Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Book Review: The Runner by A. Wayne Gill


What happens when a brilliant attorney combines his legal knowledge with his insight into relationship? Well, imagine Nicholas Sparks and John Grisham got together and decided to write a novel. Wayne Gill's The Runner is the story of a preacher's son who foregoes a path to the pulpit for law school in the city. 
Michael Knight has the perfect life - a perfect family, a perfect relationship and a perfect future. Groomed to follow in his father's footsteps, Michael's career as a preacher is laid out before him. But he has a secret that will take him from being a small town preacher's kid to the heart of the big city, where everything seems golden, glittery and glamorous. When he gets the opportunity of a lifetime, Michael glimpses a future of power, influence and wealth. The whole world is his for the taking, but at what cost? Will he trade in all he has been for all he could become?"
My Thoughts:
 I love reading books by authors I am not familiar with, especially when they are part of a series.  So, when the folks at Glass Road Public Relations reached out last month to see if I wanted to be apart of their book blog tour for A. Wayne Gill's upcoming release, "The Runner: Book One in the Michael Knight Series.  The synopsis alone got me excited about this book, and I couldn't wait to read it.  And, once I did receive the review copy, I found it hard to put down, and finished the book in one day.

If you love suspense and thriller type books, then you will thoroughly enjoy A. Wayne Gill's book about Michael Knight, the perfect man -- or, is he?  While his family wants him to follow in his father's footsteps of becoming a preach, Michael has other desires, which include becoming a lawyer.  Will he turn his back on his family to achieve his own goals in life, or will be settle and become a small town preacher like everyone wants him to be.  This page turning will have on the edge of your seat as you wonder which path Michael finally chooses and how this will impact his life, and those he loves.

I am not going to spoil the ending of this first, in what I hope, will be many more books in the Michael Knight series.  I will say, however, that all the characters are filled with intrigue and are described in such a way, you can't help but want to learn more about them and their inner thinking, and how they play a part in Michael Knight's life and decisions.

This is one book I will definitely be sharing with my book club, and one you should consider picking up and reading today. You will not be disappointed!

About the Author
Wayne Gill When he isn't crafting legal dramas, Wayne Gill serves as CEO and Managing Partner of Gill Dion & Forsyth P.A., a law firm with offices in Florida and Georgia that serves some of the top companies in the world, including AT&T, Hilton Hotels Corporation, SunTrust Bank, and American Express.
This husband and father earned his B.A. in English from Trinity College and law degree from George Washington University. His first book, Tales My Grandma Told Me - a Business Diversity Fable, has been referred to as the "Bible" of supplier diversity.

Wayne has been recognized among the 50 Most Powerful Black Professionals in South Florida and the Who's Who in Black South Florida. He's received Macy's Crystal Award for Outstanding Minority Business Advocacy, and he's received several honors from NMSDC affiliates and the local Bar Associations. In 2002, he received Northwood University's Arthur E. Turner Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Betterment of Mankind. He is a board member of the Black Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County and Secretary of the Board for The Southern Florida Minority Supplier Development Council.

While practicing law, running a successful law firm, and writing novels keeps him super busy, Wayne is also a passionate, committed co-founder and legal advisor to Oasis Compassion Agency, a non-profit empowerment agency for the disadvantaged. 

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.


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  2. Robin: Thank you so much for reviewing my book, The Runner. I truly appreciate it! Please let me know if you're ever in need of an author interview or guest-blogger, etc. Blessings, Wayne