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The Mackenzie Dossier

By: John Holt
Narrated by: Steve Campbell
Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
4 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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Across the bottom of the screen the ticker tape announced in large black letters 'Governor Reynolds Murdered'. Apparently his body had been discovered earlier that morning, lying in his garage. He had been shot twice. One shot to the upper chest, the other hitting his shoulder. 'Police believe that the weapon used was a 38 revolver,' the reporter said. Kendall froze. Anthony Shaw had also been killed by a 38 calibre bullet. Kendall was not quite sure of what it all meant. What connection was there between Anthony Shaw, and the State Governor, and the business mogul, Ian Duncan. And what about Senator Mackenzie? Where did he fit in? And who or what was Latimer? Only a short while ago Kendall was a small time private detective , a Private Eye, investigating an insignificant little murder with no clues, no witnesses, and no motive. In fact, no nothing. Now he had so many pieces of a puzzle he didn't know how they fitted together. He didn't even know if they all came from the same puzzle.

©August 2012 John Holt (P)2018 John Holt

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Swing and miss.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No..... I was bored it is too long with a weak plot and undeveloped characters.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Nothing in this book was compelling for me.

What about Steve Campbell’s performance did you like?

He is a good narrator but of course is limited to the material he has to work with.

Do you think The Mackenzie Dossier needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No at least not for me.

Any additional comments?

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

27 of 28 people found this review helpful

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If Columbo and Shawn Spencer had a kid

As things go, I really prefer the Bumbling, but not so bumbling detectives over most brainy types. Of course, for me Sherlock Holmes is the exception. But I'll take Columbo over Poirot any day. Kendall is my kind of detective. He acts like he hasn't got a clue, while in reality, he has known whodidit all along.

Fair warning, you never wonder whodunnit, as you get to see the crime take place, a'la Columbo. However, you do get to see how Kendall figures it out for himself, since he isn't psychic. That is where the fun lies. I did find that Holt got a lottle (not a little but a lottle) wordy during some of his descriptions. Wordy to a point where you know that there is a chip of paint scratched off of the underside of a table, for example (that didn't happen, I don't want to post spoilers). You get the idea. Very verbose. The story is paced well, and it is fun to watch Kendall figure things out.

Steve Campbell plays a fun role narrating, and does a fantastic job bringing the story to life. I swear you can hear him improve as he goes along. I think he was getting a good grasp on the characters and flow of the story. He was enjoyable to listen to and kept the story on point, it never lagged.

Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.


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Riveting!

Well-written! Held my attention all the way through.

Steve Campbell did an excellent job narrating. Knew his characters well.

I was given a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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A Good read / listen

It is a great story, a bit of a slow burn that keeps cranking up the tension. The story line of a powerful man who seeks more at any cost, and a PI who is not very competant. Realistic characters and equally realistic abilities produce a classic mystery/thriller.
Performance by Steve Campbell is good and keeps you "turning the pages". Well balanced.
I received a free copy of this audiobook at my rquest, and voluntarily leave an unbiased review.

I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from this author - I highly recomend this book for anyone who enjoys this genre.

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A winding and bumpy ride !

This books grabs you at the very beginning and doesn't let go. Just when you think you have figured out where you are headed there is a twist. The characters are well developed and interesting and the story just doesn't quit. I definitely recommend this book.
"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Removed, cancelled, erased, deleted, dead.

Mr.Holt's story, The Mackenzie Dossier, is one which could easily translate to an epic type T.V. short series. It has the wide open spaces, beautiful with woods, streams and fishing, prime land but zoned not for housing but agriculteral, a mysterious fenced enclave which seems to hold nothing but which has been labelled 'top secret' and no-one is permitted to approach, which suddenly appeared outside of the pleasant small town of Rosemont just where a popular picnic area used to be. There is the self made, multi millionaire industrialist, influential and power hungry, the curious small farmsteader who, with his family, has lived in the area for several generations, a nosey small town reporter, a small blue car, a Governor with secrets, a senator with expectations of a future in the White House - and all of the behind scene manipulation to make people, and one person in particular, powerful and in control. Total control.
Then there is Kendall, a small town private eye, engaged to look into the unexpected killing of a surveyor, by his mother and brother. An investigator who doesn't know where to begin. But as incidents escalate, he finds himself right in the middle of something very big.

This is not a mystery in the accepted sender - we, the readers, can deduce what is going on from the beginning, but for the people within the story it is an unknown to unravel. The book is quite long, however - too long. The earlier sections move slowly and a lot of words are spent on establishing the nature of one of the main protagonists through repititious conversations where one such would have been sufficient. Once passed this, however, the story increases in pace and unfolds neatly.

The narrator, Steve Campbell, goes through a similar transformation. His well modulated voice is pleasant to hear from the beginning but it isn't until later that he begins to bring the characters to life with his interpretive vocal renderings, making the book itself more satisfying.

This is a book for conspiracy theorists and those who feel that the electoral process could be flawed, as well as those with a fondness for clueless private detectives and ordinary people in tune with their homesteads. Overlook the rather slow beginning and stilted conversations there, and it is a good read.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Politics at its worst!

Tom Kendall is a bumbling sort of “Private Detective” hired by the mother and brother of a murdered man to find his killer. He unwittingly finds himself up against Ian Duncan, a powerful, and manipulative man, who is planning to put a man of his choosing in the White House. The plot was interesting enough, but it moved along very slowly, with Kendall being a little too unbelievable.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Dee
  • LA
  • 04-09-18

Not a mystery but a good listen

There is no real mystery here. We know very early on who the (super icky!) bad guy is. Kendall, the main character and the private detective, spends the whole book uncovering clues, and more murders, to get to the big reveal.

I liked the listen, even if there was no real suspense. It was an intelligent thriller and a bit of a scary thought if any of these events ever happened in real life.

Love the narration! The main character is strong and capable and exudes "Don't even try it." The narrator really made that work.

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Expected more

I really like the idea behind this book and it seemed promising. However, it didn't turn out that way. It was very slow to get started and continued that way throughout. It also just dragged on at times. I felt like some parts could have been left out. Every time I started getting interested in The book, it would start dragging on again.

The characters seemed a little underdeveloped. Most of the time, sentences ended with a question like "you understand?" Or " you see? " Parts of the story didn't seem plausible. The private detective acted like nothing anybody told him would help with his investigation.

There is no mystery in this book. The reader is told from early on who done it. The narrator was ok I guess. He actually seemed to improve throughout the book.

I was given this book for free at my request in return for my unbiased review.

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a great Detective

the book was interesting enough I think it could have been a little bit shorter but it was interesting and well-written and the story was good I like the characters and everything was very interesting
the narrator did an amazing job as well

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  • Ostfeld
  • 02-05-19

How much of this story is true?

John Holt the author is amazing, he can take any fiction and make you think that it’s a true story.
In fact I wouldn’t be surprised at all with all the corruption in this world that this story or stories similar to this have happened many many times!
And as usual choosing Steve Campbell for narration was an excellent choice, he aced it!

This audiobook is absolutely fully recommended for all.



In exchange for an honest review I’ve received this audiobook.

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  • ZOE R
  • 11-23-18

The Mackenzie Dossier


A very interesting story and had an understandable plot especially looking at today's politicians. It is fiction but it feels like it will happen IRL.

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  • Helen
  • 06-16-19

Fabulous

Enjoyed everything from storyline to narrater felt I was next to him great job 10/10 can’t wait for next book

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  • Mercy Griffin
  • 05-29-19

The Mackenzie Dossier

The Mackenzie Dossier is a Kendall book and just like the others that I have listened to, I liked this one. It's just a little too political for me though. And in some instances, it felt like I was listening to real-life and intriguing political-related news and gossips.

The narration was good and it helped enjoy listening to this book.

For those who like investigative and/or political fictions, this one is highly recommended. Kendall is a funny and entertaining detective.

I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.

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  • Deedra
  • 05-14-19

The Mackenzie Dossier

I liked this book,for the most part.I found the monotonous banter by the main characters rather annoying.It just seemed to go on and on at times.The story was good.Shortening it may have made it better.The end just baffeled me. Steve Campbell was a fine narrator. I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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  • Nighteyes
  • 04-23-19

meh

The telling (both Author and Narrator) was just do monotonous that paying attention to this book became a chore...
nothing really happened in the story and the narrators inflection mirrored this perfectly...

I don't actually think that this is a bad book, but it isn't for me...
if you are very interested in political dramas with a glacial pace, this is what you have been looking for...

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  • Leticia Crow
  • 04-08-19

good story if you find politics interesting...

I struggled to finish this book. Personally I find politics seriously boring. This book has a lot of political scenarios and talk so I found it very difficult to get through. However if you enjoy political scenarios and talk you would truly enjoy the story.

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  • KelA
  • 03-30-19

Really good

I really enjoyed listening to this story. I soon became engrossed in the storyline and will definitely be getting more from this author!

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  • blue_river @AudiobookObsession
  • 01-25-19

The Mackenzie Dossier

Wow. This book can get a bit confusing with all the different stories going on. Especially the ones that look like they have nothing to do with the others. It is very interesting listening to all that was happening and then at the end it all gets tied together in a pretty little bow. Fantastic ending. Narration of this book was down very well too.

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  • Simon Gibson
  • 11-22-18

Political & Crime Thriller

Centering on a character who strives for power through manipulating others and knows no bounds to acquire his influence. An interesting story which, at times, is a little over explained rather than allowing the listener to fill in the gaps and use their own imagination. Worth getting the authors next novel.