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The Taste of Fear

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  3,907 ratings  ·  242 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 are taken hostage and whisked across the border deep into the Congo,
Paperback, 2nd edition, 337 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by Ghillinnein Books
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Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very exciting and emotional rollercoaster ride for suspense and thriller lovers! Very well written!!
Fabian {Councillor}
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
Jenny Hilborne
Nov 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Stephen Clynes
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Taste of Fear is a thriller set in Africa, where American movie star Scarlett Cox and her husband, hotel tycoon Salvador Brazza have a short holiday break with many problems.

I have NOT read any of Jeremy Bates novels before and started reading The Taste of Fear with open eyes. What a lovely surprise I got from reading this book. Jeremy creates such great suspense and tension, your alarm bells are constantly ringing with the next threat on Scarlett or Salvador. Not only that but the reader ge
May 20, 2015 rated it liked it
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
James Hayward
Jul 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
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
Fungi From Yuggoth
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Fungi From Yuggoth by: Jeremy Bates
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
Dec 28, 2016 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.
Sep 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Ted Tayler
Jul 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“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
Jul 29, 2016 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.
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Maybe 2.5 stars. This is a totally unbelievable story about a Hollywood actress and her hotel mogul husband and their terrifying ordeal in Africa.

Sal Brazza is a wealthy, slightly shady, hotel developer who has somehow earned the ire of some other slightly shady rich dude rival. This other dude has hired a hitman to kill Brazza but he fails. So the other rich dude hires another hitman (as you do), Damien Fitzgerald, whose dedication to the job at hand is astounding. He follows Brazza and movie s
Alicia Huxtable
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An entertaining read

I found myself quite drawn into this book, which didn't surprise me as I have read several books by this author and all have been great. It kept me wanting to read more, the characters were well written and the storyline was well paced.
Linda Look
Movie star, her less than honest husband and a trip to Africa result in kidnappings and murders. Fast moving but couldn't really get into the characters. I rate this a 4.4
Dec 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Carol  MacInnis
Sep 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I was thrilled when Author Jeremy Bates contacted me to ask me to read his new book The Taste of Fear. So he sent me The Taste of Fear and I wondered if he could possibly top his book White Lies.

America Actress, Scarlett Cox has been married for four years to bilionaire Hotel Tycoon Salvador Brazza who has ties to the mob. Sal and Scarlett's marriage has hit many bumps along the way, the latest one when Sal had a brief affair. Sal suggests a vacation in Africa to help repair their life. Sal's 1.
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I'll admit I was a little dubious about this book from the start. It focuses on two members of Hollywood's elite, and includes Al Qaeda and assassins. None of the things that really rock my boat. But I endured, and I'm so very glad I did.

While the Al Qaeda do play a big part in the story unfolding, the story doesn't focus them to a fault. It's more that it happens and we're taken along for the ride. The no political n
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although it's been about a week since I finished this book, I have one unique memory of it.

We've all read suspense books that before the story ends, the reader has formed an opinion has to how the story will actually end. That is relatively normal. After rapidly flipping pages, it then appeared that the story was about to end & I briefly set the book aside. But it didn't. Near the end of the story, the talented author repeated this again and again with surprising twists and turns, arousing m
Oct 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just downloaded "The Taste of Fear" to my Kindle. First of all, I typically won't read another book while I'm in the middle of series but I'm making an exception today. To be perfectly honest, I bought his last book White Lies & loved it! I just couldn't wait to read his newest work. Cheers!

Alright! Jermey Bates is an awesome thriller/drama author. If you haven't read The Taste of Fear you should do so. Trust me guys, he's done another amazing job. I've found for JB's writing style to be
Charles Mooney
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent suspense story

This is a very good book. The suspense and thrill are great. The characters that end up being killed is unexpected. The basic story is about an American actress and her monster husband that journey to Africa to see if their marriage is worth saving. Unknown to the actress, there is a bit out on her husband by a Chinese mob boss seeking revenge. Along the way we get to meet terrorists, mercenaries, and an Australian lawyer that is in Africa to climb mountains. I recommend
Oct 02, 2015 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).

Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015, e-books
I enjoyed this. I thought the main characters were real, and in the case of Scarlett I felt a lot of sympathy.
The writing was good, and the plot moved along at a fast pace, so I did get quite caught up in each of the situations Scarlett found herself in.
I actually found the premise of the book believable, although the ending was wrapped up quite neatly.
All in all, a very good read.
Mar 01, 2016 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
Alexa "Naps" Snow
Very good read

First of all, fast paced and never boring. Always on the run. My first Jeremy Bates but definitely not the last. Also, very good understanding of Middle Eastern - African issues and terror groups. Impressive work.
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.
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Jeremy Bates has staked out a reputation as a solid horror writer whose tales run the gamut from occult thrillers to speculative science fiction. He has now forsaken the world of pure horror for that of straight up action in The Taste of Fear, an African-based thriller. Unfortunately, while the book is impeccably researched, Bates has a tendency to overstuff his plot with far too many elements for one novel, eventually causing it to bog down.

The heroine of The Taste of Fear is Scarlett Cox, an A
Kat Jones
The end left much to be desired. They're somewhere in Africa, the d espitr being injured, dehydrated, starved, and sick, it's basically "you survived the rest of the ordeals in the book so make it to a boat and we'll pretend you found help and made it home alive cause it literally just stops at getting on a boat." Could've at least done an epilogue to avoid having to write up anything more after all the struggles to get to that point but just stopping while they're still stranded on their last l ...more
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