Friday, August 3, 2012

The Mine by John Heldt

Attention Readers! I can count on one hand the number of curse words in this book, other than that it is a clean read.

About Book
In 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 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.

About Author
John A. Heldt is a reference librarian who lives and works in Montana. The former award-winning sportswriter and newspaper editor has loved reading and writing since writing book reports on baseball heroes in grade school. A graduate of both the University of Oregon and University of Iowa, he is an avid fisherman, sports fan, home brewer, and reader of thrillers and historical fiction. THE MINE is his first novel.





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My Thoughts
In 2000 Joel Smith and his best friend take a well needed break from term papers and decide to leave college behind and go hiking in Montana. When they arrive in Helena, Montana, a quaint little town, Joel notices a sign post reading Gold Mine. So against the wishes of his friend he sets off in his RAV4 to visit the Gold Mine. He enters the gold mine finding much more than he expected. But when he exits the mine he finds himself in the year 1941. His RAV4 and best friend are nowhere in sight. Facing this crazy predicament he realizes he has no idea how to get back to his on timeline.

With no way to buy food with his credit cards or even the cash he had he knew he would need to search for a job. Joel rides the rails like many hobos in his new timeline. He meets and makes many friends some possibly people he recognizes from his own time.

Don't let the book cover hold you back from reading this book. I kept putting off reading the book and as you know you can not judge a book by it's cover. It was an outstanding read about time travel  and dealing with the life and plight you are given.

This is not amateur writing. When I read the book I again was surprised at the talent of this author. You will want to read this book. Don't hold back I know you will enjoy this book.

I am looking forward to reading more from this author.

I gladly rated this book a 5 out of 5.

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I received a free copy of this book from the author for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.


  1. I agree this was a great read! I loved it more than I thought I would. The time travel aspect, the bygone era of the 40s, and the old-fashioned romance were well done.

  2. I enjoyed this book as well as the rest in the series.