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Running Dark: A Novel

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  • Posted September 10, 2010

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    Another exciting adventure mystery in the Emma Caldridge Running series!

    Running Dark is a new adventure for the characters introduced in the first novel of this series, Running with the Devil, although the way the story is told is very similar in both novels. Each character is working independently through interconnected aspects of the same evil plot. This book is different from many other genre novels in that there are really strong male AND female characters. I really liked that the author chose to keep Emma as a strong lead character and didn't just push her into a romantic cohort role. The author also expanded the role of Major Stromeyer into a more interesting character. The men are just as tough and fierce as they were in the first book. All of them are a wee bit unbelievable in their extreme awesomeness but as they are in extremely bad situations so that is probably good!
    The story itself is interesting, filled with many odd facts that make a reader feel somewhat smarter in the end. Timely with African politics, Somali pirates and pharmaceutical inventions, the story is exciting from start to finish. I would recommend this to anyone who likes a good adventure mystery type novel!

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  • Posted June 3, 2010

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    action-packed African thriller

    Running the South African Comrades Ultramarathon, thirtyish chemist Emma Caldridge passes the fifty-eighth kilometer of the eighty-nine kilometer mile race when a nearby car bomb detonates. The explosion throws her ten feet in the air and out of her running shoes. A runner with a silver necklace shaped like an antelope stops to jab her with a needle before he races away. Emma looks around to see other dazed runners, notices the bad gash on her leg, but feeling a need to move that she assumes is partially caused by the drug injected into her, paranoid she puts on her sneakers and takes off at a pace way beyond anything she ever did before.

    At the finish line, Emma asks Karen of Price Pharmaceutical to test her blood while also calling her friend Edward Banner, head of the American security firm Darkview, to advise her. He is in the Gulf of Aden working a Somali pirate abduction of the Kaiser Franz cruise ship filled with wealthy patrons and allegedly a new chemical weapon. Banner asks Emma to join him in order for them to sneak on board and identify this chemical weapon. She already reluctantly agrees when she learns she has a personal incentive as Cameron Sumner whom she worked with Running From The Devil is a hostage.

    Over the top of the Drakensberg Mountains, Running Dark is an entertaining thriller that requires the reader to leave plausibility at the beginning of the ultramarathon. The story line is exciting and almost as fast as Emma runs the last thirty-one kilometers of the Comrades. Jamie Freveletti writes an action-packed African thriller as the Somali pirates and pharmaceutical misdeeds keep Emma and the reader hopping.

    Harriet Klausner

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