Running Review and Giveaway!

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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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My Perspective

If politics intrigue you, then this is the book for you. Not only does it give us a peek into the nasty, cutthroat world of politics, it shows from the perspective of a good guy, who happens to be Christian (yay) trying to shine a light in the world. It’s been a bit since I’ve read a book that was mostly from a male’s perspective, and while I found Jim to be an intriguing character, I just couldn’t connect with him. Please know this – I do not feel it has anything to do with the author’s ability to write a wonderful story. The story overall was great. I just happened to be reading it as an outsider instead of immersing myself directly into the story line. It could be because I haven’t read the first books in the series, or it could just be timing (sometimes my genre of choice is dictated by my mood).


Here’s what the book did have that I enjoyed – suspense. From the very first tragedy, to a surprise news conference (Sorry I cannot give out the details on that!), I was constantly wondering what would happen next. I enjoy books that leave me guessing and turning the pages. This book also provides a good amount of dialogue, so you are never bogged down with too much non-dialogue paragraphs. I think you will find yourself reading through this fairly quickly, and the fact that Jim is an average guy trying to make his mark in the world will only make you want to read it even more.


The bottom line is that this book isn’t for everyone – if politics bore you, then I don’t suggest it. However, if you are interested in the political realm, I encourage you to dive in. I think you’ll find yourself enjoying another book. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.



About the Author


Dave Milbrandt

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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Bibliophile Reviews, July 29

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A Baker’s Perspective, July 31

At the Fence, August 1

Cathe Swanson, August 1

Just the Write Escape, August 2

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Blogging With Carol, August 4

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Simple Harvest Reads, August 5 (Spotlight)

Texas Book-aholic, August 6

Ashley’s Bookshelf, August 7

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 7

Janices book reviews, August 8

Artistic Nobody, August 8 (Spotlight)

Jeanette’s Thoughts, August 9

Reading is my Super Power, August 9 (Interview)

Two Points of Interest, August 10

Bigreadersite, August 10






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 the link below to enter.

4 thoughts on “Running Review and Giveaway!

  1. Thank you for your honest review and the information on “Running” by Dave Milbrandt. Appreciate your being part of the book tour.

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