Trailing the pedophile ring
The Warramunga’s Aftermath of War
by Greg Kater
Where the first volume ends, the second book begins!
The Warramunga’s Aftermath of War is Greg Kater’s second installment of a trilogy. [The first installment is The Warramunga’s War] But this volume can stand alone. So, you need not worry if you haven’t read the first volume yet.
Jamie “James” Munro and Jack “Jacko” O’Brien continue their investigative work in The Warramunga’s Aftermath of War. This time, they take charge of the Darwin office of the Commonwealth Investigation Service (CIS), an organization responsible for intelligence and counter-espionage, and investigation of criminal activities throughout Northern Australia and the surrounding regions.
The partners’ mission begins on Christmas Day 1945 in Darwin, Australia. Jamie and Jacko respond to a distress call from a fishing boat battered by bad weather. Only to find out that there is more in the boat than fishing equipment. It’s a vessel carrying young boys who are victims of a pedophile ring. Because of this discovery, Jamie and Jacko decide to further investigate the matter.
The investigation leads them to the Philippines and to the wilds of Australia. As their mission is shrouded with treachery and cunning, the partners have to tread the line very carefully. They realize that some of the key characters are influential people. And even as the two are careful in their moves, Jamie and Jacko have to deal with an almost fatal incident. But the turning point of The Warramunga’s Aftermath of War happens when the Filipino interpreter, Carna, is kidnapped.
Being a half-caste Aborigine who is familiar with the terrain of the wild countryside, Jacko takes it upon himself to track down the kidnappers. He is assisted by his half-sister, Sarah, a full-blooded Aborigine.
Just like what he did in the first installment of his trilogy, Greg Kater shows his adeptness in story-telling in The Warramunga’s Aftermath of War. He is good at interweaving fiction into real events and historical situations, giving justice to geographical locations of real places. His descriptions are also straight-forward, without the flowery words that many authors use just to extend the story.
My only comment is the author’s inability to deliver a local dialogue well. There are some significant parts in the book where his characters have to speak in Tagalog and Cebuano (two of the Philippines’ major languages). Although this issue may not be relevant to non-Filipino readers because of the English translation, the Filipino readers, like me, will find the dialogues awkward, confusing, and even hilarious. One example of these misrepresentations is when Carna’s character says, “Kami ay nagsikain at” to mean “we shall eat now”. It’s rather confusing even to a native Filipino speaker. A Filipino reader would have interpreted this line as, “We have eaten and”. The correct line should have been “Kakain na tayo”. The author could have asked a native Filipino speaker to provide the correct Filipino lines in his dialogues.
Because of these dialogue misrepresentations, I give The Warramunga’s Aftermath of War a rating of 4 out of 5 stars. But, I still highly recommend this book to readers 15 years old and above. I enjoy reading this installment just as I did with the first book. I even look forward to reading the third installment of Greg Kater’s trilogy and his other works.
Please read my review of Greg Kater’s first volume, The Warramunga’s War, to guide you in buying the book.