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Mackenzie's Mission (Mackenzie Family #2)

4.09  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,454 Ratings  ·  172 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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Robin
Air Force Colonel Joe "Breed" MacKenzie is busy with his military career and acting as a test pilot for the Night Wing Project, a new classified aircraft. When beautiful Physicist Caroline Evans comes to the base to work on the new Night Wing prototypes, Joe is immediately attracted to her. At first Caroline seems a bit flustered when Joe is around, but he finally succeeds in getting her to agree to a date. Everything is running smoothly in their relationship until it is discovered that one of t ...more
Jenny
Joe and Carolyn are another perfect couple by LH. He is alpha he is tortured she is virginal, feisty and intelligent. Together they sizzle! I adored them and reading about the birth of their baby boy made me swoon! Adorable epilogue!
Dee
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
Brenda
This book start ok, with the knowing of military an at all.
Caroline was super smart and never felt interested in ANY man and wow Joe Mackenzie just get her all hot and all alpha male on her blah blah blah.

The suspense was resolve too quickly and forget after Carol and Joe got married.

The End.
Karla
Sep 08, 2012 Karla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!

Naksed
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,
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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
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Sofs
Although I liked this one less than the first one of the series, it was still an enjoyable read.

The main couple wasn't really my thing though...
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...
Ladiibbug
Mar 21, 2009 Ladiibbug rated it liked it  ·  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
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Kay
Feb 20, 2012 Kay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
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
Janet
May 02, 2012 Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Yolanda
Dec 23, 2015 Yolanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me encantan.... no lo puedo remediar
Cruth
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
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Serban Georgiana
Oct 27, 2014 Serban Georgiana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult
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
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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,
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Susan
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
Widala
Oct 03, 2015 Widala rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Lauren
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
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KatieV
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
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Anita
Nov 30, 2013 Anita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic, hot early romance by Linda Howard.

Note to Self: Start on page 206
Sheila Melo
May 12, 2014 Sheila Melo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Michelle
Feb 16, 2012 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Adis
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
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Lelyana
Sep 26, 2012 Lelyana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Kathleen
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
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Ann Keller
Apr 23, 2015 Ann Keller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, western
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.
Sutzu-Miri Ali
Oct 29, 2015 Sutzu-Miri Ali rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Una din cele mai faine serii citite in ultima vreme!
Darcy
Dec 11, 2013 Darcy rated it did not like it
Shelves: audio-book, romance, 2013
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
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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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