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The Fire (Northwest Passage #4)

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  517 Ratings  ·  97 Reviews
When Kevin Johnson, 22, goes to Wallace, Idaho, days after his college graduation, he expects to find rest and relaxation as his family prepares his deceased grandfather's house for sale. Then he discovers a hidden diary and a time portal that can take him to 1910, the year of Halley's comet and the largest wildfire in U.S. history. Within hours, Kevin finds himself in the ...more
Kindle Edition, 370 pages
Published November 20th 2015 by John A. Heldt (first published September 1st 2013)
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Sandra Lopez
Sep 26, 2013 Sandra Lopez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third John Heldt novel that I’ve read. "The Fire" is the sequel to "The Mine" and "The Journey."

Our hero, Joel Smith, from "The Mine" returns as a geology professor to Kevin Johnson, an upcoming college graduate.

Being that it was his last summer before grad school, Kevin takes a mini vacation with his family (his mother being Shelly Preston from "The Journey") touring an old city that was destroyed by a fire over a hundred years ago. Then, one night, Kevin discovered something that
April Wood
Jun 25, 2016 April Wood rated it really liked it
This time-traveling adventure was inspired by major historical events: the great fire of 1910, caused by the Halley’s Comet which led to a huge wildfire. This science fiction novel weaves romance with time-travel. Throw in an adventurous twenty-two year old, who can’t help but to meddle with with history, and you have yourself a great read!

I really liked Kevin because of his chivalrous nature. His character won my heart when he paid the debt of a prostitute’s father – so that she no longer had t
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
What would you do if you found yourself with the unique ability to travel back through time? Would you take a risk and do it? That is just where Kevin Johnson finds himself after joining his family to go through his grandparents house in Wallace, Idaho. Kevin just recently graduated from college with two majors in Earth Science and Physics. Now while attempting to kill a spider in his room, he spills an ice tea and discovers the tell-tale marks of a hidden storage space beneath the wooden floor. ...more
Once again, author John Heldt blends history, time travel and romance. Once again he has created another warm and wonderful read with his signature brand of writing! The Fire, at first glance, seemed to be a little lighter than his previous time travel romances, there seemed to be more of an adventurous spirit in his young hero, who makes a few trips back, knowing he may be interfering with history, but unable to avoid the pull. Over 100 years in the past, Kevin’s heart tells him he has found th ...more
Carrie Slager
[Full disclosure: John Heldt gave me an ARC of his latest novel in exchange for an honest review.]

John Heldt is probably the only man that can make me consistently cry. And that’s a good thing!

Kevin Johnston is the son of Shelly Preston, our protagonist from The Journey. As you may recall, an older Michelle had time travelled back to see her younger self and her story did not end well. So you could say time travelling is in the family and that Kevin can’t get away from it, especially when you le
Oct 16, 2013 Sheri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Fire (Northwest Passage #4) by John A. Hedlt

The Fire, the sequel to the Journey follows young Kevin Johnson to his deceased grandfathers' home in Wallace, Idaho in 2013. There he discovers his great grandfathers diary, and a portal that takes him back to 1910. That is the year of the worlds biggest fire and Haley's comet.

He learns he can travel back and forth between 2013 and 1910. Once there he makes friends and has the opportunity to help some people. He even meets the woman of his dreams
Boundless Book Reviews
I was impressed with this book. Once again you see Joel and Grace through the eyes of one of Joel's students. Kevin travels back in time to 1910 when his family goes on vacation and visits an old family home. In 1910 he learns about love and family. He meets a woman, falls in loves and wishes to bring her to the future.  He also helps others with his wealth, and he becomes a teacher in a town that needs educators. Along the way he has to decide to change the past or let the world go on, even ...more
Kellyn Roth
I was disappointed by The Fire. Now, don’t get me wrong! It was a splendid novel … but it just wasn’t quite as good as The Mine and Indiana Belle.

Read the rest of the review here!

~Kellyn Roth, Reveries Reviews
Glenda Griffin
Sep 05, 2015 Glenda Griffin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Fire

I love the thought of time travel, this was pure ecstasy. Thank you John Heldt. This novel held me captive throughout the adventures and heartache. I highly recommend this novel to fellow fans of time travel.
Lora Briggs
Mar 28, 2015 Lora Briggs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will look for others in this series. Kept me reading and wanting it to go on past the end into a new adventure.
Charity Rowell-Stansbury
I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

In this sequel to The Mine and The Show, readers follow Kevin Johnson as he discovers his grandfather's secret cache that contains treasure and a journal with the location to a time portal as well as instructions on how to use it. Feeling adventurous, Kevin decides to visit 1910 briefly and finds himself captivated by a beautiful and captivating woman that he cannot seem to stop thinking about. After returning to his own time
Oct 26, 2016 April rated it really liked it
The Fire
: John A. Heldt

This is book 4 in series. I haven't listened to the first three.

Kevin Johnson goes on vacation with his family after college graduation. He discovers a time travel portal and the adventure begins. There is plenty of mystery and suspense and even romance. The listener will be kept on the edge of their seat waiting to see if his dreams will come true.

The narration was well done.The characters were well portrayed. Chaz Allen performance was entertaining.

"I was voluntarily pro
Melanie S Read
Nov 03, 2016 Melanie S Read rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Compelling look at a bit of our country's history

Also, being laced with the story of a time traveler, gave history a sci-fi edge. I would recommend this story to anyone who likes both.
Casee Marie
Oct 01, 2013 Casee Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, 2013
Recently graduated from college, twenty-two year-old Kevin Johnson is visiting the small town of Wallace, Idaho with his family when he stumbles across a hidden diary and a cache of early 20th century gold coins in his late grandfather’s home. Kevin’s plans for a quiet summer change drastically when he discovers that the home’s old wood shed is a portal to the 1900s and the treasure was hidden away by his great-great-grandfather Asa Johnson, ancestral patriarch and apparent time-traveler. As ...more
Book Info
Kindle Edition, 367 pages
Published August 31st 2013 by John A. Heldt
edition language English
characters Kevin Johnson, Sarah Thompson
setting Wallace, Idaho, 1910 (United States)
other editions None found
Source:Authorin exchange for honest review

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When Kevin Johnson, 22, goes to Wallace, Idaho, days after his college graduation, he expects to find rest and relaxation as his family prepares his deceased grandfather's house for sale.
Cynthia H. Hodges

There was only one thing I didn't like; some solidly strong and interesting characters weren't more fully fleshed out. Maude, for instance. But I suspect the fact that I haven't read any other books in this series mY hAve a role in that. I certainly shall, now! This was one of the first books to fully capture my interest in a while. The historical story line, personal story line, and time travel made it a full complement of fantasy just right for me!
Oct 10, 2016 Marion rated it it was amazing
This is a fun book to read. Enjoyed the time traveling element and the love story. To be honest, I didn't like the end. But the book is well written, engaging and a page turner for me. Hard to put down.
Oct 06, 2016 Linda rated it liked it
Time travel book about a young man who travels back and forth from 1910 (or so) to current time. Interesting book as historical information is woven into the story line.

Not sure this book is for everyone since some folks are not believers of this theory.
Oct 13, 2013 Krysta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Source: received from author in exchange for an honest review

The Fire returns readers to the magical world of John Heldt's Northwest Passage series, a place where the past intersects with the present and characters have the ability to change not only their destinies, but also the destinies of the people they love. Though the plot may seem familiar from previous installments of the series, the characters make the story their own. Smart, caring, confident, and thoughtful, these are people with who
Rachel T
5 out of 5 for this reader folks!

Man can John A Heldt write one heck of a story! Once again I was completely captivated and sucked into a story that was full of possibilities and consistently delivered chapter after chapter. The Fire by John A Heldt is the fourth book in his Northern Passage series and while we get to visit a few familiar characters this particular book is the sequel to his book The Journey.

This story follows Kevin Johnson (he is the son Sally Preston from The Journey). Kevin is
Lara Girdler
Jan 27, 2014 Lara Girdler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
They say some things run in the family; i.e. blond hair, blue eyes, height, alcoholism, etc. but never in a million years did I guess that time travel could as well! When Michelle from The Journey took an accidental trip back in time to 1971 she altered history enough that instead of a loveless marriage to a controlling man, she instead married her best friend and went on to have two children, Kevin her oldest and his sister Irene. I am guessing that Kevin never once expected to follow in his ...more
Aug 22, 2016 Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Fire" is certainly my favorite book in the Northwest Passage series. "The Show" was my least favorite, and I feel that everything that I struggled with in "The Show" works significantly better here.

Looking back at the prior three stories, three characters are thrown back in time. The first becomes temporarily homeless, the second contemplates suicide, and the third becomes depressed due to the separation from her children. Here, Kevin Johnson is encouraged to have an adventure. He can effec
Teena in Toronto
It's June 2013 and Kevin has just graduated from university. He and his family head to Wallace, ID, to clean up his late grandfather's house to sell it. When his parents and sister go away for a couple days, Kevin finds a diary, old coins and diamonds in a secret hiding place under the floor. Kevin reads the diary and realizes that his ancestor, Asa, who had owned the house, was a time traveler and the portal is in the backyard. On a lark, Kevin checks it out and discovers he has sent himself ...more
Nov 17, 2013 Hollie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review was first posted on Music, Books and Tea.

There is something I find incredibly comforting about reading the latest installment of the Northwest Passage series. I’m not entirely sure what it is, but I have enjoyed every single book of this series so far, and The Fire was no exception to that rule.

I love how all the books in this series are connected to one another in a way. The Fire reintroduces us to Kevin Johnson, who we last saw as a child at the end of The Journey, the second book
Mike Siedschlag
Jan 26, 2016 Mike Siedschlag rated it it was amazing
The Fire by John A. Heldt was gifted to me because I enjoy The Northwest Passage series. He didn't request a review, but here goes anyway.

The 1910 fire which devastated much of Montana and Idaho is the backdrop for The Fire. Set in Wallace, Idaho, county seat of Shoshone County, the story describes the destruction of that city. More than that, it is the vehicle whereby author John A. Heldt spins a tale of love, loss, history, humor and morality. The Fire is at times heart-warming, heart-rending,
Sep 27, 2016 Sdccmsj rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well written and quaint

The tale is reminiscent of a much earlier novel and does a good job of capturing the noble side of love rather than sexual descriptions. Left with a greater appreciation for the values of teaching others, standing up for the weak, and treating others well.
Derek McCabrey
Jul 11, 2016 Derek McCabrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this story and I'll tell you why: bear in mind that read the book in three days and ( due to personal circumstances ) am now only writing this review on 11 July 2016 and can still recall quite clearly what I thought and felt whilst reading the book.

The story involves time-travelling - a fantastical subject that, taken at face value, would probably exclude all but science fiction aficionados, the naive and the curious. But if that in fact is the case then those who are put off
Awesome Indies Reviewers
While on a family trip to Wallace, Idaho, Kevin finds a relative’s secret diary that explains the shed in the back yard is actually a time machine. Being young and adventurous, Kevin decides to have a go and is transported to 1910. He makes friends, develops a positive reputation within the town, and even lands a serendipitous position as a school teacher. Kevin’s reason for staying in 1910 for as long as he did is a lovely lady named Sarah. Additionally, he meets a second young lady (Sadie) who ...more
Jennifer Hines
Jan 14, 2014 Jennifer Hines rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

This by far was my favorite book of the series. It may be the sequel to The Journey, but it also brought in characters from The Mine and The Show as well. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing what became of Joel and Grace Smith.

The Fire follows Kevin Johnson, the son of Michelle (the same Michelle “Shelly” from The Journey). It’s easy to see that the desire for adventure doesn’t fall far from the family tree. Kevin puts caution t
Sharon Xuereb
Full review of The Fire at Sharon's Book Nook!

*Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*

The Fire is the sequel to The Journey and follows the time travelling adventures of Kevin Johnson who is the son of Michelle who we know from The Journey.

This is by far the best book by John A. Heldt and it’s great to see his stories and writing improve with each new release. Again, the attention to detail and research that has been invested in this book is phenomenal. Mr Heldt’s terrific imag
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John A. Heldt is the author of the critically acclaimed Northwest Passage and American Journey series. The former reference librarian and award-winning sportswriter has loved getting subjects and verbs to agree since writing book reports on baseball heroes in grade school. A graduate of the University of Oregon and the University of Iowa, Heldt is an avid fisherman, sports fan, home brewer, and ...more
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Northwest Passage (5 books)
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