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The Rented Mule [Kindle Edition]

Bobby Cole
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Book Description

Cooper Dixon should have it made, with a beautiful wife, Kelly, two great kids, and a thriving business, the Tower Agency. But for Cooper, things aren’t turning out how he expected. He and Kelly are caught in a never-ending cycle of arguments—Cooper can’t remember the last time they had sex. And Cooper’s troubled business partner, Gates Ballenger, is scheming to sell the Tower Agency out from under him.

When a gang of criminals is hired by a mysterious client to kidnap Kelly and set up Cooper to take the fall, Cooper’s life goes completely off the rails. The cops quickly zero in on Cooper as the prime suspect, and the combination of an attractive suburban mother, workaholic husband, and a million-dollar insurance policy makes the case primetime television fodder.

Soon, Cooper’s face is plastered on every TV screen in the country. Cooper races against time to find his wife before the gang turns her over to their client, whose plan to take down Cooper is far more sinister than anyone could imagine.

Editorial Reviews


"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." —Library Journal

About the Author

Bobby Cole is a native of Montgomery, Alabama, and president of Mossy Oak® Biologic®. Additionally, he is an avid wildlife manager, hunter, and active supporter of the Catch-A-Dream™ Foundation. He lives with his wife and daughter in West Point, Mississippi. Bobby is also the author of the novels The Dummy Line and Moon Underfoot.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1169 KB
  • Print Length: 509 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (March 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,621 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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122 of 130 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunately Too Long January 13, 2014
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How many thriller/mysteries can last 502 pages and still be good? Not many, if any at all and, unfortunately, THE RENTED MULE proves the point. I'm a huge fan of THE DUMMY LINE, but Mr. Cole sorely needed an editor with cropping scissors for this book. Pages 150 to 300 were pretty much unnecessary. Redundancy was rampant.

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.
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73 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Author Cole is quite the raconteur January 3, 2014
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I enjoyed this third offering by author Bobby Cole, after The Dummy Line and Moon Underfoot. He has quite the talent of bringing his characters alive on the page, letting us readers peek into the nooks and crannies of their lives.

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.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Full of awkward sentences and bad cliches February 15, 2014
By holly
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I honestly couldn't even get into the story. I found myself distracted by the cliches that seemed to be in every sentence, every word that the characters thought or spoke. The socialite wife who is living beyond her husband's means, the drug-addicted, embezzling business partner with a gambling problem and a bookie...

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.

I'm disappointed.
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49 of 58 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK December 31, 2013
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The Rented Mule
Bobby Cole

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.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Reads like a "made for TV" movie February 15, 2014
By Cleaver
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Not many books disinterest me so quickly, but this one did. It comes across as a collection of cliches. I'd give examples but I don't want to be a spoiler. (Based on the number of 4 and 5 star reviews, some people enjoyed it, so you might too.)

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.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, But Not His Best October 22, 2013
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I was disappointed in this book because it took me forever to read. It just seemed like it was much too long and way too slow. It wasn't until the last quarter of the book that it got good, and even then it wasn't all that exciting. I have read all of Bobby Cole's novels and his best by far is still The Dummy Line.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Rented Mule
Overall, a good plot but the storyline moved painstakingly slow on too many occasions. The characters were a little shallow.
Published 1 hour ago by Lowell Hodge
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
This was a very good book that started out slow, but picked up steam fast. A very good mystery with a lot of twists and turns. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Richelle Pike
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the storyline and recommend the book but I wish ...
I'm from Alabama, and I don't talk the way depicted in the book. I enjoyed the storyline and recommend the book but I wish the writer had simply written plain English. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Mary Jane Capron
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
Kept me glued to the story. First time I read a book by bobby Cole. Will read more. Highly recommend.
Published 2 days ago by Richard Leebow
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rented Mule, who knew it could be so human!
The Rented Mule is a good read which will capture and maintain your interest. The drama is sufficiently exciting to keep you guessing what's going to happen next, and there are... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Nancy Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I liked the book. It kept me interested and I thought it was quite supenseful.
Published 4 days ago by JaniceNilsen
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't give up.
This was a tough one to get in gear with, it seemed to be a mis-mash of characters.....interestingly enough it started to become a page turner, and the Characters became... Read more
Published 5 days ago by JMAC
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Time filler have read better,
Published 5 days ago by David L. Frank
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Some unexpected twists and realistic characters.
Published 6 days ago by rainyg
4.0 out of 5 stars rented mule
Kept you guessing all the way too the end. Well written, very good read. Good intro to an author I had not read before.
Published 6 days ago by J Wilson a believer in the one true God..
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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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