Monday, February 28, 2011

Review: Electric Barracuda by Tim Dorsey

I may be late getting to this series by Tim Dorsey, but I am an instant fan! 

Never will you meet a more likable and hilarious serial killer.  Serge Storms is a tour guide of sorts, yet as he travels around Florida unknowingly running from the law, he makes the state a little safer for the rest of us.

Serge, along with his sidekick, Coleman, take their website readers on a new adventure - Fugitive on the Run - for people who want to "pretend" to be outlaws, like Arnold Schwartzenegger in Total Recall.  As they make their way along little known roads and outposts criss-crossing their way across the Everglades, they dodge Serge's arch nemesis, formerly retired Special Agent Mahoney. 

Mahoney, Serge and Coleman, along with the most outrageous cast of characters you will ever meet, are each hysterically funny and vividly drawn.  Tim Dorsey has a rhythm so unique, I am only upset I didn't discover his writing sooner.

This is a hilarious ride!  I found myself guffawing aloud in the most inconvenient of places - doctor's waiting rooms, on the exercise bike at physical therapy, in the library.  I think everyone around me was jealous that I had a hysterical book while they were listening to boring Lady Gaga on their iPods. 

I have to tell you, Electric Barracuda is not the first in the series, and while I wished that I had started it from the beginning, this book can be read as a stand alone.  That being said, I can't wait for the next one!  In the meantime, I am going back to the beginning.  This may just be my new favorite, highly recommended series!

Move over, Stephanie Plum, get ready to share your shelf with Serge Storms!

TLC Book Tours

Many thanks to TLC Book Tours for inviting me to read this book!

TLC Electric Barracuda Tour Page (everything you need to know about Tim Dorsey or Electric Barracuda!)

Dear Readers, I just realized that Electric Barracuda is Tim Dorsey's 13th book, so I have quite a lot of catching up to do.  As I said, this book CAN be read as a stand alone, but if you, like me, would like to enjoy the series from the beginning, we have two options:

Publication order (with publication dates) Florida Roadkill (1999), Hammerhead Ranch Motel (2000), Orange Crush (2001), Triggerfish Twist (2002), The Stingray Shuffle (2003), Cadillac Beach (2004), Torpedo Juice (2005), The Big Bamboo (2006), Hurricane Punch (2007), Atomic Lobster (2008), Nuclear Jellyfish (2009), Gator A-Go-Go (2010), Electric Barracuda (Jan. 25, 2011)
Chronological order (linear story order) Triggerfish Twist, Florida Roadkill, Hammerhead Ranch Motel, The Stingray Shuffle, Orange Crush, Cadillac Beach, Torpedo Juice, The Big Bamboo, Hurricane Punch, Atomic Lobster, Nuclear Jellyfish, Gator A-Go-Go, Electric Barracuda

(Triggerfish Twist is available for download on Kindle for less than $2.00!)


heathertlc said...

The idea of Stephanie Plum and Serge Storm sharing shelf space (actually, sharing ANY space) really has me cracking up ... I mean, from what I can tell, they are as different as different can be!

I'm so glad you gave this one a try - it's such a treat to find a new series to love, isn't it?!

Thanks for being on the tour.

bermudaonion said...

I love a book that makes me laugh out loud!

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