June 9, 2012

Review: The Mine by John A. Heldt

When Joel Smith and his friend decide to take a road trip from Seattle to Montana days before their college graduation, Joel has no idea how much the trip will change his future... or it is his past? Joel enters an old abandoned mine in 2000 and exits in 1941. Confused, scared and unbelieving Joel does the only thing he can think of, he heads home. But the Seattle of 1941 bears little resemblance to his home and with no money and no options Joel finds himself eating food from dumpsters and sleeping on the streets. Late one night Joel hears a guy being roughed up and jumps in to help. 

Once the dust has settled he meets Tom who befriends Joel, takes him home and gives him a job. Joel quickly acclimates to 1941 and makes friends, including his 21-year-old grandmother! Will Joel make waves that affect his own future or will he settle into the simple life of 1941? 

The Mine started off really choppy and disjointed but once Joel travelled back to 1941 the writing flowed much better and I quickly became engrossed in the story. Joel and his friends from 1941 came to life in a very real way. I had this feeling of anxiety throughout the last part of the book wondering what kinds of decisions Joel would make and how they would affect his future. I throughly enjoyed the ending and recommend this one to all sci-fi readers who love a romantic twist.