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Running from the Devil (Emma Caldridge #1)

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  681 Ratings  ·  141 Reviews
A race against evil

Emma Caldridge, a chemist for a cosmetics company, is en route from Miami to Bogotá when her plane is hijacked and spins out of control into the mountains near the Venezuelan border. Thrown unhurt from the wreckage, she can do nothing but watch as guerrillas take the other passengers hostage.

An endurance marathon runner, Emma silently trails the guerrill
Hardcover, 307 pages
Published May 5th 2009 by William Morrow
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
I am so glad my library had this book. I was looking for a good female lead action/adventure series, and I think I have found one with Emma Cauldridge. I liked that while Emma makes a very good action heroine, she starts out as an everyday type of woman and doesn't unrealistically turn into Rambo Jane. Her skill set qualified her for saving the day when placed in an incredible situation. While there are plenty of tough guys in this book, they don't overshadow Emma's opportunity to be heroic.

Paul Pessolano
Feb 14, 2011 Paul Pessolano rated it it was ok
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May 03, 2009 Jackie rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jackie by: Tavia, the May 09 IndieNext Noteable list
This is a great read--fast paced, smart and unusual, particularly since the main hero of the piece is a woman. Emma Caldridge, a biochemist for a cosmetics company, survives a crash landing of a hijacked plane in the jungles of Columbia. She's no lab nerd, she's an elite marathon runner as well as a brilliant scientist, two things she leans heavily on to survive the terrorists who are searching for her since it seems that she might just be the reason the plane was hijacked. I don't want to say m ...more
Jan 29, 2013 Erin rated it it was ok
This was entertaining, fast-paced and had an interesting plot line but I absolutely could not get over several glaring issues:
-every single 'hero' character was a superhero, able to leapt tall buildings in a single bound. The biggest flaws between them were an overdeveloped sense of responsibility and maybe shin splints
-the ability of every bad guy to magically appear with yards of their prey through dense jungle with no trails without fail after hours upon hours of a head start
-random religio
Feb 10, 2013 Robby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Thrills and Tense Action
Recommended to Robby by: SELF
For a debut book I thought this was an outstanding effort. Had never read Ms. Freveletti before; but will definitely be following her main character (Emma Caldridge) in subsequent publications. Just enough; but not too much; excitement,thrills,tension, and realism to keep the pace non-stop. Ingested with plenty of peril to keep the pages flying. Recommended for anyone looking for adventure. Just for the heck of it,check out the: About Jamie Freveletti, under this book on Goodreads. Note how many ...more
Ken Schoville
May 15, 2011 Ken Schoville rated it it was ok
Too many gaps in logic for me to accept.
Feb 07, 2013 Al rated it really liked it

Emma Caldridge, a chemist for a cosmetics company, is en route from Miami to Bogotá when her plane is hijacked and spins out of control into the mountains near the Venezuelan border. Thrown unhurt from the wreckage, she can do nothing but watch as guerrillas take the other passengers hostage.

An endurance marathon runner, Emma silently trails the guerrillas and their captives, using her athletic prowess and scientific knowledge to stay alive. Those skills become essential when she discovers an

Jennie Leigh
Mar 07, 2011 Jennie Leigh rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook
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. [return ...more
Nov 20, 2011 Scott rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
I find myself wondering if I read/listened to the same book as most of the other reviewers. I was suckered into this book by a positive review in the Denver Post and I'm sorry I was. Intriguing setting in the Columbian jungle, and that's about it. Use of time and place were totally confusing. Emma runs for hours/days to escape guerrillas, and they chase her and catch her in a few hours. No sense of where they are. She has debilitating shin splints, two days later she runs for hours with no menti ...more
Scott Ceniza-Levine
Oct 04, 2010 Scott Ceniza-Levine rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this! Quick read, finished it in a single day as I was in bed with a bad back. I was not expecting such a great mystery/thriller and so the book far exceeded my expectations. I had a little trouble with the timeline as the story went back and forth between storylines, but it was not so bad to take away from the enjoyment.

Can't wait to read the next booke!
Peregrine 12
Dec 04, 2010 Peregrine 12 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one.
Action/adventure written for women? Okay, but it still has to be realistic.

In this book, the men don't talk like men, all the characters sound the same, and the plot just falls over, flat. Uninteresting. I thought the actual writing was bad, too - too much colloquial language in the author's text, for example.

I'd hoped for more, after such an exciting opening scene.
Apr 23, 2014 Renee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wcls
One of those random pick-ups from the library since I'm here anyway. Totally paid off.
Avery Aames
Feb 02, 2011 Avery Aames rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. The pace if fabulous. The writing tight. The character of Emma Caldridge is winning. She'll make a great movie protagonist! Jamie Freveletti can write with the big boys.
Mar 13, 2017 John rated it it was ok
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Jun 12, 2011 Jenny rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
Wowzas. It has been a while since I've read a great fast-paced thriller with lots of action and a strong female character. This was also the first book I've read in a while (because of my own crazy schedule and all) where I constantly wanted to pick the book back up and didn't find myself distracted with other thoughts.

Running From the Devil takes off right from the first page with a plane being hijacked and crashing into the mountains of Colombia near the Venezuelan border -- an area known for
Elevate Difference
Jul 25, 2009 Elevate Difference rated it it was amazing
Jamie Freveletti’s authorial debut, Running from the Devil, begins with the story of Emma Caldridge, a chemist and ultra-marathon runner who boards a plane for Bogota and ends up in a plane crash in the Colombian jungle. She is thrown from the wreckage during the crash, and thus spared from being taken hostage by a group of Colombian guerillas. What initially appears to be a fairly standard kidnapping-ransom situation soon reveals itself to be much more as the stories of the other passengers, th ...more
Kari Anderson
Jul 10, 2010 Kari Anderson rated it it was amazing
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. Unfo
Jan 19, 2012 Themistokeles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Der Debütroman "Lauf" von Jamie Freveletti beginnt mit einem Flugzeugunglück in Kolumbien, welches sich als Resultat einer Flugzeugentführung durch kolumbianische Guerilla-Banden entpuppt. Bei der Landung des Flugzeugs, zerbricht dieses und fängt in Teilen Feuer. Emma Caldridge, eine Chemikerin und Hobby Ultramarathonläuferin, wird bei diesem Unfall aus dem Flugzeug geschleudert und muss von dort aus mit ansehen, wie die restlichen Überlebenden von Guerillas gefangengenommen und in den Dschungel ...more
Jun 23, 2010 Crystal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Starting off with a plane crash and from there the action just keeps building and building, Running from the Devil was a true thriller and very deserving of the Best First Novel award given to it by the International Thriller Writers a few weeks ago.

Before hearing about Running Dark, the second book in this series, I had not heard of Jamie Freveletti. I agreed to read and review Running Dark and was pleasantly surprised to receive Running From the Devil in my package as well. I like to read seri
Kevin Johnson
Feb 25, 2017 Kevin Johnson rated it really liked it
Shelves: nook
Very well written thriller. Fast paced and great characters. I will seek other books in this series.
Apr 05, 2009 Brittany rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Fans of mass market / thrillers / studies of political tensions
Recommended to Brittany by: Harper C
How I Came To Read This Book: Harper Collins sent me an ARE.

The Plot: A plane is hijacked and downed in the jungles of Colombia - and the 68 surviving passengers are taken hostage. What the guerrillas in charge don't know is passenger #69 - Emma Caldridge - is alive, well, and a force to be reckoned with. Emma's an extreme long distance runner, able to top 100 miles in a single race. She's also a botanist / researcher with an extensive knowledge of the plants of the world, especially in the Colo
Jul 02, 2010 Caitlin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
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 unt
Apr 01, 2009 Betty rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: international thriller
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 th
Apr 08, 2015 Danielle rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook
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Jul 25, 2010 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won Running from the Devil in a giveaway & was glad I did! This adventurous book reads like a movie screenplay- it's action-packed & exciting! I found myself imagining going to the movies to see Keira Knightley or Hillary Swank star as the daring Emma Caldridge & Daniel Craig as the quiet, but heroic Cameron Sumner. Look at that- I've already got the movie cast!! Now that I'm done day-dreaming, let me just say that although this is not the type of book I generally pick up, I found ...more
Jennifer Oberth
Jul 22, 2011 Jennifer Oberth rated it really liked it
Jamie Freveletti's Running From the Devil had my heart and blood pumping as if I was the one running in the jungles of Columbia! As the first thriller I've read, I'd say it's a fantastic introduction to the genre. Personally, I don't care for blood and guts and even though Jamie had some pretty rough and gruesome stuff, she wasn't so descriptive that I lost my dinner. Basically, if you like that gory stuff, it's in here, if you don't, you can sort of read the words without picturing it - that's ...more
May 02, 2009 Christy rated it it was amazing
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 B ...more
Bonnie Brody
Mar 07, 2012 Bonnie Brody rated it really liked it
This lady can write! This book is just plain fun to read and a wild ride to boot. It is so well-written that I suspended belief and was totally sucked in. I found the book hard to put down.

The plot is based on the crash of a British Airlines passenger plane headed to Bogota. The plane lands in the middle of Colombia's guerilla-laden jungle. All the passengers who survived, except one, are taken captive. Emma is the sole passenger who escapes. She is an ultra-marathoner and she follows the kidnap
Mindi Rosser
Aug 29, 2011 Mindi Rosser rated it liked it
Shelves: 50-fiction-reads
Today, I review Running From the Devil by action thriller author, Jamie Freveletti. I purposefully bought this book because I met Jamie at a writer's conference in June. She was the one thriller author in attendance, and she happened to be female. As much as I enjoy reading and writing in the thriller genre, I find that it tends to be dominated by my gender counterparts, i.e. the men. Therefore, I peppered Jamie with questions during her presentation. She provided much advice for a newbie female ...more
Jul 28, 2010 Joyce rated it liked it
Jamie Freveletti did a fine job writing her first novel, "Running from the Devil." The book had plenty of exciting and tense moments that kept me turning the pages. At times, her writing style was distracting. For instance, she often used "many people" or "some people" when more descriptive phrases would have helped the reader become more involved with the scene. Perhaps, "Two young women huddled together, weeping" or "One elderly man was ashen...etc." More foreshadowing would have prepared the ...more
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Jamie Freveletti is a trial attorney, martial artist, and runner. Her debut thriller, RUNNING FROM THE DEVIL (HarperCollins/ Morrow 2009), was chosen as a “Notable Book” by the Independent Booksellers of America, awarded Best First Novel by the International Thriller Writers as well as a Barry Award for Best First Novel. It has been translated into three languages and was an international bestsell ...more
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