Praising Tim Dorsey’s tongue-in-cheek humor, the Miami Herald wrote, “Nobody, but nobody, writes like this guy.” Here Florida politics take the main stage in a rollicking satire that proves Dorsey’s at the top of his game. When a traumatic experience forever changes Florida gubernatorial race candidate Marlon Conrad’s life, he hits the road in a Winnebago to find the “real” Florida. But his odyssey is plagued with would-be assassins and cutthroat journalists.
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This is possibly the most hilarious book I have ever read! I laughed so hard and so often that I was afraid the neighbors would call the guys with the butterfly nets.
It gets right into the heart of the political system (specifically Florida politics, but these days we can all relate.) It shines a bright light on all the dirty, hidden political tricks that we know are happening, but can't do anything about. If you've ever wanted to get a politician, lobbyist, news anchor, or rich person by the throat and shake them until their teeth rattle, you will love this book.
While it's basically shooting at politics, it also takes pot shots at a lot of other pet peeves we all have. For example, there is a scene with a guy trying to make an important phone call and getting stuck in the phone menu nightmare that is purely classic! I had to keep rewinding because I laughed so hard I would miss stuff.
If laughter is the best medicine, this should cure anything that ails you. This book, while part of a series, could be read without reading the others first, although some minor things will make more sense if you have.
The early part of the book is very much like the work of Carl Hiaasen which I love. But the story, well, there really isn't much of one. There were so many tangents that I had to give it up after a couple of hours.
There are some amazing twists that come together all through out the novel that makes me think I may have missed a few really funny ones. Very entertaining!
When Marlin's fiance decides to tell him the engagement is off because she has found someone see who appreciates her puppets. Since its his press secretary, they will be forever entwined anyway!
His voice and timing are extraordinary!
The dramatic turn of the candidate. It was unexpected
I almost got lost in the story after it moved from the opening pages to the deployment. It got a little boring and probably could have been better demonstrated there. The last part was very interesting and funny but some of the incidents made it less than believable.
I think George did an adequate job- nothing award-winning. He didn't "live" the characters like others I have heard.
Absolutely not. If I hadn't broken it up I might not have gotten through it.
I am going to listen to other Dorsey books, because I have been told that others are more enjoyable than this one.
Although I love the litany of Florida trivia and views of the slimy political underside of the state, this was more a ho-hum history lesson without any of the absurd Serge antics I love in Dorsey's novels. It was an unmemorable read, other than some of the factoids that really are wonderful.
Have to say this ranks right up there.....wildly humorous, in a dark kind of way. But always politically on point. In the vein of Carl Hiaasen, too!
Following Serge, of course.
Mr Wilson's talent is amazing, makes you want to search out all his work, and listen!
That's a tough one, not sure....but it would be a great movie!
Hooked on this series of books....for sure
The. commentary on politics should be read alound before every session
I will still look forward to another adventure....but I will first be certain that Serge is front and center
Of the first three, this one struck me as the funniest one yet. Several times I had to stop driving and pull over because I was laughting too hard to drive. It may not strike everyone the same way, but it hit my sense of humor.
Not exactly sure why, but Christopher Moore's LAMB or FOOL are my comparison. Very off beat sense of humor.
The political canditates in the RAW wrestling match and the rich bastard who becomes a professional sports team owner.
Laughed hard, Dorsey has taken everyday events and showed how funny they are. And of course, there's Serge, the insane genious killer and his nonstop trivia of everything Florida.
Not necessary, but adds continuity to start the "Serge A Storms" series of books in the order they were written, This is # 3
I listen in the car while i drive. I have eclectic tastes in books and if it interests me I listen till its over.
I have recommended it to several of my friends. It's hysterically funny and fun. Florida politics have never had a magnifying glass like this one. I have also had to warn some of them that they can't have the kids in the car and some parts are going to embarrass them if someone else hears them listening without context.
Just about every Tim Dorsey book is great. I have read the entire series and loved it. I look forward to being in florida and looking for some of his landmarks. I guess I would go for Cadillac Ranch or Triggerfish Twist next. Start near the beginning of the series.
I guess it would have to be the Rolling Stones body guards.
Laugh Laugh Laugh.
Listen to it and enjoy. If your not laughing every minute wait 2 minutes and you will again.
"Dorsey has done it again."
Anarchic fun, not for the prudish or faint hearted. I recommend listening to the series. It does not matter which order, they are individual stories.
I want to go to Florida with Serge as my guide.
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