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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

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"( 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


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4.0 out of 5 stars A well executed but standard thriller
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5.0 out of 5 stars I nearly missed this one
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4.0 out of 5 stars Turkeys can be dangerous too
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4.0 out of 5 stars Slow start, but then compelling reading
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3.0 out of 5 stars Standard action story
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking read
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5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this one
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5.0 out of 5 stars Continual cliff hanger, (like running through treacle)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Action thriller?
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1.0 out of 5 stars It did however provide me with the knowledge of how to modify a shotgun cartridge into some form of dumb dumb bullet
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thriller worth reading
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not really to my taste
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