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Moon Underfoot (A Jake Crosby Thriller) [Kindle Edition]

Bobby Cole
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Book Description

Eighteen months ago, stockbroker Jake Crosby and his daughter Katy narrowly survived a living nightmare at a remote Alabama hunting camp. To save Katy, Jake killed two men—men who were friends and business associates of notorious outlaw and drug-runner Ethan “Moon Pie” Daniels. That night, Moon Pie made a blood promise of revenge. And in Moon Pie’s dark world of violence, such promises are always kept.

Jake Crosby doesn’t regret what he did that night; he knows it was kill or be killed. But he can’t shake the feeling that the horror isn’t over, that Katy and his wife, Morgan, aren’t yet safe—and that retribution is coming. All he knows for sure is that he will do anything—everything—to protect his family. That’s a vow the dangerous Moon Pie will put to the ultimate test on a cold, moonless night deep in the heart of a river swamp.

This riveting follow-up to Bobby Cole’s heart-stopping thriller The Dummy Line deftly explores the perils of revenge…and the profound power of a husband and father’s love.

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From Publishers Weekly

In Cole's thoroughly enjoyable second crime novel featuring Mississippi outdoorsman Jake Crosby, quintessential redneck Ethan 'Moon Pie' Daniels sets out to murder Crosby and his family as retribution for Crosby's acts 18 months earlier in 2008's The Dummy Line. Starting with stalking and arson, Moon Pie soon escalates to insanely horrific acts. Meanwhile, four retirees, three men and one woman, become intertwined with Moon Pie and his dim but decent half-brother, Levi Jenkins, after the four inadvertently steal an extremely large sum of money from nasty drug lords. As the bag of money falls into various hands, the four old people quickly establish themselves as the gang that couldn't think straight. The rural Mississippi setting lends a pungent, swampy, and malevolent aura to the action. The many good old boys (poachers, game wardens, petty thugs) rise above stereotype. Cole manages to tie up all the loose strands of the complex, deftly handled plot in a highly satisfying way. (Jan.)

From Library Journal

Family guy (and experienced hunter) Jake saved his family a few months earlier by killing two men in self defense. Heroic, yes, but one of the surviving bad guys, Moon Pie, escaped the crime scene and has been plotting revenge ever since. At the same time, three seniors living at a local assisted-living residence have formed a Robin Hood–style gang to steal large sums of money and set up a pay-it-forward sort of foundation. And finally, the aforementioned Moon Pie is looking to move up the drug-runner ladder and has set a major transaction in motion. Add to these three plots an abundance of wacky characters with warped mindsets and you have a suspenseful, Southern-style caper. VERDICT As he demonstrated in his debut, The Dummy Line, Cole has a quick-paced, winning style, dexterously juggling multiple points of view. For fans of Carl Hiaasen or Elmore Leonard—mix in a little Ben Rehder for the hunting-obsessed.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1616 KB
  • Print Length: 434 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612187218
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (January 15, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008MBU13U
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #648 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Page-turning Thriller With Just the Right Amount of Humor November 27, 2012
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Bobby Cole's "Moon Underfoot" (Thomas &Mercer 2012) is a light-hearted crime novel with lots of drama always softened by quirky characters, unbelievable circumstances, and humorous asides. Tom Clancy won't worry about the competition, but readers who want a page-turning story that keeps them off the edge of their chair and and up at night until the last page will be thrilled with this story.

It starts as a typical mystery/thriller: Jake Crosby and his daughter Katie narrowly escaped death at the hands of an all-round bad guy named Ethan 'Moon Pie' Daniels--Moon Pie to his friends. To survive, he had to kill two friends of Moon Pie's, an action Jake fears will demand retribution. After a year, he begins to believe this part of his life is in his rear view mirror, strange things start happening that make it clear Moon Pie has neither forgiven nor forgotten. Just as the drama ratchets up, Cole throws in the secondary plot line: A geriatric foursome rob a Kroger grocery story to get money they can give to those who need it. It seemed so easy, they try a jewelry store, but this time, the owner is Moon Pie and the stolen money belongs to a drug kingpin. Moon Pie isn't going to use a court of law to get his money back.

Cole shows the seeds of becoming an excellent writer. His characters are appealing and likeable. His plot is quick-moving and twisty enough to keep readers guessing. His sense of humor will be the voice that brings readers back to his books time and time again. I can't wait for him to release his next.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little rough around the edges November 12, 2012
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This is a promising entry for his second novel. Its a little rough from a literary perspective. The characters arent fleshed out like you'd hope for, and the story suffers from a pacing issue at points. More than once I was left feeling a little disoriented at some of the switching story lines. And its pretty straightforward, no real surprises. Also fair warning, there are some things that happen in this story that you'll just shake your head at. Whether that will make it more or less believable to the reader depends on the type of fiction you enjoy. For instance, at one point a minor character that a task force has been hunting for months gets out of jail by switching prison jumpsuits...

All that being said though by the end I was rooting for Jake and his family. The story was engaging, even without having read the first book. Also while I had issues with the jumping around of the story, it all gets tied together nicely at the end. As a reader you get a pay off for having stuck with it. But at the end of the day the story was just enjoyable. And the hero has a nice everyman quality about him. No background in the CIA, no past in JSOC, just a guy who loves his family and likes to hunt. (oddly theres not much hunting in the book.)

This book wont win any awards, but its a nice fun no thought read.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! January 19, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
You either love Mr. Coles writing style or not. I love it. Been waiting for this book since reading Dummy Line. Now I'll be waiting for the next. Keep them coming please!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Worthy Followup to "The Dummy Line..." January 19, 2013
A worthy--most worthy--followup to "The Dummy Line," Bobby Cole's first and truly outstanding novel.

With more characters and more storylines, "Moon Underfoot" doesn't have the sustained snap-crackle-pop, the sustained page-by-page sizzle of "The Dummy Line" but is, nonetheless,a good story, well told, outstandingly told.

This Bobby Cole is truly a fine young writer, a worthy addition to the South's legacy of good and outstanding writers.

He understands the South and its people, their humor and their pathos. He mixes it all together nicely in this story of Southern hopes, dreams, fears, horror, humor and expectation. His characters are likeable, admirable, despicable and funny, all well developed and engaging, even the vicious and vile Moonpie who makes a return from the horrors of "The Dummy Line" to reek his own kind of havoc with everyman Jake Crosby and his family.

Southern humor, pathos, and horror all mixed together to make this a most readable and enjoyable read.

Already salivating for the next Bobby Cole novel He is a gift to the modern South and its literary tradition.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read January 20, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I read the book from cover to cover in one setting. I couldn't put it down. It keeps you on the edge of your seat.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Page turner January 21, 2013
By Laura
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Well written quick engrossing read. Couldn't put it down.
Look forward to future offerings from Mr. Cole.

Thank you
Laura g
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Return November 14, 2012
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DUMMY LINE was one of the best thrillers I had read in a long time. Thus, I was looking forward to Mr. Cole's sequel. Although it is not the thriller of the heart-racing type that DUMMY LINE was, it did not disappoint. One caution, however. This book may stand alone. It is definitely enhanced, though, if you read the first book. There is a lot of family tension and angst that I do not think would be comprehensible had the reader not read THE DUMMY LINE.

In MOON UNDERFOOT, Jake Crosby is no longer the self-confident hunter. Having gone through the harrowing experience of a night in the woods being chased, he is no longer up for the challenge of another fight. But one of the rednecks is out for revenge and he wants it long and painful. A quick look at him stalking by Jake's wife and the game is on.

There are some incongruities in the book. Every law-enforcement agency in the state seems to drop everything to try to protect Jake's family. At times, I thought he was the president come to town.

Jake's stock selling business is also hurt by the bad economy, so in between pining for his old life in the woods, he tries to find new customers. That leads to the co-plot. A bunch of septuagenarians want to steal money and do good. That plot is amusing, but really doesn't fit with the main story. It is as if two short books were combined to make one of normal length.

On the good side, is the character development and the bad guys. Mr. Cole writes terrific bad guys into his books.

All in all, this is a good book, but not nearly as great as DUMMY LINE.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I am familiar with all the landmarks mentioned and thoroughly enjoyed...
This book is thrilling and amusing at the same time. I am familiar with all the landmarks mentioned and thoroughly enjoyed the read
Published 3 hours ago by Betty Hubbard
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Loved it but was predictable.
Published 5 hours ago by Barbara
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
An easy and enjoyable read but it does stretch the imagination.
Published 8 hours ago by Mike Fish
5.0 out of 5 stars and I wasn't disappointed. The plot is well-developed
This was my second book by Bobby Cole, and I wasn't disappointed. The plot is well-developed, with twists and turns, and the antagonists and main character are believable. Read more
Published 9 hours ago by Melanie K. Stein
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent read. Spellbinding!!
Published 9 hours ago by Robert F Dumas
2.0 out of 5 stars Ho-hum.
I was expecting action and pacing and taut-plotting. I got simpering, scattered and diluted. It took so long to reach the denouement, and took such a circuitous route, that I had... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Holly Peters
5.0 out of 5 stars Moon underfoot
Bobby Cole is a new author for me, I think this was a very good book, kept me interested to the end. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Leanne K Poole
5.0 out of 5 stars great southern thriller!
I've really enjoyed both of Bobby Cole's Jake Crosby Thrillers! As a fellow outdoorsman, it's nice to read a book that you can connect to. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Ryan M. Saucier
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtfully written
interesting characters with a successful plot. quick read. chapters jumped between storylines and was confusing. preferred the first book. many twists.
Published 3 days ago by Holly
5.0 out of 5 stars and I'm glad I did
I ordered this one the minute I finished The Dummy Line, and I'm glad I did. Great characters, plenty of action, and lots of emotion. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Robert Brown
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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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