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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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 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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Pages
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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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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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.


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

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An Underwater Clue Plunges Zoe and Dane Into a Life Threatening Pursuit in ISLAND SECRETS a Romantic Suspense from R.T. Wolfe

--Present Day, Ibis Island, West Coast of Florida--

When Zoe Clearwater learns that the skull she found in an underwater cave is her missing brother, she sells her scuba diving business, Sun Trips Touring, and dedicates herself to unravelling her brother's mysterious death.

Dane Corbin, the new owner of Sun Trips, is determined to prove to Zoe, now his employee, that he is not the womanizer he once was. But it'll take more than profit to turn Zoe's head.

Her investigation at a standstill, Zoe unearths letters from a secret lover among her brother's possessions, along with plane tickets, a promise to run away to safety, and the painful realization that she'll need Dane's help.

As mercurial clues plunge Zoe and Dane into a life-threatening pursuit and the truth burns brighter and brighter, Zoe recognizes she needs Dane as much as her brother's un-named lover needed him. But Dane will have to make it to safety, first.

Publisher's Note: Known for her intricate plot development and depth of characters, R.T. Wolfe brings loveable characters—and even sea turtles-- to life in her fictitious island setting. This sweet and lively romance will be enjoyed by readers 13+ years.

"Only RT Wolfe can have you fanning yourself while a character is having their hair washed!" ~M.J. Schiller, Author

"I want to move there and be a part of this family!" ~C.C. Pen, Verified Reviewer

The Island Escape Series
Island Secrets
Island Pursuit
Island Reveal

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!

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 p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 18.0px; font: 14.0px 'Times New Roman'} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 18.0px; font: 14.0px 'Times New Roman'; min-height: 16.0px}
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.
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