Author: John A. Heldt
Genre: Science Fiction
Publication Date: February 20, 2012
Description: 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 Whirlaway, 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 is a love story that 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.
I received a free copy of the ebook from the author for an honest review.
This is one of those books that I didn’t want to end because it was so good. Time travel isn’t a new concept but Joel hanging out with his grandma and her friends in 1941 was a little different from other time travel books I’ve read or movies I’ve seen.
It was definitely easy to relate to the characters, especially Joel and Grace Their once in a lifetime love for each other was refreshingly innocent. And I could feel Joel’s anguish over knowing the future of the war and the fate of some of those he became friends with.
John A. Heldt is a good writer. He grabs your interest quickly and keeps the story interesting. I usually read two books at a time, one at work and one at home, but when I got close to the end of The Mine I had to bring it home to finish. Right when Joel made his decision on whether or not to return home, I had to stop to cook dinner. As I was cooking, I decided how I wanted the book to end. I couldn’t wait to get back to it and see if it ended the way I wanted! I was not disappointed.
I definitely recommend this book. I look forward to reading the sequel at some point.
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