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Act of Mercy: PSI-Ops / Immortal Ops, Book 1 | [Mandy M. Roth]

Act of Mercy: PSI-Ops / Immortal Ops, Book 1

Paranormal Security and Intelligence Operative Duke Marlow has a new mission: find, interrogate and possibly eliminate the target - Mercy Deluca. He knows looks can be deceiving, but it's hard to believe the beautifully quirky woman running around in a superhero t-shirt is a viable threat. The sexy little biomedical engineer quickly proves she is more than he bargained for and Intel has it all wrong - she's not the enemy. Far from it. Intel also forgot to mention one vital piece of information - she's Duke's mate.
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Paranormal Security and Intelligence Operative Duke Marlow has a new mission: find, interrogate and possibly eliminate the target - Mercy Deluca. He knows looks can be deceiving, but it's hard to believe the beautifully quirky woman running around in a superhero t-shirt is a viable threat. The sexy little biomedical engineer quickly proves she is more than he bargained for and Intel has it all wrong - she's not the enemy. Far from it. Intel also forgot to mention one vital piece of information - she's Duke's mate. This immortal alpha werewolf doesn't take kindly to her being in danger.

When Mercy accepted a position within Donavon Dynamics Corporation, she thought it was to help cure disease and to make a difference for mankind. She had no idea what her new career path truly entailed - monsters masquerading under the guise of scientific research. Unable to stomach the atrocities she's uncovered, she reaches out through what she hopes is the proper channels, asking for help. Mercy gets more than she bargained for when a team of paranormal hotties show up on her doorstep ready to take down the Corporation. One in particular is able to get under her skin, both aggravating and exciting her in ways she can't explain.

©2014 Mandy M. Roth (P)2014 Mandy M. Roth

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    Amazon Customer Celina, OH, United States 04-07-15
    Amazon Customer Celina, OH, United States 04-07-15
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    "Mercy for Duke"

    You start the story with Duke, a werewolf, who is a PSI-Op, and is typing up a report for a mission he just went out on. He hates just about everything, especially technology. While he is typing he receive a call from a woman, he doesn't know it yet but it is his mate Mercy, calling to verify that they received her information. He thinks it is a prank, acts like a jerk, and hangs up.

    Mercy is a doctor, a tech- guru, and works for the Corporation. She doesn't know what she is but knows that there is a genetic abnormality with her DNA (we later find out she is part pixie). When she got hired on she did not realize how evil they were and is doing everything possible to bring them down. She will not leave until she can save James Hagan, who use to be a PSI-Op with Duke.

    I love the way they interact. Duke can't help but be himself, a crabby jerk, and Mercy is very brilliant but absent minded because of all the thoughts going through her mind. You meet the PSI- Ops in this book and there is a lot of back and forth, it is hilarious. Also, the interaction between Duke and Mercy is steamy and funny. One of my favorite parts of the story is when Duke "threatens" to show Mercy his penis if she keeps staring and she tells him to go ahead and show her, not phased one bit.

    The narration was great. I think Mason Lloyd did a great job as usual. I love his Scottish accent.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Melanie Indianapolis, In 07-04-14
    Melanie Indianapolis, In 07-04-14 Member Since 2014

    I'm a lover of books, both read and audible.

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    "A GOOD START TO A GREAT PNR SERIES"

    PSI-Ops is a fast paced story about were shifters, witches, fae and other creatures that go bump in the night. This story centers around Duke, who is a centuries old werewolf that doesn't trust anyone except his team and Mercy Deluca, a uber genius who lacks social skills. Mercy is working for a company that is doing horrible testing on people, shifters and animals. She is desperate to get a message to a test subjects team members to help her free the trapped prisoners and unfortunately (or fortunately) she reaches Duke instead. The one team member that doesn't like anyone. He thinks she is nuts when Mercy first calls and doesn't realize until later that maybe she isn't as nuts as he first thought.

    Duke is an alpha male to the core. He is strong, demanding, overbearing and once he realizes Mercy is his mate, he is very very protective of his woman. Mercy is a genius that doesn't know how to respond to Duke but she knows one thing for certain, she belongs to no man.

    The interaction between the team members is hilarious. I like Stryker a lot. I can't wait until I read his book. The side characters make the book enjoyment and the main characters story is sweet and passionate. This books packs a lot of story into the small amount of time. The characters are well developed and the story is action packed with some hilarious moments and passionate smex scenes.

    I have never heard the narrator's voice until this book and let me say yummy! I love the accent that he gave to Styker's character. Yes I would definitely look for him again.

    Bottom line, yes you should listen to this book. At under eleven dollars, I would say just buy it and save the credit for something a bit more pricey. I'm hoping they put the rest of the series on audible.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Bartlett COEUR D ALENE, ID, US 05-21-15
    Angela Bartlett COEUR D ALENE, ID, US 05-21-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Story Awesome Reader!"

    I loved this book. The characters came to life. Can't wait to read the next one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    RB 04-03-15
    RB 04-03-15
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    "One of my favourite female characters"
    What made the experience of listening to Act of Mercy the most enjoyable?

    I think that Mason Lloyd was a key factor in my enjoyment. I love the use of a male narrator in this novel. It highlights how well Roth can write the male perspective.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mercy is one of my favourite female leads that Mandy has written, she is hilariously geeky and adorably awkward. Such an unexpected match for the grump alpha stick-in-the-mud that is Duke.


    Any additional comments?

    Oh I love this pair. Duke is a stubborn and disgruntled PSI Supernatural team member, those who have followed the I-Ops series will have heard of him before and be familiar with this world. This was my first book in the PSI/I-Ops/Outcasts world and while there were moments where a vague reference was made to events and past plots, there was care taken not to include anything that would spoil the other stories. I think that the enjoyment of the overarching plot of these interlinked series is much increased by reading them all in order.
    For those who have not read Mandy Roth's work before, she is a fast paced and fun writer who keeps you turning the page. He books are not hard to read and usually have strong and fun female leads, Mercy is one of the best yet. I think every new book she releases gets stronger and stronger, and look forward to the next one.
    I used both the kindle and audiobook editions of this, which was a seamless experience I highly recommend for anyone like me who commutes to work and also reads in the evenings.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-27-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great spin off series"
    Would you listen to Act of Mercy again? Why?

    Definitely, I love the characters in the Immortal Ops world, they are easy to relate to and very funny.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Act of Mercy?

    The first conversation between Mercy and Duke; they were not communicating and the confusion was a riot.


    Have you listened to any of Mason Lloyd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've heard several of his performances and he was a joy as always to listen to


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The scene where Mercy brought Duke out of the bloodlust


    Any additional comments?

    First in spinoff series PSI/Immortal Ops and it did not disappoint! If you like the Immortal Ops series then you will like this one as well. Duke Marlow hater of pretty much everything, especially technology (introduced in Tactical Magik) is about to meet his match. Mercy Deluca, Hair-brained, clueless, biomedical engineer is stuck working for “the Corporation” and has no way to escape without risking her life, besides she can’t stand the thought of leaving the “test subjects” behind. She befriends subject 87P (also known as Jimmy Hagen another member of the PSI Ops), he gives her means to contact PSI and send info to them regarding the evil things the Corporation has been doing to him and other shifters. This brings in the cavalry, except in true Mercy fashion she forgot one code word and PSI thinks she is the enemy. Just hearing Mercy on the phone gets Duke riled up and seeing her in person just about brings him to his knees. She is the perfect opposite to Duke and makes the perfect mate, although she does not realize she is supernatural and does not buy into the whole mate thing. I loved the characters in this book, some old from the Immortal Ops books and some new like Mercy. Duke and Mercy’s interactions are often comical and the differences in their personalities, though pretty much opposite, complemented each other. Great start for a new series and awesome addition to the Immortal Ops world.

    Mason Lloyd was a great voice for Duke! He also did a great job differentiating for the other characters but really shined as Duke. Really enjoyed listening to this book, would definitely listen to others by this narrator. Highly recommend in both print or audio form.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. April Holgate Montrose, PA, United States 03-27-15
    K. April Holgate Montrose, PA, United States 03-27-15 Member Since 2012

    Take a look it's in a book...Reading Rainbow!

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    "Totally love this series spin-off!"

    I read the Immortal Ops series a few years ago, well the first few books. I thought I would be fine reading this one as it is a side series, I really should have read the remaining books in the other series first. There are spoilers here if you have not read them.

    This is the other team that does basically the same work as Immortal Ops. just more born shifters here. Plus these guys have been around much longer. They have a great dynamic and banter as a team. I can not wait to read all of them finding mates.

    This story, from what I can tell, pieces together things after the last I-Ops events. Even though this is a novella, the world building is great, well if you are familiar with the other series. This does catch things up nicely, as I said it was a few years ago and this give a slight refresher of events. I kind of like this team better, they have more of a playfulness about them.

    Duke is one of my favorites right off the bat! I love the he is a Luddite and is matched with a techie genius!! Gotta love opposites attracting! Mercy is very like-able and it is fun trying to follow her rambling when nervous. There are a few times when it seems too much, she just becomes a caricature of a nerdy girl.

    Yummy smexy time!! Oh yeah!! The steam is great, could have used more, but it is a short read. It fits in with the whole true mates insta lust/love theme of the series. I have no problem with that, it is quite common in paranormal reads. It cuts down on too much chit chat before the steamy action.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Mason Lloyd, who is delicious!! He as several accents to tackle, doing a great job of keeping them distinct and consistent. His pace is swift, which I typically love, but had to slow down on the accents, it was tough to clearly get the words when listening at warp speed. He is totally understandable and delightful at normal listening speed.

    Overall, I really enjoyed this book and can not wait to read the rest of the team. The books are very connected to the other series, so I do suggest reading those first. It will help you understand the world, events and the characters. Too bad the first 4 are only in ebook. Fingers crossed audio is on the way soon, I cold use a refresher listen myself.

    Disclosure – I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts opinions and ratings are my own. I was under no obligation to post a review or give positive feedback.

    *** I hope this review was useful to you and helped your decision to read or not read this book. I love reading and sharing my opinions with other readers. I listen at double speed; all my impressions of the narration are from that setting. Thanks for taking the time to read my review! You can see more audiobook reviews on my blog Eargasms Audiobook Reviews ***

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy T Jacksonville, FL USA 03-26-15
    Tracy T Jacksonville, FL USA 03-26-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Not the best story. Good Narration!"

    hmm not sure where to start. The story line\concept had promise, but got lost in juvenile translation. I am certainly glad it was only about 5 hours long.

    I did like Mercy, she was pretty funny with her quirkiness. There was lots of dialogue throughout the whole book and that was good.

    There is sex but not very well written sex by no means.

    I have to agree with WendyGael's audible review. She was pretty dead on in her review.

    The narration was great. I think Mason Lloyd did a good job on the female voice. He did a good job on Striker's Scottish accent too.

    I have no desire to move forward with this series. So it ends here for me with the first book. Luckily I got this as a free read with my KU subscription and only paid 1.99 for the audible. It is not really worth more than 1.99.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tessa 03-14-15
    Tessa 03-14-15
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    "Act of Mercy"
    Where does Act of Mercy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have only listened to a few audiobooks so far. I enjoyed this a great deal.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that I was able to work on other things while listening to the book. There was a great sense of freedom that is much different then holding the kindle/book in your hand.


    What does Mason Lloyd bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings a different voice and view point to the characters then what I had when reading the book myself.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pam Louis 03-12-15
    Pam Louis 03-12-15 Member Since 2014

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "I love this book☺"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Act of Mercy to be better than the print version?

    Yea I do Mason Lloyd puts so much of this personality into the story the characters come alive the way it seems mandy roth wanted them to something that paper Is had to do but since I did read the book I thought she did a wonderful job of it there too.


    Which character – as performed by Mason Lloyd – was your favorite?

    All of them


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Go team immortals


    Any additional comments?

    Love it. This book is a wonderful mix of action, humor and with romance all rolled into one. This is my first book in miss roth immortal ops world and it's great. I can't wait to read the rest. The humorous inter action between the team is great. I love the teasing bantering.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-18-14

    Love to read!

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    "Ready for book 2"

    I was really surprised by this book. I liked all the characters and the story line moved along without getting slow in parts. I actually wish it were longer and developed even more. I'm definitely getting book 2.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "Fantastic"

    Love these books but would like to have them all on talking book as it really brings them to life. They are so well written being full of humour as well as action, suspense and let's not forget the sexy steamy bits wow

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