Fatal Tide: A Novel

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Fatal Tide: A Novel

⇜ Format Kindle Fatal Tide: A Novel uk ⦒ Ebook Author Iris Johansen ⧟ Chapter OneNorthern IraqJanuary 6, 1991Cool 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 IslandLesser AntillesPresent DayLacy 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 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 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 HotelAthens, GreeceStop 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.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.Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. 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