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3.84  ·  Rating details ·  476 ratings  ·  68 reviews
Something happened that night in the woods at Camp Red Hawk. But all Joel and Leah can recall is sneaking out for a late hike with five camp friends, and that only the two of them and their friend Mike returned.

They have no memory of what happened to the others. No memory of anything after leaving the camp.

In the years that follow, they realize something has changed inside
Kindle Edition, 309 pages
Published July 19th 2016 by Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
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Darla Stokes I guess it depends on how you define "scary". Personally, I found it creepy and ominous. So yes, I'd say it was scary, but not in the…moreI guess it depends on how you define "scary". Personally, I found it creepy and ominous. So yes, I'd say it was scary, but not in the guy-with-a-knife-hiding-in-your-closet sort of way, if that makes sense.(less)
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Laveda  Kasch
Jul 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
When I first started this book I had the feeling it might be for younger readers, although it would be a great book for preteens and up, I quickly found that it is indeed for adults, too. After the first couple of chapters I was thoroughly sucked in. Reading Mine was like reading a Stephen King novel, it had a equal parts science fiction and mystery, with a dash of creepy thrown in. You are pretty much going back and forth between two of the main characters, Leah and Joel, as they are growing up ...more
Interesting Sci Fi with a mysterious antagonist(s). YA with only a bare hint on romantic feelings (yay!).

Seven young people at the start, a bit hard to discern much difference, but soon settles on two main protagonists with alternate POVs.
The Behrg
Oct 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Mine, by Brett Battles, has one of the best prologues I've read in a long time. The set-up was incredible, filled with everything you'd want -- questions, terror, and some fantastic character moments.

Unfortunately, at least for me, the rest of the book was like pushing a stalled car up a hill.

Now I realize I'm definitely the outlier here as Mine has been picking up some rave reviews from people I typically agree with, but the bulk of this novel was a summary of two of the characters lives. Whil
May Fungi From Yuggoth
Review of MINE by Brett Battles

MINE is a perfectly contained novel, a blend of science fiction, speculative fiction, mystery, and history, perfectly plotted and engrossing. I couldn't set it aside, but had to read through to the end to find out Why? Who? How? and more. Set initially in Colorado, the story line begins at Camp Red Hawk, where a small group of 13-year-old campers, boys and girls, decide on a night hike--an option that will forever, literally, change the lives of each.

The author mak
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Mine" is creepy, intoxicating, exciting and electrifying! I loved it from cover to cover.

From the moment I started this book, my heart was in my throat. I had to keep reading because the driving suspense made me want to know what happened next. This was through the entire book. I have two small kids, so I could only read at night before I went to bed. Every night I would crawl into bed and tell myself I would only read one chapter because I knew my kids would be up early and I didn't want to b
Apr 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teenagers who use their superpowers to go to Stanford, translators, satellites
A bunch of teenagers at summer camp sneak away from their counselors to take a romp through the woods. They encounter a sign saying "No Trespassing - US Government" and being teenagers, of course they ignore the sign and go through a hole in the fence to investigate. Only three of the teens make it back out.

While Mine began with a premise reminiscent of an 80s horror story, it quickly turns into more of a YA SF adventure. Joel and Leah, two of the "survivors" of that night at Camp Red Hawk, beco
Dan Barbier
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have won this novel in a contest in exchange for an honest review.
I have been following and reading Mr. Battles since his first novel, The Cleaner. His Quinn series, Logan Harper series, Project Eden series, the Poe series written with Robert Brown and his new Rewinder series have one thing in common, despite the different genre, the stories are all intriguing and display impressive writing skills. This new novel is no exception. The one more chapter factor is in full swing here. The short cha
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was very Lucky to get a copy of this book before it hit the stands. I am a big fan of the Quinn series from Brett Battles and was very happy to be able to read his new book "MINE". I was not sure what to expect with this story, other than I knew it was going to be good and I was right. 2 things came to mind while reading this book. #1 it was a little like Steven King...and #2 This book should be a MOVIE....What an Oscar winning movie this would be. The 3 main characters were good and even got ...more
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Not my usual fare, but great nonetheless. Took me a while to get into this book, due to it staying in the kid years for quite a bit, but then it picks up and turns into a solid action/ mystery with a nice twist at the end. Stick with it early and you'll be rewarded later. :)
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
Good start with a creepy opening. But then it loses steam and falls flat.
Carolyn F.

I wasn't sure what this book was in the beginning. I thought it had to do with an actual mine. Something in it that was dark and sinister. Nope, it's kind of a teenage love conquers all story. The ending was not what I expected or really wanted. 3 stars.
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hello, dear Audiobooks Fans! As you may well know, Brett Battles is one of my favorites authors and when I ”heard”, earlier this year, that he is working on a new book set apart from his regular series, I was very excited! I waited almost two additional months after the Kindle release in order to get my hands on the audiobook and I’m glad that I did!

I will try to be very careful with what I tell you about the story, because I want to make you want to read it and, at the same time I must avoid sp
Ashley Knight
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Review of "Mine" by Brett Battles
5 out of 5 stars

Note: I won this story in a give-away before publication.

Brett Battle's "Mine" was a delight to read! A compelling story - reminiscent of Stephen King's earlier tales, the ease & fluidity of the writing swept me into a feel good, remind-me-of-the-old-days familiar feeling so similar to Mr. King's that I had to remind myself that this was Brett Battles' creation! It was not long before I began to envision this book as a movie and by the time
Maz Tucker
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive a free copy of this from Brett Battles.
The story is a strange one, but I really enjoyed it, the characters were well written and brought the story to life. It is a supernatural sort of story with technology thrown in for good measure. Who knows what is out there and if something like this could ever happen.
Sep 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Gripping story that I could not put down. Creepy! Really, really good. And the ending, frightening!
A positive surprise, as I didn't really expect anything of this. I had never heard of Brett Battles, who seems to grind out his stuff like he was working in a sausage factory. I'm not sure if I'll check out any of his other stuff, but anyway, Mine was well written, straightforward and didn't try too much, and succeeded in what it did try. The length was just about right.

The characters weren't that deep, but they were sympathetic and felt alive, and it all worked well. The setting was like in one
Sinclair Myhre
I would only recommend this novel to someone who is very interested in the plot and genre.

Battles writing style is written for middle school aged children, he does not dive into any depth of his characters emotions, views of the world, or the logistics of how his characters can do what they do. The writing is shallow to say the least. That being said, I am reading this as a sophomore in college. So if your younger and not looking for a very descriptive emotionally enthralling book - this novel s
Kathy Dalton
I have never read Brett Battles before, but I'd heard good things, and this book was an Audible Daily Deal.

Well, let's just say it wasn't my favorite book. But what really irked me was the narrator. I literally thought it was an automated program reading the book at first - it took some convincing to get me to realize it was an actual human. Maybe that was intentional - I don't know. But it was such a plodding delivery. Finally, I changed the speed to 1.25x normal, and that was MUCH better. It d
Ebony Irby
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the BEST books I've read in a long time!!! I was sad when it ended because the ending had gotten so good!! I can see this as a movie that I would gladly pay to go see. I did start reading this story about a year ago, but the beginning seemed too "juvenile", so I thought it wouldn't be this good. After getting to the part where they got lost in the wind tunnel, I shelved it and forgot about it. Man, am I glad I picked it back up. I don't want to give anything away, but WOW this is a good b ...more
Carol Chapin
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So this is a story about teenagers at summer camp who are kidnapped and used by a mysterious alien bent on destruction of the Earth. Sounds trite or silly, right? Well, I actually enjoyed listening to this immensely. The author's sense of suspense was great, and I could hardly wait to get back to it. This is the best type of book to listen to while walking or driving - it holds your attention, but not so rigidly that you have to "rewind" a lot
Emily Lloyd
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was better than I thought it would be. I read through reviews and knew some people did not think this book was good. A agree that this book is more like young adult fiction or soft sci-fi. The book started off slow, spending a lot of time to build up, but once you hit the 3/4 point the book speeds up a lot. It remind me of a roller coaster in that it takes a while to build up, but once it is over the crust it speeds up a lot.
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I started this book, I was expecting a horror novel. There are definitely some twisted and messed up things that happen, but I wouldn't put this in the horror genre. I'm not really sure how I would characterize it. I enjoyed the story, because it flowed nicely, was well-written, and had some unexpected things happening. The character development was a little lacking, but not bad. The ending was vague, which I like.
Dec 14, 2017 rated it liked it
I wanted to love it as it had a Stephen King feel to it and a great set up. In the end, though, it was just ok. It was fairly predictable, and despite much of the story covering a decade or more of the main protagonist’s lives the investment in them just wasn’t there for me. A lot of good ideas from Brett Battles here, I just don’t think they all fit together that well.
Stephen Kimber
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Credible page turner

Taut, well-plotted story (though the extraterrestrial link is a little too convenient) with convincing characterisation. I read it in one sitting. Perhaps reading the novella wich indicates how the Reclaimer came to be might settle my quibbles over the resolution... perhaps.
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Decent adventure story with a strong YA thread running through it. The end was surprisingly satisfying, making the build up seem worthwhile. Don't rush out, but if you have a long plane ride read it, or a long drive listen to it.

Ben Andrews
Sep 23, 2017 rated it liked it
I usually try and avoid YAF, but I found Mine to be enjoyable even if derivative. Three young teens survive a mysterious event at summer camp. They are profoundly changed. There were some heart-pounding moments. I had fun with this
David Neff
May 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ha-tbr-challenge
3.5. Fun read. Was a blending of several Koontz novels like Cold Fire and By the Light of the Moon. Would give a 4 for entertainment sort of felt like Super 8 or Stranger Things on paper.
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great Story

A Really great read, it was a so well thought out and I could not wait to find out what was going to happen next, Im about to start the next book.Really looking forward to continue the story .
Michael Ngo
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was kinda all over the place but in an interesting way. Like a lot of the time I was lost but it was an intentional lost by the author till all the pieces get put together. With that said, I am interesting to see how the story goes to with the next book.
Greg Jeffrey
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Summer fun!

Just great summer escapism. Great characters, great sci-fi, and a compelling story full of danger. A departure from Quinn, and well worth the download. Thank you, Mr. Battles!
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Brett Battles is a Barry Award-winning author of over thirty novels, including Rewinder, the Jonathan Quinn series, the Logan Harper series, and the Project Eden series. He’s also the coauthor, with Robert Gregory Browne, of the Alexandra Poe series. You can learn more at his website:
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