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.
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I liked this novel, the first I've read by Milbrandt. I could tell it was part of a series and that I had missed earlier events in the hero's life. Even so, the novel read quite well on its own. Quite a bit of the plot in this novel has its roots in a previous one and more backstory would have been appreciated.
The novel really gave me a sense of what it is like to be a politician in a state assembly and balance the responsibility with family life. It also reminded me of how devious some people can be and I was glad the hero maintained his Christian character even in tough times.
I recommend this book to readers who would like to get a glimpse of the pressures politicians face. It's a short read and flows well.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
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.
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