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The Dummy Line (A Jake Crosby Thriller) [Kindle Edition]

Bobby Cole
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Book Description

Avid hunter Jake Crosby is thrilled that his nine-year-old daughter Katy shares his love of the outdoors. His wife, Morgan, on the other hand, does not, which means Jake and Katy enjoy an abundance of hunting, fishing, and camping trips together. So when they head off into the Alabama woods for a spring turkey hunt, Jake expects nothing out of the ordinary. But even his worst nightmares could not prepare him for what befalls them that evening, when a band of drug dealers attempts to break into their remote camp. Desperate to protect his daughter and himself, Jake makes a gut-wrenching decision. His quick thinking enables him and Katy to escape…but brings the gang of vengeful criminals hot on their trail. Gambling on his knowledge of the land and hunting skills, he leads their bloodthirsty pursuers on a perilous cat-and-mouse game deep within the Noxubee River swamp. Jake knows they all won’t come out alive—but he will do whatever is necessary to make sure Katy does. Taut and engrossing, The Dummy Line explores what happens when an ordinary man is pushed to extraordinary lengths to protect the one he loves most and those for whom he feels responsible.

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“In Cole’s first novel, a father-daughter hunting trip turns into a violent game of cat and mouse in the manner of Deliverance. Jake Crosby, an avid turkey hunter, and his tomboy daughter, Katy, must fight for their lives in the swampy backwoods of Alabama when a revenge-crazed gang of ruffians hunt Jake down for killing one of their own in self-defense. Meanwhile, high-school sweethearts Elizabeth and Tanner, oblivious to the manhunt, unwittingly become involved when the gang stumbles upon them stargazing in the same backwoods area. The lives of these innocent strangers converge while a bumbling police force makes inept attempts to piece together the various crime scenes and slowly determines the chain of events. Cole is a strong writer, whose fast-paced narrative moves with ease between characters and scenes. The novel is largely plot-driven, but as in Wayne Johnson’s The Devil You Know (2004), a generational focus may give it crossover appeal to thriller and general-fiction readers.” — Heather Paulson


"( The Dummy Line is) chock full of characters and a bit of humor to break up the tension, this novel presents another classic battle between good and evil....Short chapters and a lot of action make for a fast read. Cole provides enough background and trivial information regarding the multitude of characters to keep them interesting and unique. You’ll smile at the Manilow loving, tobacco chewing deputy and the media loving sheriff. Be smart and read The Dummy Line." Suspense Magazine

A weekend turkey hunt turns into a terrifying chase when a father and his daughter attempt to escape a gang of blood-crazed ruffians thought the Alabama swamps. Bobby Cole, a Mossy Oak executive, has poured his hunting passion and writing skills into a thrilling suspense novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Written by a hunter about a hunter, The Dummy Line is a story you won't be able to put down until you finish the last page.
-- Todd Smith, Outdoor Life

Bobby Cole is well known in the hunting industry as the food-plot guru behind Mossy Oak Biologic. Turns out he has a fertile imagination and considerable storytelling skills, too, as graphically displayed in his debut novel, The Dummy Line.

Protagonist Jake Crosby could be any one of us a hard-working family man who cherishes his time in the woods. He sets out for a heartfelt turkey hunt with his young daughter, but soon finds them both sucked into a whirlpool of psychotic decision-making. After rightfully defending their lives, Jake and Katy are literally forced to run for it, fleeing relentless criminals hell-bent on revenge. Before the night is over, a good man must summon courage and resourcefulness he likely didn't know he possessed. That's the only chance for justice to prevail in what clearly will be a deadly conclusion.

For first-timer, Cole has admirably handled all the facets that make good novels work. The plot and pacing grab the reader, the characters and their dialogue ring true and the dramatic tension never eases. Be forewarned, this is really dark stuff, stuff that that regrettably happens all too often in today's world. More importantly,The Dummy Line breaths life into the principle of our right to self-preservation and our responsibility to protect loved ones and ourselves. If you believe in those principles and enjoy reading a tense thriller, this book is for you.
-- John Zent, Editorial Director, American Hunter, NRA publication

Today, most action novels are predictably dedicated to spy thrillers, cops and gangsters, weird Sci-Fi stuff or monster versus monster with enough raw sex to make the average person forget the story line if there ever was one. However, I just read The Dummy Line by Bobby Cole and deem it the best outdoor thriller since Deliverance.

The Dummy Line is such a riveting story that you don't dare start it at bedtime or you will definitely miss a night's sleep. I know because that's what I did, and I didn't put the book down until it was finished. Even then, I was sad to see it end. I had been fully drawn into Cole's web of accidentally interconnected characters.

While this book will be especially entertaining to hunters and woodsmen because of the woodsmanship and hunting expertise used by the good guys as well as the villains, it is a book that will be equally thrilling even if you're never been out of the city.

This is a perfect Christmas gift for your outdoorsman friend or relative, or anyone who treasures a great story. Kudos to Bobby Cole.
-- Russell Thorneberry, Editor in Chief, Buckmasters

Product Details

  • File Size: 961 KB
  • Print Length: 331 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612180701
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (October 4, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00546IDUY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,033 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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94 of 103 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wild life...mystery, thriller April 28, 2008
By Bear
I just finished The Dummy Line (for the second time) and really enjoyed it. Great first novel. The charters and the various scenes were built with reality and suspense. I hated the bad guys and cheered for the good ones.

I did wonder how Bobby Cole knew how to fight so dirty. Knocking out the football stars' teeth on the bumper of the Jeep was rough. He also knew about "cut shells" and I always thought only poachers knew that trick (often used during bird season, before deer season). As a former game warden I knew that method. The authors' worldly knowledge of the "wild" shows up well in his writing and story.

Mr. Cole has a formula for success. Like the mystery thrillers from Harlan Coben and William Tapply, he has developed a character that has staying power. I also enjoy John Sandford and William Kent Krueger because of the state theme and location. Michael McGarrity has the SW theme and character, Kevin Kerney. Cole has all those elements with Jake and the south (West Point, MS). Plus he have woods wisdom and hunting knowledge.

I will be on the lookout for the next Jake Crosby novel. Good job!
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!!!!! February 15, 2008
What a great read! This book gripped me in the first chapter and would not let go until I finished it....I simply did not want to put it down. The action is fast paced and the vivid descriptions make you feel like you are right there fighting along side of Jake, Katy and the rest of the characters! I highly recommend this book!!!!!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comedy of errors in Alabama October 30, 2011
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Bumbling, vicious rednecks. Small town Keystone cops. And a father fighting for his own safety and protecting others along the way.

I enjoyed "The Dummy Line" and I see real potential in a writing career for Bobby Cole. Was this first book of his perfect? No. It could have been tightened up by probably 30-40 pages and been a much cleaner read. Cole tended to be wordy (for example how many times does the reader need to have the lodge with its pinup collection described) and his characters made the same mistakes repeatedly, where once would have sufficed.

But...I still enjoyed the backwoods flavor of the story. I enjoyed the descriptive passages about an area I've never visited. I enjoyed the hunting backdrop. I could tell that Cole was writing about an area and activity that he knows well. This gave an air of authenticity to the work that is so often missing in books where the author gets background by offsite research only.

I thought character development was good on the main protagonist and most of the auxiliary characters. The bad guys were drawn well, ignorant yet feral. Actually I think some of their relatives live near me. I've really met some losers that are too similar. The sheriff and his deputies could have been toned down a bit. They were so bumbling to be almost caricatures.

But all that written, I enjoyed the story a lot. I was willing to overlook the weaknesses because I thought the story itself was strong.

Protective father, tomboy loveable daughter, vicious rednecks that want to cause trouble for trouble's sake, underappreciated sheriff and his Barney Fife squad, media hungry older sheriff and two teenagers thrown into the mix to pull on your heartstrings. Formulaic but a formula I like. I will be looking for future books from Cole because I think he'll just get better. I hope he keeps writing.
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40 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wow! March 20, 2008
Wow! Fantastic read . A great book for the entire family . Bobby Cole has brought as much excitement to the hunting camp as John Grisham brings to the courtroom . Before I finished reading Dummy Line, my 14 year old daughter had taken over the book and prolonged my suspense . Within a week our entire family had read it . 5 stars and 6 thumbs to Bobby Coles Dummy Line . Faye Bennett Pine Apple Alabama
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent !!! March 12, 2008
Yesterday, while meeting with the retired District Attorney of Sumter County, Alabama, a copy of the Dummy Line was in my office. After I told him that much of the story takes place in Sumter County and that it is Bobby Cole's first novel, the DA wanted to read it. Today, he returned the book with the following note: "The book was excellent. I read it in one sitting. His style is great."

I agree!
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44 of 55 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the time January 16, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I got this book as a $.99 Kindle deal of the day. I got it because of all the people who commented that it was such a good read.

Those people must not read much books. There are far better books to enjoy out there. I thought this would be a book about a resourceful hunter who has to outwit some real bad people. In reality it's a book about a guy carrying his kid for miles outrunning trailer park trash who are just a bunch of bumbling redneck morons And some teens who get caught up in it by being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

I will give some leeway because this is an authors first book. But that will only go so far. Sometimes I wonder if people who venture into book writing have ever read books themselves? There were a few things that I felt killed this book:

1) 85 chapters?! Really?! For a book that's 330 pages? I don't think Stephen King's "The Stand" even had that many. One chapter was literally 2 pages on a kindle. And it was a 20 second conversation between 2 characters. It had no business being a new chapter nor an entire one.

2) The author wrote it from EVERYONE's point of view. If you are going to write a thriller...the reader can't know everything. There was ZERO suspense because you knew were everyone was at every moment...the good guys, cops, bad guys, minor characters. This concept doesn't work for a book where someone is being hunted. This ruined any chance this book had of being good.

3) The cops were a bunch of idiots. They hear gunshots, they have missing people and enough "reasonable doubt" to call in major help and it never happens. The whole book is about 2 cops wandering around aimlessly with a missing teenager and a missing father/daughter on their plate.
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Bobby Cole, a Montgomery, Alabama, native, is President of Mossy Oak BioLogic. He is an avid gamekeeper, hunter, and supporter of the Catch-A-Dream Foundation, who loves writing in his free time. His books have made multiple best seller lists. Bobby lives with his wife and daughter in West Point, Mississippi.

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