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The Fire (Northwest Passage Book 4) by [Heldt, John A.]
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When Kevin Johnson, 22, goes to Wallace, Idaho, days after his college graduation, he expects to find rest and relaxation as his family prepares his deceased grandfather's house for sale. Then he discovers a hidden diary and a time portal that can take him to 1910, the year of Halley's comet and the largest wildfire in U.S. history. Within hours, Kevin finds himself in the era of horse-drawn wagons, straw hats, and ankle-length dresses. Traveling repeatedly to the same time and place, he decides to make the portal his gateway to summer fun. The adventure takes a more serious turn, however, when the luckless-in-love science major falls for pretty English teacher Sarah Thompson and integrates himself in a community headed for disaster. Filled with humor, romance, and heartbreak, THE FIRE, the sequel to THE JOURNEY, follows a conflicted soul through a life-changing journey as he makes his mark on a world he was never meant to see.

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  • Print Length: 531 pages
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  • Publisher: John A. Heldt (1 September 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EWTMO7W
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While on a family trip to Wallace, Idaho, Kevin finds a relative’s secret diary that explains the shed in the back yard is actually a time machine. Being young and adventurous, Kevin decides to have a go and is transported to 1910. He makes friends, develops a positive reputation within the town, and even lands a serendipitous position as a school teacher. Kevin’s reason for staying in 1910 for as long as he did is a lovely lady named Sarah. Additionally, he meets a second young lady (Sadie) who seems to have affections for him.
While I expected Kevin, as the main character, to be the only point of view, the story was built through multiple points of view, some even being minor characters. The author was kind enough to announce these changes at the beginning of each chapter. As three-fourths of the novel was from Kevin’s perspective, it felt like a lazy way of telling the reader about a character. The point of view changes were distracting, especially when Sarah or Sadie took the stage. It allowed for redundant reflections that the reader knew from previous interactions told from Kevin’s perspective. Instead of adding a sense of romance or heartache, it slowed down the progression of the, otherwise engaging , narrative. The love story plays out rather unpredictably through charming dialogue.
The premise of the novel was unique and Heldt’s research on the time period shows. His description of the town of Wallace and the nuances of life lived in 1910 bring the reader back in time with Kevin and create a wistful desire to return to simpler times. The year itself acts as a character and creates a tension in the back of our mind since we readers (and Kevin) know about the forest fire that will occur in August of 1910.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Male version of an Old-Fashioned Romance (literally, as the year is 1910) 1 May 2015
By F. Moyer - Published on Amazon.com
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I thought this book was a Sci-Fi book with a dash of romance. It’s not. It’s a romance book with a dash of fantasy. (It’s not science fiction because there is no science in this fiction.) Of course, it’s my fault for not reading the description more closely.

The book seemed geared toward male readers because the main character (a guy who has no girlfriend) soon has two beautiful women vying for his attention once he travels back to the year 1910. But since the story is romance-oriented, not sex-oriented, maybe the book is geared toward sensitive male readers.

“The Fire” occurs around the time and place of the worst forest fire in US history. The story, though, is driven more by the knowledge of the pending fire than by the fire itself.

The characters were essentially black or white. Most of the characters seemed impossibly kind and noble. The remaining few characters were completely immoral villains.

Bottom line: Not my usual book. And it had an odd (but fanciful) means of traveling through time. Yet I found the book itself oddly entertaining.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Northwest Passage Series 10 February 2016
By Gary in Sandy Eggo - Published on Amazon.com
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The Mine (2/13/2012)
The Journey (11/4/2012)
The Show (2/17/2013)
The Fire (9/1/2013)
The Mirror ((3/1/2014)

I have read all John Heldt’s Northwest Passage “Time Travel” stories. Rather than provide a synopsis on each and every one, I’m instead going to simply state my assessment of these novels as a whole and include it as a review on each one of the of the series.

Every story is about traveling into the past and setting the stage for the future. If you like time-travel, you’ll love this series. If I had to pick my favorite, for now I think “The Journey” would be it, but that’s just me.

Every story is a stand-alone novel. Occasionally there will be a subtle reference to one of the other novels, but that too is sufficiently explained to make it germane to the current story without requiring one to read any of the other stories.

Because every story is stand-alone, they don’t have to be read in any order. However, reading them in the sequence of being written will enable the reader to make most of the “connections” no matter how subtle they are. (“The Journey” is the only one that doesn’t appear tie in to the others – unless I missed something.)

What impresses me the most is how the author managed to tell five different stories, yet have them tie together in so many subtle ways. How was he able to keep track of everything? And, bless his heart, he doesn’t introduce too many characters to keep track of (I hate getting most of the way through a novel only to wonder “who’s Fred?” when he shows up long after being forgotten by myself).

The only “negative?” comment I might make is that the protagonists exercise “wisdom” way beyond their age when dealing with others. And, that’s not really a negative, but a wish that I might have shown such wisdom at that age instead of “acquiring” it the hard way.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John A. Heldt is a master of the time travel genre! The Fire will keep you on the edge of your seat. 30 August 2016
By MikiHope - Published on Amazon.com
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I know I have said this before--I truly love reading Time Travel books. John A. Heldt is a master of this genre! If you enjoy time travel that will make you feel that you are really traveling back in time-then the Northwest Passage series is definitely for you. This is the 4th in the series and I will be looking to see if there is another one-they are that good!! The characters come to life whether in their own time or in the time that they travel to. They are extremely human-this author knows how to describe emotion so that you feel the love, the pain, the fear and anything and everything else. The stories in all 4 of these books will keep you reading--I read each of them in one sitting--I just could not wait to see what happened next. The Fire will keep you on the edge of your seat--and the ending--well--it is not what you think it will be.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I read it for both the story of the great fire, about which I'd previously known very little 1 March 2015
By E. Phillips - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the only book of Mr. Heldt's series that I've read. I read it for both the story of the great fire, about which I'd previously known very little, and for the time travel element. Although it took almost the first half of the book for my attention to fully engage, the rest of the story was well worth the effort spent in getting familiar with the people and places. My only real criticism (for the four stars) is that when Kevin is in 1910 the conversations has with people from the era are in 2013-speak. I can't quite feel right about a Gibson-girl look alike who says, "since I've been dating you..." From other books of that period I've read, which were written then, it would seem more natural to hear "I've been seeing you," or something less specific that "dating".

Kevin, when living in 1910, for the most part does his best to keep his prior knowledge of upcoming events in Wallace, Idaho to himself, so it's particularly hard when the one time he slips on this the result is disastrous to someone. Which makes you wonder if time travel would be such a really great thing to try, anyhow?
4.0 out of 5 stars I was a little disappointed in his book “The Fire 16 October 2016
By George W. - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read several of John Heldt’s time travel novels and reacted enthusiastically to most of them, so I guess you could say I qualify as a fan. However, I was a little disappointed in his book “The Fire.” Don’t get me wrong: the writing is excellent as is Heldt’s research but the premise and some of the methodology of time travel in this book leaves me shaking my head in disbelief. I (unapologetically, I’m sure) hold every time travel book up against what I consider the “gold standard” in the genre: Jack Finney’s “Time and Again.” For years after reading Finney’s 1970 illustrated TT novel, I was (almost) convinced that if I was lucky enough to be chosen for the “Project,” sat through the professor’s classes and slowly familiarized myself with the time period to which I desired to travel, I might (just might!) make it. There was none of that with “The Fire.” I had to totally suspend belief in order to accept that the protagonist Kevin could, by spelling out in Roman numerals with “godless” pieces of gold the year he wanted to reach, he could, without any other preparation at all, accomplish it. Granted, the “lovers” in this tale are young but the romance is just a little bit mushy (kissee-kissee?) for the ardent time travel fan to accept. Take a little time between books and work on depth of character and believability, Mr. Heldt. That would be my advice.