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The Surgical Strike Unit

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

Niko Andros has burned for revenge since the day his father was paralyzed in a drive-by-shooting ordered by Mexican crime lord Jaime Alvarez. Knowing that the best way to take down his family’s age-old enemy is from within, Niko turns himself into a criminal, then accepts a job within Alvarez's criminal organization.

Jaime Alvarez gloats over the way he’s manipulated Niko into turning his back on the law abiding Andros family. He believes that each illegal, dishonorable act Niko is forced to commit binds him tighter to the criminal life. Trusting that Niko will never risk his own freedom, or give up his growing power, by betraying Alvarez, the crime lord rapidly promotes Niko.

Despite the lip service he pays to his boss, Niko has never forgotten his purpose―to put Alvarez behind bars. He might no longer be an honorable man that his family can be proud of, but Niko will risk everything in order to make certain that Alvarez never hurts his family again. Even if Niko has to go down with him.

This short bonus novella is approximately 15,000 words. It takes place before Vengeance and gives the backstory between Niko and Alvarez. Unlike Vengeance, this novella is suspense only, with no romance.
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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
Nov 26, 2013
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Pages
77
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ISBN
9780988914766
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English
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Fiction / Action & Adventure
Fiction / Romance / Suspense
Fiction / Thrillers / Espionage
Fiction / Thrillers / Military
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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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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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 the third book in Vanessa Kier’s action-packed SSU romantic thriller series. Get Retribution today to begin the adventure!

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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.
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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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}
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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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'}
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