Aftermath: The SSU Book 4

Vanessa Kier
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He’s tasked with keeping national secrets. Her job is to ferret them out. Falling in love could be deadly for them both…

In the aftermath of the resignation and death of the President of the United States, someone is using lethal force to eliminate all threats. Their next target is Siobahn Murphy, an investigative journalist who is looking into the circumstances surrounding the President’s death. Siobahn believes that the President’s abrupt resignation and death are connected to the mysterious reappearance of military and law enforcement personnel who’d been declared dead. Men she believes were funneled into a secret government program aimed at creating superhuman soldiers. Men she suspects had been ordered by the President to carry out an attack that, if it had succeeded, would have killed thousands of innocent people.

When Siobahn is nearly killed, Ryker, the director of The Surgical Strike Unit, steps in to offer protection. Keeping Siobahn out of danger while honoring his oath not to reveal the details of the President’s resignation is a challenge Ryker relishes, even as he finds himself falling for the sexy, headstrong reporter.

As the noose tightens on the men responsible for killing the President, Ryker and Siobahn risk their lives to uncover the last remaining elements of a conspiracy surrounding a deadly scientific program that started during the Vietnam War.

The fourth book in the action-packed Surgical Strike Unit (SSU) romantic thriller series.
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About the author

Vanessa Kier spends way too much time thinking up ways she can torture her characters. A worst case scenario thinker, she's been creating stories in her head since childhood. Now she’s found her niche in writing romantic thrillers that combine intense emotion with action packed plots. The author of six books in The Surgical Strike Unit series about a privately run special operations group, she has set her new series WAR in West Africa, where she lived for a time.

When she's not writing, listening to music, or playing puzzle games on her mobile device, Vanessa writes the occasional Tech Talk column for her local RWA chapter's newsletter and takes long hikes in the nearby hills.

For more about Vanessa and to sign up for her newsletter, please visit her website You can also find her on Twitter or on Facebook

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Vanessa Kier
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Jan 5, 2014
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Fiction / Action & Adventure
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / General
Fiction / Romance / Suspense
Fiction / Thrillers / Espionage
Fiction / Thrillers / Military
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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Start the SSU Series with three action-packed stories of betrayal, revenge...and love

Welcome to the world of The Surgical Strike Unit (SSU), a privately run special operations group. The SSU was founded by Ryker, a Vietnam veteran, to handle the national security jobs that the government couldn't—or wouldn't—do...

A microchip containing dangerous scientific research has gone missing. The SSU must locate the chip in order to keep the research out of the hands of the criminals and government agencies who would use the data to create a deadly, and unstable, army of superhuman soldiers.

The titles included in this volume are:


Each title is also available for purchase separately.


Scarred by a tragic past, one woman will do anything to exact vengeance...

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Undercover agent Niko Andros will go to any length to get the microchip so he can trade it for his kidnapped aunt–including using Jenna as bait.


He holds her life in his hands...

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TOPICS: Alpha hero romance, CIA conspiracy thriller, undercover agent, action & adventure thriller, special operations thriller, dark vengeful suspense, international spies and espionage, dark vigilante justice thriller

The third book in the action-packed romantic thriller series WAR.

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A desperate pilot who’s out of options.

When bush pilot Seth Jarrod receives the new assignment from his blackmailer—to fly for the brutal leader of a breakaway West African rebel group—he knows he can’t comply. Not if he wants to hold onto the remaining fragments of his soul.

Yet if he fails, his niece will die.

An up-and-coming singer on the verge of international success.

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Their enemies are more powerful than they realize. And time is running out.

The rebels are deadly serious about retrieving the diamonds, and they aren’t the only ones on the hunt. It will take the combined skills of Seth and Kirra, with a dash of luck and a helping of love, to keep them both alive. And even then, the power of Seth’s secret might destroy any chance of a future.

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