Featured Official Review: Skills of the Warramunga by Greg Kater [October 2019 Book of the Month]

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Re: Official Review: Skills of the Warramunga by Greg Kater

Post by amandathebibliophile » 30 Nov 2018, 19:14

Great review! I’m always impressed when a book in a series stands well on its own, and it sounds like this one does. I also like seeing how much other's have enjoyed the characters! Considering this one :)

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Post by Momiji1987 » 30 Nov 2018, 19:24

This sounds like a great series. I would definitely want to read the first books before delving into this one, but look forward to adding this book to my shelves.

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Post by NuelUkah » 30 Nov 2018, 19:28

Three MI6 agents on a mission to rescue their head of operations, Colonel Crook. The plot is intriguing indeed.
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Post by SarahMichele06 » 30 Nov 2018, 19:36

I'm glad to see that you think the book has an appeal to a wider audience than just historical fiction books. In my opinion some historical fiction books can become a little dry so I also liked to see that you mentioned the use of humor occasionally, that will definitely make the story a bit more relatable and less dry than the historical fictions that I can never seem to finish.

Also, thank you for explaining that although it's the third installment of a trilogy it can be read as a stand alone book. Definitely made me more interested in reading the book seeing that there's no extreme need to know the plotlines of the previous stories!

While reading the sample I thought that the use of some words to describe the Chinese characters may have had a more negative connotation but I too thought that it was probably used because of the historical setting, an example of this being 'Chinaman'. I think it's great that you added that example of 'Ludra' in there so people who read your review weren't extremely caught off guard by it, definitely worth noting.

Thanks for the well worded review, I read the sample and enjoyed it but wasn't sure if I would continue, so it's nice to know that the story becomes action packed and has a lot of elements plot wise! Definitely a book I think I'll have a good time reading.

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Post by Abacus » 30 Nov 2018, 19:48

Your review certainly made me want to read more than the sample. I can certainly relate to the characters and dialogue, British stiff upper lip, and Aussie informality. Thanks for writing the review.

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Post by Ksharmilla » 30 Nov 2018, 20:13

This one sounds more interesting than the rest of the books in the series. I am not sure if I would like to read it though as the other books didn't appeal to me.

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Post by Laura Del » 30 Nov 2018, 20:17

Nope. Just nope. I'm not into historical fiction. It's not my thing. This one doesn't seem like it's going to change my mind. Sorry.
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Post by Dolor » 30 Nov 2018, 20:19

Skills of the Warramunga by Greg Kater is a #HistoricalFiction book that weaves an #Action-packed #Adventure (set in #Malaya, in 1946) following the rescue of the MI6 head of operations, Colonel Johnny Cook. It is the third book in the Warramunga Trilogy.

I would like to read the trilogy in proper order, so I won't miss a thing. I'm glad to enjoyed reading it even though you had not read the first two books yet. Thanks for the review.

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Post by Kalin Adi » 30 Nov 2018, 20:22

Not all writers get to intertwine a good plot and its characters using different languages in a story. I personally think that using the characters native language adds flavor to the story. It's also great that the book stands alone.

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Post by TheRVMom » 30 Nov 2018, 20:25

Sounds like this would be right up my alley. I love action-packed historical fiction. I've never read anything about Australian history, so this would be a first. I enjoyed reading your opinions about this book. Thank you for the thorough review!

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Post by Sunday diamond » 30 Nov 2018, 20:29

I've only read the free sample, seems cool but I thought its not my genre; but this review brings out my interest in reading it. Maybe I should add it to my want to read shelf. Good review!

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Post by modupereb » 30 Nov 2018, 20:39

The title itself caught my attention coupled with your concise review. Weldon Cecilia for this interesting review. In a moment from now, I will start reading the book.

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Post by Jmteachmom » 30 Nov 2018, 20:40

Sounds like an enjoyable read! With great editing and well developed characters, it has to be good. Thanks for the review.

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Post by KRay93 » 30 Nov 2018, 20:47

Thank you for the review. I remember having run into the previous two installments of this saga in earlier BOTDs. Once again, it seems the author has moved from a spy thriller to one of crime and mystery, and now to an action-packed adventure. Unfortunately, the beginning of the first book failed to catch my interest. Still, I am sure there will be those who will feel otherwise.

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Post by starshipsaga » 30 Nov 2018, 21:15

I had the chance to check out the first two books in this series earlier in the year when they were featured, it's fantastic to hear that the third book brings the same strengths like an action-packed adventure story and well-rounded characters. It's also nice to know this book can be read as a standalone, giving a chance for new readers to discover this world and the author!

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