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The Mine (Northwest Passage Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

John A. Heldt
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Book 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 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.


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"With an irresistible, ironic humor and an obvious appreciation of history -- and a few I-didn't-see-that-coming surprises -- Heldt has written a tender, refreshing and thought-provoking romance guaranteed to entertain." -- Happy Ever After blog, USA TODAY

"The Mine is one of those stories that sneaks up on you and sweeps you off your feet." -- Librarian's Best Books of 2012, Library Journal

"Heldt has written a love story to rival The Notebook." -- Pen Possessed

"The best self-published novel I have ever read." -- 300 Word Book Reviews

"Exceptional, romantic, and timeless." -- For the Passion of Romance

"Amazing." -- NC Reader Girl

"This one will take your breath away." -- Wallflower Review

"Positively captivating!" -- Jenn's Review Blog

"A walk in the past that will leave your heart aching, smiling and longing for more." -- Scandalicious Book Reviews

"Magnificent." -- Bookish

"One of the most beautiful love stories I've ever read." -- Have You Heard My Book Review

"Heldt can write. His way with words is absolutely wondrous." -- Just a Girl Geek

"The love story is profound." -- Romance Writer's Reads

"This book had me on the edge of my seat." -- Elegant Bookworm

"I couldn't put it down." -- Rockin' & Reviewing

"The Mine is one of those stories that will stick with you. It was just about perfect." -- Book Lovers Inc.

"A sweet, nostalgic trip back in time." -- Silver's Reviews

"A wholly original and engaging experience." -- Literary Inklings

"Incredible." -- The Reading Cafe

"Watching Joel fall in love both with Grace and the 1940s is, quite simply, magical." -- Pages Unbound

"An exceptional debut." -- My Fiction Nook

"One of the best endings of a book I've ever read." -- Indie Bookshelf

"Keep your tissues handy." -- Rita Reviews

Product Details

  • File Size: 475 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: John A. Heldt (February 13, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078S9B6G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Well Told Story February 13, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Finding a new favorite book is one of life's greatest pleasures. I just finished THE MINE by John Heldt and have that bittersweet feeling you have when you reach the last page of a great story.

The year is 2000 and Joel Smith is a couple weeks away from graduating college in Seattle. On a road trip to Montana with a friend, Smith enters a mine for a little spelunking. But when he reappears, it's the year 1941, six months before Pearl Harbor. Unable to find his friend, he makes his way back to Seattle looking for a life that won't be there for another 60 years. He ends up meeting a close group of friends, including the woman he knows will one day be his grandmother. As he continues to live in a time that's not his own, he learns what's really important in life. He also struggles with the ethical dilemmas of knowing what will happen in the future, ranging from the mundane occurences, like betting on a fight he knows the outcome of, to world events that will have a devastating impact on his friends. The question of whether or not he can go back to his time weighs heavily upon him, as does the effect he'll have on so many interconnected lives.

Heldt is an excellent storyteller, with an unerring sense of pacing. The characters he's created are real, three-dimensional people and you have a vested interest in the impact Joel could have on them, should he choose to speak up. Heldt also does an excellent job of painting a vivid picture of the times. From a small town in Montana in the present day to pre-war Seattle, the history comes alive in this book.

I also did something I only do in books that really grab hold of me....I snuck ahead to read the end of the book, while I was still only 40% done. It's a sign of how much I care for the characters that I needed to know how they ended up.

I really look forward to his next book and highly recommend this.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read! Nice nostaglic trip into the 1940s. July 7, 2012
By JSC
Format:Kindle Edition
Note: I received a free copy of this ebook for review purposes (see Booksquawk.com). I am not acquainted with the author in any way.

The pitch for this novel intrigued me: In the year 2000, a college senior enters a mine and comes out in the year 1941. "Stuck in the age of Whirlaway, swing dancing, and a peacetime draft, Joel begins a new life as the nation drifts toward war."

Lots of potential there--will Joel ever find his way back to the present? Will he ever see his family and friends again? What about the looming war? Will Joel be caught up in it? If he is stuck in the past for a long time, will he want to go back to the future should he ever get the opportunity? And, most important, will his interactions in the past affect the future?

While this book turned out to be not what I expected, that isn't necessarily a bad thing. The actual mine plays a very small (yet pivotal) role in the novel. It is less about science fiction or fantasy and more about romance. Fans of Nicholas Sparks, or other romance writers, will love this book. It is a cross between The Notebook and The Time-Traveler's Wife.

The entire time I was reading I assumed the author lived through the 1940s, but when I looked at his author profile, I see he's a much younger man! Heldt did an excellent job researching the time period. It added a real sense of authenticity. Heldt captured the tone of the times through both character development and references to what was popular during that age--the music, dances, social mores, and historical events.

I enjoyed this novel; it was a pleasant and interesting read. The author knows his craft--there were very few, if any, grammatical or typographical errors, and the story was well structured.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching, heartfelt, amazing. June 13, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Let's be honest here. When you pick up a self-published book--even if it has a kick-ass blurb--it's hit or miss. So when Mr. Heldt, the author of The Mine, contacted me and asked me to review it...Well, I was skeptical. I almost declined. But I love a good time travel story, so I went into it with low expectations.
Boy, was I wrong.

The Mine reminded me very much of both Stephen King's 11/22/63, and the movie, Back to the Future, but it takes a bit to get moving.

The beginning is slow. Joel, the main character, is difficult to like at first. He's cocky and arrogant.
But when he meets Tom, things change. I'll even go as far as to say....It gets magical.

Mr. Heldt can write. His way with words is absolutely wondrous.
His characters are vivid and beautiful and alive. I loved them all, but Katie especially found her way into my heart.

Through the whole book, the author had me asking myself, 'What would I do? How would I react? Could I survive being teleported 60 years into the past?"
It's actually fun...and a little bit scary...to sit and think about that while reading a story like this one.

The Mine asks some big questions. Joel lands in a time heading for war. His struggles with the decisions he has to make is heartbreaking to watch.

You WILL cry while reading this book. A few times. So have tissues close.
And the end is a thing of absolute magic. I LOVED it.

I truly wish that one of the 'big name' publishers had picked up The Mine. This book needs much more publicity and exposure than it's getting.
So I'll do my part to get the word out to as many people as I can, starting here.

PLEASE read The Mine. It's amazing and wonderful and fun and touching.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book.
Published 10 days ago by paul stockton
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended!
I really enjoyed this story about Joel who unexpectedly finds himself back in the 1941 after a planned five minute stop off to explore a mine has unexpected results. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Bodicia
3.0 out of 5 stars This is a series of romance novels, not a sci-fi or history series
I've read both this book and its sequel "The Mine" and while it's a good page turner it's little more than a predictable romance novel using time travel as a deus ex... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish There Were 6 Stars
Wow. Just wow. I fell in love with the characters in this book. When I receive a book for review purposes on my blog, I read during the day so I can pay attention. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Vanessa Carmichael
3.0 out of 5 stars Reading
“Joel?”
“Yeah.”
“I have a question.”
“Shoot.”
“How is your English progressing?”
“What? Read more
Published 19 days ago by Reading Bifrost
4.0 out of 5 stars THE MINE is definitely one to add to your ‘to-read’ list.
I really enjoyed John A. Heldt’s time-travel love story, full of engaging likeable characters and interesting period details. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Tony
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, first of a series of five
Good book, first of a series of five. I have read the first three and have liked them although there seems to be a lot of sameness in the sequels. Overall a good summer read.
Published 1 month ago by Donald E. Waskiewicz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyable read. Would tell anyone to send the time on this book.
Published 1 month ago by vj8isuf
4.0 out of 5 stars The Mine reads very much like one part contemporary romance
The Mine reads very much like one part contemporary romance, one part time travel, and one part history lesson. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars It's like a time travel deal but with some twists and ...
Strange but interesting. It's like a time travel deal but with some twists and turns. If you like history, romance, and a little bit of sceince tossed in then this is the book.
Published 1 month ago by Colleen Chupp
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John A. Heldt is the author of the critically acclaimed Northwest Passage series. The former reference librarian and award-winning sportswriter 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, Heldt 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 johnheldt.blogspot.com.

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