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Running Dark: A Novel

A book by Jamie Freveletti

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Solid Thriller

  • Jul 14, 2010
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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 to get on down the road. From this point, the plot of "Running Dark" moves as quickly toward the finish line as Emma does.

"Running Dark" is Jamie Freveletti's second novel featuring Emma Caldridge and Cameron Sumner and much of what happened in the first book, "Running from the Devil," has an impact on character relationships in "Running Dark." Most importantly, Cameron Sumner saved Emma's life during a hostage situation in the first book, and in this one, she is determined to return the favor.

For much of the book, Freveletti aptly juggles three separate, and exciting, plotlines. The first involves Emma's efforts to identify the performance enhancing drug she was injected with, and to make her way to a cruise ship off the coast of Somalia where Cameron Sumner is desperately hoping to hold off the Somali pirates trying to take it. The second plotline focuses on the cruise ship itself and Cameron's efforts to organize the crew and passengers in a way that gives them at least a fighting chance against the pirates. Cameron has smuggled a sniper's rifle on board the ship but, with the exception of a supersonic noise generator, that is about the only real weapon he has. The third plotline follows the efforts of Darkview Security's Edward Banner and Carol Strohmeyer to fight off the efforts of the mysterious "Vulture" and a ruthless Senator who want to shut the company down.

Each of the plotlines is interesting but the most suspenseful one involves Emma's determination to get to the ill fated cruise ship. Once she finally gets to the region, the support organized by Darkview starts to break down and she is forced to think on the run if she is to survive the ordeal, much less actually board a cruise ship already under the watchful eye of a big shot Somali pirate. Freveletti closes the book with a frantic fight to the finish between thirty or so pirates and a handful of people trying to create weapons from what they can find on the ship.

"Running Dark" is filled with impressive, and likable, characters, and readers will want to follow them into their next adventure. I do wish that their first book backstory had been told in more detail, but that is a small quibble.

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October 22, 2010
Sounds like an intense read! Thanks for sharing your thoughts with the community.
 
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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 . August 12, 2010
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 …
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 . 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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ISBN-10: 0061684244
ISBN-13: 978-0061684241
Author: Jamie Freveletti
Publisher: William Morrow

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