The Taste of Fear - Jeremy Bates
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
From the publisher: 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, one of the last truly wild places left on earth.
Battling terrorists, deadly wildlife and cannibalistic rebels, Scarlett and Sal must find a way to survive in a violent, primeval world.
My review ....
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 the glare of publicity and make a last ditch attempt to rekindle their waning love for each other. But a safari holiday can be a bit too adventurous and dangerous especially when things don't always go as smoothly as planned. It's a hostile world out there in the jungle but its not just the wild animals who are a threat.
Someone wants Sal dead and he's omitted to tell Scarlett about a previous attempt on his life and when the would be assassin follows them to the other side of the world intent on killing Sal he is thwarted in his attempts by the unlucky couples run of bad luck and ability to be in the wrong place at the wrong time - placing them in the American embassy at the very moment Al Qaeda terrorists detonate bombs and the hapless couple end up being taken hostage with several others, by a band of violent and ruthless killers.
Taken deeper into the heart of Africa, followed by the ruthless assassin, Scarlett has to rely on her wits to survive and as bloody violence and mayhem erupts, battles to stay alive and keep her sanity.
The Taste of fear is bitter in her mouth as she experiences horror and savagery she has never before imagined.
This is one real roller coaster ride of terror which begins with a romance being rekindled then builds throughout the book to bloodthirsty violence.
I have to admit that having read and loved this authors excellent debut novel the psychological thriller White Lies I was very keen to see what he'd come up with next. When I read the blurb I wasn't quite so sure that this one would be my cup of tea at all.
I needn't have worried - the authors excellent style of writing, very real characters and superb handling of multiple very complex situations, backed up by thorough background research and detail make this story effortless to get into and easy to relish.