Gator A-Go-Go (Serge Storms Series #12)

Gator A-Go-Go (Serge Storms Series #12)

by Tim Dorsey


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That's right: Serge and Coleman do spring break!

One spring break location obviously isn't enough for Serge A. Storms, so he must hit them all, traveling through various historic locales, spewing nuggets of history at anyone who won't run away, and dispensing his own signature brand of Sunshine State justice.

Along the trail, he and his sidekick, Coleman, attract a growing following of the nation's top college students . . . and a mysterious gang that leaves a trail of young bodies in its wake.

Then there are the coke smugglers gone legit and a pair of the most dangerously sexy bartenders ever to mix a rum runner. After years of quiet, a legendary Miami kingpin from the anything-goes eighties is suddenly back in the news . . . along with one of the state's most psychotic monsters. So pack the cooler, load the car, and head to where the water is warm for a spring vacation you won't soon forget—no matter how much you might try!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061432866
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/25/2011
Series: Serge Storms Series , #12
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 144,360
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Tim Dorsey was a reporter and editor for the Tampa Tribune from 1987 to 1999, and is the author of twenty-one novels: Pope of Palm Beach, Clownfish Blues, Coconut Cowboy, Shark Skin Suite, Tiger Shrimp Tango, The Riptide Ultra-Glide, When Elves Attack, Pineapple Grenade, Electric Barracuda, Gator A-Go-Go, Nuclear Jellyfish, Atomic Lobster, Hurricane Punch, The Big Bamboo, Torpedo Juice, Cadillac Beach, The Stingray Shuffle, Triggerfish Twist, Orange Crush, Hammerhead Ranch Motel, and Florida Roadkill. He lives in Tampa, FL.

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Gator A-Go-Go 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 71 reviews.
MysteryfanTN More than 1 year ago
Serge is back with his drug-addled sidekick Coleman. Not to mention several characters returning from past misadventures, including 'City' and 'Country', partying bimbos with attitude. While the formula remains the same, Serge meandering through Florida creatively dispatching select targets ranging from total jerks to dangerous criminals, this offering is a cut above some of the more recent Serge novels. The subject matter, Spring Break, lends itself to the zaniness inherent in all of these novels, and the plot moves at a more measured and interesting pace. I would rate this book with Torpedo Juice and some of the earlier novels like Orange Crush as a favorite. If you haven't read this book yet, buy it and take it with you to the beach, maybe for Spring Break!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Spring Break has been a long American tradition going back to FDR as students from the north invade Florida for fun, sun, sex, and drugs. Joining the world's biggest annual party (and definitely not that cocktail football game restricted to Jacksonville) are Serge A. Storms and Coleman. However, someone is killing students this year, which is a downer not found in a pill. In Panama City, Feds and mobsters seek out college student Andy McKenna. Serge, disgusted with a trail of corpses left by a rival head case at a time when he, Coleman, and the snow bird students just want to have fun, decides to go after the killer, the Feds and the mobsters his style. With stoned Coleman collecting kid trophies as a guru, Serge kills those he deems guilty of rude behavior, poor TV shows, and homicide while he personally becomes a one person protector of Andy after the FBI fails the kid. This is a wild even for Serge over the top of the entire Sunshine State thriller as Gator A Go-Go is a fitting title as everything goes in this zany tale. Fans will enjoy the serial killer competing with an even crazier serial killer while also becoming a Serge protector of Andy. Insanity rules as Tim Dorsey provides his usual humorous human biting alligator tale. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dorsey is at his best as always.
MikeD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tthis book reminded me a bit of reading Hunter Thompson's years ago when I was in College. Only Dorsey's book takes place in Florida (mostly) and during Spring Break but both involve a couple crazies on a road trip.It's a mish mash of crazy adventures all linked to a couple of crazy 'serial killers', Serge and Coleman in a vintage Dodge Challenger. If you allow yourself, you can escape in this adventure and enjoy it! If you take this book too seriously, you will probably not like it!
stretch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
From Dorsey's twisted mind comes yet Serge and Coleman's historic trip, this time through the annals of the Florida spring break history. Serge is a genius psychopath (and pseudo-scholar), who comes up with complicated and horrible ways to punish evil doers. Coleman is a drug and alcohol savant, who is an total idiot, unless the subject is pot or booze, then he turns into a world class scientist on the best ways to get high and/or drunk. The main plot is actually an action/mystery. A man in the witness protection program is accidentally outed on TV, and the bad guys go hunting for his son in Panama City during Spring Break. Also in search of the son are the FBI. Without realizing it, the boy and his friends narrowly miss their own executions and hook up with Serge and Coleman quite by accident, which is the best thing that can happen to keep them safe. The adventure that follows is just plain fun, face paced, and a times very funny. Like all Dorsey novels great for weekend read or quick trip to Florida.
agirlandherbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Serge A. Storms and Dexter Morgan have a lot in common. Both are Florida-based serial killers who only target those who deserve their fate, and each has a wicked sense of humor. But Dexter ¿ in print, if not onscreen ¿ has been hampered by his increasingly barren creator, Jeff Lindsay, while Serge¿s inventor, Tim Dorsey, continues his character¿s breakneck momentum into his 12th novel, juggling a complicated and intense story with antics that can only be attributed to the Sunshine State¿s greatest maniac.Gator a-Go-Go reunites all the Dorsey characters that have survived so far: Coleman, City and Country, the G-Unit, the Davenports (in the form of their son Melvin), Johnny Vegas and, of course, Agent Mahoney. (Lenny and the lone surviving Diaz brother appear as drive-by references, as does the not-so-dearly-departed Sharon). The story revolves around Patrick McKenna and his son Andy, who have just been unmasked after fifteen years in the Witness Protection Program. The question running through the novel is: who will get to them first, the Miami-based drug dealers or the FBI? And just who, in that equation, are the bad guys? The action takes place during spring break, progressing from Panama City Beach to Fort Lauderdale, as Serge films a documentary on the annual event and Coleman becomes the guru of a band of faithful collegians that includes Andy McKenna. He¿s not only fleeing his frigid New Hampshire campus, but a quartet of killers intent on erasing him, and any companions, as revenge for his father¿s testimony a decade and a half earlier. As the assassins unerringly track Serge and his merry band throughout their journey, they realize a good guy has turned informant, and Serge, naturally, becomes Andy¿s protector ¿ but he isn¿t sure he trusts Florida¿s pre-eminent psycho trickster, especially as the mayhem reaches record levels (along with spot-on references to Flat Stanley and inspired use of Bacardi 151).While the usual band of spring break participants are trotted out ¿ drunk & crazy kids, Girls Gone Haywire, bikers, hookers, preachers, pawn brokers and reality TV -- Dorsey keeps the story fresh by injecting the regular crew, along with a troop of newcomers, in consistently interesting sidelines that eventually, and seamlessly, meld with the main story. He never drops a character or incident, and he maintains a level of suspense Lindsay¿s Dexter tales have never managed ¿ all in the service of Serge A. Storms. May his freak flag bravely, and forever, wave.
hermit on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tim Dorsey gives us a history of Spring Break through the eyes of his serial killer, Serge Storms. In this novel Serge has a goal on making a documentary on the history of Spring break from its origins to the present. Serge is filled with knowledge on Florida that would astound all who have not lived in the locations he describes. He is accompanied by his sidekick Colemen who knows as much about intoxicants as Serge does about Florida. Dorsey does not write in a story line that is sequential, so do not give up if you enjoy the series. Dorsey weaves unrelated story lines and ties them all together by the end of the novel.
mramos on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tim Dorsey once again has us following Serge Storms. This time Serge has a goal on making a documentary on the history of Spring break from its origins to the present. And Serge is the man to do this. He seems to know every detail of Florida history and trivia. On this escapade he is accompanied by his constantly drunk or drugged companion Coleman. Serge's knowledge of Florida is only equaled by Colemen's knowledge drugs. And this information makes Coleman a big hit with the students on Spring Break.Of course no Dorsey story is sequentiel or has one story line. And Serge is easily angered when someone does not show the proper respect to the state. Included is a story that involves a smuggling ring and a federal witness they want dead. Dorsey weaves these stories together and we get to see Serge go beyond the bounderies he has in other books in his ingenutity for punishment. And not the crime lords or the F.B.I. can stop Serge from filming his documentary. Serge does not even seem to let any of these major events break his stride.I do not want to give anything away but know that all the story lines are tied up by Dorsey to give us the complete story. And the author reintroduces some characters from his previous books....I will let you read who. There is a lot of violence and mature material. Yet the book is a fast read. Let Serge take you on a ride.
Hagelstein on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Serge Storms may be the most intelligent and engaging psychopathic serial-killer in fiction. He also gives a mean uninvited kindergarten commencement speech. In Gator a-Go-Go Serge and Coleman retrace the history of spring break - in reverse order (You'd have to read it). They're up to their usual as Serge takes a turn as spring break Jesus - converting the converters, while Coleman spreads his own word by teaching college students 100 ways to open a beer bottle, among other esoteric stoner lessons.They're chased around Florida by a group of FBI agents as well as hired drug killers. In the meantime, Serge continues to invent and use new and head-scratching ways to kill bad guys.
IntrinsiclyMe on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a comfort book-one of those that you can just sink into and let go of life. Perfect when you need to hide from the world. Serge and Coleman are insane, possibly offensive and truly live in their own demented world.
crutnacker on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A few years back I read two books in Tim Dorsey's Serge Storms series. The novels read like a lesser Carl Hiassen romp headed up by the sociopathic Serge character. I finished both, but didn't really find myself wanting more, so when I received an advance copy of Gator A-Go-Go, I figured I'd get another 2nd tier wacky Florida novel that I'd have trouble finishing. Boy was I wrong.Serge and his party animal buddy, Coleman, decide to tour Florida during Spring Break, doing a backward historical tour of spring break in the state. Meanwhile, a businessman in witness protection in Boston has his face unwittingly plastered all over the news, blowing his cover. The man's son decides at the same time to go on spring break with his buddies to Florida, resulting in a convergence of Serge, the boy, and the evil organized crime family that wants the boy and his father dead. Some reviewers have described the book as Quentin Tarantino in novel form. That's a fair assessment of this book, with its horrific but funny violence, the constant shifts in location and time (sometimes within the same passage), its eccentric characters, and the snappy pop culture dialogue of its main characters. Dorsey creates a winning narrative that is funny, profane, suspensful, gruesome, and satisfying. Highly recommended.
gailo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gator a-go-go again follows the exploits of hyperactive serial killer Serge Storms and his stoner friend Coleman. Serge plans to make a documentary, and decides to do a road trip about the history of Spring Break in Florida. Traveling to Panama City Beach, Daytona Beach, and Fort Lauderdale, they fall in with some college students whose Spring Break doesn't go according to plan. Also appearing are their old acquaintances City and Country and the G-Unit.Their experience includes drunk students, the filmmakers of Girls Gone Haywire, kids jumping off balconies, hitmen, the FBI, getting thrown out of their hotel room, irate motorists, and earnest young Christians. Serge manages to take out some bad guys in his usual inventive style.Like the previous works in this series, Gator a-go-go is an entertaining and amusing romp through the underbelly of Florida, in the company of larger-than-life characters. It's great fun. Highly recommended.
JenniWindsor on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I couldn't even finish this book. Nothing appeared to be connected or have a plot and I finally gave up on it after a few chapters. I don't think it was my style and I got very impatient with it. It jumps across time and place with no apparent connections. Probably just not the type of book I enjoy reading.
glendalea on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's been a while since I visited the insane asylum that is Tim Dorsey's mind, and "Gator A-Go-Go" was a great way to re-enter it. Dorsey's writing is one part Hiaasen, one part Palahniuk, with some liberal dashes of Tarantino-esque action scenes thrown in to the mix. In "Gator", we meet up with some old friends riding from one adventure to the next during spring break in Florida. The first few pages seemed a little slow, but once all the characters are in place, the pace picks up and Dorsey delivers an entertaining romp complete with violence, car chases, and gratuitous sex (with the exception of poor Johnny Vegas, poor guy). A quick read, great for a weekend escape.
susanamper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Florida is a real killer, literally. if you read the novels of Carl Hiaasen, Jeff Lindsay and Tim Dorsey. The latter two specialize in serial killers. Lindsay¿s Dexter covers his tracks through his everyman persona. Dorsey¿s Serge couldn¿t care less about covering his tracks. In Gator a Go-Go, Serge seems to spend most of his time thinking of bizarre ways to murder people. It would take any average serial killer a good two weeks to plan and execute any one of Serge¿s diabolical deaths, but he seems able to handle them with a quick trip to the hardware store and some krazy glue. The first few of the novels in this series were mildly amusing, but Serge and especially Coleman wear think pretty quickly. This novel is especially irritating in its constant shifts between Florida, Spring Break madness, New Hampshire and various airports. It seems as though Dorsey is writing a movie script rather than a novel. Serge is full of Florida trivia, and if you¿re into that, you might enjoy the novel. If you get a kick out of a somewhat goofy serial killer, read Lindsay¿s Dexter novels.
sqblossom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Serge Storms series that I have read so far. Dorsey's style of writing keeps the reader engaged and constantly wondering what is going to happen next. He bounces back and forth from time and place and different characters and then brings them all together in the end always because of some bazaar situation. The main character of the book is a murderer with a love of Florida history. He is an easy character to like because of his conflicting views on society. He is smart and fun loving and Dorsey is constantly including random facts about history that add a little spice to the story, There are gruesome parts to the book however. Gator a-go-go centers around hired hitmen and a family in the witness program. I would certainly recommend this book. It's a fun read with interesting facts and characters. It's descriptive and full of Florida fun, making me want to pack the car and follow Serge's history trek through the sunshine. This would be the perfect book to take to the beach.
lrobe190 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Serge Storms (psycho killer) and his partner, Coleman (alcoholic, drug addict) are heading to Florida so that Serge can document the history of "spring break". At the same time, Andy McKenna, a college student in Massachusetts is heading to Florida for spring break with some friends. Unbeknownst to him, he is being sought by a gang of killers who are trying to get even with Andy's father for testifying against them years ago. Andy and his father are in the witness protection program. Andy is also being chased by the FBI who realize that the killers are after him and who are trying to get there first. Eventually, all of the groups end up at the same place at the same Florida during spring break.There is so much happening in this book and so many characters that it took me almost half the book to finally figure out what was going on. That being said, once I realized where the book was heading, it really captured my attention. The two main characters are not in any way sympathetic since they are both psychopaths, but they are portrayed as "fun-loving". It's a fairly "gritty" novel, but you can't help enjoying some of the humor Dorsey injects into the plot.
lg4154 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am so grateful that I won this book thru Good Reads. This book is the latest from Tim Dorsey and it centers upon Serge and his sidekick Coleman. They are making a documentary in Florida and it is Spring Break. They meet a lot of college kids and find themselves in a heap of trouble. They meet up with very shady characters and wind up being put on the FBI¿s radar. I just absolutely love Serge's character and I am amazed on how Tim Dorsey can keep putting the novels out, each one getting better and better, you would think he would run out of ideas. I did love this book and found myself cracking up out loud frequently.
katiefeldmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gator A-Go-Go started off rather slow for me and it took a long while before I got into it. The book jumps a lot. Between characters. Between places. Between present and past. It's almost like I had to get into a groove to read it. Which I bet I would have been in a groove had I read the first 11 Serge books. Once I got into the book though, it was a good read. At first Serge and Coleman were a little too much for me, but I finally warmed to their craziness about halfway through. I'd still give it 1-½ stars out of 5 only because it was hard to really get into and follow along with the crazy pace.
mpratt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tim Dorsey and his crazy characters Serge and Coleman have brought Florida's crazy spring break to a new level. A great read, it has brought the sunshine state to a cold Midwestern winter.
andsoitgoes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you like Carl Hiaasen you will like Gator A-Go-Go. Strange characters, strange situations, "where has my Florida gone" laments, etc. Hiaasen is a much better writer and storyteller. This book is a good beach read.
MaryWJ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
typical Serge book - dark Florida humor. This one focuses on the Florida tradition of spring break. Serge seems to be possibly mellowing a little bit? Liked the Boston tie-in!
Drewano More than 1 year ago
What better than following Serge around Florida as he does his thing? Following Serge around spring break! If you thought college kids with alcohol couldn’t get any wilder think again. With Serge on the lookout to keep Andy safe and Coleman mentoring the youth of America the future looks bright. Get ready for more fun in the sun and obscure Florida fact in this well written, hilarious ride.
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