Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Book Review: The Mine by John A. Heldt

By M. J. Joachim

It was a love/hate relationship from early on in the book while reading The Mine by John A. Heldt. Love won out, because this story (that could easily have been divided up with a sequel or into a trilogy) is written extraordinarily well. Length aside – yes, I would have preferred to read the second and third books, rather than this epic novel all in one sitting, Heldt’s book is a definite page turner, one you’ll be captivated by for hours.

Traveling back in time always reminds me of Back to the Future; I half expected Joel, the main character, to meet up with some mad scientist. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised with a historical journey that took place in a small town in and around the state of Washington, prior to and including the early days of World War II. I was introduced to new friends in another place and time. 

Getting to know these people, with my “co-conspirator” Joel, was more than a little intriguing. The guy literally belonged in two different worlds, easing the transition of one to the next without incident. Oh sure, Joel had concerns, but he was a faithful and fearless leader into the pages of the past. Seeing the world then and now through Joel’s eyes, was like watching a prominent father direct and take care of his family, even as the world is falling apart all around him. Joel never misses a beat, even with the knowledge of Hitler’s looming holocaust imprinted on his heart. 

As much as The Mine is an historical novel, it could easily qualify as romance and drama, as well. Joel got the girl in 1941. He won the hearts of many, to be sure. Grace was special, however. She’s the one who won Joel’s heart, leaving him torn with the decision to stay in 1941, or return to the year 2000. Sorry, I’m not going to spoil if for you, by telling you his decision. Nor will I tell you what happened after he made that decision and how it affected the rest of his life. You’ll just have to read the book to find out. 

That said, The Mine is definitely being added to my Recommended Reading page. It’s long, but well worth the time it takes to read it.

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M. J. 

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