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Melis Nemid would be happy staying on her own island and taking care of her two rescued dolphins, Pete and Susie. Unfortunately, her foster father brings trouble to her in the form of an obsessed weapons runner by the name of Archer. Her fater, Philip, has engineered a new type of weapon that can be used to create mass destruction and look like an accident even under scrutiny. When Philip gets himself killed, Archer comes looking for the weapon information from Melis. Fortunately, Philip has contacted Jed Kelby, a former SEAL to help Melis. There is a catch though, Kelby wants Melis to find a sunken city that Philip reasearched, and in return he will help her with Archer. After 3 deaths and much emotional torture the two finally trust each other and get moving on the search.
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The review of this Book prepared by Manda

Bantam, Sept 2003, 24.95, 336 pp.
ISBN 055380247x

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.

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.

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.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Search for technology?    -   special war tech.

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   scientist Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American Unusual characteristics:    -   Cynical or arrogant


Ice Caps/Sea?    -   Yes Where?    -   Ocean Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   pleasure/love boat    -   scuba under Island?    -   Yes Island:    -   Caribbean Island

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   descript of kissing Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--bullets    -   perforation--swords/knives    -   exploded into bits Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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