The Warramunga’s Aftermath of War encapsulates the investigation into the post-war activities of a major criminal organisation with tentacles to the USA, Australia and South East Asia. When a fishing boat is discovered in distress in rough seas northwest of Darwin in late 1945, former army officer, Jamie Munro, and educated half-caste Warramungaaborigine, Jack “Jacko” O’Brien, who head the CIS inDarwin, are called on to investigate child smuggling operations financed by a shadowy ring of wealthy paedophiles.
This book is the second book of a trilogy. This follows TheWarramunga’s War detailing the meeting of Jamie and Jacko on the battlefield during the Second World War and their activities working together with MI6 in intelligence during the remainder of the war. Investigations by CIS afterthe war take Jamie and Jacko into the war-torn areas of the Philippines where children orphaned during the Japanese occupation are kidnapped by a well-organised murderous gang led by influential dignitaries.
Jamie and Jacko have to face numerous dangers in running this criminal organisation to earth in both the Philippines and Australia. All the inherent bushcraft skills of the Warramunga are needed to combat the brutal criminal circle.
"Greg Kater,has really woven a remarkable adventure that grips from page one and keeps the reader eagerly turning pages to the very end... For readers who love a good adventure, this is for them. For those who enjoy a tense and enthralling storyline, this is also for them."
"A gripping adventure story set in the Philippines and in the Australian wilderness involving tracking and taunting the enemy."
"A colorful and engrossing thriller set in Australia and the Philippines."
"The story is filled with powerful and deeply emotional moments with danger strewn in at unexpected moments. The plot is enriched by the author’s fine sense of setting, capturing elements of the culture and life in the Philippines and the post-war social climate in great detail. "
Character Development: 5 out of 5
Plot Development: 5 out of 5
Flow of Plot: 5 out of 5
Overall rating: 5 out of 5
"All of the characters are believable, the dialogue is spot on, including the clever use of Aboriginal language in one of the characters, definitely a book written with a visual experience and would certainly be ideal to be portrayed as a movie. This reader certainly can’t wait for Book Three."
The Warramunga’s Aftermath of War by Greg Kateris the second book in Greg Kater’s trilogy and follows on from the first book, The Warramunga’s War. Jamie Munro and Jacko O’Brien formed their friendship during book one, and now work together for the CIS in Darwin, Australia. Jamie had been an Army Officer during the war, and Jacko is a Warramunga Aborigine. They are called upon to investigate after a boat is discovered near to capsize in stormy seas north of Darwin. The boat’s cargo and crew raise suspicions and are suspected of involvement in a child smuggling operation from the Philippines. Set in late 1945, Jamie and Jacko find themselves embroiled in a far more sinister situation than they could ever have imagined. The story encompasses kidnap and blackmail, callous murder of innocents and guilty alike, bush adventure, deception and duplicity, with a little touch of romance thrown in.
The author, Greg Kater,has really woven a remarkable adventure that grips from page one and keeps the reader eagerly turning pages to the very end. There is nothing lacking in this tale that shows the depths of depravity a man will go to when ruled by greed. The main characters are all well developed, believable, and authentic and the exciting scenarios are totally engrossing, with even a little humour thrown in so that it can be said that this story has it all. For readers who love a good adventure, this is for them. For those who enjoy a tense and enthralling storyline, this is also for them.
Extremely well written, with a fast, consistent pace, The Warramunga’s Aftermath of Wartakes the reader on a journey into the wilds of the Australian Outback, where crocodiles abound and hunt in the billabongs, and the clever and resourceful Jacko uses his Aboriginal knowledge and guile to make the lives of the kidnappers cum child smugglers as miserable and challenging as possible.
Jamie and Jacko don’t know who can be trusted as they find corruption at every turn. So they trust no-one, and rely on their own skills and knowledge to do what needs to be done to find justice for the innocent victims of the child smuggling ring. Traversing the Northern Territory, the Philippines, and even the USA, Jamie and Jacko and their small team of trusted colleagues put their very lives at risk in this awesome tale full of intrigue and conspiracy that will leave the reader wanting more and more from this writer. A thoroughly enjoyable read.
Right off the bat, we meet our two main heroes, Jamie Munro and Jack O’Brien (also called Jacko). After their involvement in intelligence and counter-espionage during the war, they are now once again working together. This time as heads of the Darwin office of the Commonwealth Investigation Services (CIS). It’s an organization dealing both with garden-variety and uncommon criminals in the northern part of Australia.
After learning about a distress signal given by a fishing boat nearby, Jamie and Jacko set off to investigate. Much to their surprise, the boat is anything but a genuine fishing boat, and its cargo is strange one too. They found bodies of children floating around the boat and a living child hiding on the lower deck. They both suspect that the crew is involved in human trafficking. Soon they learn that, indeed, the criminals are involved in child trafficking for the pleasure of rich pedophiles. Thus begins their major investigation into the trafficking ring, where both are hell-bent on bringing the pervert criminals to justice.
The central theme of the first part of the book is a straightforward criminal investigation. In the second part, when the initial investigation came to an end, will surprise you. In many stories that would be the end of the story but not in The Warramunga’s Aftermath of War. It continued with a gripping adventure story set in the Australian wilderness involving tracking and taunting the enemy.
The story was solid, and the characters were well fleshed-out. Jacko is a half Warramunga aboriginal, who possesses some interesting tracking and survival skills; which helped him greatly during the cat and mouse spiel with the bad guys. While Jamie is an interesting character as well. He and his half-sister, Sarah, literally stole the show once they got their time in the limelight.
This book reveals the devastation that takes place in the Philippines as a result of the war. The author did a good job of describing some of the places in utter ruins. This explains why there were children who are left orphaned, and easy for the smugglers to take advantage of. This would interest those who study history and the results of warfare.
The criminals in book were hard to pick out because author would initially introduce characters to be appeared on “up-and-up”. He reveals their true intentions at a later time. Also, there were a lot of characters to keep track of, which might be confusing to some. Those who like mysteries could get caught up in the chase to capture the guilty parties.
The relationships and the culture add another dimension to the novel. The religious or class differences of the romantic couples do not deter them in any way.
A sequel chronicles the continuing adventures of two Australian intelligence officers in the postwar Pacific.
After their counterespionage duties in North Africa and subsequent work back in Australia to bring a murderous gang to justice, white officer Jamie Munro and his partner, the excellent tracker of half-Aboriginal descent Jacko O’Brien, are hoping that the remainder of their time with the Commonwealth Investigation Service will be a little quieter. Not so. When reports of a stranded ship reach them during Christmas lunch at the Hotel Darwin, the duo goes out to lend a hand. Approaching the storm-tossed ship, Jamie spots something in the waves: “As they came alongside the object, it appeared to be a small human body. They hauled the body into the cutter using a gaff and saw that it was indeed the body of a small boy.” Even more disturbingly, another child is found in the hull of the ship, this one alive but very scared. It seems that the vessel is trafficking children, though for what purpose Jamie and Jacko must investigate. The case brings them to the Philippines, where the destruction wrought by World War II has left thousands of orphans easy prey for predators and kidnappers. In their quest to find out who is buying these children, the CIS officers will probe deeper than perhaps is wise—especially when it provokes the kidnappers into taking one of their own. In this second installment of a trilogy, Kater’s (The Warramunga’s War, 2018) prose is reliably sharp and gripping, particularly when describing the devastation of the war: “They drew closer to the port area, where most of the buildings had been reduced to rubble and were covered in weeds, while those still standing were empty and badly damaged. The ground was heavily potholed and most trees seemed to have been cut to shreds.” This work feels more confident than the author’s previous Warramunga effort, and hews more closely to a traditional plot structure. The milieu is captivating and the characters are likable, which, when coupled with a perfectly serviceable crime story involving a shadowy syndicate, make for a pleasing bit of escapism.
A colorful and engrossing thriller set in Australia and the Philippines.
The Warramunga's Aftermath of War by Greg Kater is a political thriller set in the period following WWII. We encounter two compelling characters in Jamie Munro and Jack “Jacko” O’Brien — an educated half-cast Warramunga aborigine — who head the Darwin office of the Commonwealth Investigation Service (CIS). This organization is responsible for intelligence and counter-espionage as well as investigating the criminal activities in northern Australia and the surrounding areas. Jamie and Jacko are caught up in an investigation into a criminal organization with reaches into Australia, the USA, and SE Asia. An investigation into a fishing boat in distress in the seas of northeast Darwin leads the intrepid detectives to a shadowy organization run by powerful pedophiles involved with human trafficking. Can the duo get to the head of the snake before it bites them?
The story is filled with powerful and deeply emotional moments with danger strewn in at unexpected moments. The plot is enriched by the author’s fine sense of setting, capturing elements of the culture and life in the Philippines and the post-war social climate in great detail. Greg Kater carefully weaves backstory into the narrative, yet ensures it doesn’t come across as a distraction to readers. The characters are realistic and it is interesting how well the background of the half Warramunga character, Jacko, is developed. The Warramunga's Aftermath of War is an interesting read, filled with relevant social and political commentaries, a narrative with well drawn and sophisticated characters, and themes that are both timely and strong. It will have a strong appeal to fans of historical novels with post-war settings.
Kathy Denver; Reviews Editor,
Goodreads and Evil Cyclist's Bookshelf blog (evilcyclist.wordpress.com)
The Warramunga’s Aftermath of War by Greg Kater follows former Army Officer Jamie Munro and his friend and colleague and Warramunga Aborigine Jacko O’Brien as they follow yet another assignment in their investigative roles within the Commonwealth Investigation Service in Darwin, Australia. Set just after the war in late 1945, Jamie and Jacko find themselves in the Philippines tracking down a child smuggling ring, which comes to light after a smuggler’s boat runs into difficulties during a storm. One young survivor is able to tell the awful story of child abduction on the streets of the Philippines, and Jamie and Jacko find themselves tackling sordid crimes, murderous perpetrators, and lawless cutthroats, all fearless and motivated by greed. Interwoven in this sinister plot are sub-plots of kidnapping, blackmail, and extortion which leaves the reader breathless with anticipation and rooting for Jamie and Jacko as they put their very lives at risk in the name of justice.
The author, Greg Kater, writes with incredible description which transports the reader into the Australian bush world, where there are no rules of right or wrong, no-one can be trusted, and hungry crocodiles hunt for unsuspecting human prey. For lovers of pine-tingling adventure, this book is for you. The pace races and never drops, leaving the reader turning pages frantically to find out what happens next in such an exciting experience – because that is what this book is, a reading experience. Somehow, the author has managed to combine all this excitement with a little piece of humour and a touch of romance, making it a well-rounded, well-developed novel that is spell-binding in its authenticity.
The Warramunga’s Aftermath of War is the second book in a trilogy. Book one introduces the reader to Jamie and Jacko, and this second book follows them on an adventure in the Australian Outback that is truly captivating. All of the characters are believable, the dialogue is spot on, including the clever use of Aboriginal language in one of the characters, definitely a book written with a visual experience and would certainly be ideal to be portrayed as a movie. This reader certainly can’t wait for Book Three.