Saturday, May 16, 2009

"Running from the Devil"

Jamie Freveletti is a trial attorney, martial artist, and runner. She has crewed for an elite ultra-marathon runner at 50 mile, 100 mile, and twenty-four hour races across the country, and both practices and teaches Aikido, a Japanese martial art.

She applied the “Page 69 Test” to Running from the Devil, her debut thriller, and reported the following:
I was surprised to see that not only does the Page 69 test work for my novel, Running from the Devil, but it’s a perfect page to see what may be in store for the characters. In Running, Emma Caldridge’s plane is hijacked and downed in the Colombian jungle. She’s thrown free of the wreckage, and watches as the other passengers are taken hostage. With no compass and no idea where she is, she’s forced to follow the guerrillas as they march the passengers deep into the jungle.

Emma has some unique talents, and at page 69 we see the first indication of what she can do. She comes upon a passenger suffering from heart problems, gasping for air and in dire need of her digitalis medication to regulate her heartbeat. Emma’s a chemist and scours the earth looking for medicinal plants. She tells the woman that she saw some foxglove, the plant from which digitalis is made, on the path. She races back to retrieve it in an attempt to save the woman.

Emma’s ability with plants is both a blessing and a curse. A blessing, because she can identify helpful plants from those that are toxic, but a curse because her knowledge has set in motion events that could end up destroying her and everyone around her.
Browse inside Running from the Devil, and learn more about the book and author at Jamie Freveletti's website and blog.

Check out the complete list of books in the Page 69 Test Series.

--Marshal Zeringue