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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 suddenly talking about "issues" and "reform" as he crosses the length and breadth of his home state with an amnesiac speechwriter and a chief of staff who turns catatonic in the presence of minorities. The governor's new-found conscience might well cost him the election, though. And it appears that pretty much everybody from Tallahassee to Miami Beach is trying to kill him...

Published: HarperCollins on Mar 17, 2009
ISBN: 9780061842535
List price: $5.99
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Zaney, Wacky story, always a good laughread more
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Follows the story of Florida's governor race. Fabulously entertaining Serge Storms shows up quite late is this story, but not where you might expect. It doesn't keep this story from having a hilarious ride until you get there. It has all the scams and other political scandal you would expect from a Dorsey novel.read more
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Orange Crush fits into that peculiar American sub-genre of satire/thrillers set in the south, first popularised by Carl Hiasen. The addition of a political theme and Dorsey's relentless criticism of American elites makes this a really enjoyable read.Marlon Conrad is a typical Republican governor, cruising towards a winning election, feathering lobbyist and business nests along the way. But there's a serial killer on the loose in Florida, an amnesiac on his team, and he's just signed up for the army reserves when a conflict in Europe flairs up...I've had mixed experiences with these kind of books in the past. American satire is often of the sledgehammer variety, and I've found it's not usually as clever as it intimates. But Dorsey sidesteps the satire in favour of vicious parody, mercilessly tearing into the co-opted democracy Americans are living with, and the elite corporate interests who co-opted it. His frank and savage appraisal was genuinely funny to me. In order to keep up this heavy barrage, the characters are by necessity somewhat thin - though their ridiculous names will keep them separate in your head. However, protagonist Marlon retains a nice depth and development throughout. Coupled with Dorsey's obvious knowledge and love of Florida, the novel has a unique enough voice and a nice sparkle to it.Dorsey's other novels don't have this political focus, and without such ripe and deserving targets I'm not sure if his scatter-shot approach would yield such tasty results. Nonetheless, I enjoyed this one a whole bunch.read more
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Zaney, Wacky story, always a good laugh
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Follows the story of Florida's governor race. Fabulously entertaining Serge Storms shows up quite late is this story, but not where you might expect. It doesn't keep this story from having a hilarious ride until you get there. It has all the scams and other political scandal you would expect from a Dorsey novel.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Orange Crush fits into that peculiar American sub-genre of satire/thrillers set in the south, first popularised by Carl Hiasen. The addition of a political theme and Dorsey's relentless criticism of American elites makes this a really enjoyable read.Marlon Conrad is a typical Republican governor, cruising towards a winning election, feathering lobbyist and business nests along the way. But there's a serial killer on the loose in Florida, an amnesiac on his team, and he's just signed up for the army reserves when a conflict in Europe flairs up...I've had mixed experiences with these kind of books in the past. American satire is often of the sledgehammer variety, and I've found it's not usually as clever as it intimates. But Dorsey sidesteps the satire in favour of vicious parody, mercilessly tearing into the co-opted democracy Americans are living with, and the elite corporate interests who co-opted it. His frank and savage appraisal was genuinely funny to me. In order to keep up this heavy barrage, the characters are by necessity somewhat thin - though their ridiculous names will keep them separate in your head. However, protagonist Marlon retains a nice depth and development throughout. Coupled with Dorsey's obvious knowledge and love of Florida, the novel has a unique enough voice and a nice sparkle to it.Dorsey's other novels don't have this political focus, and without such ripe and deserving targets I'm not sure if his scatter-shot approach would yield such tasty results. Nonetheless, I enjoyed this one a whole bunch.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
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