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Running from the Devil Mass Market Paperback – May 25, 2010
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At the start of Freveletti's less than impressive debut, a British Airways flight from Miami, Fla., to Bogotá carrying 30-year-old chemist Emma Caldridge crashes in the Colombian jungle. Armed men dressed in fatigues start taking the survivors hostage, but Caldridge manages to escape into the forest. A distress call from her cellphone reaches the U.S. government, which recently sent troops to Colombia to help guard an oil pipeline, as well as Darkview, a Blackwater-like outfit assisting the U.S. military with special ops around the world. Caldridge proves amazingly successful at dodging the bad guys, and even uses her professional training to derive digitalis from a plant for a fellow passenger who'll die without it. Cameron Sumner, a member of a drug agency who had special reasons for being on the BA flight, provides the requisite romantic interest. Some may cheer the author's larger-than-life heroine, but the clichéd action offers nothing thriller readers haven't encountered countless times before.Â (May)
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On a fact-finding mission, a female biochemist for a cosmetics company takes a flight from Miami to Bogota and ends up in a fiery crash landing. The pace of Freveletti’s plot is quickly established: chemist Emma Caldridge is thrown from the wreckage, along with some other surviving passengers. She, however, has been thrown the farthest and witnesses guerrilla soldiers closing in on the passengers from a seemingly safe distance in the jungle. Caldridge tracks the band of hostages, gaining an ally in another passenger separated from the group, a government agent. The action shuttles between the wilds of the rain forest and D.C., as a military contractor tries to rescue the survivors of the crash. A hidden biological weapon, a terrorist timetable, and Caldridge’s survival skills all help hold readers’ interest in this pulse-pounding thriller. The writing runs to the hysterical, the characterization is romance-novel believable at best, but the action saves the book. --Connie Fletcher --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top customer reviews
Yes, the plot line is outlandish but then, truth can be stranger than fiction. Drugs, an oil pipeline, a secret mission, miraculous rescues, a handsome love interest, terrorists, kidnappings - and on and on. A little much but never boring. It reminded me a lot of Romancing the Stone.
And I liked the byplay between Banner and Stromeyer, too. I hope to read more about them in the future books.
"Running From the Devil" is the first in a series starring Emma. The second book is Running Dark and being released on September 27 is The Ninth Day.
My Three Thoughts from reading this novel:
1. I appreciated her use of a kick-butt female protagonist.
2. The characters were less developed than I had hoped. I found it tough to emotionally engage with the story.
3. The ending (though a bit unbelievable) kept me reading from the 80% to 95% mark.
All told, I would recommend Jamie Freveletti's future work. She has mentioned her dedication to honing her craft, so her most recent novel, The Ninth Day, might be more to my liking.
A good author who writes well and a good heroine and a good story. A good read.