Running from the Devil (Emma Caldridge Series #1)

Running from the Devil (Emma Caldridge Series #1)

by Jamie Freveletti

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“A breathless, hair-raising read, one of the most gripping thrillers I’ve read in a long, long time.”
—Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of The Keepsake


A high-octane debut thriller in the tradition of James Rollins, Lee Child, and Daniel Silva, Running From the Devil by Jaime Freveletti starts racing on page one and never slows down for a minute until it crosses the finish line. Lee Child calls it, “Just terrific—full of thrills and tradecraft, pace and peril,” and anyone who craves the adrenaline rush of smart, exceptional thriller fiction will love Running From the Devil and its strong, compelling heroine Emma Caldwell.

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ISBN-13: 9780061875045
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/05/2009
Series: Emma Caldridge Series , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 168,170
File size: 511 KB

About the Author

Jamie Freveletti is a former trial lawyer, martial artist, and runner. She is the author of four books in her own Emma Caldridge series as well as Robert Ludlum's Covert One novel, The Janus Reprisal. She lives in Chicago.

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Lee Child

“Just terrific—full of thrills and tradecraft, pace and peril. An outstanding debut.”

Tess Gerritsen

“Ten pages in, my heart was pounding—and the tension only grew from there. This is a breathless, hair-raising read, one of the most gripping thrillers I’ve read in a long, long time.”

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Running from the Devil 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
bbratley More than 1 year ago
I am a voracious reader, of all types of genres, and am always on the lookout for new authors, or new to me authors. My good old stand-bys just don't write fast enough for me, lol. This book was so suspenseful, exciting, and different. A different storyline, a woman heroine who's a chemist, and so many twists and turns. I literally stayed up a few nights in a row until I could hardly keep my eyes open. Very engaging characters, you get to know them, fight right along with them and do NOT want the story to end. Those are the type of books I love, where I want more! Don't end yet, lol, I could read about these people all the time. Fortunately, I see that the main character, Emma, is in the other books she has written also. An author very worth the time to check out, you'll be hooked!
grumpydan More than 1 year ago
If you want a fast-paced, action thriller filled with surprises, then Running From The Devil by Jamie Freveletti is the book to read. Emma Caldridge (a chemist) is on her way to Columbia when her plane crashes. But this was no accident, and when she escapes and sees the other survivors being taking away by guerillas, she has to make a decision to follow or get lost in the jungle herself. With the help of Cameron Summer , a government agent that was also on the plane, they wreak havoc on the bad guys! I found this book to be a highly exciting thriller!
Fredr More than 1 year ago
I could not,not pick up and read anything recommanded by Lee Child,and was well rewarded. As this was her first, I look foward to her next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book, didn't want it to end
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dhaupt More than 1 year ago
Emma Caldridge is on her way to Bogota to right a grievous wrong only to find herself a part of an act of terror. She escapes, but for how long and can she do what she came for and live to tell the tale. Running From The Devil is a fast paced, heart accelerating, leave you breathless read. It's story line could be taken off any CNN or major network headline "Terrorists Hijack Plane Full Of Civilians", but what sets this apart from the headlines is the mystery there, the reason hidden behind the crime and Jamie spins her tale like a pro. Her dialogue is intense, informative and colorful as you visualize the habitat and inhabitants of her tale. Her characters are amazingly imaginative some being exceedingly cruel and evil and others inordinately honest and good and some a little of both. Her protagonist Emma is a well developed and well rounded character who's welfare we're constantly hoping changes for the better and yet we fear for the worst. Her supporting characters are a must for the development of the novel and we get to know the major players intimately so we can either hope for them or hate them in equal measure. If what you want in your read is an action packed, nail biting, edge of your seat roller coaster ride thriller this one's for you. Be sure to see her Jamie's newest adventure starring Emma Caldridge Running Dark.
christytilleryfrench More than 1 year ago
Biochemist, ultramarathon runner Emma Caldridge is returning to Colombia when her plane is hijacked and crash lands outside of Bogota. Emma is thrown from the plane and, hidden, watches in horror as guerrillas take the surviving passengers captives. Emma manages to text a cell phone message to her boss, relaying what has happened, and follows the guerillas, hoping her message got through and a rescue team is on the way. The Department of Defense, made aware of the downed plane, turns to Edward Banner and his specialized forces for help in what looks to be a kidnap-for-ransom scheme by the guerrillas, not knowing that Emma is the real reason behind the hijacking. Emma utilizes her skills as a chemist to survive while being pursued by men intent on capturing her for her knowledge and the secret, deadly weapon in her possession. Emma Caldridge is the quintessential female action hero. She's smart, athletic, and tough mentally and physically. Her knowledge of plants and skills as a chemist enhance this debut thriller, which is filled with action and suspense. Freveletti weaves into the story the complex political situation between Washington DC and the Colombian government, and gives the reader a better understanding of the Colombian drug cartels and FARC, Colombia's infamous paramilitary organization known for its kidnapping attempts. An excellent debut novel.
harstan More than 1 year ago
British Airways flight from Miami to Bogota crashes in the Colombian jungle. Thirty years old year-old American chemist survives the crash as does several other people. However, Emma observes men in fatigues carrying weapons coming out of the jungle. Instead of offering help, they take the survivors prisoners. Her assumption is bandits demanding ransom as Columbia has a reputation for that type of crime. She flees into the cover of the jungle.----- Emma manages to use her cell phone to alert American officials to the plight of her and others. As she eludes the kidnappers with the help of a fellow passenger, federal agent Cameron Sumner, she waits for her government to send military troops or perhaps even mercenary contractors from Darkview Inc who guards the nearby oil pipeline.------ Emma is a sort of female MacGyver as she does all sorts of miraculous stunts with limited resources while Cameron is her "required" romantic counterpart. Readers will root for Emma to not just survive, but to defeat the bandits. Though somewhat standard fare as the plot has been seen many times in movies and books, the story line is fast-paced and fun to follow especially Emma's adventures in the jungle. ------------- Harriet Klausner
claod More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. It is a quick read but kept me entertained. I think it tried a little too hard to throw twists in at the end, but it was basically interesting and kept me reading. I would read another book by this author.
kariannalysis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Emma Caldridge is a chemist on a mission when her flight from Miami to Bogota gets hijacked. She is thrown from the plane and able to escape the capturing of guerrillas, but she has a long road ahead of her. She is in the depths of the jungle, with just a small backpack and a tent, luckily she is used to running ultramarathons, 100 miles, and has the endurance needed to survive something like this.She teams up with another American as they run from the ¿devil¿ and try to make it home alive. Unfortunately, the guerrillas aren¿t the only enemy. Emma has a secret, a formula that can kill on contact and spread to others and kill within 12 hours. She has to right a wrong, before any one else gets their hands on the formula.WOW! This book was incredible! I can¿t say I¿ve really read any books like this before. Normally, if I stray from the light and fluffy, I read a murder mystery to test my skills at solving crimes. I guess a bit of that comes into play here, trying to figure out which American is after Emma.I was actually offered Freveletti¿s second book, Running Dark which now I am dying to read, but hadn¿t read the first in the series yet. Freveletti¿s awesome publicity team sent me both books to get started.I¿m not even really sure where to get started in showing my love for this book. Emma is an amazing character, and an amazing woman. She¿s a chemist, she¿s a runner, she has everything she needs to be left in the jungle. I probably wouldn¿t make it 2 hours, but she endures, makes alliances and survives.The men in this book, how Gladys and I see them, are mouth watering! Every single guy, well, not the bad guys of course, are heart throbs! They are tough, they are chivalrous and they kick some major guerilla butt.I think one of the things I liked most about this book was that although it was fiction and kept me turning the pages, I actually felt like I was learning from it. It was a survival lesson and drama all balled into one. I caught myself asking my husband a few times, ¿Did you know¿¿ and neither of us did. Now if only I could remember what I learned, to ensure survival next time my plane is hijacked in the jungle. I know to keep my mouth open when explosions happen , so the waves go through me instead of knocking me around (I know, great explanation right?).I give Running from the Devil, no surprise after my gushing review, I¿m sure, 5 bookmarks!
jennsbookshelves on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Biochemist Emma Caldridge is on a flight from Miami to Bogota when the plane goes down in a fiery crash. Shortly after the crash, a group of guerrilla soldiers round up the survivors and force them to march into the rainforest. It is soon realized by the survivors that the crash was no accident; the plane was brought down intentionally. Emma is thrown from the wreckage, far enough away that the soldiers don¿t see her. She¿s able to recover some supplies and food from the wreckage before it is blown up by the soldiers.She begins to follow the soldiers and the survivors through the hot, deadly Colombian rainforest. She¿s a chemist for a lucrative cosmetics company, constantly looking for natural ingredients to enhance the cosmetics this company creates. Her knowledge of the local plant life and her experience as an ultramarathon runner gives her an advantage. She¿s soon joined by another survivor, Sumner, a government agent, and they both head out in an attempt to rescue the remaining surviviors.Meanwhile, the United States government has formed a task force ordered to rescue the survivors of the plane crash. They can¿t seem to figure out what made this plane so important¿who on the plane was worth killing so many people? After doing a bit of investigating, it is soon revealed that Emma has a bit more riding on this trip than originally believed.Freveletti weaves an extremely fast-paced, thrilling read. I thoroughly enjoyed Emma¿s character: she was a no-nonsense woman, set on survival. It¿s refreshing to see such a powerful woman in a thriller, oftentimes a male holds this position. This was a quick, intense read. Highly recommended!
DBower on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I received notice that I was receiving Running Dark (the second of this author's books) through Early Reviewers and immediately went out and purchased Running from the Devil for my Kindle. I found the plot interesting and action packed. It combined political intrigue and science with South American drug lords, corrupt police, and paramilitary groups making for a fast paced read. The lead character (Emma) was smart, strong, and her character was well written. Overall all the characters were well written but some could have been better developed - sometimes I had trouble remembering the role of a given character.In conclusion, I found this an incredible first book and am waiting anxiously for my copy of Running Dark. This author has definitely made my list of author's to watch!
cathyskye on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First Line: Emma Caldridge went to sleep in first class on a British Airlines flight from Miami to Bogotá, and woke sixty seconds before the plane was downed in the Colombian jungle.Emma is thrown unhurt from the plane and watches in dread as guerillas round up the rest of the crash survivors and lead them into the jungle.At first wanting to get help for herself and the others, Emma heads in a different direction, but one by one her alternative routes are closed off to her, and she finds herself following the others and trying to stay hidden from the guerillas. Along the way, she runs into an injured government agent, Cameron Sumner, who was left behind to die.A task force from the United States is on the way to search for survivors, but time is running out. Fortunately Emma is no ordinary woman, and she guards a very powerful secret.I love thrillers with smart, determined female leads, and Running from the Devil has a winner in Emma Caldridge. I could happily have spent the entire book reading about her surviving on her own out in the jungle, but I suppose that wouldn't have done much for the plot. Emma is such a fascinating character-- a chemist for a cosmetics company and an ultramarathon runner-- that the few times the plot veers away from the natural green jungle and moves to the unnatural concrete jungle inhabited by Washington, D.C., power mongers, I wanted to groan.Unlike most thrillers I've read, there were secondary characters that shone brightly for their brief close-ups, but they didn't fade permanently from view. Freveletti made readers care for those people, and she was aware that we would want to know what happened to them.The only thing that I had a hard time swallowing was the dire secret that Emma was guarding so closely. I was happy to see that she didn't shirk her responsibility for it, but I just didn't buy into it. Since I do my best to avoid spoilers, I won't discuss it any further.If you're in the mood for a fast-paced thriller with a strong, captivating female lead, I think Running from the Devil may be just what the doctor ordered.
joannalongbourne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great action heroine; book starts with a plane crash reminiscent of Lost and the action never quits. The heorine - a super marathon runner and chemist - rises to the challenge of figuring out how to escape from a variety of Colombian and American bad guys while simultaneously staying true to original mission for coming to Columbia. I'm looking forward to reading the next installment.
lauriehere on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have not yet read this book, but it looks like Emma must run from Guerillas or be killed. She holds a powerful secret that she could be killed for.
kraaivrouw on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As thrillers go this one is pretty average, but does suggest a promising future for its author due to its interesting plot elements.Love seeing a competent female character in a thriller, a genre that tends to be male-dominated. Emma runs ultra-marathons and is very very smart - these are characteristics that make her able to take care of herself and others, even to the point of rescuing our male hero (I know, imagine that). I also liked that the focus of the book wasn't how soon it would be until heroine and hero got into a lip lock. Granted, attraction is suggested, but the focus of this novel is problem-solving not romance.Another strength is all the interesting plot twists and turns. This book takes place over a short period of time and has the appropriate racing kind of feel. Interesting things happen all over the place and that's fun. Its strength is also its weakness - this is where the author reveals her relative newness to the art of writing thrillers. There are so many plot twists and turns that the whole thing becomes sort of exhausting and ultimately loses the reader's attention. It feels as if Ms. Freveletti just threw everything at the wall and wrote about whatever stuck up there (and some of what hit the floor).Despite getting an average rating from me, this is a fun book and an entertaining read if you're looking for a somewhat different thriller with a cinematic feel.
JennieLeigh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Like most action/adventure novels, much of what transpires within the pages of this book is unrealistic. Emma goes from chemist to commando while roaming the jungles of Columbia slathered in mud. She hooks up with Cameron who goes from death's door to lethal thanks to some maggots. And he's apparently a stunningly better shot than the trained soldiers he comes to the aid of. All in all, it was harder to suspend my disbelief than usual. Perhaps the characters just weren't engaging enough. I was intrigued by the thread of religion running through the novel. I got the distinct feeling that there should have been a stronger sub-plot revolving around this aspect of the story. Emma is clearly struggling with her faith and while it is mentioned, it is done so with such nonchalance that it turns what could and should be a profound journey of self understanding into an afterthought. All in all, it was a tolerable read. I found it somewhat scattered, and missing a few plot explanations and lines. Still, it was a long way from the worst novel I've ever read.
TerryWeyna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The summer thriller season has now officially opened with the publication of debut author Jamie Freveletti¿s Running from the Devil ¿ one of those books that becomes glued to your hands when you start reading it and doesn¿t become unglued until you¿ve turned the last page. Freveletti knows how to plot, and she knows how to keep her readers engaged, and she sure as heck knows how to use her research to create a believable story that¿s a step above most thrillers. This former trial attorney who is now a competitive speed runner, a black belt in the martial art of aikido, and a keen observer of international politics seems to be able to do anything she turns her mind to.Running from the Devil starts with a plane crash in the middle of the Columbian jungle, but oddly enough, for me the book didn¿t really start moving until the investigation of the crash began in Washington about ten pages later. Sure, Freveletti¿s hero, Emma Caldridge, is in immediate danger after the crash as terrorists move in to take the surviving passengers hostage ¿ and as Emma manages to avoid capture ¿ but the intrigue that unfolds in D.C. is what fascinated me most. There are many players in this complicated political scenario, between the different terrorist factions, the United States Department of Defense, Emma¿s father, the State Department, Darkview (an American mercenary group, here really the good guys), the Colombian government, Emma¿s employer, and the Air Tunnel Denial program. Each group has its own agenda, and the agenda of many seems to be to get Emma for one reason or another. Emma is on her own in the jungle, without weapons, without food or water, without a compass, and with no ability to speak the native language; the land is mined; and she has a mission that goes beyond her own personal survival.Emma is a strong and resourceful woman, and she never, ever gives up. A chemist with a specialty in plant biology, she uses her knowledge to survive in the jungle, as well as to save the lives of others along the way ¿ occasionally in a manner that will make your stomach turn but also fascinate you. In fact, Freveletti¿s use of chemical lore is one of the very best things about this book. You¿ll learn things about jimsonweed you probably never knew, and chances are you¿ve never even heard of the neem tree before, not to mention what its leaves can do. Fortunately, Emma isn¿t too good to be true; she doesn¿t know how to use weapons, for instance, and her emotions sometimes cause her to make mistakes. She isn¿t superwoman.Supporting characters may have a bit more cardboard to them; Cameron Sumner, another downed passenger, seems too good to be true, not to mention Edward Banner, one of the mercenaries. Luis Rodrigo is as evil a villain as you¿ll find outside of Marvel Comics, completely irrational and probably insane. But there are a few minor characters who seem to be perfect little cameos. I got a big kick out of Gladys Sullivan, another passenger who has heart trouble but insists on smoking as many cigarettes as she can get her hands on. Maria, an indigenous woman who loves red lipstick, is beautifully drawn. Miguel Gonzalez, who runs a special operations response force sent to rescue the passengers, is a good, competent soldier.Freveletti¿s novel has some typical debut thriller faults: a reliance on clichés to get a point across (¿she felt as though fate had thrown her a bone¿; ¿The man dropped like a stone¿). Sometimes, though, Freveletti uses language to create a picture so vivid that a scene comes to life right before your eyes (¿The highest-ranking members of the army, navy, air force, and marines fiddled with legal pads, flipped pencils in the air, and sipped coffee from china cups that they held like mugs, ignoring the elegant, curved handles¿ ¿ that detail about how they hold the cups is just brilliant).The language isn¿t the point, though, and the clichés fall away as you get deeper into the book and the plot absolutely takes over. Soon
suetu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I start each book I read full of optimism, hoping to be able to rave about it. Especially in the case of a book like Running from the Devil, a debut thriller written by a woman and featuring a female protagonist. I wanted to love it. It's true that I was racing to finish reading it. But, alas, it was only so I could be done with it and move on to something more enjoyable. I have to admit that the opening is strong. The reader is plunged into a plane crash as seen through the eyes of the afore-mentioned female protagonist, Emma Caldridge. Emma is a biochemist working in the cosmetics industry. She had been flying to Columbia to hunt for botanicals to use in her work. While she dozed, the flight had been taken over by hijackers. Many passengers die when the plane is forced down onto a too-small landing strip. Emma is thrown clear of the wreckage, miraculously unharmed. She manages to avoid being captured with the 70 other survivors by the guerrillas that hijacked the flight. A plane-load of Americans are valuable hostages. And so begins an epic rumble in the jungle. Emma is the wild card, trailing the guerrillas and hostages. She seems to have a hidden agenda, but we don't know what it is. To this mix, add a lone drug enforcement officer, American government and military assets, Columbian government and military assets, good and bad mercenaries, any number of drug cartels and paramilitary groups, a child soldier, some indigenous peoples, and two bomb-sniffing dogs. Shake well. It's not a bad set-up, but I began to have problems with the novel early on. Simply put, I had a big problem with believability. Little things... When time is of the essence, why drive over to a company to acquire basic information that can be achieved with a phone call? Would the US government allow a contractor field a major press conference on his own? Call me a nit-picker, but lots and lots of these little things took me out of the story. As I got deeper and deeper into the book, the actions of the characters became so over the top I couldn't believe any of it. My other big problem was the utter lack of subtlety in the storytelling. I could give any number of examples, but I feel like I'm droning. I don't want to imply that Ms. Freveletti has done nothing right, but it wasn't enough. I would add that is disingenuous of Morrow to market the book as featuring "the speculative-science adventure of James Rollins." As if. Now, I'm willing to overlook any number of flaws when I'm caught up in a novel, but I never was caught up. I realize mine is the minority opinion, but by the time I reached the end, Running from the Devil was simply tedious.
Magatha on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Yes, it's true that there are insurmountable plot holes and believability problems. And yes, Emma's middle name is very probably Mary Sue. But it was still a rollicking, satisfying thriller. Maybe it should have been a graphic novel. I hope Freveletti is at work on a second novel, because the problems with this one are definitely surmountable.
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Nonstop action. Different kind of mystery.
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