Cooper Dixon should have it made, with a beautiful wife, Kelly, two great kids, and a thriving business, the Tower Agency. But for Cooper, things aren’t turning out how he expected....
One year after witnessing the tragic traffic accident that claimed his beloved wife and unborn child, accountant John Allen Harper seeks to remake his life....
When LAPD detective Michael Gideon and his police-dog partner, Sirius, are assigned to the Special Cases Unit (SCU), Gideon knows their work lives will be anything but ordinary....
Trust no one. Sam Callahan learned this lesson from a childhood spent in abusive foster care, on the streets, and locked in juvie....
When a young reporter is found dead and a prominent Philadelphia businessman is accused of her murder, Mick McFarland finds himself involved in the case of his life....
On Detective Matt Jones's first night working Homicide in LA, he's called to investigate a particularly violent murder case....
Set in the wilds of Maine, this is an explosive tale of an estranged son thrust into the hunt for a murderous fugitive - his own father....
A young, ambitious lawyer is eager to prove he is better than the mobster dominated family he grew up in....
In the late 90s, a bad cop killed a good woman and DC Homicide Detective Marty Singer got to watch as the murderer walked out of the courtroom a free man....
In one hand small-time crook Stokes holds a backpack stuffed with someone else's money --$350,000 of it....
With her ex now in prison, Gwen has finally found refuge in a new home on remote Stillhouse Lake....
A decade ago, fourteen-year-old Suzanne Lombard, the daughter of Benjamin Lombard - then a senator, now a powerful vice president running for the presidency - disappeared....
Two years ago, Darren Street made a name for himself as the man who rooted out corruption in the district attorney's office....
Five days ago a rash of bizarre murders swept the country. Senseless. Brutal. Seemingly unconnected....
Former SAS soldier Jeff Bradley thought he had left warzones behind when he inherited a vineyard in rural New Zealand....
When Althea Leary abandons her nine-year-old son, Jasper, he's left on his uncle's farm with nothing but a change of clothes and a Bible....
She only stepped outside for a minute… But a minute was all it took to turn Jean Kingsley’s world upside down - a minute she’d regret for the rest of her life....
Years earlier, what should have been one of the happiest days of Tracy's life instead became her worst nightmare when her younger sister, Sarah, disappeared....
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.
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.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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!
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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
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.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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
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.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I am born and raised in the South and I married a girl from Alabama. For me, in life and literature I find really ignorant rednecks extremely irritating. This is a story of rednecks, both good and bad. So much so I could not bring myself to finsh it.
Its fast paced and gripping, just not enough to overcome my prejudice.
8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful