Book Review: The Run Begins, by J Frank James. #Giveaway

25 Jun
Book Review: The Run Begins, by J Frank James. #Giveaway

Thank you to Book Publicity Services for my copy of this book. I was lucky to get a nice fresh paperback copy of this book. As part of the giveaway for this book, Book Publicity Services are offering one lucky  USA reader an ecopy of The Run Begins. And as a thank you to my U.K readers, I am going to give away my paperback copy to one lucky winner. Have a read of my thoughts on this book, and if it sounds like your kind of read, then enter one of the rafflecopter competitions below.



Lou Malloy is 18 years old and ready for the world. His brother Sam has left and his sister wants to move to Florida with the family. Malloy is having none of it and on a wild moment decides to hop in a railcar going he knows not where. The important thing is that it’s not in Kansas. He has a problem and that problem is money. He doesn’t have any until Henry Lowe, who is in the same railcar, offers Malloy the deal of a lifetime. All he has to do is help Lowe rob a casino in Georgia. With the promise of a big payday, Malloy throws in with the scheme and seal his fate forever…. AND THE RUN BEGINS

The Run Begins Book Cover


 Published August 26th 2013 by Createspace

My Thoughts:

This is a very short novella, just the prequel to a story that I have not yet read, but after reading ‘The Run Begins’, I intend to read the rest of Lou Malloy’s escapades. 

The book really just gives us a taster of Lou Malloy, his background, family and why he seems to make the decisions that he does. I found that we get a really good idea of the type of character that Lou is, and he is one that I like. Caring for his own, but tough, street wise and the no nonsense type.

The short novella introduces us to Lou as a character, and also to  Frank James’ writing style. His writing is smooth and grabs the reader into his fictional world easily. 

I recommend this book to all crime and thriller book lovers. I know that the Author has a career in law which always appeals to me in books related to crime, as the Authors take their real like experiences into their fiction work. I look forward to reading more from Frank James.












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14 responses to “Book Review: The Run Begins, by J Frank James. #Giveaway

  1. Educating Roversi

    June 27, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    Sounds great! Unfortunately I have a pile of books I haven’t read it coz I just don’t seem to have the time! #KCACOLS

    • chocolatepages

      June 27, 2016 at 8:18 pm

      I know that feeling, I have piles that I want to read, just need some more time!

  2. Madeline (This Glorious Life)

    June 27, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    I don’t tend to read crime novels, but this might be enough to tempt me, it sounds like a good introduction to the genre seeing as it’s just a short novella! x #KCACOLS

    • chocolatepages

      June 27, 2016 at 8:19 pm

      It was a nice short read. I read it in 2 sittings.

  3. thehippychristianmum

    June 28, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    I’m always interested in new reads. This sounds right up my alley so thanks for the review. I have entered the UK competition too. #KCACOLS

    • chocolatepages

      June 28, 2016 at 3:22 pm

      That’s great, good luck for the giveaway. Thanks for entering and commenting.

  4. Emma - meandbmaketea

    June 29, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    I haven’t read for so long. always good to find a new book to read though! #KCACOLS

    • chocolatepages

      June 29, 2016 at 4:51 pm

      There are plenty of choices of good reads here on chocolatepages. 😉

  5. Rachel (Lifeofmyfamilyandme)

    June 29, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    Ooo i do like to read a good crime book! This one sounds interesting! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday x

    • chocolatepages

      June 30, 2016 at 8:56 am

      Thank you, I have taken a real liking to crime books recently.I do hope to be back for more #kcacols. Thank you.

  6. Florence

    June 29, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    I enjoy crime and thriller books and a novella to introduce me to this author sounds good – have entered the giveaway so fingers crossed …

    • chocolatepages

      June 30, 2016 at 8:57 am

      Good luck in the giveaway Florence, thank you for reading and entering.

  7. irena_bookdustmagic

    June 30, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    I also like the fact that the author has a law degree. I often find myelf questioning the law aspect of the storywhen reading (but then I remember that the UK law is different from Croatian).
    But still…

    • chocolatepages

      June 30, 2016 at 1:48 pm

      That is one of the big reasons that I prefer British based crime books rather than American. 😉


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