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Running Dark: A Novel

A book by Jamie Freveletti

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"If at first you don't succeed you're running about average." M. H. Alderson

  • Aug 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 chemical and leaves. She is able to finish the race with surprising speed and endurance.

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

The ship is being protected by  a U.S. security company, Darkview. This company has sunk a number of Mungabe's boats and captured his pirates for trial. Mungabe wants them put our of business and The Vulture tells him that a plan to do that is underway.

On the "Kaiser Franz" Cameron Sumner, an employee of Darkview is the first to spot the pirates. He's been able to smuggle his rifle on board and shoots a few rounds. He wounds one pirate and discourages the others, for now.

The Vulture meets with the person who does his dirty work and tells him that he wants Emma injected again. This will cause her death. In the meanwhile, Emma is attempting to get to the cruise ship so that as a chemist, she can analyze the pharmaceuticals and will risk her life in the attempt to do so.

The story  flows skillfully and the suspense is constant. The characters are well drawn and the are sympathetic.

The author seems to be telling the reader that good will prevail and bravery and friendship are two of the highest goals for a person to have.

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October 22, 2010
Interesting take on the novel. @Sheri_in_Reho thought it was more just average. Check out her review and see what you think!
 
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review by . October 12, 2010
This is a fast, good read with a plot that is a bit out of the ordinary for your basic thriller. It knits together Somali pirates, corporate spies, Big Pharma, narcotics, khat, love and lust, and it does so in a well-paced story that is not entirely predictable. Running Dark is an excellent read for an airplane trip, the beach or a leisurely weekend at home.
review by . October 22, 2010
This novel is chockful of dangerous situations almost from beginning to end. One would think, then, that it would have been extremely easy to stay interested in the story and to not want to put the book down. For me, this was NOT the case. Especially from about the halfway point until shortly before the end, I had to force myself to pick up the book from my nightstand every night. It sat in my car for a week or two, untouched. Trust me, if it was THAT exciting a book, I would have taken the time …
review by . July 14, 2010
One would expect that when ultramarathoner Emma Caldridge is blown off her feet by a car bomb near the halfway point of South Africa's Comrades race, she would call it a day. Emma, feeling the ill effects of the run even before the bomb blast, is too stunned by the explosion to protest when a stranger injects her with a mysterious drug via the EpiPen in his hand. All she knows for sure is that the drug immediately has her back on her feet, her race injuries are quickly healing, and she cannot wait …
review by . October 21, 2010
This novel is chockful of dangerous situations almost from beginning to end. One would think, then, that it would have been extremely easy to stay interested in the story and to not want to put the book down. For me, this was NOT the case. Especially from about the halfway point until shortly before the end, I had to force myself to pick up the book from my nightstand every night. It sat in my car for a week or two, untouched. Trust me, if it was THAT exciting a book, I would have taken the time …
review by . June 09, 2010
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 …
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Michael A.Draper is a financial planner with Mass Mutual in North Haven, CT.   Married to Diana for 47 years, one son and daughter-in-law and two lovely granddaughters.      … more
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ISBN-10: 0061684244
ISBN-13: 978-0061684241
Author: Jamie Freveletti
Publisher: William Morrow

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