*May Contain Spoilers*
John Heldt takes readers back to a time in which World War II looms overhead with his time traveling novel, The Mine. Joel Smith never imagined that when the planets aligned it would create a path into the past, nor that he would be the one to stumble upon it.
Joel Smith is the main character of this novel. A young man, about to graduate from college with a geology degree, who is over-the-top arrogant on the outside but has a hidden charm that readers will enjoy. His tongue is sharp with wit and he has a certain knack for causing trouble. Readers will connect with him based on the serious contemplations he keeps secret and love him for his live-for-the-moment attitude coupled with his need to keep others around him happy.
The plot of The Mine focuses on Joel and how he discovers an abandoned mine the same day the planets are aligning, creating an escape to 1941. With war on the horizon, Joel becomes friends with a drafted man, his future grandmother, a Japanese-American, and a young college coed that steals his heart. He lives in the year of Pearl Harbor for six months wondering if he will ever return to his present or continue on in the past. The hardest question being whether he'll want to return or not.
Rating: 3/5 Cups