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The Dummy Line Hardcover – 11 Feb 2008

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  • Hardcover: 311 pages
  • Publisher: Context Publishing Company, LLC. (11 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980017106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980017106
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.2 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,330,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Happy Flamingo on 10 Oct. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
The synopsis grabbed my attention promising an interesting excursion into the hunting fraternity. A couple of short chapters to introduce the characters and plotline then - wham - you're hooked and in for a roller coaster of a ride through the woods in Alabama.

I kid you not, I just couldn't put this down, never mind X Factor and Strictly, I just had to see if Jake and Co would make it. Without spoiling it, I can just say that I alternated between fear, relief and desperation for the characters and their predicaments. The twists in the plot were keenly noted and Bobby Coles writing syle put me right there in the woods, breathless and waiting. Darn it, I could almost smell the pines!

A thoroughly thumping good read and Mr Coles, I look forward to your next novel.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By russell clarke TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Nov. 2011
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The Dummy Line , debut thriller from Mississippi writer Bobby Cole , does the classic thing of putting a family unit in danger from implacable danger with , it would seem ,little chance of escape.
Jake Crosby takes his tomboy nine year old daughter out on a hunting trip . But their remote hunting Camp is on the radar of a bunch of low life degenerates out for some easy pickings. Jake thinking his daughter is in grave danger , which in all probability she is, reacts with deadly force precipitating a cat & mouse chase through the Noxubee swamp aiming fro the titular Dummy Line , which marks the boundary of the swamp and an escape to civilisation.
They story is told from the perspective of not only Jake and his daughter , but also from their nefarious pursuers as well as that of a courting couple who stumble into the action and the various law enforcements trying to get to the bottom of everything and not doing an especially good job of it either .
The action zings along , which is always a good idea for a thriller and though Cole is not an especially literate writer he knows how to write an plausible efficient thriller. The pacing is a tad uneven and the author rather lazily uses the same plot device twice in order to move the story forward , but overall The Dummy Line is a atmospheric tense thriller- a vivid mixture of Southern Comfort and The Blair Witch Project( through it,s use of location and it,s thrumming tension rather than through any supernatural connotations ) - which is a hearty recommendation by the way .
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Frances Stott TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Nov. 2011
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I seem to be in a minority here, but I thought this novel was very poor indeed. The basic plot, which takes place in the course of a single night, has the potential to be a good one; a man goes hunting with his nine-year-old daughter and comes across a group of villains who are out for trouble. In another part of the forest (literally) a young man and his girlfriend are in a parked car for a spot of privacy and a cuddle. The two stories become intermingled through a series of mistakes, people are shot, another is kidnapped, and there is the threat of rape and a chase. All exciting stuff.

These ingredients could make for a good, even thrilling, read. My problem is that the plot becomes unnecesarily muddled, and the writing in particular is poor. If there has been any editing at all, it seems to have been minimal, for some good editing would have made for a far better, tighter novel. Over-use of adverbs, over-writing, unncessary detail (for example, telephone conversations which include every "good-bye" and "I love you"; we know this happens in real life, but we don't need it in a novel) spoil the flow of the writing. And then there are unnecessary details, like the police dog who will only take instructions in German. This adds nothing to the plot. The same dog spends most of its time licking its genitals rather than working; would such an animal really be used by the police? Then there is the deputy sherrif, who upon finding a woman bound and gagged, bundles her into his car without taking off the gag or the bonds (thus, of course, failing to find out who she is and what's happened). Would this really happen?

The climax is spoiled because we reach it before the end of the novel, and so the tension relaxes too early, and by the end, I was struggling to finish the book. The short chapters certainly serve to break up the narrative and make the novel more readable, but I did not enjoy this novel at all, and certainly couldn't recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. M. Stamp VINE VOICE on 8 Nov. 2011
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I wasn't overwhelmed by this book--it didn't seem very original and the characters were stereotypical.Some of the Americanisms also spoiled it for me, as I tried to work out what a Turkey Wing is, for example (not the edible sort. It's a cushion by the way!)However, I did like the author's writing style: short and snappy with humour and a nice twist towards the end (the only unpredictable part)--and as this is his first published novel, he may be one to watch.Certainly worth the price for a quick,easy read. The Dummy Line
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hank on 20 Feb. 2012
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Recently I have seen two second rate movies on this theme and in both the story line was sparse - just a connection between grizzly murders. As soon as I realised this was a hunt to kill the two main characters I very nearly gave it a miss. I'm very glad I didn't as I liked the way the story lines gradually came together and for me it added to the excitement.
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
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