Today I will do a requested review of The Mine (Northwest Passage) By John A Heldt.
Blurb: In 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 Whirlaway, swing dancing, and a peacetime draft, Joel begins a new life as the nation drifts toward war. With the help of his 21-year-old trailblazing grandmother and her friends, he finds his place in a world he knew only from movies and books. But when an opportunity comes to return to the present, Joel must decide whether to leave his new love in the past or choose a course that will alter their lives forever. THE MINE follows a humbled man through a critical time in history as he adjusts to new surroundings and wrestles with the knowledge of things to come.
My Review: This book is one of the most enjoyable reads I have had for awhile. When the planets align and Joel is in the right place at the right time, or the right place at the wrong time, he is transported from the year 2000 to 1941. In a remote abandoned mine in Montana Joel takes a trip to the past. Faced with a world before credit cards and cell phones he must rely on his wits and his and his knowledge of history to survive. Hopping a freight train to his native Seattle he manages to align himself with a group of people that leads to him meeting his grandma while she was in college. Their a lot of nice touches of humor that had me chucking and moments that brought tears. The surprise ending was a masterful touch.
Edit 5 stars
Story line 5 stars
Execution 5 stars