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The Taste of Fear

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  3,153 Ratings  ·  196 Reviews
American movie star Scarlett Cox and her husband, hotel tycoon Salvador Brazza, head to Africa to get away and resuscitate their ailing marriage. When robbed of their money and passports, they seek help from the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam—on the very day Al Qaeda chooses to bomb it.

In an eyeblink they're taken hostage and whisked across the border deep into the Congo, o
Paperback, 337 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by Ghillinnein Books
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News like the following ones are regularly broadcast these days: Tourists kidnapped by Al-Qaeda devotees. Al-Qaeda-related massacre, tourists involved. Hotel attacked by Al-Qaeda gunmen. The list can be extended continually. We all have heard of those tragic events, whether the tourists were of US-American, English, German or another nationality. And we all hope and pray we and our closest will never be entangled in such an occurence. But do we know how it actually feels like for the people conc ...more
Dec 21, 2012 Sandra rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller, suspense
This thriller was a little out of my comfort zone, but I couldn’t stop reading it. Kudos to Jeremy Bates who painted such a realistic and gripping tale in “The Taste of Fear” that I had to stop from time to time to catch my breath! Detailed and well-written scenes reveal the dark side of human nature and the even darker side of what lurks in the forests of Africa. Our senses are on alert as the plot unfolds and the pace quickens, and we truly “taste” the fear and horror the characters experience ...more
Jenny Hilborne
Nov 08, 2012 Jenny Hilborne rated it it was amazing
The Taste of Fear is a story of survival. American actress, Scarlett Cox, and her billionaire husband, Salvador Brazza, go on Safari in Africa to revive their failing marriage. A robbery leaves them stranded and in need of assistance from the US Embassy. Almost immediately, Cox and Brazza get caught up in an attack on the Embassy in Dar es Salaam and are captured and taken hostage, along with a couple of Embassy workers and an Australian tourist, by a group of Al Qaeda terrorists.

AQ takes them
Dec 28, 2016 Tulay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Graphic violence.

Horrific story, that will stay with you, and if you get sick very easily please don't eat or drink while reading this book. Also don't read it at the bedtime. Talented author, unbelievable story of Hollywood actress and her rich husband. Solid characters, but some of them ruthless killers.
May 20, 2015 Elisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining, but not my favorite read. I have a real problem with characters making stupid decisions. I understand that, in some books, the whole argument is based on that (namely, Jeremy Bates' books in the World's Scariest Places series), and when the characters are 20-year-old college students, I can let it pass. When, however, a hitman, a retired Israeli Special Forces agent, and a hotel mogul ignore basic precautions that even I would think of, I just keep getting distracted by all their s ...more
Sep 25, 2012 Sue rated it it was amazing
I was so fortunate to receive a free download of "The Taste of Fear" by Jeremy Bates to read on my Kindle.I was so impressed when I read his previous novel,"White Lies",that I jumped at the chance.I was not disappointed.This was an amazing novel by such a skillful author.What a rollercoaster of a ride.

American actress Scarlett Cox and husband billionaire Sal Brazza, had taken a one month separation after discovering her husband's affair. But on the eve of Scarlett's 30th birthday party, she woul
James Hayward
Well the first half of the book was a drag but then the pace grew and was very gripping. Very well written and all the characters were very well fleshed out at the beginning but it took a long time to get going ! Was a bit far fetched for me in some areas I found it hard to believe a civilian would be able to muster a gun so easily and then the kidnappers were so careless and were overcome so easily. The hit man that was hired to kill the main character was a bit off a weak canon in the book did ...more
Jul 29, 2016 Natasa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
I just loved this faced paced read.
I'm happy to have discovered a new author that I'm sure going to be happy to read from again.
Sep 09, 2012 Beadyjan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror-chillers
A sensational, breakneck thriller with loads of action, merciless violence and adventure.

Celebrity couple actress Scarlett Cox and her older, tycoon husband Salvatore (Sal) Brazza have hit marital problems just 4 years into their marriage, life together in the constant glare of camera flashes and dogged by the paparazzi provides little time for the pair to reconcile their differences.

So they decide that spending Christmas on a safari holiday in remote Tanzania will give them some time away from
Vicki Rose Stewart
Oct 18, 2012 Vicki Rose Stewart rated it it was amazing
Let me start by saying that The Taste Of Fear is completely out of my normal review genre. I usually tend to read & review erotic paranormal romances, so I wasn't entirely sure how much I was going to like this book but I grew up reading Stephen King, Dean Koontz & Clive Barker, so I was more than willing to give this a try... I will now be the first to admit that Jeremy Bates easily belongs on the list of my beloved horror, thriller & drama authors.. The Taste Of Fear started out wi ...more
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Oct 24, 2012 The Haunted Reading Room 2017 - Year of Lovecraft rated it it was amazing
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Review of The Taste of Fear by Jeremy Bates

I reviewed an e-book copy provided by the author in return for my fair and impartial review.

“The Taste of Fear” ranks with bestselling thrillers (name your author, you’ll know to whom I compare author Jeremy Bates). Rife with glorious detail of geography, flora and fauna, culture, society, warfare, terrorism, economics, politics, crime lords, and a cast of characters from the very down-to-earth (as is the pickup driver Scarlett encounters in Laurel Cany
Ted Tayler
Jul 04, 2015 Ted Tayler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“A frighteningly good thriller”

I think what helps to lift this story above the rest is the way in which the tension and the terror grows. Things start slowly as we meet Scarlett the actress and her husband and entrepreneur Sal. The fire that destroyed part of the luxury hotel his firm were building in Dubai might have been an accident after all, surely someone wouldn't have a reason to want him dead?
The couple take a safari trip to attempt to repair their marriage; for a while Mr. Bates lulls us
Oct 02, 2015 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Scarlett and Sal are on safari -- will the adventure lead to a reconciliation? When the couple is stalked by an assassin life gets complicated and dangerous. Most of the events seem possible except near the end of the story. I didn't like the two main characters: Scarlett is self-centered and spoiled and Sal is ruthless.

I've never read a book with so much "brand placements" -- high tech (iPhone, MacBook), automobiles (Land Rover, Mercedes, Toyota), guns (Glock, AK-47), even cigarettes (Kent).

Mar 01, 2016 RENEE rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Not my normal type of book, but after reading reviews....I was sucked into this very intense story! I highly recommend if you are interested in a very intense, action packed book
Melanie O'Brien
A little far fetched

It did keep me reading, but it got to the point to being more than unbelievable. Too much unrealistic events ruined the end for me.
Nov 19, 2016 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great page turner! It had a lot of action which I thought made the book exciting.
I don't think it would be a good book for people who like easy reading as this book isn't that. The way the Author describe the events, characters and surroundings were amazing and I t was so easy to imagine myself there watching the events play out.
Shona Kinsella
This is a well-written and fast-paced book. For me, there were just a few too many bad things happening to the protagonist. My suspension of disbelief was stretched - no-one is that unlucky. Nonetheless, an enjoyable read.
Feb 13, 2017 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story

I enjoyed this read and while at first the story went as expected there were parts of it that did surprise me.for those who like action adventure this should fit the bill but there are some gruesome events so be warned.
Kay Oliver
Smart Suspense

Bates told an intelligent tale with unexpected twists and turns, complex characters and action filled scenes. I will definitely be looking for my by this author.
Matt Hallowes
Jan 05, 2017 Matt Hallowes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read loads of action

I couldn't put it down. Interesting characters and action packed storyline. Highly recommended for all those thriller fans out there.
Mar 24, 2017 Becca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very intense and great read! never expected the way the plot twisted but I really enjoyed it!
Mar 13, 2017 Rose rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was the worst book I've read in a long time. It went on and on and in parts very grisly. It was just plain stupid. I would not recommend
this to anyone.
Mar 09, 2017 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great, action-packed novel that just kept me guessing especially near the end. My only complaint was the last 50 pages of the book. The ending wasn't bad, it was just a lot very fast and a bit deus-ex-machina-ey. I still recommend it as a good thriller to pass the time.
Marietjie Steyn
Mar 11, 2017 Marietjie Steyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spannend! Bietjie unbelievable, maar 'n goeie boek om te lees.
Mar 06, 2017 Natassia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this from start to finish. Very action packed and fun and full of twists and turns. Highly recommend for the thriller-lovers out there.
F. Stephen Foster
Apr 06, 2016 F. Stephen Foster rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-reviews
There are two kinds of good writing. One type is the crisp, clean story-line, where every word propels the reader on to the next word. The other type is "flowery." That is, there's a lot of thought about the writing itself, not just the story-line. I normally seek authors who satisfy both of my needs, and Bates isn't one of them. Which isn't a bad thing in any sense. In fact, most readers of thrillers want the crispest, cleanest writing possible, stripped of everything else. And yet, while this ...more
kerry Lowe
Sep 27, 2016 kerry Lowe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really entertaining quick paced read

Having not read anything by Jeremy Bates previously I wasn't sure what to expect, however was not disappointed. This is a fast paced book which was gripping from the first page, the story was clear and didn't jump around unnecessarily when telling different characters stories.
I couldn't put the book down, a great read and up there with David Baldacci, James Patterson and Tess Gerritsen novels.
Sep 29, 2016 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This book was free, and at first I thought I had got what I paid for, but very quickly found myself drawn in to the story, needing to know what would happen next. If you feel it's a slow start, stick with it!
Joan Adamak
Dec 12, 2012 Joan Adamak rated it it was amazing
Thrills, Chills; Danger Around Every Bend

Scarlett Cox, a renown American Actress and billionaire Salvatore Brazza, husband and wife, were on the edge of divorce. Scarlett had caught Sal in adultery, but after her car wreck, Scarlett and Sal decided to take a trip together and see if they couldn’t find enough still between them to make their marriage work. Sal had businesses in Africa and they would go to Dubai and check out his new hotel businesses and then take a safari and see the many sights
Schuyler Wallace
May 31, 2014 Schuyler Wallace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jeremy Bates is a terrific young writer who can spin a thriller that appears fresh although made from stale leftovers. The theme of “The Taste of Fear” is not particularly original except for the pairing of marital discord with terrifying oppression. Handling a troubled marriage is one thing but when the element of terrorists fomenting fear and inflicting pain is added, war between connubial couples seems even more intense. Bates presents this scenario with much skill.

The feuding couple, America
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Jeremy Bates is a USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen novels and novellas, which have been translated into several languages and downloaded more than one million times. He has won both an Australian Shadows Award and a Canadian Arthur Ellis Award. The novels in the “World’s Scariest Places” series are set in real locations, and so far include Suicide Forest in Japan, The Catacombs in ...more
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