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Fatal Tide

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  5,093 ratings  ·  122 reviews
In this electrifying novel of suspense, #1 New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen takes us deep below the surface, where a ruthless killer strikes without warning, without mercyâand with the deadliest intent.
Marine researcher Melis Nemid is treading dangerous waterâand she’s about to be dragged under. Melis knows something that has already caused one oceanograph
Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 31st 2004 by Bantam (first published 2003)
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Heather Scheer
This book was about a young woman named Melis who is a marine researcher. She doesn't have any real family left except for her step-father, Phil Lontana. Phil is an oceanographer who is in search of an acient underwater city, the lost city of Merinth. He had been searching for the underwater city for years. Melis has no interest in helping him find it. Years ago, Phil and Melis were on a dive when they found two dolphins off the coast of Cadora, one of the Canary Islands, during one of their tri ...more
Encompassing murder, betrayal, blackmail, and treasure. The novel begins by jumping straight into the action, revealing each character as the story unfolds. It's not the typical mystery that I read, however, I really enjoyed how it was written. Tons of detail and dialog, though not over detailed. Allowing the reader to make their own assumptions. I enjoyed the way the time frame did not drag on, but jumped ahead to the next action scene, apposed to filling the gaps with descriptions of the surro ...more
Drove me crazy. Exaggerated characters. I can't believe this is a bestselling author. I only read it because I didn't have anything else to hand. Poorly written.
Melis Nemid’s self-imposed isolation on her own Caribbean island studying dolphins (especially Susie & Pete) is interrupted by a strange communication from her foster father, Phil Lontana. 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 contacts wealthy oceanographer Jed Kelby’s for help in finding out who is behind it all. They work out an uneasy agreement to find Phil’s Atlantis-like un ...more
The book had a very easy-to-read narrative, which made it quick to get through, but I found the characters were quite flat. I had no real idea of Kelby, and his face was completely blurred out in my imagination because he was so one-dimensional, which was a fault of all the characters. I was left wanting more with so much of the stuff described in the book, from Marinth to Kafas. There could have been a very rich background woven with that information that just came disjointedly. I wanted more, ...more
Holly Ristau
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If you were to ignore the characters and look at the plot line of this book itself then you'd find it a quite enjoyable read. The characters though I found a bit stale/flat. With the exception of the dolphins (which is pretty obvious really) I failed to imagine what any of the characters were really like. Someone in another review described them as being two dimensional, and I think that sums them up perfectly. My other gripe is about the ending, for the way the storyline was building up it seem ...more
Georgiann Hennelly
Melis Nemid is a Marine researcher she knows something that has already caused one oceanographer to disappear from the face of the earth....And thats only part of a past torn by betrayal and violence. Malis thought she had put the past behind her when she came to the Carribean island home to research Dolphin behavior. But her life - and her peace are about to be shattered by a savage killer who is cutting a path of death and destruction that leads directly to her. Whoever the killer is he or she ...more
Dec 03, 2007 Rhapsody rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: romance/treasure hunt readers
Another romance in which the heroine was sexually abused as a child. Now an adult, she lives on an island by herself, caring for a pair of dolphins. She teams up with Kelby, a rich, dangerous adventurer, when she's put in danger for knowing the location of an Atlantis-like city under the sea.

It was ok. I got a little impatient, especially at the start. I like romance novels not to be so dominated by the suspense and mystery stuff. I don't know... A very bla experience, but maybe just because I'm
The book was okay. I finished it in a day. Easy to read and simple narrative. The characters were toeing the line of mary-sue. A pretty girl who has few friends in the world (besides her two dolphins) is forced to work with super wealthy business man/marine Kelby as they search for a lost sea-city. The book wasn't incredibly riveting, but it was alright.

The reason I gave this book a 1 star review instead of 3 was because the author introduced this Apache character. He's a side character (I can'
This was a good mystery that kept me interested from the start, I kept reading the day away. It involves a young woman ,with a tragic past that gets thrown into a search for a lost underground city. Her life, and the lives of her friends are in real danger, and she turns to a fellow oceanographer who offers to help. This book was suspenseful, as only Ms. Johansen can write. The men behind the sadistic torture, and mind games were beyond evil.You instantly liked Melis, and her love for dolphins, ...more
Well, well, well...I did it again....finished another book....some might think I have nothing better to do with my life, or maybe I don't have a job...I actually have both...but I sort of got into a competion with my husband to see who reads more or who gives up far...I win...I win...I win...but enough about me...I'm done braggin...for now at least.

The book...the book is yet another example of fine writing, at least in my "humble" opinion...because I like this kind of books, hence the
Linda Alexander
I really enjoyed the book 'Fatal Tide' authored by Iris Johansen. It had a lot of suspense that kept my attention level up throughout, and I was also fascinated while reading about the dolphins named Pete and Susie that hung out with Melis on the island.

Iris seems to nearly always have some really good twists/turns to her stories that I find rather intriguing, and finishes up with a totally surprising ending. I definitely recommend it as a "good read" and a page turner.
Maria Cox

Melissa “Melis” Nemid is a marine researcher, Jed Kelby an ex-Navy Seal. The two are brought together when treasure hunter Phil Lontana, the man who raised Melis, is said to have discovered vital artifacts and information.


Ms. Johansen is one of my favorite authors I find her writing to be stimulating and refreshing. That said I didn’t enjoy Fatal Tide as much as other books I’ve read.

I will say that the first quarter of the book was a page-turner for me, it was interesting to l
I usually love Iris Johansen's suspense books, but I couldn't get into this one. There seems to be alot of random characters and I wasn't sure how most of them related to each other. The hero and heroine seemed to be searching for something call "marinth". I gave up after 70 pages, so I'm not sure if marinth is a person, a place, or a who knows what. DNF.
Other than the title, the book is quite good. This time around, the author introduces dolphins into the mix. This is a great way to learn just a bit more about dolphins while enjoying tales of shipwrecks, explosions, and double crosses.
Joe O'c
Very Good; murder and a haunting past follow a woman who enlists the aid of a soldier of fortune to find a city beneath the sea that only her dolphins can lead her to.
Very enjoyable thriller. Good characters - both the good guys and the bad guys. I'll have to look for other books by this author.
Ben Campbell
Interesting, but no cigar. Silly but no putty.
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Melis Nemid is a marine researcher (specializing in dolphins) with a traumatic past. Accompanied by the wealthy Jeb Kelby, she races against a sadistic arms dealer to find a sunken city - the Egyptian version of Atlantis known as Marinth. Who will claim it and the riches within first?

While the premise is interesting, the execution leaves a lot to be desired. For the first 60 pages, everyone but the reader knows what Marinth is until that point. The book seems to focus more on Melis overcoming he
In Fatal Tide, Iris Johansen delivered us with another gripping tale and adventure. She took us down to the bottom of the ocean and up to the surface. Melis Nemid was a marine researcher who knew all about the deepest and darkest lurking dangers in the water. And that included a secret deadly mystery at the bottom of the ocean. Only one oceanographer came close of finding out about it and later disappeared from the face of the earth. Melis was the last one who knew about the fatal truth and trie ...more
Angie West
I just finished reading this one over the weekend and really liked it. My all time favorite from Iris is still 'And Then You Die', but this book is full of suspense and intrigue and the ocean :)

Part of the heroine's back story/past trauma may be upsetting to some readers (and without giving too much away, I'll just say that her past comes back to her haunt her a bit throughout the book).

Overall, though: strong leading lady, excellent writing as always, and a great story.
Lena Donan
Vždy sa teším, keď idem čítať niečo od Iris. Ona má akési literárno-príbehové páky, ktoré nikdy nesklamú, nikdy ma neodrovnajú, pobavia ma a obohatia.
Je o nej celkom známe, že si zakaždým celkom iný, výživný kolorit vymyslí. Tentoraz som sa čo-to dozvedela o hľadačoch podmorských pokladov, nových podmorských kultúr (trebárs aj Atlantídy :)) a o delfínoch.
Aj postavy bavia človeka, hoci už pomaly vie, aké typy sa v knihe budú objavovať: (dobrosrdečný) vtipálek, mužný, rozhodný, voľový chlapík a
I feel like I've read this one before -- just with different titles --- Melis isn't all that different from Eve except Melis has her dolphins which are interesting and Eve has Bonnie....but then all her female characters are pretty much the same unemotional women. The story is dialogue driven with virtually no narrative and little to no emotion. I keep reading the series because every so often there is a gem in there.
I really enjoyed this book by one of my long-time favorite authors. It was a nice break from Eve Duncan, autopsies and city life. The only problem I had with the characters was the romance-novel predictability of the always so-handsome, so-virile hero and
the always so-beautiful, so-fragile yet strong heroine.
That said, who could say "not an original plot? Let's see. A private island, dolphins,
ex-SEAL guys, a child sex slave history, an ancient city lost beneath the sea ...what more do you want?
Elsie Nilles
Great read

I think this had suspense, romance,and some knowledge about dolphins to keep you reading. Treasure seaches and mystery while always under siege.
Gary Lanier
I really enjoyed this book, but ended up caring more about what happened to the dolphins than I did the characters.
Good summer beach read. Quick and full of much that I love - dolphins, love, ocean, and mystery!
A light, somewhat suspenseful romance/thriller, I enjoyed the tropical setting with the dolphins.
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Iris Johansen is a New York Times bestselling author. She began her writing after her children left home for college. She first achieved success in the early 1980s writing category romances. In 1991, Johansen began writing suspense historical romance novels, starting with the publication of The Wind Dancer. In 1996 Johansen switched genres, turning to crime fiction, with which she has had great su ...more
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