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Running Dark: A Novel

A book by Jamie Freveletti

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The Thrilling Return of Heroine Emma Caldridge

  • Jun 9, 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. She fills in the important details, allowing this story to move at a very good clip.

Frevelletti presents a strong, intelligent, resourceful woman in Emma Caldridge, who is an excellent, well rounded character. Resourceful, but not super-human or a caricature. Emma is grounded in realistic circumstances, reacts with a level of professionalism that is expected. She is a believable heroine in a realistic, exciting thriller. For people raised on Lee Child's Jack Reacher or Stephen Hunter's Bob Lee Swagger, Emma Caldridge is a refreshing addition to the thriller genre.

There is a lot to recommend this novel. However, after the exceptional, suspenseful build up, it was disappointing that the pirate arc finished so quickly. It was rather anti-climatic. That said, there is no doubt that Frevelletti has more in store for Emma, Cameron, and the people of Darkview. If you are looking for someone "new" in the thriller genre, Frevelletti will not disappoint, and Running Dark, her second novel, demonstrates that she is not a "one hit wonder." Jamie Frevelletti is an author to watch in a crowded genre. But she has an edge - a superior character in Emma Caldridge, a woman that doesn't need rescuing, but rather one that you want to appear when bad things start happening to good people.

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October 22, 2010
Sounds like such an interesting concept for a story, although Sheri said there wasn't much mystery.
 
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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 . 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 …
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ISBN-10: 0061684244
ISBN-13: 978-0061684241
Author: Jamie Freveletti
Publisher: William Morrow

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