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Sean Brodie, an American engineer on contract in Adelaide, and his partner of eight months, local boy Rob Markham, are struggling to save their relationship by hiring a boat for a week's fishing off the South Australian coast. As a storm approaches they go to the aid of a luxury cabin-cruiser apparently in trouble, only to find that they've stumbled into a drug smuggling gang's offshore headquarters.

A lucky escape is only the start of their troubles, as they find their pursuers have unexpected friends on land as well as sea. In a thriller set for the first time in his native Australia, the popular author of FORTUNES OF WAR, DEATH'S HEAD and EQUINOX presents another action-packed and gripping adventure.

Mel Keegan's sci-fi stories DEATH'S HEAD and its sequel EQUINOX were described as "unputdownable" (HIM) and "a powerful futuristic thriller" (Capital Gay). Just as Time Out said of his first novel, ICE, WIND AND FIRE, this new tale is once again "rip-roaring and colourful, and zooms along with an enthusiasm that never flags."

Mel Keeganís name is a byword for thrilling gay adventure in the past, present and future ó MILLIVRES on Aquamarine.

reviewed by Gene L.
I've never visited Australia and the only movies I've seen show the place as a desert or swamp with strange animals and really big crocs and buffalos. So STORM TIDE really surprised me because it all takes place in a cold winter with tides of rain! Then I looked at a map and noticed Australia is a BIG island, so I shouldn't be shocked if the deserts are in one place and at the same time it's cold and wet someplace else! Seriously, if you come to STORM TIDE expecting a lot of kangaroos and country looking like Ayers Rock you're going to get a surprise! The story is about two guys trying to save their relationship, but that's only the first chapter or so. For most of the book they're running for their lives. It's like a reverse of the 'usual' Mel Keegan plot where the tough, hard-nosed heroes go hunting the bad guys. The guys in this book are ordinary men, and the best they can do is RUN ... but then the challenge is, to stay ahead and stay alive, through storms and floods, and aboard a freighter at sea. The only other MK book anything like this one is ICE, WIND AND FIRE, and they're nothing similar. I reviewed IWAF also, and I said I wished MK would write more modern-day thrillers. I like the SF ones, I do get the historicals also, but I'd be first in line for another modern-day triller.