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Mac & Jennie, Book 1

About the Book

A light-hearted thriller introducing Mac & Jennie. Some samples ...


"401 and 622 are out," she said, dropping room keys on the counter. "Oh, and there's a body in 622," she said. "And the lamp is broken."

The clerk stared at her.

"You might want to call an ambulance before housekeeping gets there, but …" Jennie shrugged. "Your choice."


Mac walked into the Manuel Crescencio Rejón International Airport in Mérida with sweat-soaked clothes, a five-day beard, and serious sunburn.

The United agent looked at him.

“Need a flight home,” he said in a dry, raspy voice.

“With that?” She looked at the machete in his hand.

“My carry-on.”

She stared, and then laughed. “All right, I give up. Who are you, and what can I do for you?”

“I was kidnapped. I’m desperately hungry, I have no money or clothes, and I need to go home. Type in my frequent flyer number, and we can get started.”

She looked past him, and he turned around. Four Mexican officers stood very close. “Can we help you, Señora? Is this man a problem?”

“No, we’re fine. He’ll be checking the machete.”

Apparently unconvinced, none of them moved. He turned back to the agent. “I have a credit card on file. Can I get a flight?”


He opened the front door, saw the trash spilled all over the driveway, and suddenly knew what had happened. He ran to the street, saw tail-lights rounding the corner in the next block, and cursed.

“Can’t a couple just have a nice evening at home anymore?” he muttered. He got on the phone, and opened up the laptop on the kitchen table.

“What is your emergency?”

“My wife was just kidnapped. The car is probably a blue BMW, just now leaving the Blossom Creek Village subdivision.”

“Your wife was just kidnapped?”

“Yes, can we move a little quicker please?”

“What is your name, sir?”

“All right, look, I don’t have time for twenty questions. I’m going to chase them until you get there. Tell the police what I just told you! Here’s the number they can reach me on.” He hung up, logged into Jennie’s iCloud account and hit the “Find my iPhone” utility.


Please see the "sample" PDF for more excerpts from this first story with Mac and Jennie!

About the Author

Gary Henderson
Gary Henderson

I spend my days writing about technology, but every now and then I get to pick a banjo, hit a racquetball, produce some video, and even write a story or two!  From where? As they say, I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as quick as I could!

I hope you'll enjoy my stories!

The "Charles, A Dragon" series and the "Oak and the Cliff" stories have lots of humor and talking animals mixed in. People of all ages enjoy them, and there are more sequels in the works.

The first book in the "Cords of Orion" series would be called Christian speculative fiction, a genre expanded most notably by C.S. Lewis, and by many others more recently. Also from a Christian viewpoint, "To Reign For A Thousand Years" offers a fictional exploration of what comes next, framed around some events described in the book of Revelation.

A new set of characters have arrived, Mac & Jennie -- taking on the bad guys with a light touch and plenty of humor, in what you might call light-hearted thrillers.

A new series introduces Lia and her father Harlan, seeking -- and by the end, finding -- a surprising new home.

And the "Short Stories" are a delightful sampling of things that have not made it into print, but are available as a collection in the ebook formats and are free to be read online. Click on the book cover below and look for the "Free to Read Online" button. The table of contents will be on your left. I would particularly suggest "The Flavor Shop," in which four cats (photo included) borrowed my Explorer and went to town for some ice cream...

Click on each book cover image to read more about it, and read samples. For the books that are continued stories, you can buy the set together, and you have all the ebook formats for all of them. See the "bundles" shown for those books. For beautiful print copies of these books, visit "".

Pick one, enjoy the story, and come back for more!

Table of Contents

  • Copyrights
  • Dedication
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1
  • Chapter 2
  • Chapter 3
  • Chapter 4
  • Chapter 5
  • Chapter 6
  • Chapter 7
  • Chapter 8
  • Chapter 9
  • Chapter 10
  • Chapter 11
  • Chapter 12
  • Chapter 13
  • Chapter 14
  • Chapter 15
  • Chapter 16
  • Chapter 17
  • Chapter 18
  • Chapter 19
  • Chapter 20
  • Chapter 21
  • Chapter 22
  • Chapter 23
  • Chapter 24
  • Chapter 25
  • Chapter 26
  • Chapter 27
  • Chapter 28
  • Chapter 29
  • Chapter 30
  • Chapter 31

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