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Electric Barracuda by Tim Dorsey
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May 05, 12

Read from April 29 to May 05, 2012

Tim Dorsey has established himself as it pertains to his character, Serge A. Storms but with over ten novels under his belt using this singular character as well as sticking to the same formula which includes characters and setting, it is amazing that after all this time, Dorsey can still write a phenomenal read filled with comedy, intensity, and of course Florida history.

This time, Dorsey takes Serge on a roadtrip but not just any trip, a Fugitive Roadtrip or a Fugitive Vacation. Serge - along with Coleman - transverse the weirdest state in the union reenacting what it would be like to be a fugitive on the run from the law. This fits quite well for the Florida theme since the state is known as the place where "strippers and serial killers" go to. Anyways, as the story progresses, Serge shows Coleman what to do and where to go to avoid capture from the law. There is also a secondary story incorporated in which Serge is teaching the facts about how Florida was a haven for villains including the most popular crime boss in American history, Al Capone. This dynamic between the past and the present is making the story more intricate and daresay interesting for it is nice to see how the past played itself for events happening in the present.

Then there is of course Agent Mahoney who is hot on Serge's trail. This adds a different dynamic again since Serge is not trying to avoid capture on his Fugitive Tour yet inadvertently he is by trying to stay one step ahead of Mahoney who pretty much is the same as Serge with the exception of the need to kill bad people. Speaking of killing, Serge gets interesting with his murders again. They're not that detailed or intricate as before but they are still unique.

All in all, this was one of the most satisfying reads I have read within Serge A. Storms Series. I did come across some typos which may be the printer's fault but I am unsure of that. Still a great read if you love this series. Will definitely suggest this novel to anyone who loves Carl Hiaason or Christopher Moore but will also suggest reading the other novels prior to this one in sequence first.
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Reading Progress

04/30/2012 page 30
8.0% "Stereotypical Serge A. Storms which is not necessarily a bad thing. Do love the rap song he wrote. :P"
05/01/2012 page 73
19.0% "Really liking this book thus far...but that's very biased because it's Serge A. Storms!"
05/02/2012 page 179
47.0% "This cat and mouse chase story is very entertaining."
05/02/2012 page 179
47.0% "This cat and mouse chase story is very entertaining."
05/03/2012 page 230
60.0% "One of the better adventures of Serge."
05/04/2012 page 274
71.0% "ALMOST THERE!"

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