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Orange Crush

(Serge A. Storms #3)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  3,667 ratings  ·  209 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 ...more
Paperback, 354 pages
Published April 2nd 2002 by HarperTorch (first published July 3rd 2001)
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Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Let me catch you up on Serge A. Storms…
Probably the most likable serial killer you are ever likely to meet…or if you are a bad person, lucky enough not to meet.
50% Genius, 50% Crazy (certifiably so, in the literal sense, even though he is a well-functioning nutcase), 100% walking Floridian encyclopaedia…

ORANGE CRUSH is a bit different, though. While Serge features in the story it is not really about him.
This story is about Marlon Conrad and his race for re-election as governor of Florida…
Dec 09, 2016 rated it liked it

3.5 stars

Political chicanery in Florida takes a hilarious turn in this comic novel.

Florida Lt. Governor Marlon Conrad, who's handsomer than a movie star, is part of a political dynasty that knows how to get the job done - that is, get elected and get rich. Marlon's father, expecting his son to enter politics, taught the boy to take graft from the rich and powerful, disdain the poor and disenfranchised, and fry criminals in the electric chair.....which is generally popular with the public.

Mike French
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If either Dave Berry or Carl Hiaasen had a wacky brother that was kept locked in the basement,he must have changed his name to Tim Dorsey! I enjoyed the roller coaster ride from start to finish about Florida politics and I am sure you will too.
Jun 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Tamara T
Apr 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Although Orange Crush was published more than 15 years ago, I am convinced Tim Dorsey is psychic. The novel is entertaining and ridiculous so much so that in your wildest dreams you would not expect to take it not as a grossly exaggerated satire but rather a mildly embellished depiction of current events.
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Theater of the absurd. If you brake the book seriously you will miss the point.
Stacy Fetters
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Capitalists don’t want free trade any more than they want whooping cough. Their nature is to conglomerate, homogenate, vertically integrate and dominate until there is no competition. The rules? Screw the rules! They’ll rig the game, spit on the ball, bribe the refs, tilt the playing field, pork the cheerleaders and kick free enterprise in the nuts.”

When I first saw this cover, one thing comes to mind, REM. And then I thought, wait for just one second, there are two things that pop into my
Jan 26, 2009 rated it it was ok
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. ...more
3.5 stars

A hilarious walk on the surreal side with the inimitable Serge A. Storms. This is an early book in the series that follows a bunch of loons during the course of a hotly contested American election in Florida. It's political satire taken to the nth degree as campaigns descend into quagmire of cheating, lies, name calling, mud slinging, misogyny, racism.......wait......this is fiction, right?
Entertaining (& frighteningly prescient) read.
Jay Fusco
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Zany is the best word I can come up with to describe Tim Dorsey's works. Orange Crush
portrays politics in Florida in his outrageous, over the top style. The wrestling match had me laughing out loud. I really like the way he ties together multiple threads. Serge was a little subdued in this one but that did not affect the story at all. I also really enjoy the names that Mr. Dorsey's gave to his characters, some of them are really wild. I find this series growing on me.
Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
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.
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Of the few editions in this series, I have liked this one the best. And it can be read as a standalone without too much trouble, I think. I simply love his satirical funny take on politics and life in Florida. Trump would have ruled Florida in Dorsey's wild world, and I wonder if he doesn't shake his head and say to himself "I created a monster." Readers who like to laugh and have even some knowledge of what it is to be a Floridian should gravitate to and adore these books.
Nov 17, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Apr 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
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
Rex Fuller
Aug 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Larry Hostetler
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
A bit different from the other Serge Storms books I've read (and I'll get to them all eventually).

Set during a campaign for Florida Governor, there are plenty of Dorseyish wacky characters, and it isn't until halfway (or so) through the book Serge is "introduced."

There are several scenes of mayhem and humor, and a little less Florida trivia than in some other books in the series.

But the natural building of suspense that a political campaign creates works well in this plot. And while it is
Oct 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Toni McKilligan
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Serge has lost his mind! Well, maybe not his mind, just his memory. And now he's working as the public relations manager for the Governor of Florida. I don't want to spoil anything for anyone, but if you know Serge A. Storms at all, you know this is a recipe for an absolute riot! Tim Dorsey's unique perspective will either have you booking the next flight to the Sunshine State, or crossing it off your bucket list forever. Probably safer to hop on board the Orange Crush and travel vicariously ...more
Scott Foshee
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
“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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Glen U
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
An excellent book to read after our recent presidential election. Hilarious, well written, fast paced and shows the ridiculousness of the political world. This is actually the third in the Serge Storm series and as is all of the series, is an excellent satirical crime novel. It also is irreverent and, I think, quite realistic in Dorsey's portrayal of the political system. Dorsey, along with Christopher Moore, Bill Fitzhugh, Elmore Leonard, and Carl Hiaasen continue to be at the forefront of the ...more
Essa Alroc
Aug 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Kara Prem
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the 3rd book in the Serge series, but for most of the book, Serge has amnesia and is working as the press secretary for the Governor of Florida. Marlon Conrad became Governor after a plane wreck killed the previous Governor.

Marlon had started life as a stereotypical politician, but changed into someone with a conscious after serving a stint with his National Guard Unit in Bosnia. The book follows an absolutely bizarre governor's race that I wouldn't have thought possible, but after the
Glenn Bruce
Jun 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
I love what Tim Dorsey does; I just always long for a better, more coherent story. Of the four or five of his books that I have read, I enjoyed this one the best - as the story is fuller, richer, and ties everything together in a more satisfying way. It still has all the FL references, and the silly fun, but it has a bigger arc and is actually about something, as well. He captures the oddities and hypocrisies of modern politics without bashing one party or the other and turns a campaign roadtrip ...more
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love Serge...there I've said it. This book was a complete surprise in many ways as Serge doesn't enter until very late in the book and then he isn't even Serge. This book offers a wonderfully funny look at Florida politics or to quote Serge "We're a twenty-four hour, dead-bolted, hair on the back of your neck, free continental breakfast deathwish vacation of a lifetime, not from concentrate..." This is a great summer time read, fast paced and laugh out loud funny. Enjoy it on the beach with ...more
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is another wild and crazy trip through Florida, this time focusing on the 2002 Gubernatorial race. This time out our favorite anti-hero Serge Storms keeps a low profile for the most part as we focus in on the candidates and campaigners involved in this festival of lunacy. Dorsey does an amazing job of building a wild cast of characters and keeping the insanity coming for the length of this novel. Recommended if you've enjoyed the first two books in this series, but would not recommend ...more
Kristal Cooper
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Whether you love politics or hate 'em -- read this book! It's a farce about the Florida governor's race, full of smart-ass characters that will keep you chuckling and grinning. It would be HILARIOUS if it wasn't so perfectly plausible.

I'm amazed at how this author sees the potential for humor in everything. As far as great, entertaining story-writing goes, I put him in league with Christopher Moore and Dave Barry.
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autographed
Definately not what I was expecting! Having read all of Tim's other books, I finally obtained a copy of this one to complete the set. Starting out it had a different tone and I was interested to see how this fit with his typical writings. Then, it all came together and made for an enjoyable read. A little more laid back in this book, but that could be the absence of Coleman. Who really wouldn't have fit in this story as it is written anyway.
Apr 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
Hard to believe but Tim Dorsey's hero is a serial killer plagued by amnesia and a fascination with all things Florida. But he only kills really bad people - usually in Wile E. Coyote fashion. This one involves a Florida gubernatorial election. It's madcap and zany. To try to make sense of the plot is crazy as our hero, Serge Storm. To celebrate the lunacy of our politics and yet have the bad guys punished and the good guys win, read this author.
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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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