A guest post by Bobby Cole, author of The Dummy Line
Don’t laugh…this is useful information. I mean, it could happen. It certainly happened to Jake Crosby in my new thriller, The Dummy Line. A relaxing weekend at Jake’s remote hunting camp with his nine-year-old daughter turned out to be a life-and-death nightmare, as blood-crazed rednecks broke into the camp with the worst of intentions.
Jake only had a minute to grab what he might need from the camper before he and his daughter ran into the dark swamp. That’s not a lot of time when your mind is working in high gear, trying to understand the threat. It’s easy to talk big when you’re not in a situation, but when the time comes, what would you do? Here are five tips that would have made Jake’s fateful night a little easier.
Take enough ammo. Jake, being a turkey hunter, only had three shotgun shells, and he used one early in the encounter. The simple math was against him--two shells and three blood-crazed rednecks.
Put your shoes on. Running through a swamp at night is tough. Avoid having a nine-year-old girl wearing only socks with you.
Bring a cell phone that works. Make sure your mobile phone gets reception in the area. Can you hear me now?
Be a gentleman. If you happen across a frantic teenager who has just witnessed her boyfriend having the hell beat out of him, take her into your protection.
Ditch the flashlight. Quickly overcome your fear of the dark. A swamp at night is darker than the inside of a cow’s stomach, and a flashlight can betray your presence to the aforementioned blood-crazed rednecks.
Had Jake Crosby been armed with this knowledge, the evening he spent in a swamp might have been easier. As it turned out, Jake had a helluva night that readers won’t soon forget.