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Orange Crush (Serge Storms #3)

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  2,414 ratings  ·  128 reviews
The Republicans' "golden boy" -- and a loyal, unquestioning tool of the powerful special interests -- handsome, unthreatening, Florida governor-by-default Marlon Conrad seems a virtual shoo-in for re-election. That is, until he undergoes a radical personality shift during a bloody military action in the Balkans. Now it's just three weeks before the election and Marlon is s ...more
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Published March 17th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published July 3rd 2001)
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Note: Read in 2006, but such a good book I want to make sure this review is seen again!

My Synopsis: Marlon Conrad never had to do any real work in his life, being raised in the traditional Ultra Conservative Way ("Marlon Conrad learned everything he knew about life from his father . . . Rule Number One: At any given moment, poor people, somewhere, somehow, were screwing them. From this maxim all other rules flowed."), until - while running for Lt. Governor - a reporter uncovered the fact that he
Arguably the worst of Tim Dorsey's first three novels, "Orange Crush" starts out in typical Dorsey fashion, introducing several strange characters, most of them tied in to the 2002 Florida Gubernatorial election. I really enjoyed the first third of the story; the characterizations were tight and was easy to follow...then the main protagonists (a reformed Republican and his entourage) go on a election tour in an RV. That's where the story hits the skids for me. Frightfully dull and contrived. Dor ...more
Our first Tim Dorsey will be our last. Nothing but a "Carl Hiassen" on steroids, this novel barely qualifies as a crime story -- we don't even remember what the crime was, other than some half-baked sniper attempts. Rather, it is a farce filled with zany character names, absurd action, and silly plot developments, which might qualify at best as a sarcastic look at a Florida gubernatorial election campaign. When do-nothing Lt. Governor Marlon Conrad, who has paid his way into that post, suddenly ...more
In this meth spree of a novel, Dorsey takes on American politics, as Republican dynasty golden boy Marlon Conrad runs for Florida governor, but turns his campaign around after a soul-changing experience in combat in the Balkans. As his handlers panic and tycoons bluster, several individuals independently strike out to assassinate him. Unbeknownst to, well, everyone, one of Conrad’s handlers is serial killer and maniac Serge Storms, currently suffering from amnesia.

This book has many classic twis
Rex Fuller
The peculiar form of shared lunacy that reading Tim Dorsey's books manifests is progressive and congenital. The more you read the more truth emerges from sarcasm. He says of TV political ads, "The strategy shifted from 'the message' to brand recognition after it was learned that most campaigns were decided during the selection of color scheme, typeface and logo...[C]ampaign workers auditioned fonts and swatches...It was discovered that simple equaled good. A maximum of two colors, and icons less ...more
This is an incredible continuation of Dorsey's first two books, Florida Roadkill and Hammerhead Ranch Motel. Our favorite serial killer/hero Serge (although incognito) returns with his madman encyclopedic knowledge of Florida lore and several more ingenius variations on how to produce bodies. A slew of new characters are introduced : Babs (the puppet lady with trauma-inducing talents), Helmut von Zeppelin (the evil mastermind behind dirty politics), Jackie (persistant gold-digger), Escrow (twist ...more
This one was a whacky surprise for sure. The third book in a series that started with a two star reviewed book. So how do we get up to a four star? This book is a real goofy look at the political race for Governor in Florida with a couple of really whacked out opponents. I actually found myself smiling and even laughing out loud as I read this one. Now I am beginning to look forward to reading more in this series. What a strange development.
Jeff Yoak
I had to give up about half way through. The first Dorsey book I read was When Elves Attack: A Joyous Christmas Greeting from the Criminal Nutbars of the Sunshine State which was completely delightful, but Orange Crush is my third try after that book, and they've all been disappointing. They all have an appearance of Serge Storms, but at the halfway point of Orange Crush, it is only a brief mention, and otherwise it is reads like an especially weak Carl Hiaasen novel. I'm just going to have to g ...more
Mar 17, 2010 Molly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes Carl Hiaasen
Shelves: 2010
One of my favorites.

I am not sure how I missed this one, since I try to read books in the order the author wrote them, but this one, I did.

I throughly enjoyed the characters and even though Serge didn't have his normal role in this one there was still the quirky humor and renegade justice present.

I need to remember to save Dorsey books for vacation because I can never put them down and end up staying up way to late to see what happens next.
Samuel Tyler
If you study American politics you may find yourself laughing, just to fend off the tears. Their system of having elected representatives in so many roles means that these people spend half their time working on getting re-elected and not on the job at hand. Tim Dorsey explores this in a roundabout way in ‘Orange Crush’, a murder mystery comedy that centres on a Florida election. The charismatic Marlon Conrad is losing his will to perform after being mistakenly shipped off to war, leaving the us ...more
There is not as much humor as I'm accustom to in this Dorsey novel. Either that, or its just minimally funny. 4 of 10 stars
Serge Storms takes a back seat in this novel by Dorsey but there's plenty of craziness at hand even without Serge's psychoses (which do come into play by the end). "Orange Crush" is a very good satire of Florida politics and being a lifelong resident I have to say that even the craziest stuff in the book sounds plausible. It loses some of its edge towards the end when the disparate characters all come together but it's fun and funny from the beginning. The lack of classic Serge's presence doesn' ...more
David Hughes
Ending was too madcap. Funny hard hitting satire on the ever-lowering bar of human decency and intelligence in United States society in general,though...
I think Dorsey missed the mark on this one. The first two Serge A. Storms books, Florida Roadkill and Hammerhead Beach Motel, were wild and hilarious, sort of Hunter S. Thompson gonzo affairs. Serge is mentally imbalanced, prone to homicidal rage, and a walking encyclopedia of Florida history. He’s oddly likeable, and a great protagonist that propels the stories. In Orange Crush, Serge is very much a secondary character, and the story suffers. The book is an over-the-top satire and indictment of ...more
Apr 19, 2011 Sandie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Floridians, those that like funny and wacky stories
Recommended to Sandie by: I was hooked by the series by then
The last Presidential election certainly provided some fodder for Tim Dorsey’s third zany, wacky, over-the-top satirical novel. Dorsey swears that the book was mostly written before the nation turned its unbelieving eyes to Florida and the ballot disaster. I suppose I must say that, as a Floridian, the really sad part is that many pieces of this seemingly maniacal story really have happened! Thankfully, Dorsey has put his own spin on events and made them wildly entertaining.

Marlon Conrad was bro
I had mixed emotions about this book. It was consumed as an audio book and I wasn't completely enthralled by the narrator. The story involves a young man named Marlon Conrad who is groomed to be a future governor of Florida. The young man is largely uninterested, disengaged, totally unqualified and allowing himself to be pushed around by his father's contingent of supporters. He was groomed for the job with the expectation that he'd be told what to say and what to do by his powerful and connecte ...more
Ron Arden
Another great tale of insanity by Tim Dorsey. I recently read his latest novel, Electric Barracuda, and wanted to see if I missed any of the older ones. I did, so I grabbed this one. The tale is about a politician, named Marlon Conrad, who accidentally becomes governor of Florida. He comes from a political family with connections, think Jeb Bush, and is elected to be lieutenant governor. The current governor dies in office and Marlon is thrust into the head chair.

Marlon is the classic corrupt po
"This novel is different from all the other novels Dorsey has written because it is the first novel - and to date the only novel - in which Serge A. Storms is not the lead character. It is election season for Florida and Marlon Conrad is a shoe-in for governor again as he runs by the moniker of ""governor-by-default"". However, Conrad has a change of heart and his favoritism turns for the worst and to make things matter worse than that, it seems everyone wants to kill him.

The underlying theme in
Scott Foshee
“Orange Crush” is my favorite novel in the Serge A. Storms series to date (this is book 3). Although still wickedly funny, Dorsey tones down the frantic pace and unending stream of new characters so prevalent in his first two books in favor of much more in-depth characterizations. By making this change of focus, we become invested in the characters, see them change, and actually come to care about them. This slight change in writing style makes for a much better book and proves that Dorsey has d ...more
Once again Tim Dorsey hooks me into one of his books that runs in a 100 different directions at once. As always, I think I will just put the book down and come back to it later, and as always, I am hooked and keep reading it. Time and time again this author truly amazes me in the way he brings all the characters of his books together in one big climax at the end. I will continue to read this series. It is really a laugh out loud kind of read.
Dustin Gaughran
I had never heard of Tim Dorsey until I saw a large display for his novels at a bookstore one day. I looked over the titles and liked what I saw. And as a Florida native, I love books that involve my home state. 'Orange Crush' was my first Dorsey read. I know it was the third in the series, but it was the only one at the library I was at. And I have to say, I loved this book. I don't want to try very hard to describe the writing style, because I don't think I can. All I can say is that it's funn ...more
Most of Tim Dorsey's "Serge Storms" mysteries are fun, but are also pretty much alike. Orange Crush is a little different, as it centers around a Florida gubernatorial candidate with Serge as only a supporting character. The satire is a bit more focused than in many of the other books in the series, and there are some poignant moments throughout this installment dealing with war and abuse. The description of Marineland at the time this was written, along with the introduction to the character of ...more
I don't even remember half of this book. It has been my least favorite in the series so far.
I say skip it, but if you are like me and feel a need to read them in order, then you will read it anyway.
Diane Mccormack
I laughed aloud at this tongue in cheek farce. However I almost gave up on it several times because it took so long to bring all the disjointed pieces together.
I read Carl Hiaasen first, so he has a special place in my heart. That said, Tim Dorsey is just as hilariously sick. This one differed from the first two though, in that there was some thoughtfulness behind the insanity: a lifelong rich politically connected jerk of the school of entitlement has a genuinely life-changing experience that makes him someone you desperately want to succeed. Of course, he doesn't (shades of Hiaasen's Clinton Tyree?) because Florida is too completely off the charts to ...more
Essa Alroc
Ok, so this book is completely different from the other Serge novels and still completely fantastic. I've avoided reading it for a while because the main focus isn't on the love of my life, Serge Storms, but now I'm glad I did. Dorsey takes your run-of-the-mill born to be a politician, Marlon Conrad, and turns in him to someone I would actually vote for. Marlon's development from spoiled rich boy to idealistic man is both hilarious and inspiring. Of course, Serge is still there with his usual sh ...more
The perfect book to read during the election season. This follows an privileged, entitled, politically raised, guy running for governor. He accidentally ends up going to Kosovo with the army and has a life changing experience that turns him into a new man. He rents an RV and hits the streets, especially the poor neighborhoods in rural florida. Dorsey's Serge makes an appearance as the candidate's speech writer, and is his usual manic and crazy self. A fun read that once again makes fun of many a ...more
This one was a string of political tropes--mostly "liberal"--and, damn, if they don't make for funny reading.
A fun read that takes a journey through politics and personal transformation. A funny book with outlandish twists and turns. Those crazy turns make it fun.
Book 3 finished!!! I know, I'm about a decade late to the Serge Storms party, but better late than never. This book was similar to the others in the way that it took about half the book to get to the good stuff. Half the book was spent introducing a boatload of new characters and everyone scratching their heads going "where the heck is Serge?" But he's there alright! And I can't think of anyone else more deserving of an Oscar, can you? Back with the same dark humor that, in my opinion, never get ...more
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Tim Dorsey was born in Indiana, moved to Florida at the age of 1, and grew up in a small town about an hour north of Miami called Riviera Beach. He graduated from Auburn University in 1983. While at Auburn, he was editor of the student newspaper, The Plainsman.

From 1983 to 1987, he was a police and courts reporter for The Alabama Journal, the now-defunct evening newspaper in Montgomery. He joined
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Serge Storms (1 - 10 of 18 books)
  • Florida Roadkill (Serge Storms, #1)
  • Hammerhead Ranch Motel (Serge Storms, #2)
  • Triggerfish Twist (Serge Storms, #4)
  • The Stingray Shuffle (Serge Storms, #5)
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  • The Big Bamboo (Serge Storms, #8)
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  • Nuclear Jellyfish (Serge Storms, #11)
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