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 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.
©2012 John A. Heldt (P)2014 Podium Publishing
"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)
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Curse you Mr Heldt, what have you done to me? You have taken me from my usual genre of zombies and or historical wartime leaders/events/characters and sometimes with the two combined
You have got me interested in what is essentially a love story… a love story with a twist! This is something I was not expecting. I was expecting alternative history time travel full of action with world war 2 playing a wham bam zap and pow type affair. What I got was a great tale of love across time zones.
I often found myself thinking about ‘what would I have done?’ Although Joel the main character has nothing in common with me, he is handsome, I’m….. well ugly. Joel’s a ladies man, I’m… well a desperate fat man! He is young, I’m old. He is rich, I am not. But I wanted it all to work out in the end for him.
I won’t give any of the story away, because I think this is the type of book that is best to go into with no idea of what is going to happen. However, I will comment on the narration. The narration does manage to suit the characters very well. The only negative with the narration was that it was a little slow and did require a bit of a speed up. This did in turn lessen the listening hours. On the bright side you can listen to this one in a single day.
I hope this is not an indication of my taste changing because I am quite happy with my normal listening choices. But Mr Heldt has caused me to think again!
TWO THUMBS UP FROM THE FAST FAT MAN!
The mine is an excellent story, well worth the money. The author was new to me, and I'm very happy that I took the chance - I loved the book and look forward to the sequels being released on audible!
Enjoyable book using the concept of time travel. Characters enjoyable and book kept my interest. How do our choices affect destiny and the lives of others.If you enjoy books similar to this, it is worth reading.
I liked the premise, and the eve of WWII period piece details were good as Josh gets transported back in time from 2000 to 1941.
Marginal character development -this has more than a touch of romance novel; Josh is almost perfect in appearance and deeds. Some odd anachronisms in the details and language. I was happy enough to finish it and can even imagine reading a sequel (my standards aren't all that high...) but I did find myself rolling my eyes at some of the language and plot holes.
I love the nostalgia of the era that Joel returned to and the author's descriptions. Joel maturity portray's the path we all have to take after college.
I have read almost every time travel novel I can find on Audible. This one is in the upper middle of the pack. It isn't very sci-fi, meaning that there is no discussion of theory or scientific terminology, just how the time travel happened from the travelers point of view. That being said, the content isn't horrible. The guy from the 2000 ends up in 1941 with some knowledge of the future that he takes limited advantage of while falling for a girl. It is mostly a clean romance that develops and supports the bulk of the content. One thing lacking in this book is suspense! There were no real threats to the characters. The biggest threat was the fiance of the main girl and he just ended up letting her no without conflict. Everything just seemed to work out all the time for Joel. Danger and risk would have improved the book a lot. It was an easy listen at 2X speed and the narrator did a good job. For the BEST in time travel, get REPLAY by Ken Grimwood, LIGHTNING by Koontz and THE SCHUMANN FREQUENCY by Chris Ride. If any of this review is helpful, please click YES below. Later.
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Yes, the writing was fine, and with another concept like time-travel, I think I would give it a shot.
I would have concentrated much more on the time travel aspect. Joel was entirely too complacent about his trip, and had no trouble adapting to the earlier period. I think that could have been much more interesting, with culture shock, fear of the war, homesickness, etc.
No, but he did a fine job with this book. I didn't especially like his female voices; they kept me from fully envisioning the female characters.
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