Friday, 15 March 2013

John A. Heldt
The Mine

The cover wasn't exciting. It looked like a non-fiction book about trains at first glance, and I wouldn't have looked twice at this book at all. It spoke boring. But it had good reviews on both the American and UK Amazon site, and so I moved to the blurb. That was a lot better. It told me straight away who and what the novel is about. The main protagonist is Joel Smith and he's 'cocky', and towards the end of the blurb I know he's going to be 'humbled' because of his time-travel to the 1940s.

I began the 'look inside' feature first to see if it was something I'd like, and admittedly I did struggle with it, but most of the reviews said it was a slow burner so I thought I'd try it. And at 77p it'd hardly break the bank!

I didn't finished the book. It never picked up, and although it was very well written and researched I felt the main character was wooden. For a young guy from the 21st century he wasn't fazed at all by the lack of modern things.

It was a gentle read, but I finished long before the end, it just didn't grip me enough.


In 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.