The Mine

The Mine  by  John A. Heldt    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 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.

mineThe Mine    5 STARS

Heldt does a remarkable job of painting a picture through his words that lets you see the moment in its entirety, but doesn’t dawdle too long and overdo a simple setting… I was rather surprised how quickly this turned into a romantic plotline… yet the added dilemma given to Joel due to the fact that he’s a man out of time did add a bit of uncertainty… it is because of this that I wouldn’t call this a romance novel but in fact dealing more with the problems a time traveler would face… because even as you may root for the couple to end up together… there’s that worry that in doing so he could significantly alter the future… he is quickly faced with the fact that the man that has becomes his best friend in the 40’s is a man Joel knows is going to die in WWII and the fear that by stopping his death he’ll actually prevent his own birth adds to his constant struggle to fit into a past world he has become trapped in… it is these things that are called into notice that brought me as the reader into quite the quandary of what ending to be wishing for and really keep you guessing as to how it’ll all turn out while having this sense of foreboding that, is often the case with life, the ending won’t be happily-ever-after… I found Heldt’s references to Ray Bradbury’s A Sound of Thunder helped enforce that fear of the butterfly effect and yet with such undertones that you can almost ignore the warnings while wishing for love to conquer all… one of the best books I’ve read this year and I will definitely be searching for more by Heldt in the future…


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