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Product Details

  • Series: Serge Storms
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 2nd Printing edition (January 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062092782
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062092786
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Serial killer and champion of all things Florida, Serge Storms is videotaping a reality TV show about his native state that he knows “will beat those Jersey Shore mooks like a gong.” He says this to his stoner sidekick, Coleman, as he tapes a pitched gun battle taking place on U.S. 1 between Ft. Lauderdale and Miami. Readers learn only later that the firefight was between gangs vying to control the supply of OxyContin to Kentucky. It’s a dark beginning to Dorsey’s latest (Pineapple Grenade, 2012) paean to the glories and charms of the Sunshine State. The author typically has Serge dispatching the state’s most vile residents in imaginative ways, but in this one, the gangsters who die do so in a hail of MAC-10 bullets. Serge must make do with offing two oafs who violate the unwritten etiquette of the beach and the ATM queue. Fans of the series will find some belly laughs and unlikely sightseeing ideas, but the chilling portrait of Florida’s pain-clinic “pill mills” may overwhelm the comedy for some readers. --Thomas Gaughan

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“Nutty… inspired” (New York Times Book Review)

More About the Author

Tim Dorsey was a reporter and editor for the Tampa Tribune from 1987 to 1999 and is the author of ten previous novels: Florida Roadkill, Hammerhead Ranch Motel, Orange Crush, Triggerfish Twist, The Stingray Shuffle, Cadillac Beach, Torpedo Juice, The Big Bamboo, Hurricane Punch, and Atomic Lobster. He lives in Tampa, Florida.

Customer Reviews

Well-paced and brilliant writing throughout!
John Banta
I have read all of his books twice and they still make me laugh out loud while reading.
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It seemed like all the characters just didn't mesh well either.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Foiled Again on February 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Being schooled in Florida was never as enticing, interesting, or fun as reading a Tim Dorsey novel. By far my favorite Flor-a-dah author. Have learned more about my home state through Serge and Coleman than I ever did in a regular history class. When the movie is made I would pick Johnny Depp for Serge and Owen Wilson as Coleman. Thanks, Tim, for another great read.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By William Malmo on February 7, 2013
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Once again Serge and Coleman bring you non stop entertainment. I keep thinking that Serge will run out of ways to yank the miscreants from the gene pool but he still comes through with great flare. Tim Dorsey is a very twisted man and I love his work. I look foreward to the next one. Thank-you. Thank-you Thank-you.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jayne Eyre on June 8, 2013
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I won't even loan his books as they are some I want to reread again and again. I want to meet this author as he has a quirky mind and makes me laugh. I root for Serge and Coleman and can't wait for their next adventure. ginnie
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Duff HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I'm always ready for a romp through Florida with Serge and Coleman leaving a trail of mayhem and madness behind them. Tim Dorsey's latest Storms novel is The Riptide Ultra-Glide, and it's typical Dorsey craziness in terms of plot and twists.

As usual, there are multiple plot lines swirling and intersecting at random and bizarre moments. It's nearly impossible to offer up a synopsis of the story, as the explanation sounds like a half-remembered dream that went off in ten different directions at once. In Riptide, you have a vacationing couple from Wisconsin caught up in the wrong hotel at the wrong time with the wrong people who have the wrong luggage. The wrong people are drug pushers and oxy pill mill criminals, who are also dueling amongst themselves to run the Florida business. Serge and Coleman make their appearance, filming Serge's idea for a reality show (that would be Serge's reality, which is stranger than fiction) and doling out justice for those who are tearing down the fabric of society's sense of common decency and fair play. At least that's what Serge is doing... Coleman is just downing any and all drugs and booze that he can lay his hands on.

The reason I like Dorsey's novels is that I'm in awe of how he can have so many characters and scenes that keep interacting with each other at random and unexpected times. It's not so much the cohesiveness of the story as it is the continual twists and intersections. How he can keep it all straight (or even conceive of how it will unfold) is beyond me, but I'm willing to just sit back and go with it for the enjoyment of the ride.

If you're a fan of Dorsey's work, Riptide Ultra-Glide will deliver a few hours of entertainment in a way that only Serge and Coleman can provide. I enjoyed the read, even though it seemed to be over much too soon.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By EnglishMajor on May 6, 2013
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I'm a huge fan of Tim Dorsey's Serge Storms stories, & for the first couple hundred pages, I thoroughly enjoyed "Riptide Ultraglide." Then, I wanted to tear it into tiny pieces & throw it across the room.
Dorsey's work has always been uneven, but at first this one reads like classic Serge & I loved it. There's a treasure trove of Florida history, local color & general drug-related silliness (want to know the best places to hang out & drink along US Highway 1? Where Jimmy Buffett got the idea for "Desdemona's Building a Rocketship"? Why you should always use sunscreen & never use heroin? Look no further). There's the vicarious enjoyment of seeing Serge do away with the usual assorted aggravating & vicious petty & not-so-petty bad guys that trawl & crawl along the highways & byways of Florida (dance instructors who rip off elderly ladies, beach thugs, ATM bullies, miscellaneous interstate drug traffickers), using wonderfully creative & entirely plausible Rube-Goldberg-type contraptions made of parts acquired from bait shops & Radio Shack. And fans of Serge's sidekick, the perpetually drug-addled Coleman, will be delighted to see him step up to the superstar status we have always known he deserves.
But.... It appears that Dorsey should have handed over the job of plotting this one to Serge. Previous books (Hammerhead Ranch Motel, Cadillac Beach) were complicated, but all the loose ends ended up woven neatly together & everybody went out with a bang. The story here just falls apart & fizzles out. The conclusion makes absolutely no sense whatsoever (after you finish the book, go back to the beginning of Chapter 31 & read it again & you'll see what I mean) & doesn't play fair with the reader. Looks like Dorsey couldn't figure out what to do with his characters or his plot, so he just sent them off into the sunset with the intention - I presume - of bringing them back for a sequel. In the meantime, I want the last ten percent of my money back.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter F. & Lisa Wernecke on April 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover
As a huge Tim Dorsey fan who has read all of his stuff, I think this book is his best work since Atomic Lobster but When Elves Attack is also very good. Ya gotta love Serge and Coleman. Very funny and extremely entertaining. Highly recommend!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Surchik on March 22, 2013
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Wasn't up to par with previous Tim Dorsey books. Moved slow, didn't flow and characters didn't mesh. Almost like he was trying too hard. Usually can't put his books down, this one took weeks for me to read.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Geraldine Ahearn TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Tim Dorsey comes through once again, like a shining star as a Master storyteller in this brilliant book, that introduces to the reader a road-map of Florida. Patrick and Barbara are teachers, who were recently laid off due to budget cuts. They decide to take a romantic trip to Florida that turns into a nightmare. The hotel was not a good choice, and their journey to paradise in their dreams, winds up giving them migraines, with second thoughts about leaving Wisconsin at all. As their situation becomes worse through a series of bad luck and misfortune, as in The Out Of Towners, they find themselves unable to leave Florida. During their anguish, a war is brewing in Fort Lauderdale, Latinos are found dead, and the cops are busy making several arrests. Serge and Coleman are back to their own tricks to film their finest reality show, and Patrick and Barbara are introduced to Serge's psychotic behavior, while Coleman continues to sign autographs. Who will win the war in Fort Lauderdale, who will the hero be, and will Patrick and Barbara ever get back to Wisconsin? A fun-filled read from beginning to end with colorful characters, entertaining,exciting, and enjoyable. Highly recommended!
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