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The Taste

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After his mother dies, Jake Wheeler returns to his birthplace of Dark Springs, West Virginia, seeking solace among his kin. But his family’s unique comfort food includes some ingredients Jake's not sure he can stomach.

They eat dead people.

Discovering that skeleton in the pantry and adjusting to a new diet turn out to be the least of Jake’s worries. Storm clouds have gather...more
Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published August 23rd 2011
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This book was GREAT! Which seems kind of odd to me considering these people eat human flesh. I love horror and gore in books and movies so this novel was right up my alley. The writing is great, the plot well thought out, and the characters are perfect. I was hooked until the very last page. Alan Orloff, writing as his darker persona Zak Allen, did an excellent job.

Jake comes to Dark Springs, WV after his mother passed away upon the request of his Aunt Cora. Nothing is what he expects when he a...more
I must admit I was fascinated by this book, ( and a little sick). The characters were well written and despite my turning stomach I found myself caring about several of them. The story line absolutely held my interest. I would say this is an Indie book that lets you know just how good Indie Authors can be. It is a horror story that has family loyalty, family feud, love and suspense mixed in. It was a different read for me - most of the books I read lately where someone is eating someone deal wit...more
Stephen Parrish
Jake Wheeler ventures out of Las Vegas to visit his aunt and uncle in rural West Virginia after his mother dies. There he learns his relatives, and their odd neighbors, are full of surprises. The biggest surprise, however, is what Jake learns about himself. Agatha Award finalist Orloff, writing as Zak Allen, does a good job of creating tension, employing cliffhangers, foreshadowing plot points. And serving up unique flavors: the novel certainly has a taste of its own. For fans of Thomas Tryon.
Betsy Ashton
Alan Orloff's ability to blend horror (in the guise of cannibalism) with suspense (what will Jake Wheeler, the protagonist, do after he discovers his family secret) makes this a page turner. In the manner of Thomas Tryon's Harvest Home, figuring out the secret is only half of the pleasure in reading this book. The other half is figuring out what Jake will do -- and what you would do if you learned a horrible family secret.

Not for the squeamish, but worth sticking around for the ending.
I would have rated this book a 5 all the way until the end, but I wanted to know more than the ending told me. I had trouble putting the book down, that's for sure. I'd like to see a sequel.
Was very well-written, and kept me reading straight through. Word to the wise, though, the story is disgusting and turned my stomach quite a few times.
Once I started reading this book, I could not put it down. Extremely creepy, but well written. I loved it. Awesome book.
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