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1.0 out of 5 starsThis is the Worst Book I've read all Year!
Reviewed in the United States on December 26, 2020
Bought this thinking the author's style was similar to Carl Hiaasen, whose books I love. This is a terribly-written book, "in the style of Hiaasen," but too poorly to be enjoyable at all. All rambling plot twists and nonsensical characters, with a totally contorted ending. I kept hoping it would get better, but it got worse to the very end. Avoid Tim Dorsey, he's a terrible writer.
5.0 out of 5 starsThe best Serge Storms book I’ve read yet.
Reviewed in the United States on January 5, 2021
This book benefitted from making Serge a side character. The character development was rich and surprisingly layered. I loved the characters although some (like the other surviving members of Conrad’s unit). The wartime scene and its aftermath were powerful haunting and some of the best stuff Dorsey has written. The humor comes pretty close to Carl Hiaasen levels.
I am pretty sure I am not a sociopath, but I also pretty sure something in my soul is a "sick puppy." I know the rules of morality. Don't murder. Don't rape.Don't torture. Do an occasional good deed when feasible and practical.
My life in a relatively mild way has been filled with crime, both violent and non-violent. Not anything I planned. I was usually on the "good guys" side. Tim Dorsey knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men and writes about it with intense humor and skill. Don't read his books if you are squeamish and sensitive. If you get twisted amusement from the dark side of life 21st Century human life, he may be the best writer in the world for you. Read at your own risk.
I love returning to Tim Dorsey's Florida novels. It's like meeting up with an old friend. I know I'll get a quick, funny read that will make me laugh out loud on occasion.
"Orange Crush" is a bit of a departure from the first two books. The plot concerns the race for governor in Florida, and how the numb-brained shoo-in lieutenant governor has a maturing epiphany while serving in Bosnia and comes back to run a campaign based on truth and honesty.
I don't think this novel was as funny as the previous two, but I sort of liked the change in direction -- it satirizes Florida politics savagely and it's not, as the first two books were, exclusively about Serge, lost money, and piling bodies.
The plotting of this novel (and the use of the word "plot" here is only in the most vague sense) is as chaotic as Marlon's campaign. And truthfully, this novel definitely starts to run out of steam as it gets to its end.
But it's hard to complain. Dorsey is just a brilliant comedy writer who knows how to give you that perfect deadpan nudge that makes it impossible to stop a laugh from bubbling out. The big debate finale that takes place at a WWF match is perhaps one of the funniest things I've ever read. It certainly boosts the end of the book, which starts to sag.
Yeah, the book is over the top, but that's what makes these novels so much fun. The adults act like deranged children, the scenarios are preposterous, and the violence intense and yet casual. But don't tell me you didn't laugh your butt off.
And as long as Dorsey keeps telling his tales, I will gladly read them.
Serge is back, jacked to the gills on caffeine and ready to set the world straight according to his own twisted sense of justice. Tim Dorsey has perfected the art of the zany crime thriller, and he delivers all the goods here: mystery, suspense, action, zippy dialogue, plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, and more than a few surprises. Another great read!
4.0 out of 5 starsanother crazy story with a body count
Reviewed in the United States on March 23, 2011
Recently I stumbled across this series as I was getting ready to go to Tampa Fl. Seeing as the stories all take place in Florida and much of the tales taking place right in Tampa I jumped right in and started reading. What a crazy murderous tale that didn't just stop at one book, not two books, not even three books, the series is up to thirteen books.
When starting Orange Crush, I first thought that it was going to not be about the main character of the first two books Surge A. Storms, a certifiable nut case who is boarder line genius. The story starts out about the political history of the Governor of Florida and continues through the Governors race leading up to the election. Of course love him or hate him Surge shows up and has amnesia which makes the story all the better. Many characters are introduced and Tim Dorsey will have you wondering until the end how are all the characters going to end up crossing paths in the end? Great fast paced look at the political machine and the state of Florida. I know this is a work of fiction, but not sure that it is far from the truth when it comes to politics.
Reviewed in the United States on February 16, 2017
Yet another wild romp starring our favorite Genius Sociopath, Serge & his Consummate Abuser-of-All-Things-Mind-Altering side-kick Coleman! Tim Dorsey does the incredibly difficult task of writing about the insanity and weirdness of Florida as well as master writer/author Carl Hiassen does in his books about Florida & that States loony residents - which is no small feat.