Jake Crosby’s nine-year-old daughter Katy is pure tomboy, and her dad couldn’t be happier. Since she was old enough to walk, Katy has shared Jake’s love of the outdoors, taking to hunting and fishing as quickly as other kids take to baseball or bike riding. As he packs the truck for a spring turkey hunt, he vows to savor the time with his little girl. But Jake’s hopes for an idyllic weekend are shattered when a band of drug dealers attempts to break into the Crosbys’ remote hunting camp. Desperate to protect his daughter, Jake makes a violent and gut-wrenching decision.
His quick thinking enables him and Katy to escape the camp and flee into the Noxubee River swamp. The bloodthirsty criminals are hot on their trail, however, and no one, no matter how innocent, will get in the way of their vengeance. As their treacherous game of cat and mouse winds deeper into the wilderness, Jake must face the fact that not everyone will come out of the swamp alive - but he will do whatever is necessary to make sure that Katy does.
Taut and engrossing, The Dummy Line is the riveting tale of an ordinary man pushed to extraordinary lengths to protect his only child…and those for whom he feels responsible.
©2008 Bobby Cole (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I'd say Bobby Cole is a good enough storyteller, but there was so much implausible and inconsistent in the content of this book that it left me, well, let's say unsatisfied. I mean, did he miss any of the buffoonish boorish Southern cop stereotypes? Also, it doesn't work to describe the little girl as caring about injured or abused life forms when earlier in the book she was praised for hunting and skinning game. And ridiculing that poor police dog for being distracted by an apparent neglected health problem was hardly a fair characterization; besides which, I'd expect a German Shepherd would more likely be used if you know where your criminal is hiding and want the dog to take him down, with perhaps a bloodhound or other scent hound used for the actual tracking. Gee, I didn't know I was so annoyed when I started this review. All that said, I think Mr. Cole could write a worthwhile novel if he troubled to do more research, or perhaps found a police mentor to work out some of the technical details before trying again. I would have liked this book if it had been more real for me.
Great read. Lots of action with several stories, that all come together. My first book by Bobby Cole. Will look for more.
The story is totally believable and is one to which many folks can easily relate. The characters are well developed and their actions are true to their nature. I loved the way the story was told from the perspective of the different characters so that you have a sense of expectation without knowing which actions will contribute to the ultimate resolution of the situation. Cole has an ability to make his characters totally lifelike - not bigger or smaller than we might perceive if we were part of the story. And each part is played out in a sequence that keeps the listener guessing until the final chapters.
The narrator does an excellent job of breathing life and emotion into the players, so that they become very real and close to the listener. His reading also enhances the mood and substance of each scene, making each detail seem important. This was especially effective when the action was taking place in a setting which contributed strongly to the characters' fears and uncertainties.
I am a guy who has been known to cry at emotional TV commercials, so it did not surprise me that I shed tears at the end, but the reality and intensity of the characters emotions did truly move me. I could imagine being there and feeling all that they were feeling.
I listened to this book because my wife had read Cole's "The Rented Mule" and really liked it. Now I am anticipating another great experience with that novel.
Sure, I'd love to hear your story....
I always think that with "thrillers" you should have at least a couple of times when you go, "Ohhhh," because the author introduces something you aren't expecting. Not a single Ohhhh (okay, maybe one small one) in this book. The strange part is you can, however, see the POTENTIAL for a really good story that is lying just beneath the writing. You know someday it will get there. Just not yet. I'll look forward to seeing something else written by this author ...... someday. Narrator is quite good.
This book was a real surprise for me and I am so glad that I took the chance to listen.
Great, fun, action-packed and character rich, this is one that I did not want to end.
I enjoyed the book, however, I did not care the for the narrator. He makes all rednecks sound like dumbest people on earth.
I do not think this book was intended to be humorous, but it is, in a grim sort of way.
The police, who play a very large part, as written, are so inept as to defy belief. Honestly, if a police officer, even a rookie, found a suspected kidnap victim, wouldn't he remove the duct tape over her mouth, the rope binding her hands, and the blindfold covering her eyes? perhaps ask her her name? or just throw her sideways across the back seat of the cruiser and head back to town, imagining the glory in store for the hero?
ugh. just terrible. This story does no favors to the inhabitants of Alabama, presenting the majority of them as thugs, obsessed hunters, or fame-seeking police officers.
would not recommend.
Thank you Audible for putting this one on the Daily Deal, I don't think I would have gotten it otherwise. If you don't know this author and narrator combination you are in for a real treat. Defined characters make the story easy to follow while Jeremy Arthur does a fantastic job bringing them to life. I am happy add this as one of my favorites. ENJOY!
Keep the general plot line, but make the characters (especially the police) have at least average intelligence. There are too many moments where it was like watching a bad horror movie, and I wanted to yell the obvious to a character and help them avoid trouble or act in the way a reasonably intelligent person might act. The author and story would benefit greatly by talking with a few police officers and gaining some insight into how things work.
I got this book because I had a $10.00 credit and The Dummy Line was on sale for $2.99 or $3.99 (basically free because of the credit). If I had paid full price, or used one of my monthly credits, I would have tried to get a refund. That's a long way of saying that I'd give Bobby Cole another try if the book was free and I needed something to help pass the time.
I use audiobooks for my commute, so the book fulfilled its purpose.
To be fair, the character development, elements of the story, and its telling were pretty good.
Action packed! Great storyline and well-thought out characters. Listened in one day; couldn't put it down.
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