The Mine (Northwest Passage Book 1) – “A Very Good Year”

February 23, 2016

The Mine (Northwest Passage Book 1) by John A. Heldt

 JOHN: This is not the kind of book that I would see the cover blurbs, then open it to read. A man goes into a mine and travels back in history (to 1941). He meets his grandmother as a young woman, people who will die in World War II and a Japanese woman who will suffer as bad a fate in America.

 SPANKY: We see things through today, his perspective, our perspective, yet relive the ordeal as someone going through this.

JOHN: It is an unusual approach that is very effective.

SPANKY: He falls in love with someone back then who, when he goes back to the present time, it breaks his heart.

JOHN: Or so we think, but later when he sees her again, she has not aged. She is no different.

SPANKY: Two things I found confusing. One, there are so many characters in his past life. Two, no reason is given why the girl hasn’t aged. Maybe that is to get us to read the next part of the series, but as emotionally satisfying as that may be, it is intellectually confusing in a way that the rest of the book is not. After 300 pages, I don’t want to get answers reading more.


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