cover image Mitla Pass

Mitla Pass

Leon Uris. Bantam Books, $6.99 (0pp) ISBN 978-0-553-28280-1

In this semi-autobiographical story, unhappy novelist Gideon Zadok parachutes, on the eve of the 1956 Sinai War, into Mitla Pass with a company of Israeli soldiers to face his past and prove his courage. ``Sour, self-indulgent characters and surprisingly awkward dialogue suggest that only the staunchest Uris fans will enjoy his new novel,'' concluded PW . (Nov.)