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Greg Kater Author Interview

Greg Kater Author Interview

The Warramunga’s Aftermath of War is book two in your Warramunga Trilogy. What were some new ideas you wanted to explore in this book that were different from book one?

When predators crawl out from the ruins in the aftermath of war…

My second book, The Warramunga’s Aftermath of War, which takes place after the end of World War II in early 1946, deals with the trafficking of children from the war-torn Philippines. I lived in the Philippines for 11 years from 1969 as VP with one of the major mining companies there. I learned a great deal about the havoc and suffering during the Japanese occupation, as well as some of the terrible things that happened later as criminals took advantage of the chaos in the aftermath of war. I felt a need to write about this.

I enjoyed the diverse characters in this book. Who was your favorite character to write for?

I enjoyed writing about all the characters in the book but probably Jacko O’Brien is the most pivotal character of them all. His friendship with Jamie Munro is an essential part of the story, as is his innate ability, being part aborigine, in tracking and bushcraft. His half-sister, Sarah, plays a big part and almost all the other non-criminal characters are based on real characters I knew well or worked with, both Australian and Filipino.

I enjoyed the mystery that drove this story. Did you plan this before writing or did it develop organically while writing?

A bit of both. I knew what I wanted to write about, and I knew the locations well. Once started, however, it did develop organically as I progressed with the writing.

What can readers expect in book three of the Warramunga Trilogy?

Book 3, Skills of the Warramunga, also takes place soon after the end of the war and deals with the consequences following the war, this time on the Malayan peninsula where war criminals are plotting to overthrow the authorities and gain control over the population of Malaya. I have also worked in this region and know it well.

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The Warramunga's Aftermath of War (Warramunga Trilogy Book 2) by [Kater, Greg]

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 Warramunga aborigine, Jack “Jacko” O’Brien, who head the CIS in Darwin, 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 The Warramunga’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.

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The Warramunga’s Aftermath of War

The Warramunga's Aftermath of War (Warramunga Trilogy Book 2) by [Kater, Greg]

In this second book in the ‘The Warramunga’s’ series the author combines vivid action, intense drama and a variety of severe themes in the book. We follow various riveting characters as they join gangs, save the day and fight evil through their good deeds. The Warramunga’s Aftermath of War had me completely engrossed in the story. Greg Kater excellent writing skills are on full display, he certainly knows how to engage his readers. The characters are all well defined and given special traits that help characterize them as well as help them in their acts.

We follow characters as investigations are conducted into post-war activities of a huge criminal organization with American, South East Asia and Australian links. Jamie Munro and Jack “Jacko” O’Brien were wonderful in their roles. There is something about the two working as a pair that made me like them more individually. Both Munro and O’Brien, who head the CIS in Darwin, pull their resources and lead the absorbing investigation that involves child smuggling financed and supported by big sharks. The investigations are not easy, as the people involved are powerful, wealthy and dangerous.

I liked Munro and O’Brien as the two were consistence and persistence in their mission. Even with the risks involved. Both had to focus on the work they were doing and ignore distractions. Sara was another great character. She was sharp, intelligent and foresaw events way before they happened. I like her as an individual as the traits she portrayed helped nail some of the bad guys. War time is probably not the most ideal time to form friendships, but the circumstances enabled Munro and O’Brien to become close and bond over issues, and shows you how tight a bond can be when formed in war time.

I loved the virtual tour across Australia and the Philippines as the author explored the exotic landscapes in vivid detail. I enjoyed reading the easy flowing conversations among the characters. The dialogue was amazing and was imbued with a sense of humor that elevated the story. Nailing criminal gangs and especially those with international ties is no easy feat. You will love the plethora of characters from diverse settings, and especially those who get to play unlikely heroes. The Warramunga’s Aftermath of War is the ideal read for you if you love action, suspense, and adventure.

Pages: 300 | ASIN: B07P96B1M6

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