The Operative: A San Angeles Novel

Just finished OPERATIVE today. Literally read the entire
second half in one sitting. Pretty much the definition of a
page-turner. And the way you describe Level 1 in
Santa Barbara? Just crazy, visceral, vivid writing. Truly loved it.

– K.D. Edwards author of The Last Sun (The Tarot Sequence, Book 1)

Kris Merrill was a survivor. She’d lost her parents as a young girl, and she’d been forced to flee the dubious shelter of her aunt’s home at thirteen to escape the unwanted attentions of her uncle. She’d lived on the streets of San Angeles, finding refuge in the lowest level of the city. When she got the chance, Kris found a room to rent on Level 2, earning a precarious living as a motorcycle messenger, a courier delivering sensitive materials the megacorporations would not trust to any method that could be hacked.

A year ago, Kris’s life changed irrevocably when a delivery went terribly wrong, and she was targeted for termination by the Meridian corporation, one of the most powerful ofthe megaconglomerates that controlled the government. Salvation came in the form of Ian Miller, who rescued Kris from certain death, recruiting her for the underground resistance group of which he was a part.

Since then, Kris has been hidden with the resistance, training to become an operative. Just as her training with the anti-corporate movement is nearing its end, their compound is destroyed by surprise attack. Ready or not, Kris and the other trainees are recalled to the dangerous metropolis of San Angeles. But their transport is shot down and Ian Miller, the man she loves, is captured. Someone, it seems, is using him to get to Kris.

With the help of a retired operative with PTSD, and the mysterious man who fled the scene when Kris’s parents were killed, Kris searches for any sign of Ian. As the corporations battle civil unrest – and each other – the city slowly shuts down. Kris and San Angeles are running out of time…

Available now from DAW Books. Read an excerpt.

Order at:

McNally Robinson

Barnes and Noble
Indie Bound
Mysterious Galaxy

The Operative is available in audio, narrated by Ali Ahn and James Colby. You can listen to an excerpt here.

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  1. Safari 601.1 iOS 9.3.2

    The Courrier was the first book in a while that really managed to hold my interest. Can’t wait to get a copy of The Operative.

  2. Google Chrome 50.0.2661.102 Linux

    I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  3. Safari 601.1 iOS 9.3.2

    I loved your book it was fascinating and I would enjoy your next book as much as
    The first.

  4. Google Chrome 51.0.2704.79 Windows NT

    I was really looking forward to The Operative being released. Read the Courier and it was one of the best books I have read for a long time. Unfortunalty its proving hard to get a copy of this book. Its not out of stock in hard back on the Amazon site but I am really hoping it will become available in Kindle form. Is this a possibility?
    Thank you

  5. Google Chrome 54.0.2840.100 Linux

    Susan, the ebook (Kindle, Kobo, etc) came out the same day as the hardcover, and is available everywhere, including Amazon.

  6. Google Chrome 55.0.2883.91 Android 4.3

    Went right from The Courier to the Operative, enjoyed them both. Loved the visual. Hopefully will see more adventures of Ms. Kris Merrill in the future.

  7. Google Chrome 56.0.2924.87 Linux

    R.C.: Awesome. Book 3, The Rebel, will be out in November.

  8. Safari 602.1 iOS 10.3.2

    Loved every part of the courier! Can’t wait to read the operative. The visuals and pace are amazing, same with characterization- great to see a main protagonist not be invincible. Reading this while listening to the ghost in the shell stand alone complex soundtrack really brings home the cyberpunk feel!

  9. Google Chrome 63.0.3239.84 Windows NT

    Mr. Brandt

    Just finished The Courier today. Really enjoyed the book. Thank you for taking the time to write it. Going to start on the others soon. Looking forward to seeing Kris’s character develop.

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