The Warramunga’s War is a sweeping narrative of the friendship that forms between a young Australian army officer, Jamie Munro, and an educated half-caste Warramunga aboriginal NCO, Jack ‘Jacko’ O’Brien, brought together during the Syrian campaign against the Vichy French in the Second World War. The principal fictional characters interact with actual historical figures and events throughout the story.
Jamie is wounded under fire and is rescued by Jacko, thanks to his subordinate’s bravery and expert marksmanship. Once Jamie recovers, the two men are conscripted in Cairo by MI6. Here, Jamie and Jacko learn about the seamy side of war in counterespionage as they track down German spies and use misleading radio signals to mislead the enemy.
Following the end of the desert war, Jamie and Jacko are assigned to wartime intelligence work in Papua New Guinea and Southeast Asia. Finally, after the end of the Pacific war, they initiate the Darwin operations of the CIS, the Commonwealth Investigation Service. Originally on the trail of two suspected wartime German agents, they discover the agents have joined a dangerous criminal gang including someone they had known from their days in Cairo. The tracking skills of the Warramunga are needed to finally catch up with the murderous gang in Western Australia’s Kimberley.