A History I Didn’t Know
4.5 out of 5 stars
The Mine tells a completely different side of history that you don’t normally hear about. I thought that Hedbor did a great job imagining what it would be like to be thrown in jail for supporting “the wrong side” during a time when things in American history were up in the air.
Hedbor, as with all the other books in this series, roots his historical fiction in history. This time it was set in a jail that was a mine in Connecticut where Alex Tinsworth was jailed for being a part of the Loyalist militia. The story mainly revolves around him and his day-to-day working in the mines that were also his jail. It goes through the different jobs that they might have and described when they were mining – but were told to stop because they were actually mining a way out instead of their job. Alec also talked about how their new job would be to make nails – an involved process that included many other prisoners.
The story itself has a slight romantic element that was a surprise to me – and I enjoyed it. Near the end – we are treated to a story about Alec post-jailing and it’s just as interesting as the story of the jail. I’m glad that Hedbor added this element instead of just ending it after he gets out because it definitely made the story more titillating and overall more enjoyable.
Overall, another great historical fiction tale from a great writer. Hedbor gives pieces of history that I’ve never heard of light and I always enjoy reading them. Of course, these interesting stories are brought to life with the deep and booming voice of Shamaan Casey.
1780, Connecticut: Fighting the revolution put him underground.
Alec Tinworth joined the Loyalist militia to restore his family’s fortunes after his Connecticut neighbors rebelled against the British Crown. His own luck runs out when he is captured and thrown into the most notorious prison in the colony — a dank, abandoned copper mine. Hunger, disease, and his fellow prisoners all put his very survival in question. A desperate escape plan and new friendships are all that keep Alec going…but will they be enough?
The Mine is the Connecticut volume in the Tales From a Revolution series, in which each standalone novel explores how the American War of Independence unfolds across a different colony. If you you’ve ever wondered how the prisoners of war fared during the Revolution, you’ll find some of the disturbing answers in The Mine.
Listen to The Mine today and witness the American Revolution from underneath the earth!
The Mine: Tales From a Revolution - Connecticut by Lars D. H. Hedbor
Narrator: Shamaan Casey
Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
Series: Tales from a Revolution #11
Published by Self Published on June 11th 2020
Genres: Historical Fiction
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