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The Mine by John A. Heldt


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.


The author was able to bring the characters across in such a way that we began to care about them and I fretted with Joel about what he should do if he should be able to return to his life in 2000. He had developed such good friendships and even fallen in love with a young woman.

Knowing the future gave Joel certain advantages and disadvantages that Joel had to deal with very carefully because he did not want to change the lives of too many people by being in the past. He speculated about whether he would watch himself grow up if he couldn't return home.


The sexual scenes (I think there was only one) was mainly implied, and the profanity was relatively minimal.


There were several interesting twists to the plot that made this historical-romance time travel novel a book that I would recommend to others. The Mine really made you think about what you would be changing simply by having contact with anyone if you went back in time and the damage you could do by knowing what was going to happen to people and warning them about it in order to save them from it. I gave The Mine 4 stars out of 5.


Thank you so the author for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.


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