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The Dummy Line | [Bobby Cole]

The Dummy Line

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Candace Russell 07-17-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Lot of action, very little mystery"

    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.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Helgerson Lewisville, TX 05-31-14
    Leslie Helgerson Lewisville, TX 05-31-14
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    "The longest night, can't stop."

    Great read. Lots of action with several stories, that all come together. My first book by Bobby Cole. Will look for more.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Julia Arlington, VA, United States 07-06-15
    Julia Arlington, VA, United States 07-06-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Oh, man, where do I begin?"
    What disappointed you about The Dummy Line?

    Truly one of the worst books I've ever read all the way through. Cliched, rife with adverbs and cardboard cutout villains and heroes. The women, though. The WOMEN. They are: the nagging wife, the "perfectly groomed, blonde, vacuous reporter," the stripper, the centerfolds, the chain-smoking tough-but-matronly sheriff's department switchboard operator/secretary, the girlfriend who spends too much money on credit cards and time in Internet chat rooms, the screaming and helpless cheerleader, and the innocent little girl whose narrative purpose is to prop up her daddy's hero status. Did I miss one? Oh, yes, the one who is mistakenly kidnapped and repeatedly threatened with rape. (There are at least four women who are raped or threatened with rape in this book, and every villain but one- the one whose sister was raped, of course- is just dying to do some raping.) I guess the endless references to the centerfolds wallpapering the hunting shack count as women too?

    So, yes, huge fail in terms of doing any justice to female characters. Then there are the villains. Aside from the aforementioned brother-of-rape-victim, all the bad guys are 100% in for any and all mayhem, including gang rape, murder, and hurting children, with no compunction. It seems this small-time band of crooks goes from zero to 60 in no time, crime-wise, with absolutely no real motivation. (Unless you believe that these guys would seriously be so incredibly motivated by revenge for their fallen scumbag that they would commit a series of heinous crimes with gleeful determination and absolutely no regard for the consequences to them, which I didn't.)


    Has The Dummy Line turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No- I love thrillers! Well-written ones, with well-developed characters instead of cardboard cutouts.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I listened to this book on Audible and the reader's "female" voices were an insult and his "Indian doctor" was downright offensive. Don't know if the writer actually wrote out the "Indian" accent, but the Tonto-speak (DIFFERENT INDIAN, Bobby Cole) was really over the top. I did think the sheriff's voice and the voice of the kidnapper rang true.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Dummy Line?

    The basic premise would have worked if some thought had been put into the characters, but the villains were ridiculous and shallow and so were the heroes.


    Any additional comments?

    The only male narrator I've listened to who really nails a female voice without making it sounds like a weak, breathy caricature is Michael Kelly, who narrated Stephen King's "Joyland." So we know it can be done! (He is also a brilliant actor in "House of Cards.") More narrators need to study up on that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rochelle Mattoon, IL, United States 08-02-14
    Rochelle Mattoon, IL, United States 08-02-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Now HERE is a great story!"
    Where does The Dummy Line rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right near the top. It was a completely unexpected pleasant surprise! Ive paid 2-3 times as much for some audiobooks that were not nearly as entertaining as this.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    They were all great


    Have you listened to any of Jeremy Arthur’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I dont believe so. I think its the first time.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Hold on to your seat!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ms. Patty 08-01-14
    Ms. Patty 08-01-14
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    "Unexpected WOW!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Dummy Line the most enjoyable?

    In addition to the fast paced action, I enjoyed the character development; some a bit flawed, distinct personalities. Their motivations dovetailed into their actions which influenced the actions of those around them.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dummy Line?

    One of them was when the cocky deputy realized he had forgotten to take the tape off the hostage and then that she was the wrong hostage after all.


    What does Jeremy Arthur bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr. Arthur was incredible; without using exaggeration, he changed the voices of the men, sounded believable in the women and girls' voices and had a credible Alabama accent. He was the best narrator I have heard to this point.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Anything involving Katie.


    Any additional comments?

    I had purchased this book quite a while ago, but kept postponing listening to it because it sounded only mildly interesting. After the first chapter, I was hooked. I have never stayed up all night before to listen to a book, but I couldn't stop myself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Razzberry Raccoons 07-29-14

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    "Keystone cops in a hunting camp"
    What would have made The Dummy Line better?

    Characters intelligent enough to be believable.


    What was most disappointing about Bobby Cole’s story?

    The blunders that the characters made were too obviously an effort to force the story along.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narrator did an amazing job given the material. I don't know how he made it through the story.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Dummy Line?

    When they found the jeep, realize the girl is missing and do not use the tracking dog that have with them to try to find her. Kidnapping the wrong woman is another. These are just two that come to mind


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't make myself finish this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chuck Henderson Santa Paula, CA, US 07-28-14
    Chuck Henderson Santa Paula, CA, US 07-28-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Wow... You will have a hard time turing it off."
    If you could sum up The Dummy Line in three words, what would they be?

    Stimulating, suspenseful and scary.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked them all. But the DP switch board women; smoker, was fun.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    So many... I guess the last scene..


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    RevDisaster Iowa City, Iowa United States 06-30-14
    RevDisaster Iowa City, Iowa United States 06-30-14 Member Since 2015
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    "A roller coaster ride with a great finish!"
    What did you love best about The Dummy Line?

    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.


    What does Jeremy Arthur bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer ELKVIEW, WV, United States 06-21-14
    Kindle Customer ELKVIEW, WV, United States 06-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Stumbled Upon Awesomeness!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon United States 06-18-14
    Sharon United States 06-18-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Not bad, don't pay attention to the narrator"

    I enjoyed the book, however, I did not care the for the narrator. He makes all rednecks sound like dumbest people on earth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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