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- Print Length: 331 pages
- Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (October 4, 2011)
- Publication Date: October 4, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00546IDUY
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,623 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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
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This tale is more for adults, as the subject matter could be disturbing for youth. There could have been more explanation. Even though the county sherrifs seemed more like Barney Fife than Sheriff Taylor, they managed to bumble through. I found this to be believable for rural Alabamma, but felt the author played that a little too heavily. The main character, Jake also kept talking to his little girl using the slang term, "girlfriend". This disturbed me.
Overall, I would recommend this book for readers of mystery and thrillers. For a first book, this is excellent. I will look forward to other books from Mr. Cole.
Great read from a first time novelist. I didn't know what to expect but wasn't disappointed one bit.
Jake is an avid hunter who's daughter is just like him. His wife is less than enthused about Jake and his hunting and I kinda doubt she's gonna be around for long.
This novel has loads of red neck bad guys. Some who are pretty smart and some who are dumber than a box of rocks. These guys try to rob Jake and he shoots and kills one in self defense. The rest of these idiots decide Jake and his daughter need to die avenge their leaders death.
Jakes takes off with his daughter to save their lives. Cell phones don't work to well out in the back of beyond but Jake manages to contact Mick, a local guy he knows and hunts with. The phones are cutting in and out so Mick only get part of the problem. He heads out and finds blood. He then contacts the local sheriff.
Loads of miscommuncation and no one quite knowing what the hell's going on. Throw in a guy and gal out necking who get caught up in it, a kidnapping of the wrong gal and you have a recipe for one heck of a good novel.
Jake manages to grab Elizabeth and along with Katy they do all they can to avoid the killers on their trail.
Jake ends up killing two more of these idiots and saving the day.
Just one good read I would recommend for anyone who roots for the average guy who comes out a winner.
Five stars all the way. I also have Coles next book. Hope its as good as The Dummy Line.
A striking element of this book - something that makes it seem oh-so-real - is the characters in the story make small, everyday mistakes. Just as in life, in The Dummy Line, these small mistakes have unanticipated consequences: not plot-rotating consequences, just the type consequences we experience daily that frustrate our lives. I think it is this understated nature of these errors that make this book feel as if this entire story could be happening right now, somewhere on a dark tract of land populated by deer stands.
Some readers will rightfully quibble over elements of the book. I believe I read this is Cole's first effort. I won't disagree with these other reviewers on such points. But when I read a book and I am looking at my own watch, trying vainly to make the sun come up in the book, well, such engagement covers a lot of sins.
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I found the characterisation a little strange - we get first person views from many characters with little bits of historical information in to justify their actions, which feels like "characterisation lite" and is a little forced. But conversely it stops the story getting bogged down in backstory whilst making everyone have a well defined motivation.
Other than that, everything is good. The story revolves around a single night in which lots of people end up being caught up in the affairs of a bunch of petty villains by being on the "dummy line" at the wrong time, with things going bad quite quickly. The dummy line is a train line in rural US that was canceled during construction, leaving a long single track through the woods with only two ways in, making escape very difficult. The bad guys hunt the good guys both on the dummy line and, in a branch of the story with an interesting twist, this includes their family back home.
I'm 80% through and have enjoyed it so far, but whilst I'd be happy to read other stories by Cole I won't hunt them down.
One small niggle - the nine year old didn't ring true, sometimes she came across as a six year old and other times she could have been twelve or thirteen.
I feel some of the reviews were unfair to the police as a small town force would probably deal with drunks or family feuds not a full scale search with little or no leads.
It was exciting and I like the way the loose ends were tied up over the last few pages
All about a man and his nine year old daughter who loved to hunt. However, they were the ones who ended up being hunted. The author then had the reader gripped with suspense as the story unfolds.
The ending was how the reader would like it to end, with no twist, but the reader is unsure how it ends until it does.
Good read, will definitely be looking at more books from this author
A perfectly reasonable easy read for those who just want to pass the time.
I will be happy to read more from this author. Only reason I dropped him a star was because I thought a little more descriptive text was needed. This didn't detract from the fact that I enjoyed the story and am more than happy to recommend the book.
Promising author, hope to read more. Certainly recommend it.