"From the first page to the last The Taste of Fear keeps you in such suspense that you cannot put it down. The ride takes you not only on nail-biting ups and downs but on terrible turns and unexpected twists, all the while weaving through beautifully and authentically described terrain that enables the reader not only to visualize the action but to feel a part of it. Whether on safari in Kenya's Serengeti, on a boat in the crocodile-infested Congo River, or in a terrorist encampment in a Congo jungle, the vivid descriptions and the author's attention to detail will put you in the scene to experience the terror and trauma through which the characters pass." --E. Rose Sabin, author of Seduction of the Scepter and other fantasy and science fiction novels
"Jeremy Bates expertly drags his audience onto a terrifying, and emotional roller coaster." --Fiction Addict
In the jungle no one can hear you scream - 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, 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. And the only person who may be able to save them is the assassin sent to kill them.
"Thriller fans and readers of Stephen King, Joe Lansdale, and other masters of the art will find much to love in this highly recommended, action-packed read." - Midwest Book Review on Island of the Dolls
"Bates' approach to the story is surprisingly restrained, cultivating impressive frights in the unnerving environment...an understated horror story that will remind readers what chattering teeth sound like." - Kirkus on Suicide Forest
"Bates takes an intriguing premise to shocking lengths, revealing the outcome only in an epilogue. A graphically violent story with building suspense and a moral about where weaving such a web may lead." - Booklist on White Lies
"Jeremy Bates has written a great book that would make a great Hollywood screenplay." - Suspense Magazine on The Taste of Fear
"The Catacombs is easy to consume whole, like a shocking, but delicious, pint of ice cream, as Bates never shies away from the bad or the ugly. If you are looking for something to give you chills before you go to bed or make you think twice about turning off your light, then The Catacombs is the book for you." - San Francisco Book Review on The Catacombs
"[A] short, sharp shocker...Bates (The Taste of Fear) writes persuasively from [the protagonist's] adolescent point of view, making the horror of his youthful reminiscences that much more intense." - Publishers Weekly on Black Canyon
"This is one of those books that invites you to read it in one sitting." - Hellnotes on Suicide Forest
"The story culminates in a tense situation and a surprising yet satisfying ending...well written and an exciting thriller." - Suspense Magazine on White Lies
"Read this book. It will give you the major creeps. It's one of those that will make your skin crawl." - Scream Magazine on Island of the Dolls
"The Catacombs is a thrilling descent into the unknown, peeling back the dark layers like a rotting onion, tears running down your face as you try to climb your way out. A hypnotic story of buried truths, disfigured creatures, and lost histories told with an authoritative voice full of heart and insight." - Richard Thomas, Bram Stoker nominated author on The Catacombs
"Big on suspense...think of The Blair Witch Project with the exception being that this takes place in...a real haunted setting." - HorrorAddicts on Suicide Forest