Saturday, April 4, 2009

Running from the Devil by Jamie Freveletti

Jamie Freveletti has come up with a winner in her debut thriller. Taking place primarily in Colombia, there are far-reaching implications of involvement in Washington. Emma Caldridge, biochemist for a cosmetics firm, competitive speed runner and more, could give Xena (pop culture icon) a run for her money.

This book is action packed from Emma thrown clear of a hijacked jet passenger plane when it crashes, through a high-stakes race for her life through the jungles of Colombia. There are several survivors, all of them kidnapped and to be held for ransom by a maniacal terrorist, Rodriguez, a devil incarnate. But everyone from the drug cartels to special forces and a few with their own agendas, is searching for someone on that plane. Enemies are sometimes fighting each other and other times working together to find one person. The book delves into drugs, terrorism, arms smuggling, but also the medicinal properties and poisons found in the jungles of South America. Cat and mouse, three escapees on the run, give us the mystery of who is most important internationally that this whole scenario has been worked out. This is an enthralling book and I found it hard to put down long enough to sleep. A great debut! I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it.

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