Vengeance (The SSU Book 1)

Vengeance (The SSU Book 1)

by Vanessa Kier

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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!

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016050355
Publisher: Vanessa Kier
Publication date: 01/21/2013
Series: The Surgical Strike Unit , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 29,892
File size: 747 KB

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 @VanessaKier or Facebook

Customer Reviews

Vengeance 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it was so slow and the female was always having to be saved but she was trained. The end was pretty good but I couldn't take another book with a wishy washy female.
Archaeolibrarian More than 1 year ago
This is intense, action-packed, full of revenge and mobsters, so as such, there are parts that "ain't pretty". The warning aside, this story was fast-paced and well-written. Revenge is a powerful motivator and after what had happened to Jenna, you can understand her feelings. What I didn't really understand where her reactions. After going through a specialised training course, she still went off half-cocked and against advice. Now, before you start shouting at the screen, I KNOW that she wanted to find her brother and that took precedence over, well, everything but still. It just seemed like one bad idea after another. The only other thing that I didn't really understand was the relationship between Jenna and Niko. It never felt right, never felt balanced. Was he really her would be lover or someone she wanted to look after her, like a father, big brother or even babysitter? There was very little communication between the two of them so how they figured out if they were meant to be together remains a mystery. The rest of the story, and the characters, were interesting with a storyline built to continue. I would definitely read more into this series and would recommend it other Romantic Suspense fans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG! This story is absolutely breath taking. Lots and lots of action and suspense and the exact right amount of sensuous romance. I love the characters! From start to finish, I could hardly put it down. I hope this series does not go down hill from here, because I plan to read every book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After finishing "Undercover", the novella that set up the scene for this series, I was left feeling that something was missing; that the romantic female counterpart to Niko Andros should've been introduced at the same time. Be careful what you ask for... You'll end up with a character easy to despise, and not willing to cheer for. PTSD is not a joke, and so much has been said about it that we pretty much know enough to understand the episodes that Jenna Patterson suffers. What is just not understandable is how anybody would think it is a good idea to train as an "operator" a person that already suffers from PTSD, has a beyond impulsive nature, and can't follow instructions. How bad this character is? Her recklessness is such that people around her get hurt as a result. Her obsession with her personal vendetta supercedes any other objective of the overall mission. In sum, somebody PLEASE tell me where Alvarez is, cause I've go and deliver Jenna myself!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A perfect touch of romance and action. You did an outstanding job. Kudos to you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the twist and turns
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read for free and am continuing the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Holy cow! This book was action packed and not lacking in details. It was on the long side, but I enjoyed the fact the story wasn't sugar coated. The story was true to real life situations where problems aren't solved on the first try, it takes many tries. Definitely will look into other books from this author!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first I simply didn't realize how long this book was. By the end I didn't care. Loved this book an immediatly bought the second, so I could keep tabs on my favorite charachters. Just enough romancemixed in with a whole lot of intrigue.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good book. Can't wait to start the 2nd one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this. Bought second boo, Betrayal immediately to continue the saga. This author is in the class 0f Lee Child, Clancy , etc. Exciting , edge of seat action all the way!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The storyline is great, held my interest through all three books. Characters are solid. WOW! there could actually be more stories given the depth of character's lives and occupations. I hope to see more books from this author. Thank you for making the story real enough to disturb me. So much more than half a plot laced with lust.
1_book_reader More than 1 year ago
This first book in the trilogy is a well written romantic suspense novel. The story moves at a fast pace and keeps you in the story. Finished the book in one day now on to the second.