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The Riptide Ultra-Glide: A Novel (Serge Storms) Hardcover – January 22, 2013

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Book 16 of 18 in the Serge Storms Series

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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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Product Details

  • Series: Serge Storms (Book 16)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 2nd Printing edition (January 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062092782
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062092786
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (226 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #662,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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Really liked the zany duo of Serge and Coleman in the Triggerfish story. It was my first dive into the inside out, upside down world of Serge and the underbelly of Florida he inhabits. Unfortunately, this Riptide was a letdown from just about halfway on as the story grew more absurd even for Serge and Co. The ending was a dull thud and couldn't be coupled or tied to any previous dialoque. iI wont spoil it for anyone who reads this...you can spoil it for yourself. Really disappointed as it started out pretty good with our non heroes dashing about like homicidal Marx Brothers at the beach.
I would rewrite the story from about half way down as it was that good until then....the rest was torture similar to the treatment Serge gives his victims.
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