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(The Surgical Strike Unit #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  811 ratings  ·  63 reviews
Scarred by a tragic past, one woman will do anything to exact vengeance...

Left for dead after assassins killed her parents, Jenna Paterson believes she survived for one reason only. Vengeance. She vows revenge on the men behind the attack, including her once beloved older brother, Kai. But Kai has disappeared with a microchip containing data on a top-secret government rese
Published August 2nd 2013 by Vanessa Kier (first published January 21st 2013)
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Hero: Niko - strong alpha with good morals and gorgeous too. Reliable and was always there for the heroine Jenna when she needed him.

Heroine: Jenna – had her own demons to face and conquer but for someone with all the training she had to be an operative, she was still the weakest link and is constantly getting herself into strife. And that drove me crazy.

H/h Chemistry: Missing the heat and connection I was looking for - hence no toe curling moments for me.

Secondary Characters: Kai and Rafe whic
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**** 4 "Revenge for my Family" Stars ****

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Jenna's life is a living hell. Her family and her was attacked, slaughtered and left for dead. They were all collateral damage. No one was to be left alive. The attackers thought they did the job, but they never expected Jenna to survive the bloody hell.

Surviving has left Jenna a changed woman. No longer the sweet, innocent, ray of sunshine, Jenna is out for blood. Her brother's blood, that was supposed to save her and her family. Her brother that
This was just okay. It was interesting at first. But then I became annoyed with Jenna. She never listened. Because of that Jenna was always in trouble which Meant Nicko was in trouble for trying to help her. Jenna ran her mouth and had a chip on her shoulder but then would rage and cry. I'm sorry but the fact that she was always "trying" to act like a bad ass it was the tipping point for me. I get that you want to fight back and have some power after what happened to you but with Jenna it just c ...more
I wasn't that impressed with this installment of the series, to the point where I doubt I will continue it. It has been quite a few years since I read the prequel novella, but I went into this story fairly blind, as I didn't refresh myself on that story at all prior to starting this one. My problem with it was that I wasn't really forming a connection with Niko or Jenna. I could certainly sympathize with them, but I ultimately didn't care what happened to them or any of the secondary characters ...more
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was a little long winded and sadly I skimmed a lot. The heroine was just ANNOYING and oh so childish that I had a hard time reading it. :(
Oct 02, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF at 27% for repeated extremely misogynistic “plot devices”
Every female mentioned in the book so far (dead or alive) is a rape survivor. Every. Single. One.
The heroine of the book barely survived a brutal rape and attempted murder before the book starts. Her mother was raped and killed in the same attack. By the time I tapped out, the heroine had been sexually assaulted AGAIN, barely escaping penetrative assault. The hero’s aunt has been repeatedly assaulted by a drug lord and is held by him a
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Omg this book took me by surprise..Niko was just so such sweet bad ass hero...many will probably find JENNA to be TSTL But she was deal a shitty hand and really didn’t want to live anymore ....I loved them both. No insta-lust...the connection was nicely done. The action was none stop...almost too much action....but I loved it. I really wanted to kill the bad guy myself...he really deserved worst than he got. If you love RS , give this a try .
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I went into this book without any idea of what it was about or the series. I just read the blurb and thought this sounds amazing. I wasn't disappointed, I started this one and was hooked. There was a lot of things going on all at once, but I didn't seem to drown in the story. The book kept me guessing about the motives behind some of the horrors that had occurred. I will admit there were times when Jenna annoyed the crap out of me. However, through all her actions I understood why she did them r ...more
Bette Stanek
Jun 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 rounded to 4. Vengeance is the first book in the Surgical Strike Unit, SSU, series by Vanessa Kier. This is also the first book I've read by Ms Kier. She writes an interesting, fast-paced, intense action-packed story with interesting and complex characters. The story revolves around revenge/vengeance toward one slimy character that is felt by several others. Eventually, they all find one another and team up, sort of, to exact vengeance.

Niko has served his time undercover in the underbelly
I really enjoyed this next book in the series. It picks up about 10 years after Undercover and is full of action, suspense, and intrigue. In this book we actually have a heroine, Jenna Paterson. Very well written, not overly detailed, kept to current theme with the action that happened in the story. Lots of blood, killing, shooting, double crossing, and know, regular stuff that happens with military/undercover agents. Lol. Loved it!
There are triggers of abuse & rape some readers m
Jul 04, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, fiction
I wasn't very well and couldn't get off the sofa so needed something light but entertaining and this fit the bill. I enjoyed the story but I did wish that not every character had a personal and emotional reason for chasing the chip, couldn't some of them have purely been doing their job? There was also a lot of sexual violence in the book which I found a bit odd.

The only thing I really didn't like about the book was the main female character Jenna! She confirmed every reason that has been given
I’m not usually fond of stories where there’s guns or missions involved. I don’t hate it but I find it a mood kill, I don’t really know why. But heck, I have the same first name of the author and the cover looks so good to eat, so why not? Plus, I love a good vengeance story, *wink.

This story is about Jenna, who’s the only survivor from the terrible attack of her family two years ago. She joined the SSU (Surgical Survival Unit) so she could get stronger and she could get her revenge to her older
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Sep 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Almost stopped reading several times. While the story premise is good, and intriguing, this story is badly in need of a good editor. It if too long and unnecessarily convoluted.

Additionally, the female main character tee has to be the dumbest woman on the planet. Evidently her agent training, a ridiculous plot device as it NEVER would have happened, was completely worthless as she has absolutely zero agent like skills other than moderate fighting abilities. Her repeated decisions to act without
Pat Whitesell
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining story with rich characters.

I enjoyed meeting the main characters and became invested in their stories. Thru Niko we see how undercover work in the team of a sadist haunts him. Thru Jenna we learn how a terrible tragedy changes her life. We meet his brother, a respected agent and her brother, a suspect in a fire and believed to be in control of chip that involves terrible experiments. How they all come together makes for a suspenseful story. Niko and Jenna save each other and we want
Oct 16, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Rather silly. I enjoyed the hero, he had substance and even tried to tell her (can't remember her name) to get tough or get out of security work. She just whined all the way through, then thought she was the best agent in the world when she was still a trainee. Totally unhinged and shouldn't be anywhere near a weapon or other people for that matter.

I did jump around 8 chapters when I decided enough was enough, it was that or give up entirely and I hate doing that. I found myself in the same posi
Rose Scarrow
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First in a exhilarating series with the SSU unit

Great story of intrigue and mystery spanning international boundaries and wicked autocrat, and family. It brings to the forefront how a terrible life experience can mold and alter oneself until unrecognizable to others or self.
It's a real page turner with a surprising ending, and lays out the basis for the next in the series.
Pam H
Jul 31, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amazon
Very frustrating. I liked the plot but the writing was poor with zero continuity in the characters thoughts from one scene to the next. I’m actually surprised I finished it but definitely will not waste my time with the others. Too bad as I would like to know where the chip is ultimately found. Also not a fan of cliffhangers.
Mar 02, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I managed 46 pages and gave up. I don’t know what the author tried to write, but it is definitely not a thriller or anything close. A women who had traumatic experience is trained as a soldier for special assignments and brakes down at every little thing she remembers .......she froze was a phrase well used. Couldn’t take it any longer, didn’t see where the story should go.
Ari Elle

frustratingly incompetent characters. improbable plot. wanted to slap some sense into the main female character most of the book. mostly kept reading bc Kindle said it was a 45 minute read. kept wanting it to be over. trite moral sermonizing
Connie Felkins
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read

I enjoyed reading this story. It is darker than I normally read but it is well written. It was an interesting read!
Tabi Mueller
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the story line, but felt the story was dragged out a little bit.
Kayla Margretta
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!

Although this book has some dark moments, it was really hard to put down. It was intriguing to see how the characters would win with little hope in sight.
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

International intrigue, spy thriller, and romance with wounded characters. Put this in a blender and you have a great book with more to come in future books. Can't wait to read the next books and the bonus ones. Enjoy!
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
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
Danielle Shaw
Dec 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's nothing that Jenna wants more than revenge. Even if it costs her everything she has left.

Jenna lost everything after a vicious attack. Who she was before didn't exist any more. Or so she thought. Along came Niko who showed her that not only did he understand but that no matter what happens you have to keep hold of the person you are or you become someone you loath.

This is a story not only about love, truth and vengeance but about rediscovering who you were and who you can be with the rig
Judi Easley
This was a really good read. I had never read this author before, so had no expectations. The characters were well done to the point where there were times that you could anticipate what they would do. I wanted to give Jenna a shake now and then to get her to think before acting or to listen to more experienced people. She kept jumping into trouble and dragging everyone else in right behind her. And you knew Niko would be along to drag her out of trouble one way or another. Even Aunt Madalena's ...more
Whispers From
Oct 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two yrs ago Jenna is raped & left for dead. Her parents & brother & sister murdered. She joins a military like group to track her brother whom she believes had the hit put on her family. She is determined to kill him.

Niko is an operative whose Aunt has been taken by the drug Lord who had Jenna's family killed. Niko was undercover for yrs with Alveraz org and use the reason he was sent to jail for 10 yrs.

As they travel all over looking for Jenna's brother, she is finding her sexual side again. N
Apr 18, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-kindle, adult
This book had a great story line. Lots of action from start to finish, and a romance that was not easy. It flowed great with no slow spots to lose your interest. I only gave it a three star because I wasn't impressed with the characters. Their actions and attitudes towards each other turned me off. I like strong female characters, and when this one was put through military training to become a strong soldier of sorts turned out weak and was constantly in trouble. I am hesitant to start the next ...more
Shantal Oliver
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amazing
This novel was a little long, just when i thought it was over there was another twist, another turn; it was basically a slip and slide of pop-up action and stubbornness. At times i didn't like Jenna because she did not listen and more often than not endangered everyone's lives, nearly getting Nico ( her boyfriend/not boyfriend) killed a plethora of times along with other agents. Other than Jenna's character i really did enjoy the book, filled with plenty of action and romance to keep you intere ...more
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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 ...more

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