Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Mine by John A. Heldt {Book Review}

Fantasy Fiction, Romance
Publication.Date  February 13th 2013
Published By:  Amazon Digital Services, Inc
WebsiteJohn A. Heldt

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My review copy:I received a copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review. 

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In May 2000, Joel Smith is a cocky, adventurous young man who sees the world as his playground. But when the college senior, days from graduation, enters an abandoned Montana mine, he discovers the price of reckless curiosity. He emerges in May 1941 with a cell phone he can't use, money he can't spend, and little but his wits to guide his way. Stuck in the age of swing dancing and a peacetime draft, Joel begins a new life as the nation drifts toward war. With the help of his 21-year-old trailblazing grandmother and her friends, he finds his place in a world he knew only from movies and books. But when an opportunity comes to return to the present, Joel must decide whether to leave his new love in the past or choose a course that will alter their lives forever. THE MINE follows a humbled man through a critical time in history as he adjusts to new surroundings and wrestles with the knowledge of things to come.

"The impact triggered stars and ringing but strangely no pain. For a few seconds, Joel felt nearly euphoric. He lifted his head and smiled. Then flashes of blue yielded to waves of black as the ground came up to meet him."
 Joel looked at the newspaper and groaned. He had procrastinated long enough. He walked slowly to the unoccupied stool, braced himself for the inevitable, and picked up the front page. The headlines and old-fashioned layout fanned his fears before the date at the top confirmed them: Thursday May 29, 1941.
Grace's kiss had been the stuff of dreams, her plea for him to hold her music to his ears. Yet when Joel thought again about what had transpired and the effect he had already had on several people, he did not hear a symphony. He did not hear bells or whistles or even fireworks. Instead, he heard something ominous, something he had vowed to avoid and could little afford to recklessly invite; the distant but unmistakable sound of thunder.

A Bit of Sci Fi, a bit of time travel, and a bit of romance all add up to one amazing book adventure.

I am still experiencing that book hangover you get when you finish one of those books that just meets every single need you have in a book. I finished The Mine by John A. Heldt a few days ago and I am still in awe of the writing, the detail, the characters and the flawless ending. This book raised the bar for me. I have always loved time travel books but have always felt they lacked something. Since we know time travel is impossible, it makes it hard for the writer to convince us of this alternate world. However, "The Mine" was my convincer. 

Joel Smith is a cocky young man who, along with his best friend, decides to travel to Montana days before his graduation from college. When they come across an abandoned mine, Joel's curiosity gets the better of him and he decides to do a bit of exploring. After a freak occurrence, Joel finds himself in 1941.
With no way of getting back home any time soon, and with the help of his grandmother and her friends, he begins to make a new life for himself. When an opportunity to return to 2000 occurs, will he go? Or will he stay with the woman he has come to love?

This is a book that will stay with me for a long time. I felt connected to Joel and his struggles to make himself at home in a decade he knew only from history books. He had none of the conveniences he had grown to love. He had no technology. No cell phone. No family. No way back to his home. In a way, this was a good thing for the cocky young man. Would you appreciate your life more if you were no longer living it? This book brings a lesson in my opinion. Joel had to find a way to go on living and fit in to a time of impending war. Some events that happened he was already aware of but he couldn't stop them. Such a well written novel, the author effortlessly shows
us what Joel goes through and what others around him go through as they learn to know him and love him. 

"The Mine" took me on time travel journey so magnificent that I will not soon forget. I would recommend this book to any fantasy, romance fans. A definite stand out in story, and romance.

                          AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: 

  John A. Heldt is a reference librarian and the author of the critically acclaimed Northwest Passage time-travel series. The former award-winning sportswriter and newspaper editor has loved getting subjects and verbs to agree since writing book reports on baseball heroes in grade school. A graduate of the University of Oregon and the University of Iowa, he is an avid fisherman, sports fan, home brewer, and reader of thrillers and historical fiction. When not sending contemporary characters to the not-so-distant past, he weighs in on literature and life at

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