Infinity Ring Book 6: Behind Enemy Lines

Written by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Review by Arleigh Johnson

Dak, Sera, and Riq are kids on a very important mission: to save the future world from an evil organization by time traveling and putting history back on course. They are with a group called the Hystorians—started by none other than Aristotle—and are firmly pitted against an organization called the SQ, the details of which are still unknown in the series.

This time the characters are warped by the Infinity Ring to Aberdeen, Scotland in April, 1943. World War II is in full swing, and they learn their mission is convincing the Germans that a British ruse is the truth, thus allowing a victory for the Allies. A time-traveling SQ villain, however, is hot on their trail and they soon find themselves running toward history’s enemies, the Nazis, in spite of the danger. It’s a race against time to tie up loose ends, and then onto further challenges coming in the next book.

This is one of the tougher books to get into without having read the previous books in the series. There is enough info to get the gist of the storyline, but a reader would more comfortably enjoy it with prior knowledge of the first five novels. However, it is a fast-paced and history-laden read, if a bit sketchy regarding believability. It’s not the time-travel element that seems off, but the 1940s characters’ handling of situations and circumstances that doesn’t quite flow. Even so, young readers ages 8 – 12 will enjoy this action-packed historical mystery.

This volume includes information on the next book in the series, which takes readers to Marie Antoinette’s France.