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Electric Barracuda (Serge A. Storms #13)

4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  1,632 Ratings  ·  166 Reviews
“Dorsey differs from writers such as Carl Hiassen, James Hall, and Elmore Leonard…These guys fire bullets. Dorsey makes sure his gun is filled with hollow-point.”
Sarasota Herald Tribune

Readers who can’t get enough of lovable serial killer Serge A. Storms can rejoice. He’s back in Electric Barracuda—the latest outrageous romp through the Sunshine State by Tim Dorsey, maste
Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published 2011)
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Aug 26, 2016 Tim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As usual, some rib tickling moments provided by Dorsey, especially at the outset and interspersed occasionally. The ending could have been better. 6 of 10 stars
H R Koelling
Mar 01, 2011 H R Koelling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
As with any Tim Dorsey book I read, I devour it as fast as I can, sometimes staying up well past my bedtime and/or sneaking in a few quick pages while I'm watching porn, calibrating the plutonium rod mechanism at the nuclear power plant or showering. The adventures of Serge and Coleman are also the perfect complement to a few pitchers of beer with bong hit chasers. Not that I've done a bong hit in a few decades or attempted to drink a pitcher on my own lately, but I sometimes feel like I'm back ...more
Giovanni Gelati
Feb 08, 2011 Giovanni Gelati rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I have some business to get out of the way first before I bow in front of the Serge and Coleman altar to which I pay homage. Yes, I love the characters and Tim Dorsey is an amazing author; he delivers yet another novel to which I have caused stress to my diaphragm from too much laughing and my face still hurts from too much smiling. But I digress yet again. Here is the news, well at least some of it; I have way too much to pop it all in today. The deal is this: Check out the GZONE blogtalk radio
Imagine a mash-up of MTV's iconic Beavis and Butthead meets gumshoe noir on a crazy trip through the set of Miami Vice (the Everglade years). This is one badass, non-stop thrill ride that will have you zigzagging all over the state of Florida. Who else can master dark comedy, crime thriller and state history better than Tim Dorsey? Electric Barracuda is a shining example of classic absurdist fiction. It focuses on the experiences of characters and their seemingly meaningless actions and events. ...more
Ross Cavins
Feb 07, 2011 Ross Cavins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have
I have never read a Tim Dorsey novel but being a Carl Hiaasen fan, he was recommended to me. I must say that I was not disappointed.

Dorsey has a similar style and wit to Hiaasen, but his delivery is much dryer, almost British in a way. Because his style is so different, I had trouble getting into the characters in the beginning.

That being said, once I figured out the two main characters' personalities were sarcastic most of the time, I began to get sucked in.

And while I lacked the character hist
Feb 01, 2011 Glenn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humorous-novels
If it's January, I can be assured of two things, snow, and another annual installment in the continuing Serge hijinks by Tim Dorsey. I could do without the snow, but not without the next chapter in the weirdness that is Serge. It was one frenetic romp, the whole book being fast paced, with Serge and Coleman being tracked by several different authorities, including a state agent named Mahoney (a recurring character in the series), the police, SWAT teams, and a cable TV show bounty hunter. Dorsey ...more
Jun 25, 2016 Jeanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this was the funniest Serge A Storms story to date! It seemed I was laughing more than any other story in the series. We meet some new friends: Seymour Bunsen (or is he/she really new??) and Mikey (who provides many of the laughs). And then there is Serge's crazy ex, Molly, who returns like the proverbial bad penny! Serge sets out to right a wrong done to the old gang . . . is he successful? You'll just have to read, and laugh, to find out! 8 out of 10.
Derek Dowell
Nov 17, 2011 Derek Dowell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like Tim Dorsey and his Florida travelogue adventures starring homicidal vigilante, Serge Storms, and substance abusing sidekick, Coleman, then you probably knew the date and time Electric Barracuda would be released long before it hit the shelves. But if Dorsey's thinly plotted, hyperactive tales aren't your cup of tea – well – don't say we didn't warn you. Like midget bowling during spring break in Panama City Beach, this kind of writing can be polarizing. To Tim's credit, you know exac ...more
Amy Corwin
Oct 20, 2011 Amy Corwin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
This was my first introduction to Tim Dorsey's crimnally insane character, Serge Storms and his stoner partner, Coleman, and I have to say, I loved it. The story was fast-paced, satrical, oft-times completely outrageous (and inappropriate), and if you don't have a fondness for serial killers who invent new ways of killing people who really do need a-killing, then you may not enjoy this. But I have a seriously UN-P.C. side and found myself laughing until it hurt.

One of the things that I liked bes
Jul 23, 2011 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Tim Dorsey's 13th outing of the most lovable serial killer, Serge Storms, is among the best in the series. This time, Serge is back on his blog offering Florida visitors and natives his Fugitive Tour - through the backroads and rare sites. He decides to test out his route and techniques for avoiding getting caught by pretending to be a fugitive. Good for him that it works, since his arch-nemesis Mahoney along with other Florida agents are right on his tail. This book is loaded with twists, much ...more
John Hood
Dec 24, 2011 John Hood rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two-Fisted and Twisted
Tim Dorsey Kicks Out Another Feisty Piece of Florida Fiction
John Hood
SunPost Weekly February 3, 2011

Tim Dorsey’s hyperreal crime fictions have always tripled as road guides for anyone looking to see what’s left of what once was in this fabled state of ours. In fact, he told me last year more than a few folks use a highlighter while reading his books and then hit the road so they can hang at the hotspots he’s covered. But Dorsey’s interests are in all thi
Apr 03, 2016 Sandie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Floridians, those that like funny and wacky stories
Recommended to Sandie by: I did, I collect this series
Strange, weird, wacky, homicidal, passionate, talkative, obsessed, wild, odd, eerie, and bizarre Serge A. Storms is so in love with Florida and its history that he has now started something that only Serge could do – plan a tour of Florida from a fugitive’s viewpoint.

Here’s a quote that might help you understand Serge a bit more; he’s telling his half-baked sidekick Coleman about his new venture. Serge reminds Coleman of the website he started a while back; he’d started the site because no one e
Summary: Serge Storms, that lovable thermonuclear vigilante and one stop Florida trivia shop, has been leaving corpses strewn across the Sunshine State for more than a decade. The authorities, especially one tenacious state agent, have begun to notice the exponential body count, and send a police task force to track down Serge. Could his luck finally have run out? Meanwhile, armed with his perpetually baked sidekick, Coleman, Serge decides to blitz the state and resurrect his Internet travel adv ...more
Bob Reiss
Feb 02, 2011 Bob Reiss rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Electric Barracuda is the 13th novel featuring the wild and wacky Florida Serial killer Serge A. Storms. After 13 novels, you would expect a wide variety of situation, no matter how madcap, allowing you to get a glimpse of the ever changing demented mind. Well, we might as well be expecting free healthcare and lower taxes. With Serge, you basically get the same basic thing. Serge and Coleman dashing from one interesting Florida locale to another, telling a lot of the same jokes and doing a lot o ...more
Elizabeth A.
Serge Storms is a severely in need of medication serial killer who roams the state of Florida with his perpetually stoned sidekick Coleman in tow dispensing “justice” to anyone who offends his moral sensibilities. This dynamic-duo from Hell is rude, crude, and couldn’t find socially acceptable with a preprogrammed Garmin and a month to get there.

Where we do find ourselves in Electric Barracuda is dropped into the middle of Serge’s latest scheme: offering theme vacations on his travel blog. After
Apr 15, 2011 Alison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 Reca
Dec 17, 2010 Dianne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Serge is back and in full cruisin’ mode. In this chapter of his life, he is blogging about a “fugitive themed vacation” and plotting the best getaway routes for vacationers with an edge, to enjoy. Of course, this being a Serge and Coleman novel means that along the way death and mayhem of the most humorous kind follow in their footsteps. In addition, of course, this being Serge means that mixed in with all the mayhem will be something personal…something that won’t be clear to us the readers unt ...more
Jan 19, 2011 Dianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Serge is back and in full cruisin’ mode. In this chapter of his life, he is blogging about a “fugitive themed vacation” and plotting the best getaway routes for vacationers with an edge, to enjoy. Of course, this being a Serge and Coleman novel means that along the way death and mayhem of the most humorous kind follow in their footsteps. In addition, of course, this being Serge means that mixed in with all the mayhem will be something personal…something that won’t be clear to us the readers unti ...more
Steve Auerweck
Feb 09, 2012 Steve Auerweck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure if simply >liking< Tim Dorsey's Serge Storms novels could get one diagnosed with a psychological disorder, but hey, if that's wrong I don't want to be right.

In this outing, the somewhat psychopathic Serge and his burned-out sidekick Coleman make their way to some of the most remote corners of Florida as Serge tells his blog readers how to have an exciting vacation, traveling like a fugitive. Unbeknownst to him, he's actually being pursued.

As in many of the previous outings, Do
Paul Pessolano
Jan 26, 2011 Paul Pessolano rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wait with baited breath for the next installment from Tim Dorsey.

Serge A. Storms is back in "Electric Barracuda" and again treats the reader to Florida history and sustained mayhem.

Serge is again being pursued by his nemesis Mahoney and a group of police officers are spread out across the State of Florida. Serge, in his uncanny way, is able to escape the clutches fo the law time and time again. It is amazing how Tim Dorsey puts Serge in impossible situations and finds a way for him to escape.

Jan 25, 2012 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a comic crime car chase fantasy of
ribald mayhem! I've seldom been at such a loss to describe a book, but then, I've never read a story quite like this.
Serge A. Storms and Coleman, his sidekick are racing all over the state of Florida in whatever transport that works for the particular
bind they are in that day. This is a wild, wild ride on a boat to Cedar Key, a historic train ride, a glide down the Myakka River and car escapes through St.Petersburg and other towns. Tim Dorsey who has w
Dec 13, 2010 Gail rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Serge Storms, hyperactive serial killer and Florida-phile, and his stoner friend Coleman return for another adventure. In Electric Barracuda Serge decides to pay homage to car chase movies, embarking on a fugitive tour of Florida. He and Coleman stay one step ahead of a gaggle of pursuers, including law enforcement officers, a Mystery Man, and The Doberman, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Dog the Bounty Hunter. It is particularly remarkable that they repeatedly elude capture, given that all ...more
May 17, 2011 mari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Everyone is blogging these days, including Serge, the lovable serial killer of Tim Dorsey's novel, Electric Barracuda. Serge has an idea - a tourist romp through Florida as a fugitive. a In the process of "researching" for his website, he finds himself along with his sidekick, Coleman, truly on the run as Mahoney and some other bumbling detectives try to catch him.

A fun and hilarious book which, it turns out, is part of a long running series. Who knew? Well, many people did except for me. This
Tom Croom
Is this the best of the Serge Storms books? Nope... but it's still a damn good time.

Tim Dorsey's books (for those of you that haven't read them) are 49% Florida history tour guides and 49% dark humor.

The other 2% is usually a mystery of some sort.

The mystery in this one centers around a legendary treasure left in the Everglades by Al Capone and Serge, Coleman and special guest "Mikey" make the rounds around the Sunshine State to lay the groundwork for a "Fugitive Tour" for Serge's blog. This boo
Jan 04, 2011 Angela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tim-dorsey
The Electric Barracuda is a rip roaring ride! You'll be riding along in the Barracuda with quirky serial killer Serge Storms & his stoner friend Coleman. They're on the uproarious run through Florida from law enforcement, a mystery man & the Doberman, who reminds you of a very clumsy Dog the Bounty Hunter.

Not only will you go on the run with them through the Everglades while laughing out loud, you'll learn a little history of Florida as well! Like Al Capone's hideout.

Though you would th
Ron Arden
Another great romp through Florida with Serge Storms. Serge always surprises and gives us a great history lesson in the process, but in this one, he gets a few surprises. Come to find out, Serge has a son. This kid is a holy terror. He chews through a leash at one point.

Serge and Coleman decide to create the Fugitive's Tour of Florida. It's all chronicled on a blog and followers love it. Unfortunately for Serge, a Florida law enforcement task force and his old nemesis Mahoney are also following
May 07, 2011 Janet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am still laughing out loud. I never get enough of Serge and Coleman and I am never disappointed. Serge A. Storms is the most lovable and sexy serial killer out there. Everyone who ends up on the wrong side of Serge desperately deserves what they get. The creative way Serge doles out justice is pure genius. Once addicted to the Serge and Coleman ride whenever you walk through a home improvement store, and now a grocery store toy aisle (good gods no place is safe anymore!), one look at the most ...more
Feb 05, 2012 Brett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
Tim Dorsey's Serge Storms novels are absolutely bizarrely unrealistic, yet the adventures keep coming, & I keep loving them. It doesn't get more escapist than this. Electric Barracuda feels like a first-class send-up of one of my favorite so-bad-it's-awesome movies, "Smokey & the Bandit." Serge & Coleman are on a seriously crazy pinball-machine paced tour of Florida again, this time in order to help Serge plan out the new theme of his Florida vacation planning scheme: the Florida fug ...more
May 25, 2011 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, mystery
Serge and his perpetually-baked compadre, Coleman, have been driving up and down the Sunshine State for ages — seeing the sights, having wild times, blowing their minds away through the judicious use and misuse of happy fun chemicals…(I will never look at Home Depot or Walgreen's the same way again!) and gleefully doing away with any criminal type folks that Serge decides need a good lesson.

And Serge has met a LOT of people in need, as the monstrous body count he’s left in his wake can attest. S
Feb 04, 2011 Doug rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Need a quick fix of madcap lunacy? Then Tim Dorsey is your guy. Serge and his stoner sidekick Coleman are up to their usual zany escapades. Serge's applications of his perception of "justice" seem a little less graphic this time out - otherwise not much is different from thier other adventures. As always, there is a little more here than meets the eye - beneath the slapstick humor there is more subtle and cerebral humor for those who take the time to look. All in all not a bad way to spend a wee ...more
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“Do you think heaven's like that?

Could be worse, said Serge. You know all those pushy people who keep telling us we're not going to heaven? It could be full of them instead.”
“Here’s a crash course in the economy,” said Hunter. “Americans get up each morning and go to factories and farms and fire stations and work their whole lives, creating actual products you can hold in your hands. Or some service that benefits. I mean, what the fuck’s that about?” “Work isn’t good?” “It’s the damn workers who crashed the economy.” “I thought it was you,” said Serge. “Don’t be a comedian.” Hunter started counting off on his fingers. “They lost their retirement accounts, their mortgages, their homes, even their jobs. Can’t these assholes do anything right?” “You on the other hand?” “We ended up with all the cash. And then the people turned to the government and went, ‘Holy shit! What happened to all our goddamn money? Do something!’ So the government takes even more money from the workers and—this part is absolutely priceless—they give it all to us again! Now you tell me who’s the success story.” “But what’s so hard about accepting free money?” “That’s exactly what I was thinking when half the country screamed, ‘I’ll kick your fucking ass if you give me health care!’ ” “Sounds too good for words,” said Serge. “It’s good enough for one word,” said Hunter. “Socialism.” Serge pounded the bar with his fist. “Fuck socialism.” “Don’t say that!” Hunter took a swig. “I love socialism.” “You do?” Hunter nodded hard. “Finest word in the English language. Just mention socialism, and everyone gets blinded by rage, takes their eyes off us and prints up T-shirts that insult the president.” Bleadoph raised his hands toward the ceiling in exultation. “Thank God he was elected!” “Forgive my ignorance,” said Serge, “but weren’t the bailouts socialism?” Hunter shook his head. “It’s only socialism if the money goes down, not up.” “A toast,” said Serge. “To socialism!” “To socialism!” 1 likes
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