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The Mine (Northwest Passage Book 1) by [Heldt, John A.]
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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 778 KB
  • Print Length: 422 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: John A. Heldt (13 February 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078S9B6G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #123,102 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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In May 2000, Joel Smith and Adam Levy were just three weeks away from college graduation when they decided to take a 5-day trip to blow off some steam by going for a drive to Wyoming. On their way back to Seattle, at a small cafe where they stopped for a meal they heard an interesting news report about a rare space phenomenon. Six of the eight planets in our solar system would be roughly aligned for the next 24 hours.

Because the traffic was backed up, when Joel saw a sign for an abandoned mine He insisted on making a detour to it. Once there, the ever-adventurous young man insisted on going inside, where he made a unique discovery as a student of geology. Before he could reach the object, he was startled by a rattlesnake and took off running, slamming his forehead right into a low support beam, knocking himself out cold. When he awoke, he made his way out of the tunnel to the surface but found things slightly different than when he had entered - the rails didn't seem as worn, the remaining boards he did not remove over the entrance were gone and when he reached the surface the dilapidated buildings were in much better condition, but worst of all Adam was gone.

Thinking perhaps Adam had headed back into town to the restaurant to get his forgotten sunglasses, Joel started walking back to town. When he finally got to town and explored around a bit, to his fright and consternation he discovered it was 1941!

I really enjoyed this historical novel which was a look at what it would be like if you travelled back in time 59 years and met some of your contemporaries at a younger age.
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I found this book doing a search on time travel and science fiction and after reading a synopsis decided to give it a go. I was so glad I did because this is a wonderful book and so are the four following books in this Northwest Passage series. I can say straight of that this is a very good book indeed, a mixture of time travel, lovely romance and history. I had not read this author previously but I found the author very good with down to earth sensible and meaningful conversations between characters and also his attention to details of past events. For me, a good story is one that is easy to read and understand with believable characters that you end up caring about...and a book that is hard to put down. This book ticks all the boxes. I purchased this book as an experiment and it directed me on to the following four books in the series. Each could be read as a stand alone story but it would be far better to read them in the order in which they were written to fully understand the scope of these yarns, all of which are linked in one way or another. I read all five books in my spare time over a couple of weeks. I was very sorry to close the last page on the final book in this series and wished for a sixth book. I recently saw a movie called 'About Time' which I also highly recommend which also dealt with a similar theme. So if you like nice romances set in interesting times with a little bit of time travel then this book and its sequels are just the ticket to ride.
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By Mel TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 October 2015
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I enjoyed this time travel romance. I have a high expectation for time travel books as so often they can so often be done poorly. This one was delightful.

Joel is on a road trip with a friend in the year 2000 when he stumbles across an abandoned mine. It just so happens that some strange celestial event is occurring at the same time and once he enters the mine he is thrust back in time to 1941. With money he can’t use because it hasn’t been printed yet, and no identification, he has to quickly learn how to make his way in a world that is about to be ravaged by war. He also happens to come across his grandmother and fall in love with her very-much-engaged-already best friend Grace. If the opportunity to go home again came, would he take it?

I loved the characters. Joel was a fantastic character! I loved how he was forced to navigate through this foreign time with nothing but his wits and intelligence, and luckily a good memory of history. I enjoyed his sense of humour and take on life. I was a bit perplexed by some of his choices in regards to his love life, but overall he was a great character.

I enjoyed the other characters too but I feel it lacked a bit of conflict. I find I really enjoy stories where the main character makes an enemy or has to work out how to deal with a foe, I felt that this story lacked a bit of OOMPH for me. Don’t get me wrong it was a lovely romance, but I felt at times it was a little slow moving without too much strength in the story to keep me totally hooked.

I really enjoyed the friendship that bloomed between Joel and Tom. That was one of the best parts of the book for me. The predicament he was in, that if he didn’t let Tom go, he would never be born.

The book was extremely well written and easy to read.
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By Karen's Book Haven TOP 100 REVIEWER on 2 May 2015
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As you know, I read a lot. I read a wide variety but usually in the same realm of romance. But sometimes, I’m drawn to something not within those bounds and when I was approached to review this book, reading that blurb had me hooked. I’m so glad I did because this is a great read if you are looking for something different.
There are a lot of American references that are lost on me but it doesn’t detract or distract from the story. Joel is a great character. When he goes down the mine, he took me on a journey of discovery that his experience in the modern world has served him well in the time gone by. I can’t say too much because I don’t want to ruin the story for anyone else who reads this.
The imagery is written perfectly and the flow of the story is spot on. Like I said, I have no experience with America but through John’s writing, I was able to get a clear visual on what Joel and the other characters were doing and their surroundings. For lovers of paranormal, have to say this is very well written and very enjoyable.
I was given an advance reader copy for my honest opinion.
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