Monday, February 23, 2015

Cranky Author Reviews: The Mine by John A. Heldt


Received a copy of this title in exchange for an honest review...

This one started a little slow for me. It was a bit bogged down with details for my taste. It wasn't terrible just overly detailed. In a good way, but still felt like I was slugging through knee deep water. Any who, it started with Adam and our Hero, Joel at a diner. They are chatting and working on getting home. I was a little bored when they were in the diner. It wasn't that it wasn't interesting it was, but it felt like it went on forever....and ever.

So our two intrepid young men head out from said diner to find an adventure in a mine shaft. While Joel is headed into the mine for a bit of adventure he gets knocked out after a frightfully scary close call with a rattle snake...yikes! Then he emerges into the daylight to Adam, and no mansion that had been there only minutes, hours, or seconds ago....twilight zone people it was like that.

This is where the book picked up for me. He suddenly discovers he's the past. Sixty years and hello none of his credit cards work...crap, I'd be screwed (never carry cash.) Poor Joel didn't either and only had money from 1996. Not doing him much good in 1941 now was it.

All's I can say  about the guy is that he sure did take this all well and goes train hopping which seemed like fun. 

Grace enters the story though I found the story between them and the other characters including his grandmother interesting. I loved the butterfly effect that put into motion events that allowed a bitter woman to become whole at the end. Any who, after changing stuff he regrets it and discovers he can go home and choses to do so right before the war at pearl harbor. Then the sad tale of a woefully love sick man began, this part to me was again a bit slow and somewhat predictable. Adam informs him he's been gone for only twenty minutes....cause that makes lots of sense, (when he spent six months in the past...nope didn't get that part well I did like the doctor always said its a wibbly wobbly timey whimy stuff.) and so back to the real world where he decided that it was a dream until he searches through stuff in his grandma's things and finds gasp...himself with Grace in a photo. So he goes to visit Katie.

I totally saw this coming...Grace ends up in 2000 as pretty and young as she'd been when they'd fallen in love...awww. Loved that part, cause hello! Die hard romantic here. 

Any way all in all even with the slow bits and the boggy feelings I'd give this one a: 
SEPE or a sorta excellent personal experience. (4 stars)

About the Author:

John A. Heldt is the author of the critically acclaimed Northwest Passage and American Journey 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, home brewer, and reader of thrillers and historical fiction. When not sending contemporary characters to the not-so-distant past, he weighs in on literature and life at

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