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Captain Dominic Holland leads a crew of skilled covert operatives and talented scientific personnel. He's taken them to all corners of the Earth to protect the United States from biological and chemical warfare. When his CIA handler, Meredith Webb, gives him a mission to investigate a disturbing lead on a laboratory based out of an abandoned oil rig, they discover the most terrifying threat to mankind they've ever faced - a genetically engineered biological weapon called the Oni Agent.

Back in the United States, Meredith discovers a frightening connection between the CIA and the Oni Agent. But her investigations are short-lived when the agent spreads and brings mankind to its knees. Cities burn as it turns humans into warped creatures hell-bent on destruction.

Dominic and Meredith vow to do everything they can to combat the agent and find a cure. But will their efforts be enough to turn the tide - or is humanity's fate already sealed?

©2015 Anthony Melchiorri (P)2015 Anthony Melchiorri

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The Tide

interesting story that puts a big twist on zombies. strong characters, I like that along with the tough men, the author has strong mind and bodied women that play key roles . The Narrator does a fabulous job with the different characters voices, it always makes a big difference to the listening pleasures. I am a long haul truck driver and audio books are a life savor for the endless miles. this book is a good one. you won't be disappointed.

19 of 23 people found this review helpful

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UNIT 731

DON'T GO DIVING WHEN IT'S RAINING, YOU'LL GET WET.
I should have loved this, since it had all the elements I love, Mad Scientists, mutated humans and evil World War 2 enemies. It turns outs I need more, who would have thunk it. It's not as sophomoric as Joe Ledger or as unbelievable as Robinson's 731 series, but it seems I like unbelievable, sophomoric and some humor thrown in. Not everyone is a good story teller. Anthony needs to study the more successful and study, how it is done.

35 of 45 people found this review helpful

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  • Rachel
  • COLUMBUS, OH, United States
  • 10-28-15

Fast-paced biotech

Captain Dominic Holland (Dom) is head of a covert operations team which investigates bioterrorism. As he and his team check out some suspicious activity on what was believed to be an abandoned oil rig, bone-armored mutant men begin to wash up on shores of countries around the world. Soon, citizens become crazed - brutally attacking and devouring people. Dom's team rushes to find a cure to the bioweapon, as civilization crashes around them.


I found this book in the new releases in Audible and thought I'd try it out. The genre is basically bioweapon zombie apocalypse, but the "zombies" aren't actually zombies. They are living humans who develop bony armor around their bodies and get brain activation of unthinking violence. It was a fast-paced, high-action book. The science was very reasonable - clearly Melchiorri did his research - which I like to see in biotech books (otherwise I tend to roll my eyes and criticize every little mistake). Yes, the race for a cure moved along much too fast to be realistic, but that's the nature of the genre, not a problem with Melchiorri's writing. Nobody wants to read a book with the pacing of real life, after all. :)

I think this book will be quite enjoyable to anyone who likes biotech apocalypse thrillers, especially those who enjoyed Jonathan Maberry's Patient Zero. But beware, it is the first in a series, and the story just cuts off at the end - there's not a satisfying conclusion. Luckily, Melchiorri is releasing the second one hot on the heals of the first, so this may not be an issue for many readers.

The narration of this story was generally well-done. The pacing was good. The voices could have been a little better - Burke didn't do women's voices very well, which I imagine is a difficult, though manageable, skill for male readers.

12 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Very suspenseful, couldn't stop reading.

Great suspense. I am not a huge fan of zombie gore but am a fan of pandemic stories. This is a spin on the zombie genre but with more medical realism to explain the spread. It was a good story where you liked the characters and good narration. This is a complete story with character goals clearly set, leading up to a the big conflict where it resolves at a good stopping point for a series so you are not left hanging too badly. I appreciate the author giving you enough to feel like you read a whole story and did not rely on a gimmicky cliffhanger that you might see from lesser authors.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Joseph
  • LUBBOCK, TX, United States
  • 10-25-15

A fresh deviation from the norm. Great read!!!

This was a very good read. It started kinda slow but that was character setup and then it kicked into gear. Very good story that didn't get drowned in to much military mumbo jumbo. I highly recommend this book to any fan of the apocalypse genre.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Excellent New Post-Apoc Series!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely! Ryan Burke brings Anthony Melchiorri's unique post-apocalyptic novel to life! I read the book first, then listened to the audio version. Both are great, but with narration I felt like I was listening to a movie.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Dom. He's an intelligent and empathetic leader.

Which scene was your favorite?

The opening prologue with the Japanese POW camp. Gave me the chills.

If you could rename The Tide, what would you call it?

Why the hell would I rename it?

Any additional comments?

The Tide is one of my new favorite post apocalyptic thrillers. It starts off in a POW camp in Japan where a biological agent is being tested on Marine prisoners during WWII. From there, we fast forward to present day and join Dominic Holland and his crew aboard their covert ship. They're notified of a mysterious occurrence on an oil rig. After a terrifying battle, Holland and team start to uncover the mystery of the biological agent dating back to Japan. From there we get to sit back and watch the world collapse.

If you're expecting a book about zombies, this is not that book. It's better. Anthony Melchiorri has developed a variant on the zombie theme with creatures unlike any you've probably read about. And unlike most zombie books, the authors uses realistic science to explain how the outbreak started, which in turn, makes this a much more compelling book. The characters are well developed and the action is intense.

Can't wait for book 2!

Highly recommended for fans of the following genres. Post-apocaypltic, medical thriller/military thriller, hard science fiction, genetic-engineering, war and military, etc, etc. Get this book now!

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Good start but got boring fast

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

light weight fans of this genre

Has The Tide turned you off from other books in this genre?

no

Which scene was your favorite?

Oil Rig activities

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

narrator

Any additional comments?

Who leads up a team of ex Navy Seal and Army Ranger mercenaries into combat? A female gymnast with CIA experience.What?

These authors have to give the Rambo-etts a rest. Too many gun toting tough guy girls kicking, punching and gunning their way to victory. The women in this story are just too much...the willful suspension of disbelief is necessary... I didn't finish the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Video Game?

This book is simply terrible. One suspects the author is recording the action of a video game once played to conclusion. The descriptions are trite when not grossly redundant. The action quickly becomes laborious. Punch my hacker card cause I listened to the end, but only to prove I could. Will not purchase another in this series, by this author or by this narrator. To be fair, not even Scott Brick could have saved this piece of trash.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good concept

Loved the theme, but once listened to, storyline was too plain and for me, didn't go anywhere.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good story

Really enjoyed this book like the style in which it was written character development and the technical aspects.

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  • John
  • 12-29-16

Very enjoyable and different take on zombies

If you could sum up The Tide in three words, what would they be?

Different, exciting, interesting

What did you like best about this story?

The different take on zombies, without going into any spoilers it is a new route to take for the zombie writing. I am intrested to see where it leads in the future books.

Which character – as performed by Ryan Kennard Burke – was your favourite?

Loved the helicopter pilot. Reminded me of the pilot from Black Hawk Down. Great sense of humor. Not a major character but really fun.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not reallly, this is more like an 80's action move where you can enjoy it without all the emotional baggage.

Any additional comments?

have listened to all of the Arisen series narrated by RC Bray and if you are a fan of that I would suggest this. Finding a narrator as good as RC Bray is hard but I think Mr Burke does a very good job. The story is also diferent from Arisen but still as enjoyable.

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  • mike duxbury
  • 05-25-17

Gripping and inventive,

When i first started listening i thought of clive cussslers books about the origan but i soon lost myself in the fantasy of the skulls and the desperate survival of a family, i am very keen to read more about dom holland so well done and a brilliant and well written book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-02-17

Great Book.

I am a big fan of good apocalyptic novels. I have read many in my time and have certainly read my share of bad ones. Hence it is a pleasure to come across a series with the capability of bringing about that large variety of feelings only this type of story line can.

For those like me who have become hardened to the language and event types found in these books, it is fantastic to find one that can reignite that energy you felt back when you picked up your first apocalyptic thriller. For those who have not yet become an expert in such texts.....hold on and enjoy the ride this book will take you on.

Great book, with great audio narration, likable characters and good scientific sections which, make it feel not only real to the reader but feasible as a future event. Would recommend this book to all. Buying the next in the series now having just finished this first instalment and very much looking forward to it.

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  • 05-01-17

Meh

- no descriptions, characters or scenes. Would have helped with imagery and depicting the characters.
- very clichéd characters and dialogue, particularly the Hunters' banter and the children, Kyle and Sadie.
- believability was an issue at times, eg. When Jay is going through his transformation, he would have known what was going on, that much had been deciphered in his time on the IBSL. What else would it be? Just came across as unrealistic.
- good action description and pacing when it occurred, although the narrator made some odd choices and didn't do so well in the more frantic sequences. Too laid back to add a sense of peril or urgency.
- some dialogue felt unnatural. Might have been better depicted as narration.

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  • Grammy
  • 04-15-17

About time!

I've been scouring Audible for a new 'long read' but couldn't commit to anything. Some fantasy books are a little blasé, same old etc. I tried The Tide and am so glad I did! My credits are a finite precious resource but I'll be getting these books possibly 2 at a time. Resented having to take my headphones out as I didn't want to stop listening. If I had to have a little moan it would be that The Huntress all sounds too good to be true and a little too apocalypse ready. Too convenient also was the Ramboesque daughter who apparently has been taught everything by her father, from shooting, self defence you name it she's had a crash course! As I always found it difficult to get my teens to bring their dishes down from their rooms or do their homework without a push she is a little hard to accept. But apart from that I look forward to the rest of the series!!

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  • peardrop
  • 03-08-17

new take on zombies

Would you listen to The Tide again? Why?

new author and new narrator for me. both v. good. storyline slightly different to other zombies ones..will. ow definitely buy all series and look for more fro m both.

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  • Miss L ttophi
  • 02-26-17

an ok book

for me this book started ok but went bit ott with zommbie killings so parts ok managed to finish it

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  • michael jolly
  • 01-17-17

good story

been a good story so far see where it takes the story takes us .

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  • John
  • 01-03-17

Dreadful

This is probably one of the most boring audiobooks I have ever listened to. Even the narrator seems to be reading it as quickly as he can in order to end the monotony.

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  • Allan
  • 01-02-17

Should've been a great book but just didn't grab me

This book has every think that I would normally like in a zombie horror book but for some reason it just doesn't grab me took me ages to even get past the first couple of chapters with me going away and coming back it just doesn't have the flow or something it's not performance and it's not the story so i'm at a lost to say why they just don't grip me.
I don't think I'll be getting the books in the series it was just too hard going