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
attention to medical detail, apocalyptic sci-fi story with man versus humanoids which aren't typically zombie
a lot of action, fast moving and globe-trotting
the performance was a little lacklustre, there was no excitement during the action scenes and some of the other characters voices sounded a bit comical
aim for their face!
really enjoyed this story, a couple of inconsistencies, over-simplified writing, some scenes rushed and the characters interaction hard to believe, but the story was great, the bio-medical, geography, history and detail to props were really enjoyable to listen to.
This is a great audio book, well written and excellently narrated.
Thanks for the few hours of pleasure.
I was starting to get a bit jaded with this genre, but this book has definitely changed that. It was a great read with plenty of action to be exciting and enough character development and science to be interesting. Can't wait to read the next one.
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.
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.
"Excellent New Post-Apoc Series!"
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.
Dom. He's an intelligent and empathetic leader.
The opening prologue with the Japanese POW camp. Gave me the chills.
Why the hell would I rename it?
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!
"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.
"This is a non-stop action packed adventure"
It started in 1944 with Japanese Unit 731 and came to life in the present. (If you don’t know what Unit 731 is look it up. It was a real unit in the Japanese military.)
Dom Holland and his Hunters were a private dark ops. unit. They were hired by Meridith Webb to discover if there was a bio threat on an oil platform in the North Atlantic. Meridith worked at the CIA. It was her duty to investigate bio-tech threats. There was no information about this lab anywhere in the CIA data base, or so she was told by her boss.
I like a story that has some real facts or history woven in. It gives the tale more credibility. We all know that the CIA has lots of “Black” places around the world. Those abandoned oil rigs are perfect for such IBSL”research” labs.
What is really great is the “new zombie style”. An fantastic idea to make the fingernails the harbinger of non-death. The other body changes were novel, very inventive. Made them extremely hard to kill.
The narrative goes back and forth from Dom and his team’s action to Meridith’s trying to get to the house. Meridith is on the run from the CIA. They don’t want her to find out what they have done. She needs to get to Fort Detrick but Dom asked her to stop at the home of his ex-wife and 2 daughters. He will meet her there.
This is a non-stop action packed adventure. Once you start to listen, you won’t want to stop.
Ryan does a fantastic job of making this story come to life. He really gets into it as he tells about the “skulls” they found on the oil rig. To the medical bay on Dom’s ship where a doctor is working to find out what the virus is and maybe a cure.
All this and more. It’s one heck of a ride.
Audiobook purchased for review by ABR.
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"Fresh take on the zombie genre"
Solid writing with a good blend of story and technical data. Main cast was well fleshed out but supporting cast could use a bit more attention. Narrator was excellent and I would happily listen to future books in this series.
"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.
Really enjoyed this book like the style in which it was written character development and the technical aspects.
"Excellent! And I am not even a fan of zombie books"
This was is an excellent book. There are some books that put me off because the narrator tries to hard to interject drama and horror into the story. What I enjoyed the most was the even story telling by Ryan Kennard Burke. He didn't rush parts and there was enough emotional tone to keep it interesting.
As for the novel itself. I have never read Anthony Melchirri. So I took a risk with this book and I found his writing style to be personable. I could relate to the human details like a parents love for their child/ren.
I'm looking forward to another book and I may have to go check out some of his other stuff!
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.
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