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Editorial Reviews


Joel Anderson
"Take a little bit of Dick Francis, a little Elmore Leonard, and a lot of fun, and it adds up to a great story! I hope this is just volume one in a long series!"  
Larry Lane (rodeo clown and former bullrider)
 from Helotes, TX
[Bullwhacked] was awesome! I couldn't put it down. It surely brought back a lot of rodeo road memories and pulled me right into Cooper's life. It kept me on the edge of my seat and was a great read! I'm recommending it to all my friends. I can't wait for your next book!                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
[Cohen] adds plenty of local color to this comic crime novel about a faded rodeo star who begins to live through his son's stardom. Then things start going really wrong -- his son disappears, there's a murder, strangers start following him. Of course, there's also Darla ...
Carol Bicak Omaha World Herald 

About the Author

Kathy Cohen, from an early age, competed in quarter horse shows in the Midwest. The Kansas City Royal and Aksarben horseshows are among her many equestrian and western pleasure wins. Her stepfather is an accomplished horse trainer.

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  • File Size: 1961 KB
  • Print Length: 456 pages
  • Publication Date: December 11, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AQK80TC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Kathy Cohen has an English Literature BA and some graduate credits in linguistics. Her credits include articles about language acquisition and tips for parents as well as three novels, Murder on the Night Shift, Hung Up in Bemidji, and Bullwhacked. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Check out Kathy's website at for more information about what she's up to. She loves to hear from readers, so please drop her a note!

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Format: Paperback
If you're looking for a laugh-your-head-off book, Bullwhacked is it! The book follows the prickly "hero," Cooper Lydell, as he confronts obstacle after obstacle in pursuit of his son, the talented but clueless Tommy, who's been lured away by a money-hungry sex pot. Author Kathy Cohen draws readers in with her vivid descriptions of rodeo life and locations. She's a master at creating unforgettable scenes and knows how to advance comic action to a fever pitch. As I read this page-turner book, I laughed so hard I cried and often had to stop reading because my laugh muscles hurt too much for me to continue.

Cohen is a keen observer of human behavior. She creates a strong, vivid cast of characters, each of whom, in her or his sublimely distinctive way, advances (or jeopardizes!) Coop's search for Tommy. Cohen's sly asides on the nature of her characters make the book a delicious read. I'm looking forward to many sequels so I can revisit the eminently decent bull thrower, Pickett Jones, the hypochondriac "coughing cowboy," Clyde Winner, and the large muscled, rage-prone Sylvia.

If you want to step out of your mundane 9-to-5 life and lose yourself in the side-splitting chaos of roping-and-riding rodeo gals and guys, Bullwhacked is for you.
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The book is about how Cooper tries to find Tommy across the Rodeo circuit along with his partner, Darla and their friends, Reanna and Clyde. Cooper has to make his way to different places, battling a dwindling cash account, cancelled credit cards.

The end is a hilarious combination of the various directions the story shot out at, and the ultimate answer to all questions.

I enjoyed reading the book. The language is easy and the story is firm. The characters are well drafted and the reader is kept in two minds about the final conclusion. After harping about books which did not have a good ending, I enjoyed this one, where every character's true purpose in the end is found out. I admire Cooper's determination to get back his son and also in solving a murder.

There are often mysteries which are so well written that you feel heavy after reading it, inspite of it being a Good Read. This was a book where there was action and mystery which never overpowered the reader. I liked it for this.

Also, reading about how easily Tommy got enraptured by the blonde looking to make a quick buck, I just wondered whether all the sheltering that our parents gave us was good. It made me debate. I did believe that no child should be exposed to the cruelties of the world at a young age but also that a certain amount of instruction was necessary because in reality, this world is genuinely NOT a nice place to be in, unless you are with good and loving people.

(I received a copy of the Book in Exchange for an Honest Review)
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What did I read? I think it was intended to be a book in "humor".
I kept waiting for the plot to kick in.
It never did.
It was amusing, but not a thriller.
A bunch of goofy rodeo riders try to convince a bull rider to come home.
He's found a new squeeze, and left the circuit. I don't blame him.
But, his dad needs the prize money, so everyone must pitch in.

Skip this one, unless you want an amusing plot.
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Bullwhacked is the story of Cooper, Darla, and Cooper's son, Tommy. Cooper needs Tommy to win thousands so that Cooper can retire someday. Tommy gets kidnapped, so Cooper and his friends go in search of Tommy. Will Cooper get back Tommy? There's also a murder, and it looks like someone is trying to kill Cooper next. Whodunnit?

The story is very entertaining, it's light and funny, with great descriptions of rodeos, seedy motels, bad trucks, and crummy offices. There's plenty of action. Lots of great lines, like " a chubby young gal with a pineapple haircut...". The characters are very funny and sympathetic. Poor Cooper, he just wants to retire! (Even though he's only 49 or 50.) Poor Darla, standing by her man, putting up with her long time boyfriend, Cooper. Poor Tommy! He just want to get laid. Lots of funny supporting characters too.

In the end, I wish Cooper would settle down with Darla, and get a safer job. I wish Cooper would realize that rodeo work is crazy dangerous. I wish Cooper would stop depending on his son for his retirement....Maybe that will be resolved in the sequel......An entertaining story, recommended!
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Cooper Lydell's son Tommy is doing great on the bull-riding circuit. For once, money's rollin' in, with the promise of more good things to come. But then, Tommy hops outta his dad's truck, and into a red Ford Mustang driven by some bimbo. And with him goes Cooper's chance of livin' the good life.

Now Cooper's got to bring him back. The trick will be finding him. With dwindling finances, no credit cards and Murphy's Law riding shotgun, that's proving to be no easy task. Especially since somebody seems to want Cooper out of the picture...badly enough to try and kill him a time or two...

I've never been to a rodeo, ridden a mechanical bull, or, thank gawd, eaten a heapin' helpin' of Rocky Mountain Oysters, but I did enjoy all the bull in this book.

Cooper's a likable guy, and you can't help wanting everything to work out for him.
I'm looking forward to following his further misadventures.
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