The war has ended but peace has not begun
Skills of the Warramunga is another fantastic work of historical fiction by author Greg Kater, and the third book in the series following Jamie Munro and 'the Warramunga', Jacko O'Brien. We join our CIS investigators less than a year after the end of the Second World War, when a new mission takes them to the dense jungles of Malaya. Colonel John Cook, a senior operative working for MI6, whom Jamie and Jacko knew during the war, has been kidnapped. Emotional ties abound in this new adventure as Jacko's full-blood Aboriginal sister, Sarah, comes along to add new skills to the test in searching for their fallen comrade.
Reading the three books of the Warramunga series in such a short space of time has been a fantastic experience. I hope there will be more in the future as this intriguing setting on the other side of the world has really opened up post-war history for me in a brand-new way. Greg Kater writes with a clearly well-researched style, but his description and dialogue are never dull because of it. The heat of the jungle and the dangers of Kuala Lumpur in 1946 come to life in such an incredibly vivid way, and I really enjoyed the inclusion of Sarah as a main component to the plot. Skills of the Warramunga is a novel not to be missed.