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.
Great descriptions of western Alabama, the South's hunting culture, the unusual 9-year old girl and oddly the wife of a hunter.
I recently read the first of the Ben Coes series, Breakdown. The Dummy Line was a totally different scenario, but both main characters are pulled deeper and deeper into deep, deep . . . trouble making choices I could see ME making in similar circumstances.
I'm a southerner -- he's good. He even mispronounced 'foreign' words (like pronouncing Beau Rivage as Boh RIHvidge) like some of his less educated characters would likely do.
I liked the performance and the sense of place. I also liked the shading towards reality rather than hyperbolic cartoon violence. For me, it is a 4 rather than 5 because I couldn't quite smell the pine forest and didn't really care about any of the characters.
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.
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Great read. Lots of action with several stories, that all come together. My first book by Bobby Cole. Will look for more.
I went through this quick...two days...that is always a good sign as it indicates my eagerness to get through the story.
Bobby Cole has some talent for sure in the telling of this story. Yes, there are some rough edges, but I was very drawn to the detail to which he was able to use his passion for hunting as elements in an overall very good story.
I did see a very negative review when do a quick skim through the reviews and I imagine that on the mars venus spectrum, if you are extremely venus this book would not hold much appeal. I really dislike breaking down on that basis but have found books that I thought were pathetically pieced together by some editor to get awesome reviews from others and can only attribute it to the aforementioned spectrum...very cryptic I know, but it is not my intent to offend.
Took me just a bit to get used to the voice talent, but eventually I did and in the end I have decided that the reader has tremendous range and really added to the story. Going from a fairly neutral narrator voice to the southern inflection of Crosby...and he sounds just like my South Carolinian brother in law...is pretty impressive.
And considering the cost of this book, I heartily recommend...
Loved this book. I know other reviewers question that a group of rednecks would be this vicious or loyal to others in their pack (yeah, pack like dogs). I live in the area of this setting and can assure you that outlaw rednecks do in fact have this mentality. I think the author did a great job with the relationships between the father and daughter and between the teenagers. Can't wait to read the next in the series.
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.)
No- I love thrillers! Well-written ones, with well-developed characters instead of cardboard cutouts.
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.
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.
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.
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