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I said it was unfortunately too long, because the story is pretty good one. The ending is also very good. No one does chase scenes as well as Mr. Cole. The main character is very very similar to Jake Cosby in the THE DUMMY LINE and its sequel, MOON UNDERFOOT, but that's ok, the formula works.
In this book, Cooper seems to have the idyllic life, with the exception of his working like a, well, rented mule. His druggie gambling partner wants to sell the successful business he has built and his wife has already spent the proceeds of the sale. He is lusting after the perfect woman, but other that, everything looks fine. Then everyone wants his piece of the company and all heck breaks loose. He is set up as the fall guy and then has to extricate himself. There is not a lot of cerebral effort in his actions, but there is that great chase scene.
This book is okay, especially if you don't mind skimming an appreciable amount of it. I think I'd rather go back and reread THE DUMMY LINE though.
Cooper Dixon, the protagonist of "The Rented Mule," is a similar character to Jake Crosby from his first two books. An everyday good old boy who loves fishing and hunting, he definitely isn't perfect. He makes mistakes going through a mid-life crisis and by making those mistakes, hurts others.
The bad guys in the tale are quite the motley group. I loved reading about them - bad guys but not totally bad.
The story takes place in and near Montgomery, Alabama and it is apparent that author Cole is writing about a place that he is familiar with and that he loves.
"The Dummy Line" is still probably my favorite out of the three books but this latest tale is definitely worth reading. It is a little wordy but I enjoyed reading about all the characters. It is a bit of a mystery/thriller also and I liked those aspects of it. I am also glad there was epilogue to the story, tying up all the loose ends rather than leaving us readers hanging off a cliff.
And I realize that the author was trying to give an impression of his characters having a regional accent or dialect, but I thought it was distracting. Phrases like, "darlin', I'm takin' my boy fishin,'" with all the apostrophes, only go so far before they just become tiresome, especially when all the characters talk that way. I realized I was rolling my eyes at some of the conversations between bad guys: "yo, Homey, whattya want, icin' somebody ain't part of the deal," and that's when I gave up. It's rare that I don't finish a book, but I just couldn't get past my issues with the writing.
Just a note: I did not quote the above phrases directly from the book - call it paraphrasing.
This is the third book that I have read by Bobby Cole. I was looking forward to reading this as it stars a new character.
Bobby Cole’s is great at building suspense and holding my attention with adrenaline pumping scenes, All if that is encompassed in this novel; The Rented Mule.
There were a few parts that dragged here and there and some of the characters and their dialogue had my eyes rolling. I think some of this could have been edited out because the main and strongest storyline was interesting and kept me reading to the end.
Overall, I still think The Dummy Line is Cole’s best novel and I am still planning on reading his next novel.
One reviewer said that it could have been 200 pages shorter - I think that they were being generous.
The kindest thing that I can say about it is that I would classify it as a beach read... if nothing else is available.
First, there is the eternal writing maxim: show, don't tell. Cole is constantly telling us things instead of showing us; so instead of painting a mental picture of characters and action and letting us form our own opinions, he forces his own opinions down our throats. By telling us what to think, he prevents us from really engaging with the material.
Second, his narrative voice is clumsy and intrusive. When the narrator of the book is impersonal (that is, the classic "omniscient narrator"), the narration should be in correct, unobtrusive English; idiosyncratic narration should be used only when the narrator is a character in his/her own right. Cole's awkward, error-strewn prose is constantly getting in the way of smooth reading.
Third, too many of Cole's characters are clumsy stereotypes - and, in particular, his bad guys (the partner, the villain, the wife) are so devoid of any redeeming features that they are, ultimately, uninteresting. (The kidnapers, on the other hand, are rather engaging even when they're stereotypical - so Cole is capable of creating decent characters, sometimes.)
Fourth, Cole constantly drops product names and celebrity references into the narrative, presumably in an attempt to lend verisimilitude to the story; but in fact, all he manages to do is make a long, clunky narrative even longer and clunkier.
And fifth, the book is simply too long, and with too many characters, to support its plot. Somewhere inside this 500-page clunker is a decent 300-page book, yearning to escape the confines of the author's compulsion to shovel more and more characters, incidents, and wasted words on top of it. Bobby Cole needs to hire an editor - preferably one with an axe.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolutely loved the rented mule!! Amazing! Living in Montgomery makes even more special!Published 5 days ago by debora brantley
Took a couple of starts to get into the story and the writing style.
Worth the effort as the writer wraps up all of the story lines well at the end. Read more
Could not put this book down. Keeps you coming back for more and more. Keep up the great work Bobby Cole.Published 1 month ago
I loved the setting in Montgomery Alabama. Southerners all know nothing gets worked harder than a "rented mule!" The ending surprised me, and that doesn't happen often!Published 2 months ago by Ros Barker--Author of The God Complex
Based on the reviews I didn't expect to love the book but I did. Cooper Dixon is so engaging that you can't help but root for him as all manner of crap gets dumped on his head: a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kevin Marcus
This is one of the most intriguing and alarming books I've ever read. I am unfamiliar with this author and my favorite genre includes crime noir, thrillers and complex mysteries. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kindle Customer