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 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.
I just didn't want to stop listening. It's that good. The story grabs you early on and holds you on the edge of your seat to the very end. I'm checking out other works by this author because if there are more like this- it's pure gold.
What a surprise this story was, as I pulled it from the sale rack. It's about an ordinary man out on a hunting trip with his nine year old becoming the prey to a group of low lifes, out for some deadly fun. The scariest thing about this tale, is that it could very easily happen as hunters dig themselves deep in the woods of unknown areas, not knowing just what else lurks around in the countryside. Jake's survival skills are put to a test. His love for his daughter and to protect the innocent shine through, to keep you on the edge of your seat. The story has some memorable characters whose lives are changed in this accounting of one terrifying night.
I'm so glad I read this book. It has so many twists and turns. A very easy listen but exciting and thrilling. My only complaint was the narrator's female voice but after the first few chapters that wasn't annoying anymore. Enjoyed it very much!
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.
I am an eBay seller who listens to approx. a book a day while taking & editing photos of my items. I love a good suspenseful mystery!
This book was full of potential with tons of 'almost' suspenseful moments yet every single time you start to think something was finally going to happen it fizzled into nothing or turned into the obvious. The author definitely seemed more concerned with getting his point of view about firearms across than telling a story. Too bad.
Try telling the story first and worrying less about making your 'point'.
Narrator was okay, hard to tell because the story was boring.
Many characters were completely unnecessary and only made the story confusing...what was with the kidnapped 'housewife'??? What was that???
Only cost 4.95 and although not a complete waste, I wouldn't spend it again.
I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.
I might be inclined to read the second book written by Bobby Cole. Jeremy Arthur could have put action into his narration. He might have used emotions relevant to the scene. There was no real distinction as to how the character's felt. His different narration voices were good.
The most interesting aspect of this story was that when guns are used for the right purpose, in this book hunting, they have a legitimate use. However, when men with crime as their trademark, guns eventually lead to needless death. The least interesting aspect of this story was the calendars hanging in the sports hall that were meant for guy's eyes only. The calendar's were used two if not three times in the story. One time, maybe, more that that, never.
The pace of the story was quite slow. Maybe that was created by the fact that certain subject matter was repeated over and over. Elizabeth having the sprained ankle that slowed the escape process. The need for Jake to put his daughter, Katy, who had left her boots in the trailer when her and her dad first started fleeing from gunshots, up and down every time the three, Jake, Katy and Elizabeth, had to stop and rest. I lost count. He put Katy on his back, on his shoulders and helped Elizabeth by moving slower, using the protected barrel of his shot gun as a crutch or helping her with his hand.
The Dummy Line could use a follow-up book, I suppose. I did notice that there is a second book that is to follow. I certainly hope that no one goes on an adventure that requires another search and rescue.
The Dummy Line needed some different dialogue used between the character's that would have created thrill and excitement. The text was dull. I knew the ending quite early in the book. There was no mystery to be solved. The book read in slow motion.
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