Authors: Mandy M. Roth
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Act of Surrender (PSI-Ops / Immortal Ops)
Mandy M. Roth
Act of Surrender (PSI-Ops / Immortal Ops) © Copyright 2014, Mandy M. Roth
First Electronic Printing September 2014, The Raven Books
Trade Paperback Printing September 2014
Cover art by Natalie Winters, © Copyright 2014
Edited by: Suz G.
Final Line Edits by: Dianne B.
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This novel is a work of fiction and intended for mature audiences only. Any and all characters, names, events, places and incidents are used under the umbrella of fiction and are of the author’s imagination and should not be confused with fact. Any resemblance to persons, living or dead, or events or places or locales is merely coincidence.
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Mandy M. Roth Featured Books
Immortal Ops Series
Area of Influence
Zone of Action
PSI-Ops Series (Part of the Immortal Ops World)
Act of Mercy
Act of Surrender
Act of Submission
Act of Security
Act of Command
Act of Passion
Act of Engagement
Act of Pride
Act of Duty
Immortal Outcasts (Part of the Immortal Ops World)
Shadow Agents Series & Crimson Sentinels Series (Part of the Immortal Ops World) Coming Soon!
Act of Surrender (PSI-Ops Series / Immortal Ops)
Book Two in the PSI-Ops Series
Dr. James Hagen thought he’d bid Paranormal Security and Intelligence Agency good riddance nearly ten years back. He’d been an operative with them for so long that carving out a new path in life had taken time, but he’d achieved it. He’d made it his mission in life to help the wayward find a path again, to help those who couldn’t help themselves. All that changed when he fell into enemy hands. Now, unable to fully heal and plagued by nightmares and choppy visions of what is to come, James isn’t sure if he can keep going. That is, until he meets PSI’s newest person of interest—a quirky, sexy cyberpunk who totally turns his world upside down.
Laney Steele knows she’s onto something. It doesn’t matter that most have written her off as a conspiracy theorist and a hacktivist. She knows the government is hiding the existence of super soldiers who can shapeshift into animals. She’s so sure that she puts herself on the line to find out more, only what she uncovers isn’t exactly what she was hoping for, and it has a heck of a lot more to do with her than she ever thought possible. When her newfound online gamer buddy turns out to be a super solider, she throws caution to the wind just for a chance to be with him. Neither one of them realize the enemy has been lurking, waiting for the perfect moment to strike—again.
Thank you, readers, for sticking with me for over ten years on this wild ride. And, as always, thank you to the men and women who put their lives on the line for our freedom. Thank you for serving our country and for all you do, and thank you to their spouses, significant others and family members for all you do as well.
Praise for Mandy M. Roth’s Immortal Ops World
Silver Star Award—
I feel Immortal Ops deserves a Silver Star Award as this book was so flawlessly written with elements of intrigue, suspense and some scorching hot scenes
—Aggie Tsirikas—Just Erotic Romance Reviews
Immortal Ops is a fascinating short story. The characters just seem to jump out at you. Ms. Roth wrote the main and secondary characters with such depth of emotions and heartfelt compassion I found myself really caring for them
—Susan Holly—Just Erotic Romance Reviews
Immortal Ops packs the action of a Hollywood thriller with the smoldering heat that readers can expect from Ms. Roth. Put it on your hot list…and keep it there!
—The Road to Romance
Her characters are so realistic, I find myself wondering about the fine line between fact and fiction...This was one captivating tale that I did not want to end. Just the right touch of humor endeared these characters to me even more
5 Steamy Cups of Coffee—
Combining the world of secret government operations with mythical creatures as if they were an everyday thing, she (Ms. Roth) then has the audacity to make you actually believe it and wonder if there could be some truth to it. I know I did. Nora Roberts once told me that there are some people who are good writers and some who are good storytellers, but the best is a combination of both and I believe Ms. Roth is just that. Mandy Roth never fails to surpass herself
Mandy Roth kicks ass in this story
Immortal Ops Series and PSI-Ops Series Helper
(This will be updated in each upcoming book as new characters are introduced.)
Paranormal Security and Intelligence (PSI) Operatives
General Jack C. Newman:
Director of Operations for PSI, werelion. Adoptive father of Missy Carter-Majors.
PSI-Operative, werewolf. Mated to Mercy. Book: Act of Mercy (PSI-Ops)
Doctor James (Jimmy) Hagen:
PSI-Operative, werewolf. Took a ten-year hiatus from PSI. Book: Act of Surrender (PSI-Ops)
Striker (Dougal) McCracken:
Miles (Boomer) Walsh:
Captain Corbin Jones:
Operations coordinator and captain for PSI-Ops Team Five, werelion.
Malik (Tut) Nasser:
Colonel Ulric Lovett:
Direction of Operations, PSI-London Division.
Immortal Ops (I-Ops) Team Members
Alpha-Dog-One. Team captain, werewolf, King of the Lycans, mated to Peren Matthews (Daughter of Dr. Lakeland Matthews). Book: Immortal Ops (Immortal Ops)
Geoffroi (Roi) Majors:
Alpha-Dog-Two. Second in command, werewolf, blood-bound brother to Lukian, mated to Melissa “Missy” Carter-Majors. Book: Critical Intelligence (Immortal Ops)
Doctor Thaddeus Green:
Bravo-Dog-One. Scientist, tech guru, werepanther, mated to Melanie Daly-Green (sister of Eadan Green). Book: Radar Deception (Immortal Ops)
Jonathon (Jon) Reynell:
Bravo-Dog-Two. Sniper, weretiger. As of this book not currently mated. Book: Separation Zone (Immortal Ops)
Bravo-Dog-Three. Resident smart-ass, wererat, mated to Kimberly (Daughter of Culann of the Council) Book: Strategic Vulnerability (Immortal Ops)
Alpha-Dog-Three. PSI-Op and handler on loan to the I-Ops to round out the team, Fae, mated to Inara Nash. Brother of Melanie Daly-Green. Book: Tactical Magik (Immortal Ops)
Colonel Asher Brooks:
Chief of Operations and point person for the Immortal Ops Team. Mated to Jinx, magik, succubus, well-known, well-connected madam to the underground paranormal community. Book: Administrative Control (Immortal Ops)
Culann of the Council:
Father to Kimberly (who is mated to Wilson). Badass Fae.
Master vampire bent on creating a race of super soldiers. Hides behind being a famous art dealer in order to launder money.
Mad scientist who wants to create a master race of supernaturals.
Head of Seattle’s paranormal underground. In league with Molyneux and Krauss.
Dr. Lakeland Matthews:
Scientist, vital role in the creation of a successful Immortal Ops Team. Father to Peren Matthews.
: Mad scientist with Donavon Dynamics Corporation (The Corporation).
Paranormal Security and Intelligence Division B Headquarters
, classified location…
Dr. James Hagen sat up fast, surprised he’d dozed off at his work station. It wasn’t as if the lab area was exactly brimming over with comfort. There were counters, higher than average due to the fact most of the people who worked in the building were very tall. A row of stools, reinforced to withstand the weight of shifter males, dotted the area just beneath the counter. They were fairly plain—metal bottoms with black leather tops. Not to mention the counters themselves were stocked with various items of lab equipment.
James rubbed his forehead, pretty sure he had a mark from his head pressing against the centrifuge machine. As he felt it more, he realized the manufacturer’s plate had left an impression as well. He’d have looked in a mirror had one been close. Best it wasn’t. Seeing himself with letters in his forehead wouldn’t do anything to help his mood. The indents would thankfully go away within a minute or two. He didn’t want to explain it to his fellow teammates. They’d tease him about it for weeks.
His office, which was off the main lab and clinic area, was much more conducive to resting. It had an oversized, expensive, leather sofa in it along with a huge desk, state-of the-art computers, and even high-end artwork on the walls. The people in charge had gone out of their way to redo it upon his return to the position of head physician. Within two days of his return to work, the office had been revamped. Whichever decorator they used had captured his style without even bothering to see or question him. He was sure his teammates had a long talk with the woman when James was in recovery, telling her about his likes and dislikes. It was really the only explanation.
Yawning, he took a moment and stretched, his body sore from the position in which he’d fallen asleep. It cracked, creaked and then popped quite loudly.
“Shit. I’m getting old.”
Who was he kidding? He
old. Maybe not in appearances, but in human years he was ancient, even if he wasn’t exactly
old as far as supernaturals went.
His night-owl ways had caught up to him. He didn’t regret spending his nights chatting online with a woman who made his groin stir to life by doing nothing more than talking to him. She was the only thing keeping him sane. He counted the seconds until they were able to talk, sometimes while playing an online game. He wasn’t really a gamer, per se, but he’d learned to hold his own when mentoring young adults. He found he didn’t dislike the games either, though he suspected the online company he was keeping had something to do with that.
Still, finding some sound sleep, even for a few hours, would have been welcome. Didn’t help that what little sleep he did manage to get was plagued by nightmares. Though, what had woken him with a jolt from his nap hadn’t been a nightmare like the others he’d been having since he’d been freed from captivity. Those were basically reliving the torture he’d suffered at the hands of mad men.
This was different.
One of his natural-born gifts was having visions. He didn’t relish possessing the ability to see the future, and he still couldn’t control it, even after all his centuries. His limited control had even wavered more since his time in captivity. It was so far gone now that he was having trouble separating his nightmares from his visions.