Book Review - Gator-A-Go-Go by Tim Dorsey
So Tim Dorsey is back with another Serge A. Storms novel, Gator-A-Go-Go, and we have a breakneck trip around Florida learning about all the Florida history they never teach you in school. In this installment, Serge is working on his own documentary on the phenomenon that is Spring Break in Florida. And as with every other Dorsey novel, it's nearly impossible to try and explain the plot to someone as there is so much going on. But that's half the fun of a Dorsey novel... things happen that you just can't explain. :)
Serge and Coleman end up on the Florida coast during Spring Break, and of course there are plenty of babes and beer for all. In fact, Coleman is basically a god given his all-out expertise in partying without a net. While out filming, Serge ends up stumbling onto something that doesn't quite sit well with him. A group of young kids he's befriended seem to be the target of a group of paid assassins. While Serge isn't quite sure *why* they want to kill one of the kids, he also knows he won't let it happen on his watch. Thus starts a wild string of events where plots and stories intersect, diverge, and find each other again. And all the while, Serge is planning his own brand of justice and revenge on those who are after him. And if you know how Serge kills people, that's half the fun of the story...
Gator seemed to be somewhat different than previous Serge novels, in that there's an undertone of seriousness in the way Serge goes about his actions as things heat up. Normally he's all over the map emotionally and mentally, but that trait was tightened down when lives were on the line. I suppose some could find that a little disappointing, but I found it more interesting than anything else. It seemed to turn Serge into a more real person than he was in earlier novels. Coleman had a bit of that going on also. Yes, he's still completely stoned or drunk all of the time, but now he has a following of spring breakers who are learning how to party with the best. Coleman is actually passing along knowledge instead of simply bumbling along from one high to another. Granted, you wouldn't want your kids to *have* that particular knowledge he's giving them, but it's still a change from the character in the past.
Overall, Gator was exactly what I wanted when I got the book... wild, crazy, and no way to prepare yourself for what will happen next. Dorsey's hard to beat when it comes to this type of writing.
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