The Tide by Anthony J. Melchiorri

Posted December 3, 2015 by cstuchl in Reviews / 1 Comment

The Tide by  Anthony J. MelchiorriThe Tide by Anthony J. Melchiorri
Narrator: Ryan Kennard Burke
Published by Self Published / Indie on 21 October 2015
Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
Genres: Horror, Military
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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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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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.

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About Ryan Kennard Burke

Read the ABR Narrator Interview

Ryan Burke is Canadian, his parents and extended family are Australian and he lives in America pursuing a career in entertainment. His eclectic background is reflected by his career. Having worked in both Canada and the US as an actor, producer and stuntman he is now working in VO and Audiobooks. During his years of study abroad he has earned both a BFA from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and an MBA from Argosy University. Ryan is an award winning producer, actor and is a current top seller for Audiobooks. You can find his titles by simply browsing his name on Audible.

About Anthony J. Melchiorri

Anthony J Melchiorri is a writer and biomedical engineer living in Maryland. He spends most of his time developing cardiovascular devices for tissue engineering to treat children with congenital heart defects when he isn’t writing or reading.

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