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Running by Dave Milbrandt


About the Book


Book Title: Running

Author: Dave Milbrandt

Genre: Christian Suspense

Release date: May 1, 2018

An assassin’s bullet sends Jim Mitchell running. When he’ll stop is anybody’s guess.

A tragedy propels Jim into a vacant state assembly seat. The new lawmaker and his wife have a baby on the way, but that doesn’t stop the people trying to keep him from a job he never wanted in the first place. Then Jim gets involved in a plan to thwart a major terror attack that could either make him a hero or get him killed.

Political intrigue and high drama accent this tale of what it costs to find one’s purpose, and what the rewards can be when you do.

Running is the third book in the Jim Mitchell series. Previous titles include Chasing Deception and Undue Pressure.

My Thoughts

Running reminded me of a much lighter version of the last season of West Wing, without the very colorful characters.

If you enjoy politics, you’ll enjoy this book. I’m not super fond of politics, so it kind of made it hard for me to get through, but that doesn’t completely ruin my opinion of it.

I liked the spiritual aspect of trusting God, which was the big theme in the story. To step out of a comfort zone and step into potentially difficult or dangerous situations is not easy to do.  The friendly banter among various people was fun too, although I found the dialog a bit unnatural-ish (yes, I know that’s not a real word).

Dialog issues, aside, I liked that it was fairly realistic and that Jim Mitchell was an independent, since I tend toward independent myself.  We got to see a little bit of the reality of politics, having to pander to people, never really knowing who your friends are, and being in danger if you don’t make certain groups happy.

What I wasn’t so fond of apart from the fact that it centered on politics was, first that the cover and the description actually made it seem much more exciting than it was.  I know, I know, you can’t judge a book by its cover, but alas … I did  ☹   I’m not saying it wasn’t exciting at all, it had good moments, but the intrigue was not as profound as I thought it would be. It had ups and downs, but they weren’t as extreme as I like in the books that I read.

DISCLAIMER:  I received this book as a gift.  The opinions I express are provided without obligation for a positive review. I receive no compensation for the review, other than a really good read.

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About the Author


The author of Chasing Deception and Undue Pressure, Dave Milbrandt fell in love with writing in junior high and has been a storyteller ever since. A former staff writer for a daily newspaper, the Southern California native spent five years in journalism and public relations before becoming a teacher. Having worked at several area colleges, Dave has taught high school English and Social Studies classes since 2005 and fills his evenings sharing a passion for politics with his community college students. Dave and his wife, Lynn, have been married since 1997.

Guest Post from Dave

In 1998, I feverishly pounded out the first draft of Chasing Deception (book one in the Jim Mitchell series) in five weeks. Full of ambition, but bereft of wisdom of how the publishing world works, I assumed my novel would be published in short order. Despite my overly abundant self-assurance, I had to wait until 2013 to get that story out. I was in a hurry, but God, as usual, had other plans.

Over the last 20 years, I have discovered the gift of patience and more about the craft of good writing than I ever could have expected during that summer half a lifetime ago. With Undue Pressure (2016) and Running (2018), I have completed the trilogy I never planned to write and hopefully given readers some characters that will stick with them after they reach the end of the story.

Blog Stops

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To celebrate his tour, Dave is giving away a grand prize that includes ebooks of all three books in the series!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click HERE to enter the promo, for the special Giveaway.


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