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Title: Raging Heat
Author: Richard Castle
Publisher: Published September 16th 2014 by Kingswell
ISBN: 9781401324810
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In New York Times Bestselling author Richard Castle's newest novel, an illegal immigrant falls from the sky and NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat's investigation into his death quickly captures the imagination of her boyfriend, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Jameson Rook. When he decides to work the case with Heat as his next big story, Nikki is at first happy to In New York Times Bestselling author Richard Castle's newest novel, an illegal immigrant falls from the sky and NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat's investigation into his death quickly captures the imagination of her boyfriend, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Jameson Rook. When he decides to work the case with Heat as his next big story, Nikki is at first happy to have him ride-along. Yes, she must endure Rook's usual wild conspiracy speculations and adolescent wisecracks, but after reuniting following his recent assignment abroad, she's glad for the entertainment, the chance to bounce ideas, and just to be close to him again and feel the old spark rekindle. But when Rook's inquiry concludes that Detective Heat has arrested the wrong man for the murder, everything changes. Balancing her high stakes job with a complicated romance has been a challenge ever since Nikki fell for the famous reporter. Now, her relationship lurches from mere complexity into sharp conflict over the most high-risk case of her career. Set against the raging force of Hurricane Sandy as it pounds New York, Heat battles an ambitious power broker, fights a platoon of urban mercenaries, and clashes with the man she loves. Detective Heat knows her job is to solve murders. She just worrie sthat solving this one will be the death of her relationship.

30 review for Raging Heat

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jayson

    (B) 75% | More than Satisfactory Notes: Low stakes and washed-out, the story builds its final scene upon a muddy ground of gory violence and hurt feelings.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    This is probably the best of the Nikki Heat series so far, barring the five or six glaring typos that really should have been caught by an editor/pre-reader. Also, the fact that the plot started with someone plummeting through my place of employment was pretty great. Whoever ghost-writes these does a really good job writing NYC, probably even lives here, possibly on the UWS. Two thumbs up for neighborhood accuracy!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Glen

    The team gets back together when an illegal immigrant is filmed falling from the sky onto a public thoroughfare. The main suspect is the guy in charge of FEMA, and Hurricane Sandy is coming through. Not bad. Nikki's self righteousness bothers me more than in some books in the series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    I love the TV show, Castle. And I know that Richard Castle is not a real author. And I completely know that I'm being manipulated with one of his fictional Nikki Heat novels. But I started reading it anyway. And it was really good! I was actually surprised how good this story was. I listened to it on my Android. The reader, Robert Petkoff, was very good. He has Nathan Fillion's delivery style down, so when he's reading Castle, I can see Nathan as Castle, I see the entire scene. The story is a serious m I love the TV show, Castle. And I know that Richard Castle is not a real author. And I completely know that I'm being manipulated with one of his fictional Nikki Heat novels. But I started reading it anyway. And it was really good! I was actually surprised how good this story was. I listened to it on my Android. The reader, Robert Petkoff, was very good. He has Nathan Fillion's delivery style down, so when he's reading Castle, I can see Nathan as Castle, I see the entire scene. The story is a serious murder mystery, believable, difficult to solve, lots of clues and confusion. And it's also got the cheese and cheeky jokes of the TV show. The acknowledgements at the end of the story were hilarious. So, I don't really care that I'm being manipulated by mass market entertainment -- manipulate me all you want with a good book!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    I alllllmost two-starred this fucker. For about the first 2/3 of it, I was actively bored. Halfway through, I actually returned it to the library and didn’t expect to pick it back up for a while. Somebody else had a hold on it, so I couldn’t renew it. But it turns out whoever had that hold either didn’t care enough to actually pick the book up, or returned it almost immediately because they didn’t like it. I can sympathize with that. And it got the book back to me very quickly, so. Hey. Who’s co I alllllmost two-starred this fucker. For about the first 2/3 of it, I was actively bored. Halfway through, I actually returned it to the library and didn’t expect to pick it back up for a while. Somebody else had a hold on it, so I couldn’t renew it. But it turns out whoever had that hold either didn’t care enough to actually pick the book up, or returned it almost immediately because they didn’t like it. I can sympathize with that. And it got the book back to me very quickly, so. Hey. Who’s complaining. There are lots of little problems in this sixth installment of the meta-tie-in Nikki Heat series, penned by “Richard Castle,” as a fun but savvy marketing ploy to fans of the TV show Castle. But the main problem is that the book, which takes place in the week leading up to, during, and after Hurricane Sandy, and yet it might as well have taken place anywhere or anywhen else for all that signified in the plot. I mean, my God, what a WASTE. Basically there were only two scenes that utilized the hurricane effectively, and they were very brief. All the other problems I can sum up by saying that it feels like this ghostwriter (or maybe ghostwriters?) has stopped having fun with writing this series. It felt like a chore to read it, I can only imagine how it must have felt to write it. It doesn’t help that the plot has Nikki freaking the hell out and acting stupid and paranoid for half the book and she was almost intolerable to read about. But really, it was just uninteresting for the most part. Towards the end as all the plot threads came together it picked back up again and actually managed to hold my interest for the rest of the book, which is why I’m rounding my two stars up to three, and why I’m going to continue the series for at least one more book. (This was not something I planned on doing the first time I returned it to the library.) [2.5 stars]

  6. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin Thomas

    This series continues to surprise me, not just with how enjoyable they are but with how well they are written. This 6th book in the series doesn’t let up for a second as Nikki and her team investigates a murder of a Haitian immigrant whose body literally fell from the sky. Throw in a corrupt government official, an inept boss, and a trail that leads to other deaths, all against the background of the approaching Hurricane Sandy, and you’ve got yourself a fun read. The character of Nikki Heat conti This series continues to surprise me, not just with how enjoyable they are but with how well they are written. This 6th book in the series doesn’t let up for a second as Nikki and her team investigates a murder of a Haitian immigrant whose body literally fell from the sky. Throw in a corrupt government official, an inept boss, and a trail that leads to other deaths, all against the background of the approaching Hurricane Sandy, and you’ve got yourself a fun read. The character of Nikki Heat continues to grow in this one as she is forced to confront her future (on several fronts) and come to grips with her own anxieties about it. The books do somewhat parallel the Castle TV seasons in many ways but I wouldn’t say these books read like just another episode. They are quite a bit more complex and the danger and level of suspense is definitely higher. As always, I am looking forward to the next book in the series. I wonder how long these will continue to be written and published given the TV show’s cancellation. I really wish I knew who the author was because I would seek out his/her other stuff.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ellen Spes

    Love Castle! We fall asleep to it almost every night.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I read the Richard Castle books because I watch the show (I heart Nathan Fillion so much!), but I have never thought they were all that great. This one is definitely the best, IMO. There's tension and backlash between Heat and her squad, which evens out all the jokiness. Because, honestly, I do not think cops would be that agreeable all the time. Granted, it doesn't last very long, but it is a nice change. I do have to wonder where have all the decent copy editors gone? I noticed so many mistakes I read the Richard Castle books because I watch the show (I heart Nathan Fillion so much!), but I have never thought they were all that great. This one is definitely the best, IMO. There's tension and backlash between Heat and her squad, which evens out all the jokiness. Because, honestly, I do not think cops would be that agreeable all the time. Granted, it doesn't last very long, but it is a nice change. I do have to wonder where have all the decent copy editors gone? I noticed so many mistakes, particularly in the last 50 or so pages, it started to take me out of the story. And this isn't the first book where I've had this problem recently. Is there an editor shortage that I am unaware of? Because I could use a job. And I am killer with a red pen.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    With Hurricane Sandy bearing down on NYC, Nikki is racing to solve the murder of a man who fell from a plane. Are the clues leading to a powerful politician? Or is she ignoring the true trail and the clues that her boyfriend Rook is finding? While there are scenes and lines that fans of Castle will love, this book works well as a mystery on its own. And the arrival of Sandy, while predictably timed, does add a great new layer to the story. Some interesting character development and this book is a With Hurricane Sandy bearing down on NYC, Nikki is racing to solve the murder of a man who fell from a plane. Are the clues leading to a powerful politician? Or is she ignoring the true trail and the clues that her boyfriend Rook is finding? While there are scenes and lines that fans of Castle will love, this book works well as a mystery on its own. And the arrival of Sandy, while predictably timed, does add a great new layer to the story. Some interesting character development and this book is another winner is one of the most brilliant tie in series of all time. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  10. 4 out of 5

    terpkristin

    More candy in Jameson Rook/Castle from. I think in this one they also mentioned Firefly so the nerd circle is complete. Interesting to seethe speculation on who the actual author is. And that there will be 2 more books in the series even though the show was canceled.

  11. 5 out of 5

    J Stanley

    This was one the the best yet in the series. Kept mne guessing until the very end.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    I enjoy these way more than I should.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Monnie

    The over-hyping of the wedding that never happened last season on the Castle TV show, I have to say, hit a sour note for me. And even though I'll tune in again this season, it won't be with anywhere near the enthusiasm I've had in previous years. Unfortunately, I suspect that experience has carried over to the books as well. In large part, I'm sure that's because the books read like TV scripts and -- like the show -- are more fluff than substance. So it is, then, that for the most part I ho-humme The over-hyping of the wedding that never happened last season on the Castle TV show, I have to say, hit a sour note for me. And even though I'll tune in again this season, it won't be with anywhere near the enthusiasm I've had in previous years. Unfortunately, I suspect that experience has carried over to the books as well. In large part, I'm sure that's because the books read like TV scripts and -- like the show -- are more fluff than substance. So it is, then, that for the most part I ho-hummed my way through this, the sixth book in the series. About halfway through, I even considered not even bothering to finish it; but since I hate to do that with any book, I sneaked a peak at the reviews at Amazon.com -- and learned that 29 of the 35 reviewers gave it 5 stars. Say what? I asked myself, concluding that I'd better look at the book with a more positive attitude. Did it work? Only a little. Sure, there were glimmers of the fun banter between Detective Heat and her writer/lover, Jameson Rook. One in particular made me chuckle out loud. After a rather nasty explosion, a message was found that simply read, "BYE HEAT." Rook's quip was immediate: "He left out the comma." The story itself, though, never really jiggled any of my happy buttons. It begins when an illegal immigrant drops into the NYPD's lap -- almost literally -- seemingly from the sky. Heat and Rook are together again after a lengthy absence while he worked on a story -- which is good -- and she's looking at the possibility of being tapped for a task force that could jeopardize their future as a couple -- which isn't. To make matters worse, they can't agree on the prime suspect in the murder investigation; Heat is convinced a powerful city politician is behind it, but Rook (and some key members of Heat's investigative team) aren't so sure -- and her unrelenting passion to find proof that she's right threatens to destroy her relationships with Rook and her squad members. In the end, it wasn't a truly bad reading experience, but neither can I work up much excitement about it. Just like the TV show, I fear that this series may be past its prime.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Amy "the book-bat"

    I miss watching Castle on tv. This book series helps fill that hole. Another fast-paced adventure in this one.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Paullette

    Richard Castle is back in print, and back to true form!! I love how these books run on a separate but parallel track to the Castle tv series, with thinly-disguised characters & plot points lifted from the show's various seasons/episodes (and, sometimes groan-inducing Firefly "Easter eggs"). While most of the secondary characters can rightly be seen as just re-named versions of their television selves (like Roach, whom I envision *exactly* as Ryan & Espo), the main characters of these nov Richard Castle is back in print, and back to true form!! I love how these books run on a separate but parallel track to the Castle tv series, with thinly-disguised characters & plot points lifted from the show's various seasons/episodes (and, sometimes groan-inducing Firefly "Easter eggs"). While most of the secondary characters can rightly be seen as just re-named versions of their television selves (like Roach, whom I envision *exactly* as Ryan & Espo), the main characters of these novels are different and compelling enough to interest readers unfamiliar with the show. I suppose Nikki Heat bears a closer physical/psychological resemblence to Kate Beckett/Stana Katic than Jameson Rook does to Richard Castle/Nathan Fillion, but it's both easy and pleasureable to separate these two fictional worlds (it's also fun to speculate on the wish-fulfillment Mr. Castle indulges in with his alter-ego, who is a tanned, fit, childless, Tribeca-loft-owning, bed-hopping, marathon-running investigative journalist with 2 Pulitzers and--in his words--'a great ass'). The sex scenes have disappointingly cooled since the first 3 books (seriously--the first couple books were HOT), but the playful banter and deeper conversations of Heat & Rook always ring true and form their own dramatic arc within the logistics of a murder investigation. My delight in this series took a hit after the bloated excess of the previous two books (Frozen Heat & Deadly Heat): granted, there *were* 5 tv seasons' worth of Beckett's-mother's-murder plotlines to wrap up, but the global scope of the novels kept expanding so ridiculously & exponentially that I half-expected a metal-toothed Bond villain to appear and toss a razor-rimmed bowler hat at the leads right before pushing a big red button labled VAPORIZE THE WORLD. In *Raging Heat* we are back to real-world sized crimes, and while the end contains a scene that's a BIT too Agatha Christie for my taste, on the whole it's a wonderful return to the realistic scope and tone of these books (although, Mr. Castle, you can please bring the hot sex scenes back, anytime. Like...*now*). I can't NOT recommend any of the Richard Castle books, just because I love these characters/this series so much. However, just know that books 4 & 5 are kind of like those first few episodes of Friday Night Lights, Season Two: you just gotta power though them and try to not let them taint your enjoyment of what came before, and what comes after.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Krista

    It doesn't usually take me this long to get through a Castle novel, but it was no fault of the writer's or the story itself; as always, I enjoyed the further adventures of Nikki Heat and Jameson Rook (loosely based on ABC's TV series 'Castle'). This story in particular was quite complicated, and I couldn't figure it out before it was revealed - a rare thing for me, and a compliment. I definitely recommend this book for all mystery lovers, as well as any fans of the show. = )

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cyndi

    Good book. The sci fi geek in me loved the Firefly references. Letting the hurricane help to rev up the suspense was a good idea. Had a few problems with the quick change in some of the personalities of the men. The pouting because she reprimanded them was over written. Women do still have a tough time in positions of power, but that was a bit too much.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Another well-done-for-the-genre Richard Castle novel. The plot is great and the exploration of the characters, when all is not a bed of roses between them, is new territory and an enjoyable read. Content warning: a pretty steamy sex scene and lots of innuendo. Also lots of good humor--male protagonist Jameson Rook never misses a beat.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Michael Prelee

    This is a nice little crime book written by a real author (or authors) masquerading as a fictional writer about a fictional detective based on a TV detective. If you're a fan of Castle, you'll enjoy this installment in the series. It's clever and setting the crime in New York during Superstorm Sandy works to amp up the suspense. I liked it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    always fun to read the latest Castle book. This one has Hurricane Sandy, Rook, Heat, a body dropped from a plane maybe, a rich owner of Cruise ships who wants to be a POLITICIAN and murder upon murder. Or just a normal Castle read

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lizzy Seitz

    5.0 out of 5 stars So good that I had missed turns while driving (audiobook) and I never wanted to put it down! Loved it!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lise

    I love this book,,,missed the show Castle

  23. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    3.5 stars It's been a couple of years since "Castle" went off the air and listening to this book made me realize how much I enjoyed and miss that show. Listening to this book was like going home after an absence and visiting with old friends. It has been about 3.5 years since I read the previous book in this series, so I don't quite remember how it left off, which is fine. The books were pretty closely mirroring the season of the show that ended shortly before they were released and this one rem 3.5 stars It's been a couple of years since "Castle" went off the air and listening to this book made me realize how much I enjoyed and miss that show. Listening to this book was like going home after an absence and visiting with old friends. It has been about 3.5 years since I read the previous book in this series, so I don't quite remember how it left off, which is fine. The books were pretty closely mirroring the season of the show that ended shortly before they were released and this one reminded readers at the outset that Nikki Heat had finally solved the murder of her mother - the reason she became a cop in the first place - so it wasn't necessary to have recently read it. This one starts with a Haitian immigrant crashing into the roof of the planetarium. Unsure at first if this is suicide or murder, it quickly becomes clear that it was murder. Nikki and her team are thrown into trying to solve this murder, in which the prime suspect is a high-powered politician with eyes on a senatorial seat (who is also golf buddies with the mayor). In the meantime, they are also bracing for Hurricane Sandy, which is threatening landfall any day now and threatens to hamper the investigation, which partly takes place in the Hamptons. On the personal front, Nikki finds a receipt for an engagement ring in Rook's trash can upon his return from a nearly two month assignment, which causes her to go into a tailspin as she's not sure how she feels about being someone's wife - especially when she's up for a promotion that will cause HER to be away for long periods of time, in addition to Rook's own travel schedule. This creates tension first between her and Rook, which then spills over to her and her staff. This was fun to listen to. Having been a fan of the show, I was concerned at first as to what the narration would be like and was happy to hear the narrator sounded similar enough to Nathan Fillion ("Castle's" Richard Castle) that at times I wondered if it WAS him. (It's not). The series trademark humor and camaraderie was once again evident in this book - and I loved the references to the "drunk mystery writer" in the Hamptons and I couldn't help wonder if this was a jab at James Patterson, who I have long suspected is the real author of this series. I'm happy to see there are still a few more books left in this series so I can cherish these beloved characters for a little bit longer!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ash

    I really enjoy these Heat books. There are my guilty pleasures. In this latest installment Richard Castle's Raging Heat, a Haitian immigrant falls from the sky and into a planetarium. Believe it or not, that was the simplest part of the case. The victim, Fabian Beauvais is not only connected to unsavory characters but also a Polish mercernary and a highly powerful senatorial candidate, Keith Gilbert. In Heat's personal life, she may have found an engagment ring in her writer's boyfriend Jameson R I really enjoy these Heat books. There are my guilty pleasures. In this latest installment Richard Castle's Raging Heat, a Haitian immigrant falls from the sky and into a planetarium. Believe it or not, that was the simplest part of the case. The victim, Fabian Beauvais is not only connected to unsavory characters but also a Polish mercernary and a highly powerful senatorial candidate, Keith Gilbert. In Heat's personal life, she may have found an engagment ring in her writer's boyfriend Jameson Rook's things just as she gets an offer to lead a counter terrorist unit. Also, this whole case takes place just as Hurricane Sandy is coming to New York City... I liked Raging Heat better than the previous book, Deadly Heat, because there were no more spies. The reasons these books work is that they are believable and realistic enough. I felt that both Frozen Heat and Deadly Heat, my suspension of belief was wavering. Raging Heat got back to basics and gave me a good ol' murder mystery conspiracy. I cannot wait for the next one especially for the latest character development.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Richard Thompson

    The sixth in the Nikki Heat series. In this one, the first murder victim falls out of the sky and through the roof of the planetarium. The victim, a Haitian refugee, turns out to have connections to both a rich and well connected politician who is planning to run for a senate seat (and who had powerful friends who can make life miserable for Heat) and a gang of thieves who rob ATM's. Heat is convinced that the rich guy is involved somehow, and Rook and even members of her own squad thing the thiev The sixth in the Nikki Heat series. In this one, the first murder victim falls out of the sky and through the roof of the planetarium. The victim, a Haitian refugee, turns out to have connections to both a rich and well connected politician who is planning to run for a senate seat (and who had powerful friends who can make life miserable for Heat) and a gang of thieves who rob ATM's. Heat is convinced that the rich guy is involved somehow, and Rook and even members of her own squad thing the thieves are more likely suspects. The difference in focus — plus some other background elements — lead to some major head-butting between Heat and Rook. Hurricane Sandy is waiting in the wings preparing to step on stage as a major player in the drama. Well plotted. Solid characters. An engaging light read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Clark Hallman

    Raging Heat (Nikki Heat #6) by Richard Castle – This is another very enjoyable novel by Richard Castle (whomever he or she may be). It opens with the body of an illegal immigrant falling from the sky in New York City. Nikki Heat’s homicide team works the case and links the crime to a very wealthy and powerful city official and wannabe politician, which puts Heat in the proverbial hot seat during the investigation. The case soon widens to include other illegal aliens, crimes, and murders; and Hea Raging Heat (Nikki Heat #6) by Richard Castle – This is another very enjoyable novel by Richard Castle (whomever he or she may be). It opens with the body of an illegal immigrant falling from the sky in New York City. Nikki Heat’s homicide team works the case and links the crime to a very wealthy and powerful city official and wannabe politician, which puts Heat in the proverbial hot seat during the investigation. The case soon widens to include other illegal aliens, crimes, and murders; and Heat and Rook become the targets of ruthless killers. This story is complex, interesting and compelling, with unique characters and shocking violence. Heat and Rook endure life-threatening attacks that are even more brutal because of Hurricane Sandy. As always, Rook and Heat’s relationship is an important and entertaining part of this Nikki Heat novel. I liked this novel very much.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nathi *Shut it and let me read*

    5 STARS! I JUST LOVE THIS SERIES! (TV show included!) I really love the mystery behind all the books from the series! Is so well made! And the characters are as lovely as the tv characters! Nikki and Rook's relationship is just such a fantastic thing to see it develops! I think is even better explored than their relationship on the TV show. Maybe because the book is more real/sexual while the TV show go more for comedy... Thing is that you can't help but LOVE this series! Has fantastic characters, plot 5 STARS! I JUST LOVE THIS SERIES! (TV show included!) I really love the mystery behind all the books from the series! Is so well made! And the characters are as lovely as the tv characters! Nikki and Rook's relationship is just such a fantastic thing to see it develops! I think is even better explored than their relationship on the TV show. Maybe because the book is more real/sexual while the TV show go more for comedy... Thing is that you can't help but LOVE this series! Has fantastic characters, plot, romance, twist, side characters and everything that you may want to find in a good book!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Patrice

    These books are still a lot of fun. The mystery itself is clever without being either obvious or unrealistically twisty. It also highlighted a real social issue that often is ignored. The romantic development between Rook and Heat, while a tad angsty this time, also did a good job of clarifying the nature of their characters. I always enjoy how the books reflect the show Castle. They always do a really good job of selling that the story is written by a fictional character by blending that charac These books are still a lot of fun. The mystery itself is clever without being either obvious or unrealistically twisty. It also highlighted a real social issue that often is ignored. The romantic development between Rook and Heat, while a tad angsty this time, also did a good job of clarifying the nature of their characters. I always enjoy how the books reflect the show Castle. They always do a really good job of selling that the story is written by a fictional character by blending that character's equally fictional experiences in the book's plot and characters. It's pretty seamless. And once again, still a strong, independent story in its own right. And there's a Firefly reference at one point that made me smile.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Aparna

    Stars: 3 / 5 Recommendation: If you like crime plots and follow closely how day-in and day-out law enforcement personnel solve a case along with tinge of romance and a boat load of twists that spin the plot like a top, then this is a perfect series to read through. Raging Heat is the sixth book in the series of Castle Books written by fictional author Richard Castle from the TV series Castle (portrayed by Nathan Fillion) published in September of 2014. The book is released right before Season VII Stars: 3 / 5 Recommendation: If you like crime plots and follow closely how day-in and day-out law enforcement personnel solve a case along with tinge of romance and a boat load of twists that spin the plot like a top, then this is a perfect series to read through. Raging Heat is the sixth book in the series of Castle Books written by fictional author Richard Castle from the TV series Castle (portrayed by Nathan Fillion) published in September of 2014. The book is released right before Season VII of the TV show Castle (My review of the TV series here: http://inspirethoughts.livejournal.co...) aired for the first time. The plot is set two years after the previous book Deadly Heat (My review of the book here: https://inspirethoughts.livejournal.c...). Nikki Heat is called on to a case where an illegal immigrant falls from the sky and dies. As always Jameson Rook – two-time Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and her romantic interest – tags along but this time around with special interest. Author Richard Castle certainly doesn’t want to have Nikki and Jameson a comfortable relationship. Given the high-profile jobs both held it is bound to have their opinions crossed. Castle exploits this thoroughly in his plots and doesn’t lose an opportunity to push them harder. Head-butting with her boyfriend is no fun for Nikki Heat when she is being railroaded by her own team. Will Nikki overlook the secrets Jameson is keeping from her and see where the light that he is throwing lands? Will their relationship withstand this turmoil or will it falter? Amidst all this how is Nikki Heat working to solve the impossible case she had at her hands. Added to that the pressure Nikki faces from brass is not to be discounted for. Castle neatly puts Nikki in a check-mate every which way she could turn on his chess board. How she out masters the master is a pleasure to read for any reader.400 Richard Castle balances very well the job tensions and relationship strains between Nikki Heat and Jameson Rook. The plot definitely is set during a time when the whole of eastern coast of US was bracing itself from the onslaught of Hurricane Sandy. The elemental feelings of human beings when faced with the force of Mother Nature are drilled down to its bare necessity by Castle. Again I feel that the chemistry is there, yet the romance part of the plot between Jameson and Nikki sometimes comes out as very basic. With other romance writers I always felt the romance part between the characters as a natural segue. However with Nikki and Jameson it always felt staged and basic. Perhaps it is because these characters are based in the TV show Castle characters or perhaps it is because reader knows that they are acting a scene. Whatever the reason the romance part always threw me off in Nikki Heat books. The ending could have been a bit different but it was not too far from what I had guessed considering the route that Nikki’s investigation was going. It did pale a bit compared to the previous two books. Also Castle has some scenes that reflect directly on Season VII of the TV show, albeit a bit modified. All in all another good book for those lazy days that will not disappoint you. However this time around it doesn’t excite you much either, just a plain read. PS: Don’t miss to read the acknowledgement section. If not the book, this section will definitely tickle you. Spoiler Alerts: 1) It’s still a mystery as to who wrote truly wrote these books. Obviously not the fictional character Richard Castle or Nathan Fillion the actor who portrayed the role. Unlike Murder, She Wrote books (Check my reviews of this series here (http://inspirethoughts.livejournal.co...)), the actual author of these books is really hidden deep. 2) Nikki Heat and Jameson Rook while finding clues for their case in Beckett’s Neck in East Hampton, meet an author. Castle doesn’t give any real name but generic description. I tried to piece it together to see who would that be but failed. The closest I came to was he could be perhaps James Lee Burke. However he could be any of the authors that had appeared in the Nikki Heat books or the TV show Castle. 3) Author Richard Caste mentions about water bottles being made out of the elevator wing from the tail of a Black Hawk helicopter. I didn’t believe when I read that but a quick search showed that there is some scant reference to recycling Black Hawk helicopter parts but no concrete evidence of the end product. So much for my happiness of “Go Green!” 4) Grammatical / Historical / Geographical / Character / Mythological Errors: a. On Pg. 11, para 7 line 2, there is a repetition of the words “per second”. b. On Pg. 19, line starting “Oh, right. You know…” – it should read “the noble Crown Victoria from its fleet…”. Instead there is a “the” between “from” and “its” that is not required. c. On Pg. 72, para 4, a scatter of quotes around the text is seen, haphazardly placed. d. On Pg. 270, para 1, the way author writes about the incident around Captain Wally “Iron” Gates’ injury looks like he survived. However on page 273, in a conversation between Zach “The Hammer” Hammer and Nikki Heat, it is revealed that Captain Iron Gates had indeed succumbed to his injuries and died in that fata blast that occurred three pages earlier. Was it an error by the author or the proofreader missed it? It is a definite flaw in the plot. e. On Pg. 331, para 4, missing opening quotes on the line “Anyway, these guys are just punks…” f. On Pg. 349, last para, an additional “her” is inserted between “wholeheartedly” and “for all” in the line “Nikki thanked her wholeheartedly…”.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

    This is # 6 in the Nikki Heat series by fictional/mystery (as in who really writes these books) by fictional character Richard Castle. These are a spinoff of the TV show Castle. In this one Nikki and Rook are trying to solve the crime of how a body fell from the sky. Based in NYC during the days when Hurricane Sandy was approaching the primary subject of their attention is one of the officials in charge of the disaster preparedness team. I don't know who writes these books but they are always enjo This is # 6 in the Nikki Heat series by fictional/mystery (as in who really writes these books) by fictional character Richard Castle. These are a spinoff of the TV show Castle. In this one Nikki and Rook are trying to solve the crime of how a body fell from the sky. Based in NYC during the days when Hurricane Sandy was approaching the primary subject of their attention is one of the officials in charge of the disaster preparedness team. I don't know who writes these books but they are always enjoyable. ✿✿✿✿

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