The World Behind Us

Fiction - Crime
132 Pages
Reviewed on 07/29/2018
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Author Biography

Thomas Trang is an author currently based in London, UK.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

The World Behind Us by Thomas Trang is a splendid meld of crime and time travel, an intriguing story with a powerful setting between two time lines and with strong historical elements. Ray Ranglin sees himself as retired from the Corporation, but a visit from Jenkins indicates otherwise. In fact, his old boss wants him to jump back in time and obtain some pieces of art. Can he refuse an assignment that will bring in seven figures as his part of the bargain? Ranglin takes the bait and is thrown into Paris during the Nazi occupation, but this mission is more complicated than he had imagined, with time traveling thieves, assassins, and CIA agents. Can he obtain what he came to Paris for and find his way back to his own time unscathed?

Thomas Trang is a great storyteller and did his research well to include relevant elements of the setting. I enjoyed the way he weaves the soul and heart of Paris during the period of WWII into the narrative, giving readers powerful and vivid images of places as well as the culture. The story is written with a good dose of humor and right from the start readers will enjoy Ray Ranglin, a man who seems obsessed with time travel which he finds exciting. He has emotional depth and readers will find him easy to like. The plot is cunningly done and the unpredictability of it, coupled with the increasing sense of danger, makes for a very engrossing read. The pacing is good, and the storytelling craft makes The World Behind Us a gripping thriller, a rollicking crime and time travel adventure.