On Easter Day, four soldiers steer a captured Italian tank across the Libyan desert, fleeing from Rommel's forces. The British crew is led by an American veteran of the Spanish Civil War. Lost and isolated, they head for the fortress of Tobruk. Amid scenes of desperate fighting, death, and survival, they encounter other soldiers, some as lost as they, others who are wolves hunting in the desert. This novel is eloquent, full of frightening problems of strategy, conscience, and command. By the time these men have come within sight of Tobruk, we have become deeply involved in their struggle to outwit an enemy who is known to be strong and close, and who will inevitably appear. A first novel, this is highly recommended. Edwin B. Burgess, U.S. Army TRALINET Ctr., Fort Monroe, Va.