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This review is from: The Levant Trilogy: "Danger Tree", "Battle Lost and Won" and "Sum of Things" (Kindle Edition)
Although they were first published in the nineteen seventies these three novels really stand the test of time. They portray the lives of a group of British characters marooned in Egypt during the second world war. Their lives on a personal level are explored in detail against the ever-changing background of the war in the desert. Olivia Manning is a past master at creating believable characters and one of the pleasures of this trilogy is coping with one's own exasperation at the behaviour of Guy Pringle, one of the most irritating yet ultimately decent characters in fiction.
The Middle East locations are exotic, the cast list is enormous, the personalities are totally believable, the events are historically accurate and the story lines are gripping. Everything is so skilfully woven together that you won't want to stop until you get to the end of Book Three.