Miami has always set the weirdness bar, but Serge Storms is back in action and ready to pole vault over it.
First, there's the media frenzy over the “Hollow Man”, a gutless corpse found on the beach. And yet people think it’s perfectly normal to find dead sharks in the middle of downtown boulevards - or to spot black mushroom clouds behind the airport. Then there are the roving bands of carjackers who suddenly find themselves inconvenienced. Not to mention people lurking outside sex-addiction meetings.
Could this be the work of Serge, that eccentric trivialista and one-man vigilante? And why is he extensively photographing foreign consulates right before the critically important Summit of the Americas comes to town? Does it have something to do with Serge’s declaration to tell his ever-stoned sidekick, Coleman, that he’s decided to become a spy? Of course he’s not working for anyone yet, so Serge is content to just spy for himself until he shows up on radar and his talents are appreciated. His ace in the hole? Serge’s newly revamped Secret Master Plan! His spider senses tell him something big is about to go down in Miami, and it just might involve the recently reactivated CIA cell operating in the same historic building that plotted the overthrow of Fidel Castro.
The intelligence community isn't amused, and they want answers:
How did Serge and Coleman get so cozy with the president of a banana republic?
Who is the femme fatale with a heart of gold - and national pride?
Why is the congressman in favor of the latest oil spill?
When did everyone in the city forget how to drive?
And what about the Most Laid Man in Miami?
Meanwhile, a mysterious international man of intrigue is shipping military arms around the clock, in competition with clandestine flights of souvenirs, causing the office of Homeland Security to take measures against people who aren’t scared enough. The crossfire of chaos continues to escalate as Serge plays Extreme Dominos in Little Havana, hurtling everyone toward a fateful climax that seems destined for the hemispheric summit jamboree on the shores of Biscayne Bay.
So put on your favorite pink flamingo shirt, hit the dunes of South Beach, and find all the answers in... Pineapple Grenade!
©2012 Tim Dorsey (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers
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 loved this it made me laugh out loud. I couldn't wait to get back in the car to listen to more of it. Tim Dorsey always makes me laugh and this book was no exception.
If you have never tried one of Tim Dorsey's "Serge" books, this one is a great start. He has been able to maintain these insane characters over several books with extremely creative plots (and murders) while taking his fresh shots at Floridian foibles. As usual, I found myself literally LOL. I'm already impatient for the next book. The only shortfall I noted was vagueness at Johnny Vegas' latest disaster. There is usually a more graphic description of how his dismal record is kept intact. Oliver Wyman has honed his narration to perfection (and we know narrators are gods - read the book). Download this book and be ready for the wild ride -- heck, be bold and live large like Serge, and download all his books! They're addictive.
I would not recommend this as their first Serge book. I have read nearly all of Dorsey's books and would say this is the weakest of them all.
I read all the Tim Dorsey books because they make me laugh out loud. But this is one you can skip.
I love his portrayal of Coleman.
Probably just to see who they cast as Serge
I love Tim Dorsey's books. My biggest problem is that I read in bed and I chuckle so much when reading that it keeps my wife from sleeping. That said, this one was a disappointment. The most enjoyable thing about a Serge Storm book is that he is a zany, madcap anarchist which an overweening sense of historic justice. He has always been apolitical in that he looks down on all politicians and their ilk. This time he lets his dormant BDS issues out, which really interferes with the flow. He also writes this one more as a thriller which is no consistent with the other Serge books. This one can be skipped unless you really want to read the whole series.
My first Surge read. Now I am hooked on the series, fun.
Easy to listen too
I am a professional photographer - Kelan Photography - who lives in South Beach. I call my collection "Photography from a Different Perspective." The images I create are formed from the designs and colors in nature. They are somewhat abstract. I always have an audiobook playing except on those days when I take a stress break and go wading through the everglades and take pictures of alligators.
Yes. Though some are better than others, I love all the Serge books. This is one of the best. I think in part because I recently moved to Miami Beach so I'm familiar with the places Serge, et al get into trouble.
Oliver Wyman has much improved from his earlier "Serge" readings. I love his voice here.
SEMI-SPOILER: There is a sad part at the end that I wish could have been handled differently. It made an otherwise grand story less... um... grand.
Oh yes, it moves fast, and sometimes, you miss things.....
When he got a government badge.
He's good with voices.....
Coleman, maybe......no, Serge for sure
More in the Serge saga.....give me more!!
Anger at its extreme political bias, sadness for its worn out story line. Serge ranting and murdering is a theme Dorsey has milked for too many books and it now is tedious and unrewarding listening.
If you think MSNBC presents a fair view of the news this is the book for you. Otherwise forget it!
I didn't do much for the first twenty years of my life, spent the next twenty in the military, and the twenty after that in college. Then, I mostly retired.
This was not really a story, but a set of interlinked satirical glimpses of recent events.
A Grisham novel.
A good story teller, dynamic, good speed of delivery, and great characterization, by far the best part of this effort.
Disappointment, followed by confusion. I guess I wanted to be able to lose myself in a story, but instead, I was repulsed by the characters. Nothing heroic, nothing particularly civilized, and one line after another of trite, shopworn phrases.
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