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The Dummy Line Audiobook

The Dummy Line

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Kelli REDDING, CA, United States 06-16-14
    Kelli REDDING, CA, United States 06-16-14 Member Since 2015

    spa wench

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    "defies belief, to a comical degree"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Oh Solvang, CA USA 06-07-14
    Dan Oh Solvang, CA USA 06-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A little frustrating"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Bobby Cole? Why or why not?

    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.


    Was The Dummy Line worth the listening time?

    I use audiobooks for my commute, so the book fulfilled its purpose.


    Any additional comments?

    To be fair, the character development, elements of the story, and its telling were pretty good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J in GA 04-06-13
    J in GA 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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    Robert La Selva Beach, CA, United States 01-22-13
    Robert La Selva Beach, CA, United States 01-22-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Outdoorsman Kills Bad Guys"
    What did you love best about The Dummy Line?

    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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    Candace Russell 07-17-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Lot of action, very little mystery"

    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.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Helgerson Lewisville, TX 05-31-14
    Leslie Helgerson Lewisville, TX 05-31-14

    Tell us about yourself! Female, Realtor

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    "The longest night, can't stop."

    Great read. Lots of action with several stories, that all come together. My first book by Bobby Cole. Will look for more.

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    Wayne Matthews, NC 07-18-16
    Wayne Matthews, NC 07-18-16 Member Since 2017

    I am a husband/dad/granddad who loves books. My reviews are my subjective opinions. My hope is they will help others make buying decisions.

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    "Great intense suspense thriller!"

    After listening to The Rented Mule and Old Money by Bobby Cole I believed he wrote only light and funny suspense novels. I was wrong! The Dummy Line is neither light nor funny, but it is a wonderful suspense thriller.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Craig 09-11-17
    Craig 09-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Dummy Line is captivating"

    Excellent detail to the props and characters. A book I did not want to end. Outstanding! I would rate as one of my top ten mystery reads.

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    Amy-Mommyof4 Detroit, MI 06-06-17
    Amy-Mommyof4 Detroit, MI 06-06-17

    Amy Wofford

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    "fastpaced -edge -of -your -seat"

    The story from start to finish was a keep on your toes! Great Narration too!

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    R. P. MD Thousand Oaks, Ca United States 02-12-17
    R. P. MD Thousand Oaks, Ca United States 02-12-17

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    "Nonstop backwoods action"

    Good character development great description of the backwoods of Alabama and a good story with suspense and action I will read his next book

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