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Fatal Tide

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  6,139 Ratings  ·  172 Reviews
A high-stakes treasure hunt…A twisted trail of murder…A secret one woman may die to discover…

Number one New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen last electrified readers with Dead Aim and No One to Trust. Now she offers a new pulse-pounding thriller that takes suspense writing to an all-new level: deep below the surface, where a ruthless killer strikes without warni
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published (first published 2003)
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Feb 09, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Oct 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Holly Ristau
May 22, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 08, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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'
Feb 20, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 17, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
I've had this book for a long while and just now got around to listening to it. I liked the angle of the dolphins. I think that element edged this up to 3 stars.

The characters weren't as fleshed out as I would have liked and the romance felt sketched in. I wasn't sure how they got from point A (where the met) to point M (where they were sharing beds and willing to make huge sacrifices for each other). It felt kind of pubescent.
May 24, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance/treasure hunt readers
Shelves: romance, fiction
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
Linda Alexander
Dec 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
P.S. Winn
Dec 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Melis Nemid, an oceanographer who plays with dolphins, loses the man who was like a father to her, she is going to have to dog up secrets better left buried and fight for her life as she discovers a killer is after her and what she knows. The author takes the reader on a mystery thrill ride with a touch of romance and the heartwarming addition of beautiful dolphins to the tale.Great job in a reader friendly story from an author that readers always can count on for a great story.
May 09, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 03, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Esther Somorai
Aug 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read 8-12-2016
What a read. What an adventure. Suspense and danger at every turn of the page.
Ben Campbell
Interesting, but no cigar. Silly but no putty.
Very enjoyable thriller. Good characters - both the good guys and the bad guys. I'll have to look for other books by this author.
Feb 20, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Flat characters, boring and far-fetched plot. This book felt forced. Didn't enjoy it at all.
Nov 21, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very BAD BOOK. I still regret for buying this book. Very clumsy story. Awful characters. Didn't read it till the end.
Christine Kirchoff
I read this awhile ago but forgot to post it here. Great book!
Joe O'Connor
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.
Rachael Uponen
Most of my reviews of Iris Johansen's books will not be done with them fresh in my mind. I've actually been reading them for almost a year. This will, hopefully, be the last book of hers that I read. And because I just finished it, this review will be more specific than the others.

"Fatal Tide" is a stand-alone novel by Iris Johansen. It includes all of the Johansen essentials, including a ridiculously strong-willed, stubborn female lead, a creepy, dangerous male love interest, and an over-the-to
Melis Menid lives comfortably on a remote island near Tobago with her two dolphin "friends" Pete and Susie. Her quiet life is readily disturbed when she receives a letter from her foster father, Phil Lontana, deeding her the island and his precious boat. When she goes after him to find out what is going on, he witnesses Lontana's ship blown to smithereens with him on board. After her initial investigation, she discovers that an arms dealer named Archer had been working with Lontana to find the f ...more
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
if you are a first ime irish johansen reader, then this is an amazing read for you. however, if it isnt, youll fine the author style and plot to be quite the same in her books, so that leaves her other works... lame. however, as this was my first ever read of her book, it is also one of my favorite. i almost read it every other month. but i wont read another book with the samw plot like this. i recommend the ugly duckling by this author also. it doesnt have dolphins in it haha
Jun 01, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've read books of hers I've enjoyed much more. The story for me didn't flow , seemed very disjointed . Characters were ok . I enjoyed reading about the dolphins and Melis's interaction with them the most .
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book didn't disappoint me just like other of iris johansens books !!!
I enjoyed this immensely! This book has everything you could want in a book romantic , action , suspense and drama.
Victoria Robinson
I enjoyed this book but found it hard to connect with the characters. I found myself wishing that their backgrounds had been delved into more. The story line itself was entertaining.
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This author was recommended to me, but not this specific book. Not a fan of his book, I’ll try the author once more to see if it was just this book or the author.
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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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