The Devil’s Oasis
In The Devil’s Oasis, Bartle Bull has created a world filled with mystery and intrigue. Set in North Africa in 1942, the main character, Wellington Rider, son of Anton Rider (the main character in Bull’s previous book Café on the Nile) is an English hussar fighting against Rommel’s Africka Korps. The battle to take the port of Tobruk is not the only battle being waged. The streets of Cairo are also full of danger, as other players shift their allegiances in a web of espionage designed to protect themselves, as the world appears to spin out of control. At the center of the war in the streets of Cairo is the cataract Café and its proprietor Olivio Alavedo. Alavedo’s daughter Saffron becomes entangled with Wellington Rider in a romance that could be as deadly as the battlefield.
With constantly shifting alliances and characters that are willing to deceive even the most firm loyalties, every page leaves the reader wondering how the novel will end.