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Mackenzie's Mission (Mackenzie Family #2)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  5,005 ratings  ·  147 reviews
Night Wing—the revolutionary test plane with a top secret weapons system—is Colonel Joe “Breed” Mackenzie’s number one priority. And weapons expert Caroline Evans is his number one distraction. When someone on the inside sabotages Night Wing, he cannot overlook Caroline’s late hours and expertise. Now Joe has to choose between allegiance to his country and love for his pri ...more
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Published November 30th 2010 by Brilliance Audio (first published 1992)
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Another great story from LH and it even had an epilogue yay! In this Joe was 35 so set around 20 years on from Mackenzie's Mountain. In adulthood Joe is still that mesmerising person that everyone seemed to be slightly in awe of, but then he was known and respected as the best pilot in the country, and advanced through the ranks very quickly and at his extraordinarily young age had made the rank of Colonel. Joe was in charge of the top secret project involving a new all singing all dancing fight ...more
Bark's Book Nonsense
3 1/2

Mackenzie’s Mission is the sequel to the fabulously romantic and just about perfect Mackenzie’s Mountain and it had a lot to live up to and it didn’t quite do it. Yeah, I know it’s not fair to rate a book comparing it to its prequel but I read them back to back and I never claimed to be fair anyway. “Mission” is a perfectly serviceable category romance if you like the uber-alpha male and the virginal heroine and can stomach the dated-ness when it comes to women in a “man’s” place of work. I
Sigh. Once again, Linda Howard builds up great characters and an enthralling story (who else could make airplanes and computers sound so captivating?) then proceeds to destroy them by inserting supremely cheesy and riddled with embarassingly antiquated sterotypes love scenes. Here, after fetsihizing Native Americans with her portrayal of Wolf MacKenzie in MacKenzie's Mountain, she proceeds to do the same with his son, known in the military by his nickname of Breed.

Every time the h looks at him,
Susan (the other Susan)
That was fun. I'm glad she kicked him before HEA. Now I'm almost reluctant to return to a romance with emotional substance, Judith Ivory's Sleeping Beauty. That one is making me yearn for things; I don't much enjoy yearning...
Love this series and really liked Joe's book! Caroline was funny and it was very HOT when Joe showed her what to do on a "date"! Exciting ending and I enjoyed going back to visit with Wolf and Mary, I adore those two!

Mar 21, 2009 Ladiibbug rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ladiibbug by: Author Larissa Ione
*Loan from a Friend*

My first Linda Howard book.

Author Larissa Ione, a big favorite of mine with her Demonica series, talked about this 1992 book in her visit to the Desert Island Keepers blog (3/2/09), so I was tempted to read it (see link below).

First published in 1992. Air Force uber-alpha test pilot Joe Mackenzie meets physics PhD Caroline Evans on the super-secret Nevada test site while they're both working on a revolutionary military plane.

Joe is sigh-worthy and highly manly. Very well writ
I'm not exactly reading it -- I'm re-reading it for the umpteenth time. I can't recommend this to anyone who isn't prepared to be swept away by gloriously over-the-top prose and emotion. This is a shame-free goodreads account. Fair warning: you take your chances when you enter into the world of Old Skool!

Overwrought prose is so typical of books like this -- all susceptible to mockery for lines like the ones that follow. Joe and Caroline are about to make love for the first time and altho she has
Author: Linda Howard
First published: 1992
Length: 316 pages (Large Print)
Setting: Contemporary. Outside Vegas.
Sex: Explicit. Reasonably frequent.
Hero: 35yo AF colonel, fighter pilot.
Heroine: Brilliant physicist specializing in laser technologies.
Trigger: Hero was abused (view spoiler) as a 6yo.
Includes: Author's note on the development of the characters/story.

Good thing: she's a brilliant physicist whom he respects and treats as an intellectual equal.

Not so good thing: s
4 1/2 Stars! ~ Because of his step-mother Mary, Joe MacKenzie had followed his dream and entered the US Air Force. He’s now a Colonel and the mission leader of the Night Wing project, and working very closely with a civilian team on a new highly classified weapons system. Carolyn Evans joins the civilian team as a replacement, and she’s an intrigue to Joe from the moment he meets her. She’s a genius, and though she had advanced quickly through her academics, when it came to the world of dating, ...more
Serban Georgiana
Singurul meu regret legat de aceasta carte,este numarul mic de pagini.
Mi-ar fi placut ca ea sa fie mai "stufoasa".
In rest totul a fost perfect,pot spune o adevarata surpriza din parte autoarei Linda Howard.Nu ma asteptam la asa ceva.
Cred cu sinceritate ca am o slabiciune pentru cartile bine sctise unde aventura si tehnologia militara se intrepun.A fost o tentativa destul de reusita din partea autoarei,si verau sa o felicit .
Personajele sunt minunate,pe Joe l-am indragit inca de cand ere un adole
Amanda Sheila
Another perfect story from Mackenzie clan.

We left Wolf's story when Joe's nothing but 16 years old young man. Fresh from high school and still a bit "raw" from the ordeal with Pam Hearst. Surprise, in this book he's all grown up, mature and ready to fall in love.

It's a little bit weird, to be honest. Because what I had in mind is the young face of Joe. Yet in this book his attitude, his vibe, scream Wolf. He's so like his dad and I'm proud. I also glad that the girl that finally own his heart,
This book was about Joe Mackenzie, who we met in Mackenzie's Mountain. It's no surprise to see that he has gone as far and as fast as he has. He is highly respected by his men. He is still very intense and very private with his emotions. When he meets Caroline he is instantly attracted to her. He uses the idea of protecting her from other men to stake a claim on her. Caroline is very smart, but inexperienced when it came to men. She also tended to be very direct, and told Joe that she was attrac ...more
Well, it's different than I expected, and I'm not sure I like it.
First, the writing style. It's description, description, description. Narration, narration, narration. With long unending paragraphs. And because I've always love witty dialogue, I got bored.
After reading the blurb, I was expecting some kind of action slash spy with romance on the top type of story, but I was wrong. I didn't get to the interesting part until it's way after 70% of the book, before that it's a lot of explanation abou
Mackenzie's Mission
4.5 Stars

Colonel Joe Mackenzie is in command of the top-secret Night Wing project and cannot allow any distractions. That is until weapons expert, Caroline Evans, gets under is skin. However, someone is bent on sabotage and given her late hours and expertise, Caroline is looking like the prime suspect. Is she a traitor or the woman of his dreams?

While the suspense plot is predictable and the traitor’s identity quite obvious, the romance is intense and the characterization add
This is my first Linda Howard and perhaps I didn't choose the right one. I liked it. I just don't see what all the fuss is about.

The H is pretty sexy in his alpha way. He's not an alphhole although he does act like one when he thinks the h has sabotaged the airplane project they're working on. I probably would have given this another star had that resolution been more satisfactory. He did say he was sorry, but suppose I wanted a bit more. The h was so determined not to get back with him after he
Fantastic, hot early romance by Linda Howard.

Note to Self: Start on page 206
Sheila Melo
MACKENZIE'S MISSION is the second book in the Mackenzie Family Series. It is the story of Joe Mackenzie, who was sixteen in the first book and is now in his mid-thirties and is now a Colonel in the Air Force. He is in charge of a secret military project. One of the workers on that project is Caroline Evans. Caroline is super smart and because she was always ahead in school, she did not learn to have normal relationships with men. It has made her skittish around men. When she meets Joe, she wants ...more
I am a really big fan of Linda Howard but was introduced to her books later in her writing career which means I spent a lot of time trying to locate and glom through her back list. Some of the books I missed (mostly because they have been very hard to find in print) were the Mackenzie series. After being talked up by some reading buddies I was able to track down the series and am so excited to read through them. They each seem to hit those special buttons on almost all levels of why I love to re ...more
4.5 starts/5stars

Meet again with the amazing Joe Mackenzie. This book happen about 19 years after Wolf’s story (click here for the review). Joe with his magnificent ability become a colonel in the Air Force in his relatively young age, 35. Known for his rigid control and coolness, Joe – nickname Breed – was the best fighter pilot in the force.

The story started when Joe manage his own project, a new jet with super ability. One of the civilian scientist of his team was sick and his place replace b
He gorgeous...

He's a DOM...

An alpha male...

He like to control...

He had a tortured past he never told anyone even his father...

He's a sexiest man alive....

He's Colonel Joe MacKenzie....

Half the book I was yawning..but half to ending, it makes me ...well....change my mind about Joe MacKenzie...
He's not as good as Wolf of course, who can compares to Wolf anyway?

But,he's got a reason to be always in control, and be the best , and that what's Caroline ,the genius, found out when she suddenly, unexp
Tina "coffee and books"
This book was just okay for me. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great. In it's defense, I have been reading some really great books lately, so this book has suffered in comparison. This book was published in 1992 and I'm sure it was great for that time. The writing of love scenes was very different in 1992, than they are now.

Colonel Joe "Breed" MacKenzie has one passion in life and that's his planes. Not only does he love flying, but he's the best at it! Night Wing - a test plane with a revolutiona
2.75, rounded up. I like the series, but I didn't much like Joe in this book. He wasn't as cool as he was in book 1. He should have been slower to accept Caroline as a suspect. Then, the asp actually got mad (enraged, infuriated) when he realized that if she is found guilty, they won't ever be able to make love again. Hello? Really? Is this love, Linda Howard style? Not in my book. At least she made him pay for his betrayal. But not enough. Grovel, Colonel Mackenzie. Grovel big time.

IMO, the sto
Ann Keller
This is not your typical western. Throw in some world class flying, a determined group of assassins and a top secret project and you have the contents of this story.
Una din cele mai faine serii citite in ultima vreme!
This one was slightly better than the first. I get that things were set almost 20 years later than the first book, but I want to know where Joe, the sweet kid, went. Instead we are left with a moody, almost belligerent man, that bares no resemblance to the Joe in book 1.

I didn't really care much for Caroline either, she was such an egghead and not in a likeable way. About the only thing I did like about her was that she pushed Joe.

With this book I am done with the series, too much I don't like t
Overall, it's pretty good. But it had some of that older book 'controlling dominant' male problem. I don't think the groveling portion was enough and I don't like how they 'make up'. It made me a little uncomfortable. Other than that though, it was a fast read and I found the pilot and flying parts interesting.

Ok, this isn't really a spoiler, just a rant.(view spoiler)
Reading in Japanese. 熱い闇Joe MacKenzie (30) became pilot in Nevada. Caroline Evans is one of the laser team of the night wing fighter plane. The plane is in testing stage. Caroline was smart so she graduated young from all of her education. She has no experience with men and is a virgin. She was attracted to Joe from the time she met him. To avoid other men's attention and come-ons towards her, Joe suggested Caroline to act as his girlfriend.

They went out and Caroline is already in love with Joe
First, despite the 3 stars I liked it. It was just the thing I needed, alpha male and an end twenties virgin in a fast paced book. It wasn't remotely believable, but if you, like me, just want some hotness, you'll have a good time.

You'll have to forget some things though;
- the heroin can be really obnoxious. She's suposed to be very smart, but it's only told not shown. Then she is obsessed (at least in the beginning) with how unfair women are treated compared to men, and that in reference to hi
A bit weird that Joe and Caroline were exactly the same people as Wolf and Mary (his father and stepmother). Obviously LH wrote this years after Mackenzie's Mountain, not her fault I read them back-to-back. I would have liked more conflict in his role in the Air Force. Just cause he's alpha male doesn't mean he has to be a general at 35. In both books the horrible things that happened when Joe was a boy are a bit glossed over. And Caroline's uber-cluelessness about men was also a bit much. I sta ...more
Nina Pedrosa
Really good. I liked to see how joe fared in the military and not surprisingly he did extremelly well. Caroline was a blast and I adored her from beginning to end in this book, though Joe didn't fared that well with me. That was a lot of action in the end and plenty of romance to go around. Really liked it!
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Linda S. Howington is an American best-selling romance author writing under the pseudonym Linda Howard. After 21 years of penning stories for her own enjoyment, she submitted a novel for publication which was very successful. Her first work was published by Silhouette in 1982. She is a charter member of Romance
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Mackenzie Family (5 books)
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