All right, here we go again! Number eleven and Serge and Coleman are still alive! [Not so sure about Coleman.] We're off the boat and once again traversing the Flori-duh sand spit. In a 1971 Javelin. [You gotta be kidding!] Rooting out the really bad guys. Thugs, so to speak. Led by the notorious Eel. [We all learn the connection between Eel and Nuclear Jellyfish.] We're focusing on the cheaper motels that host the smaller conventions and exhibitions and trade shows, such as coin collectors, and people, like Howard, who sell Flori-duh-iana. And who are transporting gems. Oh, and while Serge is trying to start and restart his travel service, unique in that it highlights important places where super- and megastars stayed and played, even momentarily, he is also dealing with Story. An English lit major, perchance a barracuda hooker, and a less-than-successful stripper who knows a whole lot of trivialities, sometimes even more than Serge! [No way!]
Did I forget to tell you that Mahoney is out? And on Serge's trail? And about Johnny Vegas, the Accidental Virgin? And Sh-teve? Well, I guess you'll just need to find out about these folks all by yourselves.
Is this a good ride? A frantic one, for sure. Some neat twists and turns but somewhat linear [even tho the center third of the book is a flashback. Or at least it was intended to be a flashback. Never mind...] Dorsey always intrigues when it comes to "offing" the bad guy. I'm not always certain his techniques work in "real life", so to speak. Like the butane lighter thing. Nevertheless, I think there should be a footnote, something like "Do not attempt this without professional or adult supervision."
As with nearly all of Dorsey's madcap mayhem books, this is a fast read and a well-written tale. There are many, many plot jumps, but what the heck, it keeps the reader on his/her toes. Even Serge gets a little confused at times. [I mean, what is 6 weeks among friends, right?] And of course, Coleman is confused most of the time.
Are there characters worth revisiting? I can't believe that Story has been written out. She represents Serge's alter-ego in many respects. Not so sure about Harold, tho. And looking back over the previous decade of books, I would sure like to have another visit with our legislators. And maybe even a governor. Then again, it's hard to find a Flori-duh equivalent of a mooseburger. And a visit to Dodgertown is just not enough for us baseball fans. Hey, Tim, remember that Babe Ruth played ball here. And Steinbrenner lives here. Oh. And one more thing. Early on, Serge tackled the media, but I think another visit is in order. Think Bubba the Love Sponge.
Anyway, enough! Go out and buy the book! You may recognize an acquaintence, a neighbor, or even yourself. Hey, and if you're not in this book, maybe you'll make it in the next one! Five stars? You bet!