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Nuclear Jellyfish (Serge Storms Series #11)

Nuclear Jellyfish (Serge Storms Series #11)

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by Tim Dorsey, Oliver Wyman (Read by)

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“Dorsey’s brilliantly, profanely funny 11th novel…zips along like P.G. Wodehouse’s best work.”
 —Richmond Times-Dispatch


Tim Dorsey’s outrageously zany, gleefully violent, and uproariously funny Nuclear Jellyfish marks the triumphant return of lovable, thrill-killing Florida historian


“Dorsey’s brilliantly, profanely funny 11th novel…zips along like P.G. Wodehouse’s best work.”
 —Richmond Times-Dispatch


Tim Dorsey’s outrageously zany, gleefully violent, and uproariously funny Nuclear Jellyfish marks the triumphant return of lovable, thrill-killing Florida historian and tireless civic booster Serge A. Storms. The bestselling author of Atomic Lobster, Triggerfish Twist, and Florida Roadkill, Dorsey can match Carl Hiaasen punch-for-punch when it comes to fictionally depicting Sunshine State madness—and he’s taken his rightful place alongside Christopher Moore in the pantheon of top American humorists. Nuclear Jellyfish is a veritable WMD of radioactive hilarity—as Denver’s Rocky Mountain News so aptly puts it, “It doesn’t get any better.”

Editorial Reviews

Marilyn Stasio
…pure gonzo humor. Serge being Serge (meaning certifiable), sex, violence and hilarity ensue as he pinballs along the Florida highways, pursuing his dream of authenticating every bit of the state’s anecdotal history.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly

Fasten your seatbelts: Serge A. Storms, Florida's manic tour and history guide as well as its most inventive and prolific serial killer, cruises at warp(ed) speed through bestseller Dorsey's 11th thriller (after Atomic Lobster). Serge's primary target is a tattooed thug called Jellyfish (behind his back) or Eel (to his face), whose gang rips off diamond couriers. But along the frantic way, Serge and his pal, the always-buzzed Coleman, remove a variety of societal pests, including skinheads beating a homeless man, auto repair shysters preying on tourists and bargain motels that don't deliver on their bargains. Serge's instruments of vengeance include garden hoses, pigs, aerosol sprays and lots of duct tape. Dorsey's inspired insanity certainly won't appeal to everyone, but Serge's antics give vicarious satisfaction to those who too often see misdeeds go unpunished. In short, Serge continues to pummel convention and evildoers with exuberant abandon and wit. 9-city author tour. (Feb.)

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Library Journal

The 11th installment of the Serge A. Storms saga finds Serge, manic serial killer and dedicated Florida history buff, driving the interstates and back roads of his home state seeking out little-known historic sites and meticulously blogging about his ramblings. Life is an adventure for Serge and his sidekick, Coleman, who stalk a diamond thief and his thugs. No longer the random thrill murderer of Florida Roadkill, Serge has morphed into a conscientious vigilante who stalks his prey when appropriate and plans precise executions in keeping with the victim's misdeeds. That he miscalculates and almost blows this one seriously shakes his confidence, especially since his nemesis, Agent Mahoney, is instrumental in the final resolution. Dorsey has penned another fun-filled killing spree in the same vein as his ten previous novels. His readers will certainly demand this title, and fans of that other lovable serial killer, Jeff Lindsay's Dexter, may also enjoy. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 10/15/08.]
—Thomas L. Kilpatrick

Kirkus Reviews
Lovable sociopath Serge Storms (Atomic Lobster, 2007, etc.) goes high tech, spreading information over the Internet about Florida's gas, food and lodgings. After putting in some pro bono work dispatching a pair of skinheads for roughing up a guy living in a cardboard box underneath one of Jacksonville's seven bridges, Serge decides he needs a paying gig. So he folds his pal Coleman into his 1971 Javelin and heads for a local Internet Job Fair. Pretty soon, he's both a street checker for a GPS system and a motel evaluator for a discount-travel website. These new professions allow him to keep on doing what he loves best: driving all over Florida and checking out obscure tourist attractions, including the West Tavern, where Lynyrd Skynyrd got the inspiration for "Three Steps," and the Holiday Inn across from Silver Springs, where John Travolta goes for his Denny's fix. He crosses paths with a posse of peripatetic coin dealers, some of whom smuggle diamonds on the side, and a band of thugs who plot to steal the diamonds. And he picks up Story Long, a hitchhiking stripper who shares Serge's love of sex followed by Viewmaster shots. Naturally, he takes time now and then to knock off some of the bad guys, especially after they beat up Howard, a Florida memorabilia fan whose collection is rivaled only by Serge's. Less zany than usual, Serge's 11th, part travelogue, part bloodbath, is both as monotonous and as uncertain as that combination would suggest.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Serge Storms Series , #11
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Unabridged, 9 Hours, 8 CDs
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.50(d)

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Nuclear Jellyfish

A Novel

By Tim Dorsey
HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
Copyright © 2009

Tim Dorsey
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780061432668

Chapter One



Two young men walked along the bank of the St. Johns River, sporting shaved heads, sleeveless T-shirts and bituminous eyes that proudly announced: minimum wage 4 life. They gripped baseball bats halfway up the barrels.

"I hate fuckin' bums."

"So where are they?"

"Supposed to be a bunch of them right around here."

"Just like fuckin' bums."

There had been a light rain, and warm mist rose from the road. Work boots slapped across glistening tar and splashed through moonlit puddles. They approached the underpass of the Fuller Warren Bridge.

"Where the hell are those damn bums?"

"Hold up."

"What is it?"

"Over there."


"Shhhhh. Get your camcorder ready . . ."

A two-tone 1971 AMC Javelin with split upholstery sat in darkness and trash beneath a downtown bridge over the St. Johns River.

"Theories abound concerning the phenomenon of the nation's trash elite inexorably percolating down to Florida like industrial toxins reaching our aquifers . . ."

A beer can popped. "You're doing it again."

Serge wrote furiously in his notebook. "Doing what?"

"Talking to yourself."

"No I wasn't." Morewriting. ". . . This travel writer places his money on time-release scumbag DNA . . ."

Coleman burped. "You always talk to yourself and then say you're not."

"I am? Really? That's embarrassing." He leaned over his notebook. ". . . The scumbag genetic factor is like hereditary blood disease or male-pattern baldness. At progressive age milestones, a series of rusty, chain-link twists in the double helix trigger a sequence of social tumors: Buy a pit bull, buy an all-terrain vehicle, get a DUI, sponsor a series of blue-ribbon slapping matches with your wife in the middle of the street, discharge a gun indoors, fail to appear in court, discharge fireworks indoors, get a DUI, forget where you put your Oxycontin, crash your all-terrain vehicle into your pit bull, spend money to replace missing front teeth on large-mouth-bass mailbox, get stretchered away by ambulance for reasons you don't remember, appear on COPS for a DUI, run out the back door when warrants are served and, in a trademark spasm of late-stage dirtballism, move to Florida . . ."

Serge finished the transcription and turned to a fresh page. There was a period of silence in the two-tone Javelin (orange and green) sitting under the Fuller Warren Bridge. Then, a crunching of wax paper. A soggy tuna sandwich appeared. A travel mug of cold coffee came off the dashboard.

"Serge," said Coleman. "What did you mean before, 'We're on stakeout'? We're not police."

"Common mistake everyone makes, like the Constitution's reserve clause for states' rights. Just because cops do it, doesn't mean we can't." Serge took a sip from the mug. "This is our new job."

Coleman finished unwrapping the sandwich. "I thought our new job was visiting hotels to fill out checklists for that travel website."

"And on every hotel listing, there's a section called 'local things to do.' "

"I'm not sure the websites want to send their customers under bridges at night in dicey parts of town."

"That's my offbeat niche: I give the ¬people what they want before they know they want it."

"But your new boss specifically said no more offbeat reports."

"Everyone does what their bosses ask, and that's precisely why you need to distinguish yourself from the herd." Serge killed the coffee. "I stun them into paralyzed respect with my withering insubordination. First impressions are important."

"They usually call security."

"Because I made an impression."

Coleman checked one of his pants pockets, then another. He pulled out his hand and raised the twisted corner of a Baggie to his eyes. "Where'd it all go? Did mice chew through here? Oh well . . ." He bent over.

"Thought you'd outgrown that."

"What do you mean?"

"Everyone now knows coke is fucked up. You had an excuse for a while, because our hypocritical government lost all credibility by lumping pot in with crack to court the weed-bigot vote. Meanwhile, congressmen crammed all orifices with huge wads of cash from tobacco and liquor lobbies. But who would have guessed they were actually right about that stupid white shit?"

Coleman raised his head and sniffled. "I just do a little bump now and then so I can stay up and keep drinking beer."

"For a second I thought you weren't being productive."

Coleman's head suddenly snapped to the side. He pointed out Serge's window. "What was that?"

Serge turned. "What?"

"Something moved under the bridge."

Serge returned to his notebook. "Nothing's there. You're hallucinating again."

Coleman squinted a few more seconds, then shrugged. He stuck his tongue inside the empty bag and reached under the seat for another Schlitz. "We need to make some money."

"That's what I'm doing now." Serge flipped a notebook page, stopped and tapped his chin with a pen. "I need travel-writing tunes." He reached for his iPod, synched it with an RF transmitter to the Javelin's radio and cranked the volume.

" . . . Fly high, oh, Freebird, yeah! . . ."

Coleman rewrapped his tuna sandwich. "You've been listening to Skynyrd all day."

"We're in Jacksonville. I'm required to listen to Skynyrd."

"Why? Skynyrd's from Alabama."

Serge began punching the steering wheel like a speed bag. "Everyone thinks they're from Alabama! They're Floridians! Apocryphal motherfuckers . . ."

"Okay, okay, they're from Florida." Coleman set a wax ball on the dashboard. "I don't know this stuff like you."

Serge pointed at the ball. "You're messing up my horizon."

"The sandwich is soggy."

"Soggy's better."

"Fuck that shit."

"Your little chestnuts complete my life."

"So Skynyrd's really from Florida?"

"Too many of our state's native accomplishments are credited elsewhere. First Skynyrd and Alabama, then everyone thinks the Allman Brothers are from Georgia."

"They're not?"

"South Daytona Beach." Serge flipped down the sun visor and gazed up at a photo attached with rubber bands.

"You sure keep looking at that picture a lot."

"I think I'm in love for the first time in my life."


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Meet the Author

Tim Dorsey was a reporter and editor for the Tampa Tribune from 1987 to 1999, and is the author of nineteen other novels: Coconut Cowboy, Shark Skin Suite, Tiger Shrimp Tango, The Riptide Ultra-Glide, Pineapple Grenade, When Elves Attack, 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, Florida.

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Nuclear Jellyfish 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Druid111 More than 1 year ago
Every book better than the last. From Jacksonville to the Keys there is never a dull moment. Serge and Coleman are clear in your imagination. You feel as if you are there.
dmglaeser More than 1 year ago
A fun book to take to the park or the baach
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For those of you who have had a chance to read Tim Dorsey's work in the past this latest installment of florida history and murder won't disapoint. For those of you who haven't had a chance to read this authors work let me give you a little taste of what you will experience. Surge and Coleman are this wacky duo that stand up for people who can't stand up for themselves and along the road this time I-95 they run into several of the landmarks that are true Floridania. They start in Jacksonville and head south through the state of florida tracking a diamond smuggling operation that revolves around coin fairs. I know it sounds crazy but you have to read it to believe it. You will laugh outloud and wonder how anyone could come up with such a dramatic plot with crazy characters.
Dr_Arrival More than 1 year ago
Serge Storms, one of the most unique fictional characters of our time. This book, once again, brings you through a whirlwind of historical Florida trivia, along with funny, wacky characters that make (Evanovich's) Stephanie Plum and her Grandma look like cartoon characters. If you love Florida or love to laugh, read this book!!!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Jacksonville Serge A. Storms becomes unglued, which seems strange as he is always unglued, when he sees a couple of skinheads dispatching a pair of skinheads beating up a homeless person. Feeling a need to right this wrong, he takes care of both punks, Serge style.

However, Serge needs some spending money so he and Coleman head to an Internet job fair as he has become quite good on-line especially with his rants. He obtains two jobs: check streets for a GPS system and evaluate motels for a travel club. His new work introduces him and his traveling buddy to a con dealing gang who make more money illegally bringing in diamonds, but as always he rights the wrongs of cheating discount motel owners, thugs preying on the hopeless and having sex with a Viewmaster-loving stripper. In other words Serge takes out miscreants who scorn society.

This is the usual insanity as Serge takes readers on a bloody unique tour of Florida. Fans of the series will enjoy his latest escapades as he doles out punishment with gizmos like a hose to reprobates used to bullying their way without regard. Though more of a road trip series of escapades without an overarching plot, readers will enjoy riding the highways and byways as Serge provides his usual enthusiastic bloody tour.

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Drewano More than 1 year ago
Another fun Serge adventure. This book has it all, a serial killer, humor, tale of vengeance, and more Florida pop culture than Coleman could smoke, snort or drink in a week! This time Serge and Coleman are trying to make a living as travel reviewers showing what Florida travel is really like. The heck with South Beach and Duval Street, you’ll see historic bars and hotels and learn stuff that you really had no desire to know in the first place and won’t help you in any way whatsoever. However, along the way you’ll have tons of fun on this hilariously wild ride.
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