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The Dummy Line Audiobook

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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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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    Susan Bartonville, TX 07-21-13
    Susan Bartonville, TX 07-21-13 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers, some contemporary and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.

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    "Good and Fast Paced"

    This was a really fast paced, on the run, page turner.   A story that could have gone very wrong at many turns.  A smart, brave man just trying to do the best he can to survive so he may save others who are unable to save themselves.  I will watch the reviews for the next in this series, but, based on this one I will look forward to another if it gets as good reviews. Good narration and one I will remember. Great price.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer WESLEY CHAPEL, FL, United States 01-11-13
    Amazon Customer WESLEY CHAPEL, FL, United States 01-11-13 Member Since 2016
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    "The Title Perfectly Fits the Book!"

    I don't want to give away the story more than the publisher's blurb, and I don't like to repeat the plot, since it's already there.

    I usually like longer reads, but I'll tell you, I was very pleasantly surprised and impressed with this book! It's a no-holds-barred "Keystone Kops" kind of a novel, and I couldn't turn it off for wanting to know how it would end up. The back story is balanced quite well by the action and suspense.

    I'm so glad the author has written a sequel, and I've pre-ordered it.

    I heartily recommend this novel!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Liberty Lake, WA, United States 03-05-13
    Linda Liberty Lake, WA, United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Great listen"

    Fast paced and hard to put down. Bobby Cole is a great story teller and I will be looking for more. The characters are developed quickly and without unnecessary information and the situations are believable. The narration is spot on and I totally enjoyed this listen. One of the best so for!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Gayle 05-11-13
    Gayle 05-11-13
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    "WOW! What a Rush!"

    This title popped up on my Kindle Deals, but I ended up buying the Audible version as well. What a GREAT read! I could not stop listening - from beginning to end it kept me entralled. It hopped around from one part of the story to the next pulling all the separate components together until they all meshed at the end. I pushed my MP3 player right up to the point where it shut itself off because the battery was nearly dead! LOL! I just couldn't give it up long enough to recharge! The triumphant ending of the good guys over the bad guys had me grinning with joyous humor. I HIGHLY recommend this book and can't wait to read the next one!

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 06-06-14
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 06-06-14 Member Since 2013

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "Heart Thumping Suspense Down South"

    A dad taking his nine year old daughter on a hunting trip in Alabama . . . the girl wears camo . . . loves her daddy . . . high school sweetheart out in the boonies parking and necking before heading home . . . and a bunch of crazy doped up redneck drug dealers . . . well it makes for a mess . . . the sheriff's department in the podunk town has it's share of glory seeking deputies, all good hearted country boys, some akin to Barney Fife . . . This book is all about what us southerners like, hunting, fishing, family, defending what's ours. I couldn't stop listening. I was a little irked by the narration in some places, just not pure southern to me, a little strained . . . sure didn't keep me from loving the writing . . . can't wait to listen to the next one.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Deedhopes 03-06-13
    Deedhopes 03-06-13 Member Since 2015

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    "The Dummy Line - a good read!"
    Would you listen to The Dummy Line again? Why?

    Yes! I am not a relistener. However, the quality of this book is such that I would listen again without reservation.


    What other book might you compare The Dummy Line to and why?

    The Dummy Line is unique. However, if I must compare it to another book....a detective novel without the detective. The police/sheriff are important in the believability of the book. Nevertheless, the main character isn't a super cop or a Demi God. He is a young father in a so so marriage that is faced with life changing choices along the Dummy Line!


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

    Jeremy Arthur narrates with a southern accident, just thick enough to believe him.


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

    I found myself hopeful as the book progresses. However, the bad guys have one ...not so bad guy. It is odd to hope that "the not so bad guy" escapes. Of course I want this dad and his family to survive.


    Any additional comments?

    I have 4 sons and 1 husband. I read all the time. My boys do not read as much as I would like. I think they would all enjoy this book. I was ready for the next book and hopefully the next book by Bobby Cole.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-08-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story! This could happen...."

    With a husband that hunts, and a daughter that joins him, this yarn really hit home. A riveting story and narration make this a great listen.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 06-10-14
    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 06-10-14 Member Since 2010

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    "An adrenaline rush in rural Alabama!"

    This was a great thriller that took my breath away at the start and never let me relax. A gang of bad guys in rural Alabama threatens a father and his 9 year-old daughter out hunting, as well as a high school couple looking for quiet time alone. Good, believable characters got me to care, and for ten hours, the suspense and action kept me glued to my iPod! This novel is perfectly paced to maximize thrills. If you want a heart-pounding escape novel, this will deliver. I give very few 5's to this genre, but this earned it.

    3 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-06-13
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    "Believable in a Scary Way"
    What made the experience of listening to The Dummy Line the most enjoyable?

    Great descriptions of western Alabama, the South's hunting culture, the unusual 9-year old girl and oddly the wife of a hunter.


    What other book might you compare The Dummy Line to and why?

    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.


    What about Jeremy Arthur’s performance did you like?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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