Fatal Tide

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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 mercy—and with the deadliest intent.
 
Marine researcher Melis Nemid is treading dangerous water—and she’s about to be dragged under. Melis knows something that has already caused one oceanographer to disappear from the face of the earth . . . and that’s only ...
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Overview

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 mercy—and with the deadliest intent.
 
Marine researcher Melis Nemid is treading dangerous water—and she’s about to be dragged under. Melis knows something that has already caused one oceanographer to disappear from the face of the earth . . . and that’s only part of a past torn by violence and betrayal. She thought she had put that past behind her when she arrived at her Caribbean island home to research dolphin behavior.
 
But Melis’s peace—and her life—are about to be shattered by a savage killer who is cutting a path of destruction and death that leads directly to her. Only one person can save her—a man who claims to be a fellow oceanographer. But what this enigmatic stranger really wants, Melis may not discover until it’s too late. Because whoever is after her knows her fears intimately. And soon Melis will be forced to relive them all over again. Except for the final nightmare—the one she cannot possibly survive.
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“You’ll be swept away by this thriller.”—Cosmopolitan

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. (Sept. 9) Forecast: Johansen's track record-there are nine million copies of her books in print-says it all. Look for another bestseller. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Meet Melis Nemid. Fragile as fine china. But tough as nails. Parents dead. Auto accident. Sold into white slavery at age 11 by meanies. Lived in golden cage in Istanbul, forced to satisfy the crazed desires of creepozoid pedophiles. Talk about PTSD. She has it bad. Somewhat recovered thanks to kind shrink and cool foster Dad, who investigates deep-sea mysteries such as the fabled city of Marinth. Like Atlantis? Kinda. Then Dad blows up self and boat. Accident? Maybe not. Then creepozoid pedophile mastermind and his henchman kidnap the shrink. (Low-budget mastermind can only afford one henchman.) Phone call from shrink in big trouble. Hurt. Maybe dead. What to do? Rogue rich boy and ex-Navy SEAL Jed Kelby thinks hard and lets out a low whistle. Melis inhales sharply. Sex with Jed is clean. Natural. How it should be. Not like creepozoid pedophiles. Deal with it, the shrink said. Melis deals. Segue to the Canary Islands, supposedly near Marinth. Dolphins know where it is, though the sea swallowed it centuries ago. But they know. Genetic memory. Bogus concept. But easy to grasp. Fills big hole in plot. Follow the dolphins. Incomprehensible hieroglyphics on ancient cylinder. Amazing sonic supergun that can wipe out anything. Unnamed Middle East dictator interested in acquiring this lethal gizmo. He must be stopped. But first, pedophile mastermind captures Melis and demands that she wear little-girl Mary Janes for the big rape and torture finale. Hell, no. Dagger hidden in sole of her regular shoe. Will truth and justice prevail over hideous embodiment of human evil? Hell, yes. Trust crowd-pleaser Johansen (Dead Aim, p. 165, etc.). Choppy style. But what a plot. Fun for fans. Agent: AndreaCirillo/Jane Rotrosen Agency
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553584394
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/31/2004
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 364,005
  • Product dimensions: 4.19 (w) x 6.88 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Iris Johansen

Iris Johansen is the New York Times bestselling author of many novels, including Killer Dreams, On the Run, Countdown, Firestorm, Dead Aim, and No One to Trust. She lives near Atlanta, Georgia.

Biography

After her two children left home for college, Iris Johansen decided to devote her new found free time to writing. Since she loved reading romance novels, she penned a love story, and found to her surprise that "I was just as voracious a writer as I was a reader." During the 1980s, her name was emblazoned on dozens of slender volumes featuring spirited adventuresses, passionate mystery men, and smoldering love scenes. These days, Johansen is one of a posse of former romance writers dominating the New York Times bestseller lists.

Early on in her career, Johansen developed the habit of following characters from book to book, sometimes introducing minor characters in one novel who then become major figures in another. She developed families, relationships, and even fictional countries in her romance novels, which "stretched the boundaries of the standard formulas," according to Barbara E. Kemp in Twentieth-Century Romance and Historical Writers. In 1991, Johansen broke out of category romance (a term for short books written to conform to the length, style and subject matter guidelines for a publisher's series) with The Wind Dancer, a romantic-suspense novel set in 16th-century Italy. She followed it with two sequels, Storm Winds and Reap the Wind, to form a trilogy, then wrote several more stand-alone romance novels before The Ugly Duckling was published in 1996.

The Ugly Duckling was her first book to be released in hardcover -- and the first to significantly broaden her readership beyond her romance fan base. Since then, Johansen's plots have gotten tighter and more suspense-driven; critics have praised her "flesh-and-blood characters, crackling dialogue and lean, suspenseful plotting" (Publishers Weekly). Some of her most popular books feature forensic sculptor Eve Duncan, who first appeared in The Face of Deception in 1998. But Johansen seems equally comfortable with male protagonists, and her books have crossed the gender division that often characterizes popular fiction. Indeed, Publishers Weekly called The Search "that rarity: a woman's novel for men."

Good To Know

Johansen rewrote the ending of Reap the Wind for its reissue in 2002. "I couldn't resist tightening and changing the climax to correspond with my changed ideas on plot structure but the story is basically the same," she explained in a Q&A on her publisher's web site.

Many of her early novels were written for the Loveswept series from Bantam Books; bestselling authors Sandra Brown and Kay Hooper also wrote for the series.

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Chapter One

Northern Iraq

January 6, 1991

Cool water, smooth as glass as Kelby swam through it. Jesus, he was thirsty. He knew all he had to do was open his lips and the water would flow down his throat, but he wanted to see beyond the arched doorway first. It was huge and ornately carved, beckoning him forward. . . .

Then he was through the arch and the city was spread before him.

Giant white columns built to stand forever. Streets laid out in perfect order. Glory and symmetry everywhere . . .

"Kelby."

He was being shaken. Nicholas. He came instantly alert. "Time?" he whispered.

Nicholas nodded. "They should be coming back for you again in five minutes. I just wanted to make sure we're on the same page. I've decided we scratch the plan and I take them out by myself."

"Screw you."

"You'll blow it for both of us. You haven't had anything to eat or drink in three days, and you looked like a truck ran over you when they brought you back to the cell."

"Shut up. It hurts my throat to argue." He leaned back against the stone wall and closed his eyes. "We go as we planned. I give the word. Just tell me when they start down the hall. I'll be ready."

Go back to the sea. There's strength there. No thirst that couldn't be satisfied. He could move without pain through the buoyant water.

White columns shimmering . . .

"They're coming," Nicholas murmured.

Kelby opened his eyes only a slit as the door was unlocked. The same two guards. Hassan had an Uzi cradled in his arm. Kelby was so hazy he couldn't remember the other guard's name. But he could remember the toe of his boot as he kicked in his rib. Yes, he could remember that.

Ali, that was the bastard's name.

"Get up, Kelby." Hassan was standing over him. "Is the American dog ready for his beating?"

Kelby groaned.

"Get him, Ali. He's too weak to stand up and face us again."

Ali was smiling as he came to stand beside Hassan. "He'll break this time. We'll be able to drag him into Baghdad and show the whole world what cowards the Americans are."

He reached down to grab Kelby's shirt.

"Now." Kelby's foot lashed upward and connected with Ali's nuts. Then he rolled sideways, knocking the Arab's legs from beneath him.

He heard Hassan mutter a curse as Kelby leapt to his feet. He got in back of Ali before he could get off his knees, and his arm snaked around Ali's neck.

He broke it with one twist.

He whirled to see Nicholas smashing the Uzi into Hassan's head. Blood spurted. Nicholas hit him again.

"Out." Kelby grabbed Ali's pistol and knife and ran to the door. "Don't waste time on him."

"He wasted a lot of time on you. I wanted to make sure he'd gone to Allah." But he was running after Kelby down the hall.

In the front office another guard jumped to his feet and reached for his gun. Kelby cut his throat before he could lift it.

Then they were outside the hut and running toward the hills.

Shots behind them.

Keep running.

Nicholas looked over his shoulder. "Are you okay?"

"Fine. Go on, dammit."

Sharp pain in his side.

Don't stop.

The adrenaline was draining away and weakness was dragging at every limb.

Go away from it. Concentrate. You're swimming toward the archway. No pain there.

He was running faster, stronger. The hills were just ahead. He could make it.

He was through the archway. White columns gleamed in the distance.

Marinth . . .

Lontana's Island

Lesser Antilles

Present Day

Lacy golden fretwork.

Velvet drapery.

Drums.

Someone coming toward her.

It was going to happen again.

Helpless. Helpless. Helpless.

The scream that tore from Melis's throat jarred her awake.

She jerked upright in bed. She was shaking, her T-shirt soaked with sweat.

Kafas.

Or Marinth?

Sometimes she wasn't sure. . . . It didn't matter.

Only a dream.

She wasn't helpless. She'd never be helpless again. She was strong now.

Except when she had the dreams. They robbed her of power and she was forced to remember. But she had the dreams less often now. It had been over a month since the last one. Still, she might feel better if she had someone to talk to. Maybe she should call Carolyn and--

No, deal with it. She knew what to do after the dreams to rid herself of these trembling fits and get back to blessed normalcy. She tore off her nightshirt as she left the bedroom and headed toward the lanai.

A moment later she was diving off the lanai into the sea.

It was the middle of the night, but the water was only cool, not cold, and felt like liquid silk on her body. Clean and caressing and soothing . . .

No threat. No submission. Nothing but the night and the sea. God, it was good to be alone.

But she wasn't alone.

Something sleek and cool brushed against her leg.

"Susie?" It had to be Susie. The female dolphin was much more physically affectionate than Pete. The male touched her only rarely, and it was something special when he did.

But Pete was beside her in the water. She saw him out of the corner of her eye as she stroked toward the nets that barricaded the inlet. "Hi, Pete. How are you doing?"

He gave a subdued series of clicks and then dove beneath the surface. A moment later Susie and Pete came to the surface together and swam ahead of her toward the nets. It was strange how they always knew when she was upset. Ordinarily their behavior was playful, almost giddily exuberant. It was only when they sensed she was disturbed that they became this docile. She was supposed to be the one teaching the dolphins, but she was learning from them every day she spent in their company. They enriched her life and she was grateful that--

Something was wrong.

Susie and Pete were both squeaking and clicking frantically as they approached the net. A shark on the other side?

She tensed.

The net was down.

What the hell . . . No one could unfasten the net unless they knew where it was connected. "I'll take care of it. Go back home, guys."

The dolphins ignored her, swimming around her protectively while she examined the net. No cuts, no tears in the strong wire. It took her only a few minutes to fasten the net again. She set off back to the cottage, her strokes strong, purposeful--and wary.

It didn't have to be a problem. It could be Phil back from his latest journey. Her foster father had been gone for nearly seven months this time, with only an occasional phone call or postcard to tell her if he was alive or dead.

But it could be trouble. Phil had been forced to go on the run almost two years ago and the threat was only partially eliminated. There could still be people out there who wanted to get their hands on him. Phil wasn't the most discreet person in the world, and his judgment wasn't as keen as his intellect. He was a dreamer who took more chances than--

"Melis!"

She became still, paddling in place, her gaze on the lanai a short distance away. She could see a man's silhouette outlined against the lights of the living room. It wasn't Phil's small, wiry frame. This man was big, muscular, and vaguely familiar.

"Melis, I didn't mean to scare you. It's me, Cal."

She relaxed. Cal Dugan, Phil's first mate. No threat here. She had known and liked Cal since she was sixteen. He must have moored his boat at the pier on the other side of the house, where she couldn't see it. She swam toward the lanai. "Why didn't you call me? And why the devil didn't you put the net back up? If a shark had gotten to Pete or Susie, I'd have strangled you."

"I was going to go back and do it," he said defensively. "Nah, I was going to persuade you to do it. I'd have to know Braille to be able to hook it up in the dark."

"That's not good enough. It only takes a minute to pose a threat to the dolphins. You're just lucky it didn't happen."

"How do you know a shark didn't get in?"

"Pete would have told me."

"Oh, yeah. Pete." He dropped a bath towel on the lanai and turned his back. "Tell me when I can turn around. I guess you haven't taken to wearing a swimsuit?"

"Why should I? There's no one to see me but Pete and Susie." She hoisted herself onto the tiles and wrapped the large towel around her. "And uninvited guests."

"Don't be rude. Phil invited me."

"Turn around. When's he coming? Tomorrow?"

He turned around. "Not likely."

"He's not in Tobago?"

"He was setting sail for Athens when he sent me here."

"What?"

"He told me to hop on a plane out of Genoa and come and give you this." He handed her a large manila envelope. "And to wait here for him."

"Wait for him? He'll need you there. He can't do without you, Cal."

"That's what I told him." He shrugged. "He told me to come to you."

She glanced down at the envelope. "I can't see out here. Let's go inside where there's light." She tightened the towel around her. "Make yourself some coffee while I take a look at this."

He flinched. "Will you tell those dolphins I'm not going to hurt you and to stop screeching?"

She'd barely been aware they were still beside the lanai. "Go away, guys. It's okay."

Pete and Susie disappeared beneath the water.

"I'll be damned," Cal said. "They do understand you."

"Yes." Her tone was abstracted as she went into the cottage. "Genoa? What's Phil been up to?"

"Search me. A few months ago he dropped me and the rest of the crew off in Las Palmas and told us we were on vacation for three months. He hired some temporary help to sail the Last Home and took off."

"Where?"

He shrugged. "He wouldn't say. Big secret. It wasn't like Phil at all. It was like that time he went off with you. But this was different. He was on edge and he wouldn't say anything when he came back and picked us up." He grimaced. "It's not as if we haven't been with him for the last fifteen years. We have shared a hell of a lot together. I was there when he brought up the Spanish galleon, and Terry and Gary signed on a year later. It kind of . . . hurt."

"You know when he becomes focused on something he can't see anything else." But she had seldom known him to close out his crew. They were as close to family as Phil would permit near him. Closer than he would let her come.

But that was probably her fault. She found it difficult to be openly affectionate with Phil. She had always been the protector in a relationship that had sometimes been both volatile and stormy. She was often impatient and frustrated with his almost childlike single-mindedness. But they were a team, they fulfilled each other's needs, and she did like him.

"Melis."

She glanced at Cal to find him gazing awkwardly at her. "Would you mind putting on some clothes? You're one gorgeous woman, and even though I may be old enough to be your father, it doesn't mean I don't have the usual responses."

Of course he did. It didn't matter that he'd known her from the time she was a teenager. Men were men. Even the best of them were dominated by sex. It had taken her a long time to accept that truth without anger. "I'll be right back." She headed for the bedroom. "Make that coffee."

She didn't bother to shower before she put on her usual shorts and T-shirt. Then she sat down on the bed and reached for the envelope. It might be nothing, totally impersonal, but she didn't want to open it in front of Cal.

The envelope contained two documents. She took out the first one and opened it.

She stiffened. "What the hell . . ."

Hyatt Hotel

Athens, Greece

"Stop arguing. I'm coming to get you." Melis's hand tightened on the phone. "Where are you, Phil?"

"At a tavern on the waterfront. The Delphi Hotel," Philip Lontana said. "But I'm not going to involve you in this, Melis. Go home."

"I will. We're both going to go home. And I'm already involved. Did you think I was just going to sit around doing nothing after I got that notification that you'd deeded the island and the Last Home over to me? That's the closest to a last will and testament I've ever seen. What the hell's happening?"

"I had to turn responsible sometime."

Not Phil. He was as close to Peter Pan as a man in his sixties could be. "What are you afraid of?"

"I'm not afraid. I just wanted to take care of you. I know we've had our ups and downs, but you've always stood by me when I needed you. You've pulled me out of scrapes and kept those bloodsuckers from--"

"I'll pull you out of this scrape too, if you'll tell me what's happening."

"Nothing's happening. The ocean is unforgiving. You can never tell when I'll make a mistake and never--"

"Phil."

"I've written it all down. It's on the Last Home."

"Good. Then you can read it to me when we're on our way back to the island."

"That may not be possible." He paused. "I've been trying to get in touch with Jed Kelby. He's not been answering my calls."

"Bastard."

"Maybe. But a brilliant bastard. I've heard he's a genius."

"And where did you hear it? His publicity agent?"

"Don't be bitter. You've got to give the devil his due."

"No, I don't. I don't like rich men who think they can make toys of everything in the whole damn world."

"You don't like rich men. Period," Phil said. "But I need you to contact him. I don't know if I'll be able to reach him."

"Of course you will. Though I don't know why you think you have to do it. You've never called in help before."

"I need him. He's got the same passion I have and the drive to make it happen." He paused. "Promise me you'll get him for me, Melis. It's the most important thing I've ever asked of you."

"You don't have to--"

"Promise me."

He wasn't going to give up. "I promise. Satisfied?"

"No, I hated to ask you. And I hate being in this spot. If I hadn't been so stubborn, I wouldn't have had to--" He drew a deep breath. "But that's water under the bridge. I can't look back now. There's too much to look forward to."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2004

    First Time

    This was the first time I have read any of Iris Johansens work but I loved it. I have never read a book so fast I just couldn't stop. I may only be 14 but I know good work when I see it and this was GREAT!!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    exciting romantic thriller

    Lontana¿s Island in the Lesser Antilles is the refuge of Melis Nemid, a woman who loves the dolphins Pete and Susie that she trains as if they were own children. She doesn¿t like or trust men except foster father Phil Lontana or the crewmembers of his shop the Lost Home. Phil is obsessed with discovering the location of Marinth, an island of an advanced civilization that sunk beneath the sea millennia ago. <P>Arms dealer Hugh Archer wants the research notes concerning the weapon that Phil developed that can cause earthquakes because a Mideast terrorist group is willing to pay much money for it. When Phil refuses to deal, Archer blows up the ship with Phil aboard and goes after his protégée Melis who he knows has the location of the research notes. When Melis also refuses to deal, he kills her closest friend forcing her to team up with billionaire Jed Kelby who will help her kill Archer if she leads him to the location of Marinth. <P>Though feeling somewhat comic book in nature, FATAL TIDE is an exciting romantic thriller that starts off at light speed and just picks up speed until the climax is over. In between chase scenes, the two protagonists find room for romance but the real scene-stealers are the two dolphins, more loving and civilized than most of the humans in the novel. Melis will engage reader empathy especially when the audience discovers the extreme trauma she suffered as a child. Nobody will pity her though because she has grown into a strong woman who is not afraid to mete out justice to those who deserve it. <P>Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    A fantastic book

    I have read a lot of Iris Johansen's books and will always continue to try them. This book in particular was an excellent read and I recommend it to anyone who likes reading.

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  • Posted February 12, 2009

    Could not put this book down.

    I started this book at bedtime with the intention of only reading maybe the first few chapters. That did not happen. I ended up staying up all night because I could not stand the fact that I did not know what was going to happen next. This was an easy read that was enjoyable and fun. I would recommend it to anyone that just wants to excape and lose theirselves in adventure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2008

    A reviewer

    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. With the help of Jeb Kelby, an ex SEAL she ventures out in an adventure to find the treasure, to deceive and for once get rid of Archer who is killing her friends and family and to free her soul of her black, tortured past. We find that Archer has some sick sadistic plans for her, and more of her past is revealed as he find ways to hurt her and those around him until they can beat the clock and stop him. I adored the relationship that build between Kelby and Melis, at one point in the end I was crying, I kid you not (I wont say if it was good or bad but the ending was insane!) but no spoilers here!! : ) I loved the ending, it was solid!!! I can't wait to read everything this woman wrote, because if she created Melis and Jeb then I wonder what other delicious and marvelous characters and stories she cooked up as well! The beginnings was a bit fast, with many characters introduced, but hang on in there, it's a very satisfying and succulent story! - Kasia S.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2006

    Don't bother

    Normally I like Johansen¿s books, but this one was a total waste of time. The characters are not believable, the ¿internal¿ dialog is cheesy, the dolphin bit is such a bologna, it¿s not even funny. Absolutely would not recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2005

    I cared about the dolphins...

    I've read a few of Johansen's works, her early stuff was good, and yet it was all the same formula, I bought this one out of desperation before Lee Child's new book and finished it in a slow week. I swore I was going to lay the book down and forget about it after a few chapters, but work is very boring, and the theories on dolphins were crackpot interesting. You know how the story ends if you've read her before.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2005

    just couldn't get into it

    i got confused, i love all her other books though

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2005

    EXCITING OCEANIC MYSTERY

    ORIGINAL, WELL-WRITTEN ACTION MYSTERY. COVERS A LOT OF TERRITORY FROM DOLPHINS TO HIDDEN TREASURE AND PEDOPHILIA.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2004

    A Romantic Thriller -- The Perfect Combination

    What the hell is Marinth and what is Kafas?? I was about to go crazy if she didn't tell me soon. But finally she did and the world makes sense once again. This is the second Johansen book I have read (Dead Aim also). I think I'm in love. I read it in two days. I couldn't put it down. It is sad when reading takes priority over working and eating. I loved the plot, unexpected turns, and well developed characters. It makes me want to go find me a sexy billionare and travel the world looking for lost treasures too! Not to mention, punish every pedophile scumbag pervert that hurts children. Keep em' coming Johansen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2004

    GREAT SUSPENSE

    This was the first of Johansen's books that I read. I was unable to put it down. After I was finished I went to my computer and ordered all her other suspense novels written that are in paperback.(10) I am now on the last one. I love the way she carries over the characters from book to book. Anyone who reads her books will not be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2004

    Fabulous Book!

    An excellent book! Iris Johanson really did well! The plot twists when you dont expect it to; there is a suprise in every chapter!

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