Payback

The Surgical Strike Unit

Book 5
Vanessa Kier
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There are some lines even a cold-hearted spy won’t cross…

Investigative reporter Faith Andrews believes a secret government program has kidnapped her brother. Forced into hiding when assassins are sent to kill her, Faith refuses to give up. Desperate to save her brother, she’ll do anything to find him.

Ruthless and arrogant, CIA agent Mark Tonelli has always been driven by two things. The need to avenge his father’s death, and the desire to protect his country at any cost. But when he joins the black ops groups Kerberos, Mark discovers that there are some lines even he won’t cross.

Kerberos has been supporting an experimental program that forcibly turns men into superhuman soldiers. When Mark learns that the soldiers are going to be used in an upcoming attack against an innocent population, he vows to bring down Kerberos, even if it means giving up his plans for revenge.

When Faith confronts him and demands answers, he quickly realizes that her investigative skills make her a valuable partner. Only by working together can they expose Kerberos, stop the upcoming attack, and save her brother.

If you like edge-of-your-seat action, shadowy government agencies committing terrible crimes, and characters forced to confront the darkness within themselves, then you’ll love this sideways book in Vanessa Kier’s action-packed SSU romantic thriller series. Get Payback today to begin the adventure!

NOTE: Does part of this plot sound familiar? It should! Payback is a sideways book. That means that Payback takes place at the same time as Retribution. In fact, there are some scenes near the end of Payback that duplicate the action in Retribution. Payback shows you those scenes through Mark Tonelli’s eyes.

Because Retribution is on the main timeline of the series, and Payback contains spoilers for how Retribution ends, I recommend that you read Retribution first.
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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 www.vanessakier.com. You can also find her on Twitter  https://twitter.com/VanessaKier or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/vanessakierauthor

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Vanessa Kier
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Published on
Dec 9, 2013
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201
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9780988914773
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English
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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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Begin the adventure with three action-packed stories of conspiracy, betrayal, and revenge...

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 box set are:

VENGEANCE - Book 1

BETRAYAL - Book 2

RETRIBUTION - Book 3

Each title is also available for purchase separately.

VENGEANCE

One stolen microchip. Two missions of vengeance. An international manhunt. Trust the wrong person and you’re dead.

Left for dead after assassins killed her parents, Jenna Paterson believes she survived for one reason only. To get vengeance against the men behind the attack, including her once beloved older brother. But first, she has to find him. Her brother stole a microchip containing deadly scientific data from a secret government lab and became the target of an international manhunt.

With no experience outside of training missions, Jenna has no chance of outwitting the deadly agents gunning for her brother. To succeed, she’ll need an experienced and ruthless partner. Someone like Niko Andros.

Niko barely survived his time undercover in the darkest sectors of the criminal underground. But when a Mexican crime lord kidnaps Niko’s aunt and makes the microchip and Jenna’s brother the price of her release, Niko has no choice but to step back into a dangerous role he’d vowed never to play again.

Forced into an uneasy partnership, Niko and Jenna fight to survive in a deadly world of lies, betrayals, and hidden agendas. Only by trusting one another will they succeed in stopping those who would use the data on the microchip to throw the world into chaos.

BETRAYAL

An innocent woman is caught in the crosshairs of an international manhunt. Can she trust the most wanted man on the planet to save her?

Accused of murder and of stealing a microchip containing deadly scientific research, Kai Paterson is hunted by both governments and criminals. Kai didn’t steal the chip, but his only hope of clearing his name lies in finding the chip before the hunters catch him.

Unfortunately, the chip has been implanted in the body of an innocent woman. Kai isn’t the only one who’s tracked the chip to internationally renowned archaeologist Susana Dias. But he’s the only one who will keep her alive.

Susana is on the cusp of making the most significant discovery of her career when she’s betrayed by those closest to her. Forced to abandon her dig in the Amazon jungle, Susana ends up on the run with Kai.

Kai promises to protect her, but will his promise hold up when it comes time to retrieve the microchip? Removing the chip might kill Susana. But Kai witnessed the horrific effects of the research and knows that the data on the chip must be destroyed.

With the other hunters closing in, Kai races to find a solution that will both save Susana and prevent the data from falling into the wrong hands.

RETRIBUTION

The government is about to unleash a secret weapon against an innocent population. Only one man can stop the destruction. But first, he has to remember…

Rafe Andros and his SSU team are ambushed while investigating a lab suspected of kidnapping men in order to turn them into superhuman soldiers. Forced to become test subjects, Rafe is the only one who survives. But he’s no longer an elite warrior capable of independent thought. Instead, he’s become a mindless killing machine unable to refuse a direct order.

As the shadowy organization behind the lab prepares to demonstrate the destructive power of their enhanced soldiers, Rafe makes it back to the SSU. He knows the details needed to stop the attack. But he can’t remember them…

Rafe’s only hope lies in Gabby Montague, a former scientist at the lab’s front company.

Gabby’s cutting edge research is aimed at helping veterans who suffer from the same mysterious symptoms that killed her father. When she discovers that her data is being used by a hidden program to take away the free will of their subjects, she runs to the SSU.

As the deadline for the demonstration attack approaches, Gabby races to find the right formula to return Rafe’s memories. If she succeeds, Rafe will face the most harrowing mission of his life. If she fails, an army of superhuman soldiers will be unleashed against an innocent population in a plan of retribution taken to deadly extremes.

If you like edge-of-your-seat action, government conspiracies, and characters forced to confront the darkness within themselves, then you’ll love Vanessa Kier’s action-packed SSU romantic thriller series. Get The SSU Series Books 1-3 today to begin the adventure!

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Finish the adventure with three action-packed stories of conspiracy, betrayal, and revenge…

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 contained in this volume are:

PAYBACK – Book 3.5*

AFTERMATH – Book 4

UNDERCOVER – A Bonus Novella (technically, since it's a prequel, it's Book 0.5)

Each title is also available for purchase separately.

PAYBACK

There are some lines even a cold-hearted spy won’t cross…

In a desperate bid to find her missing brother, investigative reporter Faith Andrews teams up with ruthless CIA agent Mark Tonelli. Their investigation leads them into the dark underbelly of the government and to a plan to use enhanced soldiers, including Faith’s brother, in an upcoming attack that will kill thousands of innocents.

WARNING: Payback takes place at the same time as Retribution, Book Three of the Surgical Strike Unit series. Since Payback contains spoilers for Retribution, I suggest that readers read Retribution before reading Payback.

AFTERMATH

He’s tasked with keeping national secrets. Her job is to ferret them out. If they can’t uncover the truth of a decades old conspiracy, the government will fall.

Investigative reporter Siobahn Murphy is convinced that there’s a coverup around the recent death of the president. Ryker, the head of the SSU, knows Siobahn is right. Together they uncover the roots of a conspiracy dating back to the Vietnam War. A conspiracy that must be stopped once and for all before the government collapses from within.

UNDERCOVER

In his quest for vengeance, he’s turned himself into a criminal…

To avenge the shooting that put his father in a wheelchair, Niko Andros spent five years undercover. This is the story of how Niko brought down Mexican crime lord Jaime Alvarez.

If you like edge-of-your-seat action, government conspiracies, and characters forced to confront the darkness within themselves, then you’ll love Vanessa Kier’s action-packed SSU romantic thriller series. Get The SSU Series Books 4-6 today to complete the adventure!

*NOTE: Why does the title of this bundle say Books 4-6, if I'm going to number them this way? Because using Books 3.5-0.5 in the title would be even more confusing.
One stolen microchip. Two missions of vengeance. An international manhunt. Trust the wrong person and you’re dead.

Left for dead after assassins killed her parents, Jenna Paterson believes she survived for one reason only. To get vengeance against the men behind the attack, including her once beloved older brother. But first, she has to find him. Her brother stole a microchip containing deadly scientific data from a secret government lab and became the target of an international manhunt.

With no experience outside of training missions, Jenna has no chance of outwitting the deadly agents gunning for her brother. To succeed, she’ll need an experienced and ruthless partner. Someone like Niko Andros.

Niko barely survived his time undercover in the darkest sectors of the criminal underground. But when a Mexican crime lord kidnaps Niko’s aunt and makes the microchip and Jenna’s brother the price of her release, Niko has no choice but to step back into a dangerous role he’d vowed never to play again.

Forced into an uneasy partnership, Niko and Jenna fight to survive in a deadly world of lies, betrayals, and hidden agendas. Only by trusting one another will they succeed in stopping those who would use the data on the microchip to throw the world into chaos.

If you like edge-of-your-seat action, international intrigue, and characters forced to confront the darkness within themselves, then you’ll love the first book in Vanessa Kier’s action-packed SSU romantic thriller series. Get Vengeance today to begin the adventure!

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New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Cynthia Eden offers readers a new "Dark Obsession" romantic suspense tale...NEED ME. 

Innocent…or guilty? 

The cops think that Julianna Smith is a murderer. No one will listen when Julianna claims she’s innocent, and as the suspicions mount against her, only Julianna knows the truth…a killer is hunting her. Somewhere in the darkness, a stalker is closing in and preparing to deliver a final justice that she can’t escape. 

He’s her only option. 

Devlin Shade isn’t a man who trusts easily, and when Julianna Smith walks into VJS Protection, he’s well aware of her reputation—the sexy blond could be a cold-blooded murderer. Only when he looks at her, cold is the last thing that Devlin feels. There’s an instant attraction between them—hot, fierce, primal. And he agrees to take her case. He’ll be her bodyguard. He’ll keep her safe from the enemy hunting her, and he’ll also find out the truth about the mysterious Julianna. If she is a killer, he’ll turn her over to the cops himself. 

She can’t let him get too close… 

Julianna knows that she is walking a dangerous line with Devlin. She never expected to want him so much, and as they grow closer, she realizes that he’s working to uncover her secrets. But the secrets that she carries are worth killing for…and she can’t let anyone discover the truth, not even Devlin. 

Killer or victim… 

Soon the thin line between right and wrong is blurred. For Devlin, the case becomes personal, and all that matters is Julianna—keeping her safe and stopping the stalker who is on her trail. As he slides deeper into Julianna’s dangerous world, Devlin’s own darkness rises up. He’s played the good guy for so long, but now his mask is falling away. He isn’t controlled, he isn’t safe, and when Julianna is threatened, he will cross any line to keep her safe. 

NEED ME. 

Some needs can push you to the edge of sanity… 

Author's Note: NEED ME is a complete, stand-alone story. All of the books in the Dark Obsession series are stand-alone titles. 
Dark Obsession Series: 
WATCH ME - Book 1 WANT ME - Book 2 NEED ME - Book 3 BEWARE OF ME - Book 4
Book 2 in the action-packed romantic thriller series WAR.

A doctor accused of weapons smuggling must convince a distrustful soldier of her innocence before the real smugglers use the weapons in a catastrophic attack.

WAR team leader Lachlan MacKay has tracked smuggled weapons to an American doctor at a West African clinic. But his deep hatred for doctors threatens to blind him to evidence that suggests all might not be as it seems.

Trauma surgeon Dr. Helen Kirk is desperate to put her family’s tainted history behind her. After months spent repairing her reputation, she’s one step from returning to the work she loves. Then Lachlan shows up, asking probing questions that threaten to raise the painful details of her past and derail her plans. Helen’s desperate attempts to make Lachlan leave only convince him of her guilt.

Then a series of attacks using the stolen weapons points the blame at a mysterious financial donor to Helen’s clinic. Soon Helen and Lachlan are caught up in a deadly plot intended to destroy West Africa. As those around them die, they must learn to put aside their distrust in order to stop the plot before the death toll rises.

If you like edge-of-your-seat action, strong heroes and heroines who are pushed to their physical and moral limits, and an international setting, then you’ll love the second book in Vanessa Kier’s action-packed romantic thriller series, WAR. Get WAR: Intrusion today to experience the adventure! p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 18.0px; font: 14.0px 'Times New Roman'}
The third book in the action-packed romantic thriller series WAR.

Sometimes second chances come at the darkest hour…

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.

Indie singer Kirra Neilson is on her way to a benefit concert when her bus is attacked by rebels hoping to recover stolen diamonds. Kirra is shocked to discover that the rebels suspect that the thief passed the diamonds to her. She is no stranger to the darker side of life. A former jewel thief who spent time on the streets, Kirra uses those skills to escape. But she soon discovers that eluding armed men—who don’t care who they hurt during the chase—is trickier than sneaking into a secure high-rise.

A chance encounter presents Seth with a possible way out. It’s dangerous, but he’s desperate enough to seize any opportunity.

Kirra stumbles into Seth’s life, looking like a bedraggled angel, with rebel soldiers hard on her heels. Seth can’t sit back and do nothing, even though it puts his escape plan in jeopardy. He tells himself he’ll run interference once, then send her on her way.

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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