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Hurricane Punch | [Tim Dorsey]

Hurricane Punch

Welcome to another typical summer in Florida, the season of the storms. Serge Storms. That loveable serial killer, an under-under-medicated dispenser of truth, justice, and trivia, is back with a vengeance. And not a weirdness-laced moment too soon. His cherished home state is about to take a beating, and from far more than the way-too-routine conga line of hurricanes bearing down on the peninsula. Corpses have begun turning up at a disturbing rate, even for Florida.
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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to another typical summer in Florida, the season of the storms. Serge Storms.

Serial killer Serge A. Storms, that loveable, under-under-medicated dispenser of truth, justice, and trivia is back with a vengeance. And not a weirdness-laced moment too soon.

His cherished home state is about to take a beating, and from far more than the way-too-routine conga line of hurricanes bearing down on the peninsula. Corpses have begun turning up at a disturbing rate, even for Florida, and it looks like a brutal serial killer is on the loose. Serge vows to stop at nothing in his campaign to make All Things Right - unless if he gets bored or distracted by a cool souvenir or a whatever.

But his path won't be obstacle free.

Agent Mahoney has picked up the scent. The obsessive criminal profiler is convinced there is no second killer. Then there's Coleman, whose triathlete approach to the sport of polyabuse binging just might derail the mission more than the entire police community put together. The pace picks up. Winds howl, TV reporters fly around the beach, and questions mount: Who's stalking Tampa Bay's most sensitive journalist? Do multiple orgasms improve storm tracking? Why is the feeding-tube guy so quiet? All of which ultimately leads to the most pressing question on everyone's new-millennium lips: What would Serge do?

Listen to the sequel, Atomic Lobster.

©2007 by Tim Dorsey; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"As Serge evades law enforcement and perennial nemesis Agent Mahoney, his latest road trip allows him to skewer everything from President Bush to fast food establishments, with particular emphasis given to the foibles of the media (newspapers) for which Dorsey once worked." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Steven los angeles, CA, United States 02-19-13
    Steven los angeles, CA, United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Love the Series Do not like the new reader"

    I love all of Tim Dorsey's Serge Storms books, i have been listening to them in order of coming out on Audible. I loved the reader up until they changed the reader starting with
    Hurricane Punch. The new reader is no Serge Storms.
    The original reader made all the character voices different. This new readers voice sounds the same for too many (not all ) of the characters. His voice does not sound like the Serge we know and love.

    I was almost going to stop listening to the series because of this new reader. But the books are still funny.

    Audible, please have the original reader brought back.
    The new one may be good for other books but NOT for Serge Storms

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Brad Seattle, WA, USA 02-20-08
    Brad Seattle, WA, USA 02-20-08
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    "Can't get enough Serge"

    As long and Coleman and Serge keep on rolling, I'll be happy to keep reading. Love the irreverence and absolute irony of an insane man with a mission.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bill 11-19-12
    Bill 11-19-12
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    "Bring back George Wilson"
    If you could sum up Hurricane Punch in three words, what would they be?

    Bring back George Wilson. The story and humor is excellent but the reader is terrible.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jon Santa Fe, NM, United States 06-01-09
    Jon Santa Fe, NM, United States 06-01-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Little things"

    I listened to this one for the second time on a recent trip and was surprised at how many little things I had missed the first time. It was amazingly fresh and funny all over again. I am planning to wait another year or so and try again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Edythe Pinellas Park, FL, USA 06-20-07
    Edythe Pinellas Park, FL, USA 06-20-07 Member Since 2004
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    "I love Serge"

    Maybe it is because I am a psychiatric nurse but I love Serge. I am a now a devoted fan of Tim Dorsey. I hope some of his earlier works come out in Audible. I wrote him an email and he answered me and also hopes he has more audible books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amy hilton head island, SC, USA 06-23-07
    Amy hilton head island, SC, USA 06-23-07
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    "Back to form"

    As far as I am concerned, "Florida Road Kill" is one of the best comic novels of all time. Dorsey had a few books inbetween that were not up to par, but he seems to be back on track. This was a great read, with a good reader. This one will keep you laughing out loud.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey 07-18-13
    Jeffrey 07-18-13
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    "Narrater was a bad choice"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I listened to the book because Serge Storms is a train wreck that you just have to see. This is book 9 of the Serge Sorms series that I've listened to and it is destroyed by the new narrator. Who the f*** decided that George Wilson shouldn't finish the series? I hope he didn't die because I appreciate his other work. Was he to expensive for the corporate weinies. Who ever is responsible for this travisty can go to an apartment with Serge.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Oliver Wyman?

    The original Geoge Wilson. What the hell are you people thinking? Did anybody listen to the the great performance by George Wilson before have that screeching sorry excuse for a narrator replace him. He tris different voices but Serge and Coleman sound the same. Serge always comes off as mad but those who listen to the series know that is bulls....


    Any additional comments?

    BRING BACK GEORGE WILSON. I WOULD PAY FOR THE BOOKS ALL OVER AGAIN TO HERE IT FROM THE MASTER.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Priestess Babbitville, MO USA 06-04-08
    Amazon Priestess Babbitville, MO USA 06-04-08 Member Since 2006

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    "Ruined by Narrator"

    If you first listened to "Torpedo Juice" narrated by George Wilson, as I did, then you, too, probably looked forward to Dorsey's other funnies. Unfortunately, Wyman takes the silly, but amusing, author's work over the top and into insufferable cartoonish juvenile fiction. His screaming and animations do not compensate for vocal and pacing limitations. Many times one cannot tell when he switches from one to another character and has only a few voices in his entire repertoire.

    George Wilson, bringing a relaxed, almost deadpan, reader to the superior (original?) author of this genre, Carl Hiaasen, has us rolling on the floor.

    Sadly, the loss of George Wilson and use of Wyman has us searching elsewhere for our Hiaasenish audio book fix. Any suggestions? In the meantime, I'll read Dorsey in print.

    Oliver Wyman

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Chantel 08-23-14
    Chantel 08-23-14 Member Since 2004
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    "OMG did I get the Wrong Book?"
    Would you listen to Hurricane Punch again? Why?

    Heck ya, it's a really good story and just kept me laughing


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I do believe the question is DUMB for this book series, if your getting your Tim Dorsey fix your doing it for SERGE everyone else pales to that bundle of high tension wires liberally soaked in coffee flavored caffeine and a skewed idea of fair play. He just happens to do what most people wish we could do.


    What does Oliver Wyman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Ok I actually stopped the book 2 minutes in and had a TOTAL WTH(ell) Moment. Thought the player had crossed books and I was not getting my daily recommended allowance of Florida history nuggets and sprinkled with extra Serge and a side of Baked Coleman (kind of liked Baked Alaska without chocolate or merengue). I pulled over to the side of the road and had to check that the reader had changed and I was NOT in need of some of those pills Serge is suppose to take but doesn't cause he don't like the way he feels. But It's Serge so I give Oliver a chance to convince me he is capable of Sergness. Sure glad my Serge fix was stronger than my willpower to stop listening to the book. Oliver does a GREAT JOB in all aspects.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When I heard "we hope you've enjoyed audible" I damn near cry each time.


    Any additional comments?

    If you can't get into a Serge book I do believe you may be just a little too uptight and I would suggest for your next reading enjoyment you should look into the complete and unabridged version of Websters College Edition Dictionary read by Mr. Ed - if you do like a lot of humor mixed in with obscure history and a pinch of justified (if slightly warped) indignation and maybe a little over the top execution of sentence then yes you need to get a Serge book. But if you haven't had the privilege of Serge before GET OFF THIS PAGE and get the start at FLORIDA ROADKILL - it's been a wild ride so far and I don't wanna get off I'm going to play this one till the end or when Serge is held down and made to take his Meds - in short to me Serge A. Storms is a creative dose of "if only I could" mentality that most of us wish we could do. Serge does punch the boss for being a jerk and WILL get you to turn down the radio. (The or else DOSEN'T even have to be said).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Byrd Fort Worth, TX 05-11-13
    C. Byrd Fort Worth, TX 05-11-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Surge, storm chaser!!!"
    If you could sum up Hurricane Punch in three words, what would they be?

    Stormy weather!!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hurricane Punch?

    When the eyes of two hurricanes crossed. Surge playing Jumpin Jack Flash!!!


    Have you listened to any of Oliver Wyman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Well, here's the thing.....never listened to this guy before, and was disappointed when I saw that George Wilson was not doing this one. But after listening to the full novel, Mr Wyman did a very good job!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    laugh out loud!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Not for the prudish or faint hearted"

    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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