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The Fire

(Northwest Passage #4)

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4.01  ·  Rating details ·  720 ratings  ·  120 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, 367 pages
Published September 1st 2013 by John A. Heldt
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Sandra Lopez
Sep 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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April Wood
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Valerie
So much was of interest in this time travel novel...the setting in Wallace, ID (the state of my birth), the time period (where there were modern conveniences mixing in with the horse and buggy days), the historic fire that leveled much of Wallace in 1910(loved how the author gave Kevin memories from his grandfather to guide him during the fire.) The author made me think I could just find this old stone building in Wallace and travel to another time in Wallace. Some things concerned me...like tea ...more
Jamie St. Pierre
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
John Heldt is a great Author.

This is the fourth book I’ve read from him. The 4th in this series.

John not only captures your attention with his writing, but he really personifies his characters. Especially with this book.

I really felt a connection with Kevin, Sadie, Andy, Maude, and Sarah. By the end I felt like a close friend. People I’ve known for ages.

I felt a connection to the era, so much in fact that I looked up the places and people mentioned. I discovered and appreciated music of the firs
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Laura
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great read

A solid read with enough twists to keep interest and an ending that is fulfilling
Recommend to all who like a good tale
Kristine Vigil
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great story

This is the only book I have read of this series but I was able to follow the story without a problem. An entertaining, captivating story.
Casee Marie
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 Kev ...more
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
Dianne
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
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
[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
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Sheri
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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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 tho ...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 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it really liked it
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.
Dee
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Dee by: Author
The Fire (Northwest Passage) bk 4 by John Heldt Review
Halley’s comet sets the stage for love!

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 era of horse-drawn wagons, stra
...more
Dee
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Fire (Northwest Passage) bk 4 by John Heldt Review
Halley’s comet sets the stage for love!I

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 era of horse-drawn wagons, str
...more
Teresa
May 08, 2018 rated it liked it
The Fire (Northwest Passage, #4) by John A. Heldt The fire is book 4 in Norhtwest Passage Series by John A Heldt. The book is based loosely on the Great Fire of 1910 (Largest Wildfire in US history) and Haley's Comet. In the book Kevin Johnson has just graduated college and goes on a mini vacation to his Recently passed Grandfather's house with his family to get the place ready to put up for sale. While there he finds a secret diary and a time travel portal. The portal can transport him to 1910 ...more
Teresa
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The fire is book 4 in Norhtwest Passage Series by John A Heldt. The book is based loosely on the Great Fire of 1910 (Largest Wildfire in US history) and Haley's Comet. In the book Kevin Johnson has just graduated college and goes on a mini vacation to his Recently passed Grandfather's house with his family to get the place ready to put up for sale. While there he finds a secret diary and a time travel portal. The portal can transport him to 1910 and back. He finds out this is how his Grandfather ...more
Jim Kratzok
A solid story.

Once again, time travel is a major part of the story but is really more of a convenience without a logical reason for it to even happen. In this book, however, Kevin Johnson has somewhat more control over the trips and the year of his destination because of his discovery of his great great grandfather Asa's time travel diary. But time travel is subject is treated more as magic than science, requiring coordination of lunar cycles, or equinoxes, and spelling out the destination year
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April
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
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Paula
Aug 09, 2017 rated it liked it
I was a little wary starting this book, as it is #4 in a series, and I had not read any of the previous books. No problem there! Couldn't even tell it was a series from reading it. This book deals with Time Travel, the 1910 appearance of Halley's comet, and the Great Fire of 1910. A young man, just graduated from college and uncertain of his life's path, finds a stash from his great great grandfather in the bedroom of the house his family is readying for sale, leading him into delving into time ...more
Wendy Holley
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you love history you'll really enjoy this story. The details of an historic town and well known fire that took out the town is expertly woven into the characters lives.
I felt like I was right there in the town.
The method of time travel was believable.
I listened to the audio version and found the voice of the narrator was a little old for this story and he didn't do female voices very well. But the story was really good.
Angela
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know to wait to get into one of these books until I can devote major time to them - they suck me in for hours on end until I finish. This one was not different. (view spoiler)
Rene
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: timetravel
This one was my favorite in the series thus far, although the time travel device was the weakest of all the books. I really liked all the characters (with one exception, of course). I had to stay up till midnight last night to finish it. I couldn't go to sleep without knowing what was going to happen. I liked the ending (eventually... ;-). I thought it was a great story, well paced and engrossing. Can't wait for the next one!
Melanie S Read
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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.
Marilyn Buehler
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good read. I'm not much into time travel but this was a bit different . It was based on old legends and history. I found it very interesting.
Diana
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good read

I enjoyed this book. it only got a little stalled out toward the middle of story but soon picked up my interest again. The last half became a page turner.
Rose Maniscalco
If you are going to read this book, read it and don't listen to it. The narrator is terrible and pauses in all the wrong places, making the story hard to make sense of.

That being said, the story was much the same as the rest of the series. Someone goes back in time and disregards everything they have been told about not interfering in things. They also "fall in love" but that person is quickly replaced when circumstances make it impossible for them to be together. I don't know if the author has
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Jackie
Book Info
Kindle Edition, 367 pages
Published August 31st 2013 by John A. Heldt
ASIN B00EWTMO7W
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.
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John A. Heldt is the author of the critically acclaimed Northwest Passage, American Journey, and Carson Chronicles 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, ...more

Other books in the series

Northwest Passage (5 books)
  • The Mine (Northwest Passage, #1)
  • The Journey (Northwest Passage, #2)
  • The Show  (Northwest Passage, #3)
  • The Mirror (Northwest Passage, #5)