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.
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Yes! I am not a relistener. However, the quality of this book is such that I would listen again without reservation.
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!
Jeremy Arthur narrates with a southern accident, just thick enough to believe him.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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