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Running Dark: A Novel (Emma Caldridge) Hardcover – June 29, 2010

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Freveletti rummages in the thriller pantry and comes up with an armful of standard ingredients for her unremarkable second novel featuring chemist Emma Caldridge (after Running from the Devil). Shortly after Emma is blown off her feet by a car explosion while running in a South African ultramarathon, a stranger injects her arm with a drug, then disappears. Emma recovers and finishes the 55mile race in record time. To solve this mystery, she turns to her friend Edward Banner, head of Darkview, an American security company. The cast of characters eventually includes a Somali pirate, Khalil Mungabe; his boss, "The Vulture"; Richard Stark, CEO of the shady Price Pharmaceuticals; and Emma's love interest, Cameron Sumner, a private security agent aboard the cruise liner Kaiser Franz. The action heats up once Emma gets on the liner and starts battling Somali pirates, but weak plotting and contrived situations make it hard to suspend disbelief.
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Emma Caldridge, ultramarathon runner, chemist, and survivor of the events described in Running from the Devil (2009), is nearing the end of an endurance race in Africa when a roadside bomb blows up the course. In the aftermath of the explosion, Emma is given a mysterious shot, returns to the course fully refreshed, and completes the race in her best-ever time. Meanwhile, Banner and Summer, agents with a private security company (and friends of Emma), are hot on the case of Somali pirates about to attack a cruise ship. When a chemical weapon is suspected, Emma is the only chemist close enough to help out; but she still must endure a harrowing journey to reach the besieged cruise ship. This fast-paced thriller makes good use of a timely topic (this is one of the first times Somali pirates have appeared in crime fiction), and the “ripped from the headlines” angle adds further frisson to the story. Many of the characters here were first introduced in Running from the Devil, but it is not essential to have read it before tackling this one. --Jessica Moyer

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Product Details

  • Series: Emma Caldridge
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (June 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061684244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061684241
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,409,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jamie Freveletti is a trial attorney, martial artist and runner. Her debut thriller, Running from the Devil, was chosen as a "Notable Book" by the Independent Booksellers of America, awarded "Best First Novel" by the International Thriller Writers and awarded a Barry Award for "Best First Novel." It has been translated into three languages and was an international bestseller. Her second novel, Running Dark, hit both the Chicagoland and South Florida bestseller lists and her third, The Ninth Day was chosen as one of the "Best Thrillers of 2011" by Suspense Magazine. The fourth in her series, Dead Asleep, hit #1 on Amazon's kindle bestseller list.

In January, 2011, she was tapped by the Estate of Robert Ludlum to write the next in the Covert One series. That novel, The Janus Reprisal, released on September 11, 2012 and the next, The Geneva Strategy, released in February, 2015.

She is an avid runner and holds a black belt in aikido, a Japanese martial art. After law school she lived in Geneva, Switzerland while obtaining a diploma in International Studies. Back in Chicago, she represented clients in areas ranging from class actions for mass salmonella poisoning to securities fraud.

She lives in Chicago with her family.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gregg Eldred VINE VOICE on June 8, 2010
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Emma Caldridge is competing in an ultramarathon event in Africa. As she passes mile marker thirty-five, a roadside bomb detonates, nearly killing her. As she lies by the road, a man approaches her and injects her with something. Too dazed to react, she is aware of the injection but unable to discern the man. As she regains her faculties, she notices that her once swollen feet are returning to normal. She also seems to have a burst of energy, in fact she finishes the race with faster split times than earlier in the competition.

Cameron Sumner is on a small luxury cruise ship in the Gulf of Aden, off the coast of Somalia. Pirates have attacked the ship, crippling it. Their defenses, such as they are, are no match for automatic weapons and rocket propelled grenades. However, Cameron has smuggled a rifle on board and successfully repels the pirates. But everyone knows, they will be back.

In Washington, DC, Edward Banner is attempting to defend the actions of his security company, Darkview, from Congress, the IRS, and the FBI. While their work is beyond reproach, it appears that a member of Congress wants to bring the company down.

Into this maelstrom comes information that aboard the cruise ship is a weapon of unknown origin. Emma, a chemist, is dispatched to the ship to determine the threat, however she must navigate extremely dangerous waters, as well as Somali warlords, if she is to carry out her duty.

The second novel from author Jamie Frevelletti that stars Emma Caldridge, Running Dark is just as fast paced, entertaining, and believable as the first. While the main characters were introduced in the earlier novel, Running from the Devil, Frevelletti provides enough background in this novel that the reader is not at a disadvantage.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By michael a. draper VINE VOICE on August 12, 2010
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Emma Caldridge is running an ultramarathon in South Africa when a roadside bomb explodes near her. As she lay dazed, a man injects her with some medication and leaves. She is able to finish the race with surprising speed and endurance.

Kahlil Ibraham Mungabe is in Dubai when his contact tells him that he'll pay to have Mungabe and his Somalia pirates intercept a cruise ship. The ship holds pharmacuticals that his contact, The Vulture, wants.

The ship is being protected by a U.S. security company, Darkview. That company has sunk a number of Mungabe's boats and captured the pirates to stand trial. Mungabe wants them put out of business and The Vulture informs him that a plan to do that is in motion.

On the "Kaiser Franz" Cameron Sumner, an employee of Darkview is the first to see the pirates. He's managed to bring his rifle on board the ship and is able to fire a few rounds, wounding one pirate and discouraging the remainder of them, for now.

The Vulture meets with the man who does his dirty work and informs him that he wants Emma to be dosed again. They know that another dose of the chemical will be fatal to her.

There are several attempts to discredit and disrupt Darkview as Emma risks her life to board the ship. As a chemist, she will be able to analyze the pharmacuticals.

The story flows skillfully and the suspense is constant. The author's prior novel, "Running with the Devil" won an International Thriller Award and this novel adds to her work and excellent reputation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Good Life VINE VOICE on August 7, 2010
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I have not read Jamie Freveletti's first novel, but she's so good at developing character and weaving her plotlines that I didn't feel like I was in the dark (no pun intended!) while reading Running Dark. In fact, I completely forgot this was a sequel once I started reading.

Freveletti's writing is crisp and focused...not one scene or character is extraneous. Everything and everyone is relevant and pertinent to moving the story along and allowing the mystery to unfold. She keeps you guessing throughout while filling in gaps here and there. I found it very hard to put down, even when I needed to. Rarely did a chapter end where I felt I could take a break without feeling anxious about what was about to happen. The danger is at every turn, and it keeps mounting. And, like the characters, you're never sure who you can really trust, save a few key characters.

Without divulging too much, and keeping in mind that numerous other reviews will lay out the plot as well, the storyline is such: chemist and ultra-runner Emma Caldridge, still fresh from her recent involvement in a rescue mission in Colombia, is injected with a mysterious substance after a car bomb explodes along her race route in Africa. While she seeks to learn what she was injected with, she also learns that a luxury cruise ship has been targeted by Somali pirates, and that the ship isn't just carrying wealthy Europeans, it has a potential chemical weapon on board, along with the agent she helped save in Colombia, Sumner. She is determined to get to the ship, test the suspected medicine vials (which are supposed to be vaccines), and once again get Sumner to safety.
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