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Gator A-Go-Go: A Novel (Serge Storms) Hardcover – January 26, 2010

4.3 out of 5 stars 127 customer reviews
Book 12 of 18 in the Serge Storms Series

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Spring break, from its innocuous beginnings in 1935 to its drunken orgiastic present, provides the theme for bestseller Dorsey's dizzy 12th adventure to feature vigilante serial killer Serge A. Storms (after Nuclear Jellyfish). When vengeful drug dealers and federal agents go after an innocent college student, Andy McKenna, who's come to enjoy Florida's Panama City Beach, Serge becomes Andy's protector. Along the way, Serge delivers rough justice in inventive and bizarre fashion (death by garage door, by bridge guitar, etc.) to a mugger, a rude driver, and various others guilty of minor infractions. The reality show Girls Gone Haywire offers ample opportunities for scathing satire, as the show's producer becomes another one of Serge's targets. Meanwhile, Coleman, Serge's perennially stoned companion, acts as a guru to the spring breakers. As usual, Dorsey leavens the slapstick humor with intriguing bits of Florida historical lore. (Feb.)
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Serge Storms, Dorsey’s irrepressible spree killer and scholar-aficionado of all things Floridian, returns determined to make a documentary film about one of the state’s most important contributions to American pop culture: spring break. Dorsey stays faithful to his formula (road trip; drug-cartel assassins on the prowl; Serge’s inventive offings of various Florida miscreants; beautiful, predatory women; and odd bits of Florida trivia—Florida was the first state in the U.S. to ban midget tossing). Of course, it’s all washed down with vast quantities of mind-altering substances. Despite the formula’s familiarity, Gator a-Go-Go feels fresher than Dorsey’s recent books. Serge realizes that Florida’s most twisted lowlifes and criminals may be the only solution to the state’s overdevelopment; eventually, they will scare off tourists, immigrants, and real-estate developers. Along the way, Coleman, Serge’s spectacularly drug-addled pal, is quickly seen by Panama City undergraduate revelers as a guru who generously shares his partying wisdom in impromptu seminars on the beach. It’s a side of Coleman we haven’t seen. Great characters from previous books make welcome reappearances, too. All of Dorsey’s books offer belly laughs, but this one seems a cut above. --Thomas Gaughan
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Product Details

  • Series: Serge Storms
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (January 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061432717
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061432712
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,298,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Miz Ellen VINE VOICE on December 5, 2009
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Beyond the pristine confines of Disney World lies a strange land of steamy tropical heat and mayhem known as Florida. Florida is known for alligators and funny writers who also bite. Tim Dorsey, like Carl Hiaasen, writes wickedly funny novels.

This one involves the witness protection program, a group of students on spring break, and a criminal family headed by Madre which contains her favorite "son" Guillermo. No mother ever a had a more polite psychopathic murderer in the family. The criminals are after one of the college students and the FBI is after the criminals.

With an informant in the ranks on either side, it looks like a toss up as to which will win and the only certain losers are innocent bystanders who become the collateral damage of this conflict.

The wild card in this gamblers deck is Serge A. Storm, a psychopath of many talents and his untrustworthy sidekick, Coleman. Coleman has only one talent but it is a huge one: the man knows how to party and parties without a safety net.

When he is not inventing Rube Goldberg contraptions to slaughter people who have ticked him off, like the guy who honks in traffic or the dude who does not stop for school buses, Serge is filming a documentary on that great Florida tradition, spring break. Naturally he falls in with the college students who are being stalked by the crooks and takes matters into his own hands, executing (in every sense of that word) vigilante justice.

It's bad, gruesome and wickedly funny. I downgrade from five stars to four partly because the beginning with numerous abrupt scene and time shifts was hard to follow but mainly because of the scene involving Serge's Garage-Door Guillotine device. That's a pretty nasty thing for an innocent homeowner to come home to...
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Pick up a book by Tim Dorsey and you immediately start to share it with those around you. You probably don't share the plot, characters, or dialog, but by laughing out loud, you are allowing others to share in the craziness of the book. Gator A-Go-Go, the latest novel from the mind of Tim Dorsey, takes the reader on a historical tour of Spring Break in Florida with the most unusual tour guide, serial killer Serge A. Storm and his faithful, inebriated sidekick, Coleman.

Every year, students flock to Florida for that rite of passage known as Spring Break. Among the hundreds of thousands of students, Serge arrives in Panama City to film his documentary on Spring Break. Also in Panama City is a group of killers looking for one particular student and the FBI, attempting to protect the student. Through a series of wonderful coincidences, the student, and his friends, fall in with Serge and Coleman. Traveling with Serge, the student is as safe as he can be. Although just being with Serge tries your sanity and patience. Coleman, usually outside of his element in most of Serge's adventures, finds his place in life. What is better for a hard core party animal like Coleman than Spring Break? He is totally in love with all things Spring Break and reaches mythical status with the college students as he shares his secrets of hard core partying. The backdrop of Spring Break also provides ample opportunity for Serge's particular, and peculiar, brand of justice.

Gator A-Go-Go is a departure from Dorsey's previous Serge novels. For one, he brings Coleman to the forefront in much of the novel. Usually used for (more) comic relief, Coleman is presented much more in this novel, providing the reader with a much better character than in past novels.
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After a Miami crime gang ruins his Spring Break by targeting a snitch's son, Serge A. Storms and his equally drug-addled and alcohol besotted best friend, Coleman, aim to track down the gang members and take them out while doing a springbreak travelogue.
I've read all of Tim Dorsey's novels and loved every one of them. More laugh-out-loud hilarious romps than any other author I've come across. inane humor and some graphic violence, wrapped up in some weird and original plots that come together perfectly in the end, make this one of the most entertaining talents I look forward to reading. Awesome. Keep it up.
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My Mom bought this for my brother who is in jail. No, he's not a child, despite acting like one. He is in jail for a plethora of things, none which are relevant to this review. Apparently you can read this in jail, so that's good. I think it's on his maturity level. I didn't read the book, but he didn't complain about it and scream and cry, so I give it 5 stars just for that alone. You have to really pick and choose what you send someone to read in jail. The guards have to read through it first to make sure it's okay to read, and they didn't complain about it, so that's good. I'm sure this passed the time very wisely for my brother in jail. I'm shocked he can read.
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Another wild ride with crazy genius sociopath Serge A. Storms and his faithful sidekick Coleman. Spring Break hijinks turn into a hilarious romp with hitmen, college kids,two hot ladies, the FBI, little old ladies, and new uses for construction sites.
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