When Kevin Johnson, , Goes To Wallace, Idaho, Days After His College Graduation, He Expects To Find Rest And Relaxation As His Family Prepares His Deceased Grandfather S House For Sale Then He Discovers A Hidden Diary And A Time Portal That Can Take Him To , The Year Of Halley S Comet And The Largest Wildfire In US History Within Hours, Kevin Finds Himself In The Era Of Horse Drawn Wagons, Straw Hats, And Ankle Length Dresses Returning To The Same Time And Place, He Decides To Travel Again And Again And Make The Portal His Gateway To Summer Fun The Adventure Takes A Serious Turn, However, When The Luckless In Love Science Major Falls For Pretty English Teacher Sarah Thompson And Integrates Himself In A Community Headed For Tragedy Filled With Humor, Romance, And Heartbreak, THE FIRE, The Sequel To THE JOURNEY, Follows A Conflicted Soul Through A Life Changing Journey As He Makes His Mark On A World He Was Never Meant To See Full disclosure John Heldt gave me an ARC of his latest novel in exchange for an honest review John Heldt is probably the only man that can make me consistently cry And that s a good thing Kevin Johnston is the son of Shelly Preston, our protagonist from The Journey As you may recall, an older Michelle had time travelled back to see her younger self and her story did not end well So you could say time travelling is in the family and that Kevin can t get away from it, especially when you learn a certain character from The Mine is his university professor.Once again I thought I had Kevin s journey pretty well predicted Yet he surprised me at every turn He knew it was a bad idea to go back to 1910 and that it was a bad idea to get so involved in people s lives in Wallace and yet I understand his motives for wanting to go back there Yet whatever mysteriously causes time travel is not going to forgive Kevin for messing with history and the conclusion of the novel is absolutely heart breaking and at the same time, joy inducing The Fire is such an emotional roller coaster that I m having a hard time putting my thoughts down to write this review.I was so connected to the characters, perhapsso than I have been in John Heldt s previous three novels Kevin really did speak to me He was a good person if a little flawed because of that chip on his shoulder when it came to women Still, he got over that eventually and at the end of the novel you can really tell he s a better person His relationship with Sarah, his confused feelings for Sadie and his friendship with Andy all made himrealistic and much easier to sympathize with Yet these characters weren t put there for the sole purpose of providing opportunities to show what a nice guy Kevin is No, they re excellent, well developed characters in their own right.I liked how the pacing was generally consistent throughout The Fire and that although it definitely sped up at the end, it wasn t as rushed as the ending of The Show John Heldt definitely tooktime to build up the historical town of Wallace in order to build up the tension for the coming fire that would level most of the town His descriptions were muchvivid in this installment of the Northwest Passage series and I think The Fire was a better book for it.John Heldt s writing just keeps getting better and better with each book Although the theme of time travel features in all four, he has created very different characters to tell the story of America and each achieves happiness in their own, unique way Even if you haven t read the first three books of the series, The Fire can certainly stand on its own, which is why I recommend you pick it up right this instant Yes, it s that good.I give this book 5 5 stars. This is the third John Heldt novel that I ve read The Fire is the sequel to The Mine and The Journey Our hero, Joel Smith, from The Mine returns as a geology professor to Kevin Johnson, an upcoming college graduate Being that it was his last summer before grad school, Kevin takes a mini vacation with his family his mother being Shelly Preston from The Journey touring an old city that was destroyed by a fire over a hundred years ago Then, one night, Kevin discovered something that might allude to the possibility of time travel As a man of science, he felt compelled to dismiss the idea immediately Time travel was impossible 17 An intellectual curiosity compelled him to seek out the old shed in the back, a portal that somehow sent him to 1910, the year of the fire That s like going back to the day the Titanic sank It was odd that Kevin could step back into his own time something that our earlier heroes could not do But who could pass up an opportunity to experience another time Certainly not Kevin, that s for sure He just had to go back to find the girl with the Jane Seymour face and Gibson girl hair 42 Kevin was a smart, kind, and charismatic character He seemed to have a chivalry complex when it came to how girls were treated in 1910 he couldn t stand that Sadie worked in a brothel, he hated the heartless brute that courted Sarah, and he expressed disappointment on how the bright female students in his science class were programmed to think that their years were chained to household and family duties Still, being caught between the affection of two lovely ladies is never a good place to be in The big question was one that he must struggle with Would he consider the unthinkable and give her up or would he consider the really unthinkable and stay 142 Then there was the inevitable fire Would he ride through Wallace like a turn of the century Paul Revere and warn residents that the fires were coming Or would he let history run its course and let people die 177 Kevin must make some hard choices some hard, life threatening choices Filled with scrupulous, historical detail, this book is just another top notch in Heldt s finely crafted belt Readers will enjoy another time traveling adventure filled with drama and romance Well written and entertaining This time traveling adventure was inspired by major historical events the great fire of 1910, caused by the Halley s Comet which led to a huge wildfire This science fiction novel weaves romance with time travel Throw in an adventurous twenty two year old, who can t help but to meddle with with history, and you have yourself a great read I really liked Kevin because of his chivalrous nature His character won my heart when he paid the debt of a prostitute s father so that she no longer had to sell herself, to pay off her father s debt He further endeared himself to me when he concerned himself with the female students of 1910, wanting them to bethan miner s wives whose greatest challenges would ve been to stretch laundry detergent so that they could keep their families clothes clean in a cost effective manner.Overall, a great read If you enjoy time travel or science fiction, you will like the Northwest Passage Series.Full Book Review Great storyThis is the only book I have read of this series but I was able to follow the story without a problem An entertaining, captivating story.
John A Heldt is the author of the critically acclaimed Northwest Passage, American Journey, and Carson Chronicles 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,
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- The Fire (Northwest Passage #4)
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- 28 October 2019 John A. Heldt