue they use is real. It is clear this book has been professionally edited — alas not something you can take for granted these days — as I didn’t spot one error. In another unique touch, Kater has the characters sing a song which he has written himself — he even includes the music. 


This is a war story with a difference, a crime novel with a difference, an historical novel with a difference, an adventure story with a difference and I can’t wait for the movie.

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Review by Ella James : ARTISAN BOOK REVIEWS

The Warramunga’s War is a stupendous epic story with an exceptional storyline which is full of twists and turns. It recounts the friendship between two friends, Jamie and Jacko, which are soldiers fighting in the Middle East and Egypt during World War II. They become friends when Jacko heroically saves Jamie’s life. Following their adventures, readers find that they are assigned and complete several charges and undertakings in various fields of action. Jamie is Lieutenant James Munro, he is an officer in the Australian Army. With Jacko, Sergeant Jack O’Brien, as an educated Australian who is half-white and half Warramunga -an Australian aboriginal tribe soldier. Their friendship and commitment to one another is the main theme of the book. 


There is a lot going on in this story, and it is written with expertise and skill. It is an amazing original multi-genre story which includes: history, war, espionage and much mystery. I thoroughly enjoyed the espionage and mystery aspects of the narrative. Not only does the perplexities fit together tightly, but author Greg Kater brings in a collection of intense characters that add taste and attention to the dilemma.


The Warramunga’s Waris filled with interesting characters that are colorful, with personalities that draw the reader in. They are well developed and fleshed out which makes for a great story and exceptional read.


The plot is full and flows like water. It is intense and compelling. The writing is augmented as the main action goes from Egypt to Australia, which is the home for the main characters.  The first part of the book is set in Egypt during World War II, while the second part is in Australia. The marvellous illustrative writing not only intensifies the characters but fully highlights the descriptions of the countries and settings. I fully enjoyed the way Greg Kater described Central Australia, the individuals, the cultures and the bountiful country.


I completely and thoroughly enjoyed The Warramunga’s War. It is the best historical, war and espionage book I have ever read. I was entirely engaged, unable to put it down, It is an enjoyable and delightfully entertaining book to read. It is filled with anticipation, peril, unpredictability and bravery. I look forward to reading more by Greg Kater. Artisan Book Reviews highly recommends The Warramunga’s War to all avid discerning readers.

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Review by Mary Anne Yarde for the Coffee Pot Book Club. Goodreads: 5 Stars

“I needed some fellows who are not known here and have seen action and it was suggested that I ask General Allen for a couple of men who had distinguished themselves in the Syrian campaign. That’s why you are here.”


Australian army officer, Jamie Munro of the 7th Division should be dead. If it were not for the bravery and the quick thinking of Corporal Jack “Jacko” O’Brien, then he would be. Jamie cannot remember much about what happened after he was hit by shrapnel, but he did know that Jacko carried him away from the danger and all the way to the hospital. For that, Jamie is eternally grateful.


Now that the Syrian campaign against the Vichy French has ended, Jamie and Jacko wonder where they will be conscripted to next. They did not expect to end up in Cairo, working alongside MI6.


They may not be in the direct firing line now, but counterespionage comes with its own set of challenges. Along with Corporal Matthew MacAulay from the 9th Division, they track down the German spies in the area and feed them with misleading information. However, this is a dangerous world, where trust is not so easily won, and danger lurks around every corner.


The hunt for German spies is not the only thing Jamie and Jacko have to worry about. For one of their agents, a young dancer called Farida, has been found dead. Murdered. Major Harold Hardcastle from the Palestine Police Force tells them that Farida is not the only one who has died under such terrible circumstances. MI6 must work with the Palestine Police Force to catch this serial killer, but it is a task that turns out to be easier said than done and it will take them across two continents.


From the war in Syria to the wild outback of Western Australia, The Warramunga’s War, by Greg Kater is the enthralling story of two unlikely soldiers who are thrown together by circumstance and then face unprecedented challenges in the fight against enemy espionage.


The Warramunga’s War is filled with non-stop action, cliff-hanger tension, and characters that seem to leap off the page. With an exciting narrative that is backed up by confident research, Kater is the kind of author that makes historical fiction lovers prick up their ears and take notice.


There was nothing I did not love about the book. The historical backdrop was spectacular. There is enough plot twists to satisfy the hardest of critics. The writing is elegant and engaging, and the story is fabulous. This is the kind of novel you can immerse yourself in and forget about everything else for a couple of hours.


I adored the characterisation of Jacko. His humanity and his bravery were inspiring. His relationship with the beautiful Monique gave this story a moment of peace during times of trouble. Likewise, Jamie is incredibly heroic. His actions are always for the greater good. Jacko and Jamie are an unlikely pair, but they work so well together. It was a pleasure to witness their friendship strengthen throughout the course of this book. 


There are several seedy antagonists in this story, and although they do some terribly despicable crimes, Kater strikes the right balance when describing their actions. He goes into just enough detail to make you loathe them, but then he stops so as not to make this book an uncomfortable read. There is a who-done-it mentality to this story regarding the murders, and I have to admit, I missed all the little clues that Kater threw at me!


Kater has researched this time in history with scrupulous care. His attention to detail has to be commended. Kater’s portrayal of Cairo and Australia was wonderful and authentic as well as being luxuriantly detailed — I could almost feel the heat of the midday sun. His portrayal of the people in these two countries during this era was magnificent. This book is an example of historical fiction at its very best.


The Warramunga’s War was everything I hoped it would be and then some. I cannot wait to read book #2 of this remarkable trilogy.


I Highly Recommend.

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