Saturday, May 9, 2009

Running from the Devil by Jamie Freveletti

Chemist Emma Caldridge is on her way to Bogota when her plane crashes in the Colombian jungle. An ultramarathon runner, she feels she can survive in the rainforest on her own when the rest of the passengers are taken prisoner by a group of local guerrillas. After finding supplies in the wreckage, Emma follows them from a distance figuring it's her only chance to get out alive. This area of Colombia, however, is full of lots of different guerrilla and paramilitary groups, which makes it very unstable. To make it worse, only a small force from the United States is sent on the rescue mission. It also seems as if Emma has an ulterior motive for being in Colombia besides her job. Will Emma and the other Americans make it out of the dense, unforgiving jungle? Running from the Devil is a promising first thriller. The scenes and descriptions of Emma in the wilderness are first-rate. However, I had a hard time keeping track of the different “bad guys” and found that I wanted the book to concentrate on Emma's journey more.

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