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Product Details

  • Series: Johansen, Iris
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; First Edition edition (September 9, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055380247X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553802474
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,411,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Johansen, author of many bestsellers (Dead Aim; No One to Trust; Body of Lies; etc.) knows exactly what her devoted readers want and gives it to them once again in this impassioned romantic suspense novel. Her lusty characters, both good and evil, preen and snarl as they fight, love and kill with almost superhuman stamina and appetite. Delicate but sensual Melis Menid lives in harmony with her two dolphin pals, Pete and Susie, on a remote, Eden-like tropical island. Her foster father, Philip Lontana, harbors many secrets, chief of which is the location of the fabled island of Marinth, an incredibly wealthy, hidden city that was lost beneath the sea aeons ago. Rich, hunky, ex-SEAL Jed Kelby crisscrosses the world's oceans on his lavish yacht searching for treasure-laden shipwrecks. He also seeks the fabled Marinth. Malevolent arms dealer Archer is determined to acquire Phil's research into an underwater sonic gun of immense destructive capabilities. While attempting to coerce Melis into telling him the location of Phil's research, he kills her best friend, threatens the innocent dolphins and tortures Melis with details from her horrific past. Jed, now in love with Melis and determined to stop Archer, calls in his partner, half-Apache Nicholas Lyon-"a giant of a man"-for help. Johansen writes with all her category romance roots showing ("Now she looked like a weary little girl, all tousled and warm, and so goddamn beautiful it made his throat tighten to look at her"), but the exotic locals, lusty sex and capering dolphins provide easy-reading entertainment.
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From Booklist

Melis Nemid's isolated life on her own Caribbean island studying dolphins is interrupted by word from her foster father, Phil Lontana, introduced in Johansen's Dead Aim [BKL F 1 03]. He wants her to contact wealthy oceanographer Jed Kelby, who shares his fascination with the mythical, Atlantis-like city of Marinth. Against his nature, Phil insists he's eager to let Jed help him. This seems fishy, so Melis travels to Athens in search of Phil just in time to see him and his ship blow up. This is the first in a series of horrendous tragedies, and Melis seeks Kelby's help in finding out who is behind it all. Kelby agrees but sets a high price, insisting that Melis assist him in finding the lost city. There is a strange chemistry between them, but, initially, very little trust. Melis is the key to finding the underwater city, but first she must relive her tragic past in order to find and destroy a psychotic killer. Johansen is in fine form here as she presents a truly deranged villain, a reluctant heroine, and a less-than-perfect hero. Patty Engelmann
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More About the Author

Iris Johansen is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Pandora's Daughter, Stalemate, Killer Dreams, On the Run, and many more. She lives near Atlanta, Georgia.

Customer Reviews

This was a very good book and I always like the way Iris Johansen writes.
Wanda Birks
The dialogue is completely composed of platitudes and cliches, the characters are one-dimensional, and the plot thin.
"katragous"
This book is a good reading, you just can sit, relax and enjoy your reading.
Jorge Frid

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By - Kasia S. VINE VOICE on April 3, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have just finished reading Fatal Tide and I still can't get over how much I loved it. My first thought wile reading the last sentence was "Wow, what a good book!!" and I was sad in a way that it was over. I fell in love with the characters, I mean those are some juicy, meaty, live breathe and jump out of the page people; Jed Kelby, Nicholas, Melis Nemid and her beloved dolphins Pete and Suzie. They took some magical grip on my eye balls and still have me enchanted for the world I just read about.

This was my first Johansen book, as I bought few more moths ago ( I'm like a hamster, I buy gazillions of books and then run my finger on the bookcase and stop at some delicious one and read whenever I please, but I always make sure I have tons and tons of unread books to choose from) and It didn't occur for me to read her earlier because I've seen some reviews that made her look like some romance novelist, and I do not read romance, but the cover and the story in the back really intrigued me, first to buy it, then to read it few weeks later.

This was a story about a woman named Melis, who lived with her dolphins Pete and Suzie on her own Caribbean Island. She was a tough cookie, strong smart but not annoying, she was wonderful to read through and I felt real connection with the character because she was simply marvelous. There are flashbacks to her tortured past, as we learn that Melis is being stalked by a very violent, evil and deadly snake of a man; Archer.

I think I had a nightmare with him in it, that's how real he was to me. He stops at nothing to get to Melis; she is the only one who knows where sunken city of Merinth lies lost in the Ocean, and only her and the dolphins can find it.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Christy T. French on August 9, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Oceanographer Mellis Nemid lives an isolated life on a secluded island in the Caribbean, with two dolphins for company. After her foster father, Phil Lontana, is killed while seeking funds to aid in his endeavor to discover Marinth, a legendary city under the sea, Mellis becomes the target of Hugh Archer, a perverted madman, who believes Mellis holds information to the whereabouts of Marinth. Archer will stop at nothing to get to Mellis, including killing her good friend and psychologist, Carolyn Mulan, to learn more about Mellis's tragic childhood in hopes of using this information to force Mellis to help him.

To Mellis's rescue comes rich playboy, oceanographer Jed Kelby, who agrees to help Mellis seek vengeance against Archer for the death of Mellis's close friend and foster father, in exchange for information about Marinth. With the aid of Mellis's two dolphins, the two explore the ocean floor for signs of Marinth while developing a plan to lure Archer into their net.

As always, Johansen gives her readers plenty of what they want: suspense and romance encompassed within a thrilling novel.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "katragous" on December 23, 2003
Format: Hardcover
If I could have given this effort zero stars I would have, but alas the program wouldn't let me. Imagine my excitement at finally having in my eager little hands another Iris Johansen novel. Imagine my disappointment when it was undoubtably the worst book ever written! The dialogue is completely composed of platitudes and cliches, the characters are one-dimensional, and the plot thin. I couldn't care enough about the herione to make her problems matter to me.
I do love all her other books, and her writing is usually clean, characters complex, and dialogue natural. I can't imagine what went wrong here, other than it was an earlier attempt that she stashed away for a while, then dusted off and updated without ever really rereading closely. Unless you really enjoy poorly written books, I would not waste my money on this one, save it for her next attempt.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 13, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I absolutely love Iris Johansen. I've read all of her last six or seven books. But this book I found to be a disappointment. It reads like a Harlequin romance novel (and for some that may be okay, but not for me). The story wasn't as deep, the characters not as intriguing, and quite simply I had to struggle to get through the book. It was a disappointment. I hope her next book will return to her intricate plots and deeper characters - and less on the silly and unrealistic sex twists that this story held.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Fred W. Hood on November 15, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Following trips thru Split Second by Baldacci/Dark Harbor by Stuart Woods/No One To Trust by Sister Iris herself/All following Irish Cream by Andrew Greeley, I never expected to get caught into the intriguing web of dramatic mystery as compelling and powerfull as Fatal Tide!

Fleeting moments of chase by the scary villian, Archer and the vulnerable Nelis's awesome protection by Jed Kelby and Nicholas keeps one on the edge of perception of Who is Who & Who is Where +++ what comes-up next in every surprising scene. It is more than just a page-turner; but often for me needed some quiet breaks to overcome the deep terror of suspense! It's really quite a worthwhile investment of concentration and dramatic intensity! 6 Stars from Retired Chaplain Fred W Hood
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jorge Frid on December 30, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is a good reading, you just can sit, relax and enjoy your reading. Don't expect too much of the main plot but is a quite good reading.
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