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The Mine

(Northwest Passage #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  2,092 ratings  ·  467 reviews
In May 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 swing dan ...more
Kindle Edition, 291 pages
Published December 6th 2013 by John A. Heldt (first published February 13th 2012)
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Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
3.25 Stars
I enjoyed this time travel romance. I have a high expectation for time travel books as so often they can so often be done poorly. This one was delightful.

Joel is on a road trip with a friend in the year 2000 when he stumbles across an abandoned mine. It just so happens that some strange celestial event is occurring at the same time and once he enters the mine he is thrust back in time to 1941. With money he can't use because it hasn't been printed yet, and no identification, he has to
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The description does not do this one justice. When I finished (at 2 in the morning!) I lay there and stared at the ceiling for a long, long time. The Mine is one of those stories that will stick with you. It was just about perfect.

Time travel stories are supposed to be messy, as a recent column by Charlie Jane Anders in io9 put it, and the messiness of the time-travel is the crux of the dilemma for Joel Stein. Not the mechanism, that's as improbable as time
Who says men can't write paranormal romantic Chick Lit????? The Mine by John A.Heldt has funny moments, sweet moments, sad moments, inspirational moments, and yes, sigh-worthy moments. I'm not trying to have the author's man card revoked, but, wow...

A slightly spoiled and brash, fun-loving college senior enters an abandoned mine shaft at the same time as a rare planetary alignment is taking place, the year is 2000. He exits said mine shaft and things look "different" and he discovers he has some
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
3.5 stars

I have a real weakness for time travel books.

I think my love of time travel started with the Back to the Future trilogy that I was obsessed with as a child. Either way, I gravitate towards books on time travel and this one came highly recommended on Goodreads.

Maybe it is because I read a lot of time travel books but this one didn't feel as fresh to me. I enjoyed the story and was excited to see what would happen but I didn't adore it like I expected to. I end up comparing it to my favo
Heena Rathore P.
Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


The Mine is the best time-travel book I’ve read in a really, really long time! It’s a brilliantly written book and the strong and realistic characterization will definitely blow your mind. Joel Smith, the lead, is such a gentleman and is just so adorable that I really can’t praise enough. You can feel the connection, with Joel, develop over quite a few pages but once he time-travels and starts his new life, you’ll sta
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi, 2015
In the beginning are two teenage boys out for a good time. I enjoyed the interaction and enjoyed where the story was going. The main character goes back in time, and that's when the book lost me.

I've been "taught" that good historical fiction - the definition of a book being historical fiction - is that the storyline wouldn't make sense if it was dumped into any other time or place. I don't believe this book fits the bill (not that the book is labeled as historical fiction, because it's not; but
Sherrod Wall
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There are so many wonderful aspects within the pages of this novel. I don't know where to begin. I guess that's a good beginning as any: I'm at a loss for words.

The Mine sets a high standard for the romance genre. Its sci-fi undertones provide enigma and wonderment. I really have not read anything like it before. H.G. Well's, The Time Machine, was the best time-traveling novel I had read and my favorite sci-fi tale. I would dare say that this novel equaled what I felt when I finished that classi
Unfazeable Reader
Joel Smith, in weeks leading up to his college graduation, takes off on a road trip with his friend Adam. When in Minnesota, they stumble upon an abandoned gold mine, which Joel, a cocky geologist that he is, decides to enter. He sees a snake, a glowing chamber … things get murky … he passes out … he wakes up and leaves the mine to discover … it is a memorial day of 1941.

He finds his way back to his hometown Seattle, WA, where he is befriended by a guy named Tom. Tom helps him out with his housi
The Mine by John A. Heldt is a self published novel released in 2013. I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Joel and his friends explore an old mine in the Seattle area, in the year 2000. While his friends go on their merry way in the mine, Joel has a bit of a different experience. He encounters a snake, then a blue glow, tripping him back into the year 1941.

Joel, thinking fast on his feet, helps a guy out and winds up living with his family, and working
Ellie Mitchell
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
John. A. Heldt, Author of the 'Northwest Passage Series' and 'American Journey Series,' brings us a unique Sci-Fi Romance novel in 'The Mine.'

Set in Montana USA, and later Seattle USA, Joel is your average twenty-two-year-old college student, about to graduate with high prospects. Whilst exploring an abandoned mine on a hiking trip with buddy Adam, Joel finds himself transported back in time, to the 1940s. At first, he is anxious to return home, but when he meets twenty-one-year-old Grace, a st
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The description of this book does a good job of telling you what the book is about. What you find out from reading it, is that the author created some amazing characters and really brought them to life during this story. I literally just finished this book minutes ago and couldn't keep myself from getting on here to sing its praises. I didn't expect to like this book so much, what a terrific surprise. Others have done well in their summation of the events that occur so I won't reiterate them her ...more
Shannon ➰
Apr 03, 2016 marked it as didn-t-finish
I'm really not loving this story. I'm guessing all of the plot twists in advance and the protagonist is annoying me because he's so 'perfect'. I've been trying to read this book for almost a month now and it's just putting me in a slump, I think I'm done with it for now :(
Oct 13, 2015 rated it did not like it
The first in a series of time-travel romance novels, John A. Heldt's The Mine had a strong premise, but unfortunately it was poorly executed. Full of fluffy dialogue, indistinguishable characters, anachronistic diction and unnecessary exposition, I felt that it could have been better done, and although Heldt's writing is above average, the novel is at best mediocre; at worst it was infuriating.

Joel stood in the middle of the sidewalk and stared blankly at a grocery store across the street. It ad
Neesha Hosein
Oct 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the best-written indie books I’ve read in a while. I must compliment the wit and creativity of the writer. It kept the story moving nicely, and I wasn’t distracted by typos or grammatical booboos. The story was a well-thought-out adventure in time travel.

This college kid, Joel Smith, is a dare devil of sorts, the type of risk taker that everyone secretly envies but would publicly ridicule. He and his friend Adam were on a five-day bike-and-hike trip to Wyoming from their college
Jul 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who like time-travel novels with romance
Recommended to Sandra by: John A. Heldt
This review can also be found on My Fiction Nook .

This was an incredibly moving read, and an exceptional debut offering from a new author.

Small spoilers in the review below.

Joel Smith is about to graduate from college in the year 2000 when he and his friend Adam stop at an abandoned mine near Helena, MT. On that day, a rare cosmic event takes place, and when Joel steps into the mine, he is somehow transported back in time to 1941, shortly before Pearl Harbor and the US entering WWII. Without an
Always when a story featuring time travel is mentioned, Back To The Future movies jump into my mind. They are one of my childhood favorites. But, although main hero does meet his grandmother, The Mine could not be compared to them. Best comparison is the novel The Outlander and similar romance novels. Although time travel is used as plot device, The Mine is a story about love, growing up and life in general.

Joel Smith might start the journey as pampered, youngest son who never knew fatigue and h
Jamie Kline
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-for-review
Who doesn't love the idea of time travel? Getting to witness different parts of history would be pretty amazing. It would also be a little terrifying and confusing. In The Mine, college student Joel's adventurous spirit leads him to an abandoned mine in Montana. Despite his best friend's frustrations, he insists on taking a look inside and gets more than he bargained for, waking up in a different time. Literally. I tried to imagine what it would be like if I got dropped in the middle of 1941. I ...more
Tahlia Newland
Aug 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
I had mixed feelings about this book at the beginning, but by the end, I loved it, and the empathy it aroused for those caught up in the events of WW2 will never leave me. On the surface it looks like a simple story about a man who finds himself catapulted back to a previous time where he falls in love and later must decide if he will stay or return to his own time - alone, but there is a great deal more to it than that because of the brilliant way that Heldt has written the world of 1941 and th ...more
April Wood
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My full review:

“He entered his strange new world with angst, disbelief, and wonder.”

Joel Smith is a college student only three weeks away from graduation, when he goes on a road trip with his best friend Adam. On the way home, Joel gets the idea to explore an abandoned mine, with thoughts of gold and glory as an outcome. However, his outcome is very different… He walks out to different surroundings, in a different time period.

“He was without hope and idea
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved reading The Mine by John A Heldt. Although it's not a large book (short for me), I didn't have time to read it continuously, but that never diminished the story. The moment I picked up the book again, I was right back into it. I loved the main character, Joel, with his witty, intelligent humor and love of life, no matter what era he was living in at the moment. He made the most of what he had. The story is an easy, very clean read that is wonderful and refreshing for young teens to matur ...more
Lisa Jones
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Last Monday night, I stayed up until three o’clock in the morning. Was I nursing a crying baby, vainly smothering my ears in my pillow to drown out a loud neighbor, or suffering from an early spring cold? No. I was simply unable to stop reading The Mine by John Heldt. The Mine is the best self-published novel I have ever read.
The Mine follows Joel Smith, an adventurous college senior whose unbridled curiosity leads him into an abandoned mine in Montana. Upon immerging from the mysterious mine,
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Going back in time wasn't what Joel Smith had in mind when he and his friend Adam took a break from finals.

It was the year 2000 when he started his day and the year 1941 when his day ended. He had barely any money and only credit cards which definitely were of no use to him in 1941.

Joel found himself back in the time when everything moved slowly and without technology it moved even more slowly, but Joel made the best of the 1940's. In fact, things were working out very well for him after about a
Carrie Slager
I know what you're thinking: "Another time travel romance. Are you kidding me?"

How do I know that? Well, I was thinking the exact same thing when I read the blurb John Heldt gave me when he asked me to review his novel. I was really skeptical when I started reading because the reason Joel time travelled was a planetary alignment. A planetary alignment for crying out loud! With a premise like that, could The Mine possibly be salvaged?

Actually, yes.

Pretty much all of the clichés you'll find are in
Jan 08, 2017 rated it liked it
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**The author has sent me a copy of this book for an honest review.**

TITLE: The Mine

AUTHOR: John A. Heldt

PUB. DATE: December 6, 2013

WHERE TO BUY: Amazon, Audible, iTunes


The Mine: In May 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 l
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Okay I will openly admit I was curious as to what a man could do with a romance novel. I am not in any way attempting to be mean and I am sure that there are actually some men writing romance under female pen names. However this is my first one very written by a man that I know of right out of the gate. I must say that The Mine was a really great time-travel book! John Heldt really did his homework when he was writing! The characterization is so realistic that you really get the feeling that ...more
If you have ever wondered if it's worth the effort to read an independently published novel then the answer is yes, if you pick up a novel written by John A. Heldt.

This is well-written (both in term of content and editing) love-story set to the back drop 1941, mere months before the US's involvement in WWII. The twist of the story is the main protagonist, Joel Smith, who is accidentally hurled nearly sixty year into the past.

I could only give this book four starts and not five, because I find t
May 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Mine (John A Heldt)

It is May 2000 and Joel Smith a college senior, goes to Montana and finds a mine. He enters the mine and comes out in 1941. There he meets his 21 year old grandmother and her friends. He tells no one of what has happened. He tries to adjust to life right before World War Two begins. Only he know what lies ahead in the future.

Armed with this knowledge Joel is faced with many challenges, he is at risk of making a wrong move and changing history and even his own destiny.

Gloria Hargrave
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Change of pace for me

Loved this book. Bored with the same tired stories, I was ready for something different, this fit the bill. The ending was une
C.E. Clayton
****I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review****

Much like Heldt’s other stories, “The Mine” follows the soon-to-be-graduating-from-college-ladies’ man, Joel, as he and his friend Adam return from a road trip across America. When a traffic incident prompts Joel to convince his friend to take a service road to get around it, and then explore a dilapidated mine, Joel’s life changes forever. The stars align and the mineral composite in the mine sends Joel back to 1941, just
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John A. Heldt is the author of the critically acclaimed Northwest Passage, American Journey, Carson Chronicles, and Time Box 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, s ...more

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