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Secret of the Scroll (Greg McKenzie Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition

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"Grabs you from beginning to end. A great read." -- Don Goldman (What Goes Around)

"Gripping. I could not put it down." -- Stephane Daimlen-Völs (Hour of the Wolves)

About the Author

I got bitten by the writing bug when I started work as a newspaper reporter while a journalism student at the University of Tennessee. That was more than 60 years ago. Since then I've worked as a freelance writer, a magazine editor, a political speechwriter, an advertising copywriter, a public relations writer and an association manager. I started writing novels after retirement. I write the Greg McKenzie mysteries featuring a retired Air Force OSI agent. The first, SECRET OF THE SCROLL (2002), takes place in Nashville and Israel. The second, DESIGNED TO KILL (2004), is set around Pensacola, FL, and the third, DEADLY ILLUSIONS (2005), wanders about Nashville. The fourth,  titled THE MARATHON MURDERS (2008), involves the long-defunct Marathon Motor Works in Nashville, and the fifth is A SPORTING MURDER (2010), dealing with professional sports in Nashville. My second mystery series follows the adventures of Nashville PI Sid Chance. The first book, titled THE SUREST POISON (2009), deals with a toxic chemical spill in a suburban county.

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  • File Size: 556 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Night Shadows Press; 1st edition (July 23, 2012)
  • Publication Date: July 23, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00124KDQY
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After following a snake-like career path that writhed about from newspapers to magazines to speechwriting to advertising to PR to association management, I settled on novel writing after retirement. I'm having a blast. My PI characters do things I'd never dare attempt. The reviewers love 'em, and so do the fans. Most of my stories are drawn from life, from all the weird and wonderful things that go on around me. Since I've been observing this for the last 88 years, there's no shortage of stuff to draw on. Lately I've finished work on a trilogy of Post Cold War political thrillers. The first, Beware the Jabberwock, and the second, The Poksu Conspiracy, are now joined by Book 3, Overture to Disaster. They're set in the early nineties, a time that arrived just after my retirement.

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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By V. Welch on September 27, 2012
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The basic plot sounded interesting, but if there had been more about the title's scroll rather than the main character's failings and screw-ups, then I might have enjoyed the book more. I spent most of the book being annoyed and irritated with Greg McKenzie. The character is 60-something years old, but lacked self-control and needed a crash course in anger management. One would think that at 60-plus years, he would have gained some control over his impetuous-ness and his temper. I don't understand how he stayed in his career as long as he did without getting thrown out on his a** or in jail. He was not convincing as a, supposedly, mature adult. I wanted to slap him up the side of his head and tell him to smarten up and stop acting stupid. His wife was a better character and held herself together with style despite her ordeal. I probably won't read another in the series, if there are any.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michael S. Kraus on December 10, 2012
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Greg McKenzie is his own worst enemy. Greg is a 65 year old retired intelligence agent and D.A. inspector. He has derailed his career several times by blowing his lid and spouting off. Greg has a chip on his shoulder because he feels that his former supervisors and co-workers have singled him out for retribution. He's probably right.

When Greg and his wife Jill take a trip to the Holy Land with a church group, Greg is supposed to work on his anger management skills. So when they are returning home at the end of the trip, Greg feels the he and Jill are singled out for unfair treatment by customs and airport security.

Then Jill is kidnapped. The kidnappers, a group of Palestinians, want a scroll that is in Greg's possession. It seems that a souvenir scroll that Greg bought is actually a real ancient relic. Then another group, this time radical Israelis, contact him about the scroll.

Because of his past actions, Greg cannot count on much help from local law enforcement, or the FBI. Fortunately, he does have a few friends that help him out. Greg's investigation leads to a tangled trail of international intrigue.

What does the scroll say?
Why do two different political groups want the scroll?
And, can Greg find a way to stay alive and rescue Jill?

In this novel, Chester Campbell has created a unique character. Greg McKenzie is a 65 year old retired investigator. His experience helps him to identify which leads to follow. Yet, he is a flawed hero. Sometimes, his anger and and his mouth get the better of him. His flaws make him seem real. And following him made for a very entertaining read.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Thomas E. Bennett on September 4, 2012
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This is a very good book. I got it this morning and just finished it. Once I started reading I just could not put it down. Well written with plenty of action. Nice to have an older hero wth vices of trying to quit smoking and holding his temper in control. Neither of which he does very well. There are other reviews that tell you about the main character and plot both of which are very good. I just warn you not to start the book at bedtime as you are sure to lose sleep because you can't put it down.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Irwin Forman on September 11, 2014
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This should have been an interesting mystery. The Israel and Middle East settings, historical biblical factual data, conflicts between opposing government forces over a missing relic, a couples mature relationship, kept me glued to the earlier parts of the book. But somehow it dragged similar to modern day fighting in that arena with no lasting peaceful ending. I tried but had to give up.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pat Browning on October 11, 2003
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Who says a good man is hard to find? Greg McKenzie, Chester D. Campbell's new series protagonist, loves his wife and attends church. He also smokes, swears and has a hot temper.
A retired Air Force investigator, McKenzie's pursuit of justice, no matter whose toes he tramples, has cost him a job as a district attorney's investigator and earned him the enmity of the Metro Nashville Police Department.
Those problems are quickly eclipsed when McKenzie buys a souvenir Dead Sea Scroll jar during a trip to the Holy Land. By the time his tour group arrives back in Nashville, assorted Israelis, Palestinians and freelance fanatics are hot on his trail.
Seems the scroll in the old clay jar is the real thing. It holds a code revealing the location of long-lost treasures from Solomon's Temple.
SECRET OF THE SCROLL is a classic page-turner, without an excess of blood spatters. There's plenty of action, but the suspense comes from McKenzie's efforts to outwit the shadowy figures who will stop at nothing to retrieve the scroll.
The real secret of the scroll is a corker, and Greg McKenzie is an attractive, very human hero. Both he and his creator have a sense of humor. The closing paragraphs made me laugh.
I'm looking forward to the second entry in this series. DESIGNED TO KILL is due out from Durban House in 2004.
There's more information at Campbell's website: [...]
Pat Browning, author of FULL CIRCLE
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Donald L. Morgan on May 2, 2003
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A first person, narrative mystery thriller of the first order. Adroitly titillates your sense of anticipation and suspense while slyly giving you a close-up feeling for the Israeli/Palestinian struggle. The plot and the pages go fast and as you realize you are thoroughly enjoying the story the book comes to an end. If you like good solid writing, thoughtful characterization and a believable story you'll enjoy this book.
Rus Morgan -- Host Interviewer for PBS "Book Talk" at Radio Station WYPL in Memphis TN. (103 books read and authors interviewed in the series since its inception in 1993). The male 'Grandma Moses' of mystery fiction. Member of MWA and PMA. Author of three novels, the stunning "Blackberries Got No Thorns" and two sizzling scifi mysteries, "The Voodoo Vortex" and "Luci"...
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