Heat Storm by Richard Castle

Heat Storm

Nikki Heat and Derrick Storm, New York Times bestselling author Richard Castle's most enduring and beloved characters, team up for the first time to save Nikki's mother, Cynthia, who has been in hiding (and presumed dead) for 17 years. Standing in their way is a nefarious group of Chinese businessmen known as the Shanghai Seven, who have the resources-and ruthlessness-to s...

Title:Heat Storm
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ISBN:1484787862
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages

Heat Storm Reviews

  • Carrie
    Jun 11, 2017

    I LOVED this! It was so much fun. I love the Derrick Storm / Nikki Heat partnership, and I'm so glad that this book series is continuing even though the TV series isn't. I can't wait for the next book!

  • J. Griff
    Jun 01, 2017

    The last couple of books have been getting hokier & hokier, but this one will be my last Nikki Heat book. The story was weak & predictable. The Derrick Storm character seemed very 2 dimensional & to "James Bond" ish. The ending was trite & did a poor job of summoning up the story. I will always be a Castle fan, but I now understand why the show ended. These characters have gone about as far as they can go & please put them to rest.

  • Donna
    May 05, 2017

    The combination of Nikki Heat and Derrick Storm in this book makes for a double dose of murder, mystery and mayhem - not to mention 3 ruggedly handsome men with 2 Storms and Rook! - that keeps you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. I literally couldn't put this book down, through all its twists and turns, until I'd read to the very end (and what an ending!). Loved it!

  • Nic6879
    May 15, 2017

    I wanted to like this more than I did, and I didn't dislike it as much as I expected.

    It was too much Storm for me, generally - though eventually I found myself enjoying those sections well enough, particularly his interactions and banter with his father. It felt like this was a way for Castle to work out what kind of father he was hoping his father would have been, and the relationship he had hoped to have.

    There was most definitively too little Nikki Heat. Not enough of her thoughts and hopes,

    I wanted to like this more than I did, and I didn't dislike it as much as I expected.

    It was too much Storm for me, generally - though eventually I found myself enjoying those sections well enough, particularly his interactions and banter with his father. It felt like this was a way for Castle to work out what kind of father he was hoping his father would have been, and the relationship he had hoped to have.

    There was most definitively too little Nikki Heat. Not enough of her thoughts and hopes, not nearly enough on the emotional journey that trying to save her mother should have been. And it seemed like she kept needing to be rescued (by men!), instead of rescuing herself, which felt like a significant departure from the kick-ass, larger-than-life character she's always been.

    And the *biggest* disappointment of all: After years of missing her mother, of thinking her dead, of the emotional roller coaster of finding she might be alive, we don't get to see her reunion with her mother??!!The first time they face each other again, hug and cry with each other, and we don't get even one snippet?! Instead some awkward swerve toward a Johanna-Carl date? Who the f*** cares?! Honestly. For that fact alone I want to give minus 4 stars.

  • Anja
    May 23, 2017

    hm

    I am not as disappointed as I could have been cause I knew I wasn't going to love this book but still

    I don't know why it is but the storm chapters really took me away from the book and I kept skipping lines because I really didn't care I just wanted to read about Nikki and Rook...

    like at the end of High Heat I thought oh my god Storm is there this could be great

    but yeah the chapters were really boring in my opinion and I did not enjoy them at all

    so I guess I sort of missed half the plot by on

    hm

    I am not as disappointed as I could have been cause I knew I wasn't going to love this book but still

    I don't know why it is but the storm chapters really took me away from the book and I kept skipping lines because I really didn't care I just wanted to read about Nikki and Rook...

    like at the end of High Heat I thought oh my god Storm is there this could be great

    but yeah the chapters were really boring in my opinion and I did not enjoy them at all

    so I guess I sort of missed half the plot by only really reading the Nikki chapters but I also don't feel like I missed anything vital so it really couldn't be that important

    and yeah I kind fo need more books

    but the book ended with "this was not the end of Heat and Storm" and if I am honest ... I don't think I could bring myself to actually enjoy another book with Storm in it...

    which is really really sad because I was excited about this book and I feel let down and it sucks

    At least the Nikki Heat chapters were still cool so I could enjoy most of the book yay for that

    hm...

  • Monnie
    May 20, 2017

    3.5 stars, actually.

    It's a little hard to take the Nikki Heat series seriously - whether or not you loved the very popular

    TV show that starred the New York police detective (played by Stana Katic) and her Pulitzer prize-winning squeeze, Richard Castle (played by the hunky Nathan Filion). I was a diehard fan until the last couple of seasons, when the shows somehow stopped being fun and I pretty much lost interest. Supposedly, the books are written by Castle; but of course, he's not a real

    3.5 stars, actually.

    It's a little hard to take the Nikki Heat series seriously - whether or not you loved the very popular

    TV show that starred the New York police detective (played by Stana Katic) and her Pulitzer prize-winning squeeze, Richard Castle (played by the hunky Nathan Filion). I was a diehard fan until the last couple of seasons, when the shows somehow stopped being fun and I pretty much lost interest. Supposedly, the books are written by Castle; but of course, he's not a real person; the true author, in fact, has been speculated about but never revealed. And like the TV show, the books started out quite fun but may be slipping a bit (the last three, including this one, earned just 3-1/2 stars from me).

    This one brings together Nikki and another "Richard Castle" series hero, Derrick Storm - a hulk of a man the CIA calls when something is amiss in the U.S. of A., where CIA investigations are off limits. The pairing, though, seems just plain off. There's plenty of action, particularly on Storm's side of the plot, but I never felt any kind of connection between the two, nor of Storm with Heat's husband Jameson Rook (the name her TV husband Castle assumes in the books) even though indications are that Heat has been friends with Storm for quite some time.

    Essentially, what we have are two story lines that, as expected, eventually converge. Ever since Heat's recent sighting of a woman she's sure is her mother Cynthia - a secret U.S. spy Heat had believed was murdered 17 years ago - she's been frantically trying to track her down. In the midst of that, the female U.S. President-to-be has rather inexplicably asked Heat to be her chief of Homeland Security, so there's a big decision to be made. That's even harder since she's banished her hubby from her life, claiming her search for her mother is a dangerous journey and she doesn't want him to be involved (yeah, I never bought that in the TV series, either).

    Meanwhile, Storm took part in the raid of a counterfeiting ring that appears to be connected to a nasty group known as the Shanghai Seven. In the process, he begins to suspect that his own government may be working against him, and he turns to his dad Carl for much-needed help. The two story lines begin to come together when Storm finds a tape with Heat's mother's voice on it that appears to connect her to the Shanghai Seven. At the same time, Heat is taking heat in the form of text messages from someone called "The Serpent" warning her to call off the search for her mother.

    From then on, the action really picks up - some of it the stuff a Roger Moore James Bond movie is made of that crosses the line of credulity and leads to a rather sappy ending. Overall, it makes for an easy, breezy read that won't tax your brain cells - perfect for reading on a beach or waiting at a doctor's office.

  • JayeL
    May 24, 2017

    I think the last installment in the series which I read was

    . A lot has happened since that book. I didn't miss the adrenaline and I think I caught up with the characters and what happened to them.

    There was a lot of adrenaline in this book. The last airplane/helicopter scene was over the top and a bit much, but I couldn't complain too much because it did fit into the story.

    I liked the old school aspect of Carl Storm's involvement. I do wonder why the Fairfax County, Virginia police we

    I think the last installment in the series which I read was

    . A lot has happened since that book. I didn't miss the adrenaline and I think I caught up with the characters and what happened to them.

    There was a lot of adrenaline in this book. The last airplane/helicopter scene was over the top and a bit much, but I couldn't complain too much because it did fit into the story.

    I liked the old school aspect of Carl Storm's involvement. I do wonder why the Fairfax County, Virginia police weren't looking for Carl and Derrick. Perhaps they were and it was superfluous to the story.

    I was pretty excited when a librarian had such a prominent role in the story. However, the character ruins it at the end by deriding librarians' public service not to mention her actions. She had a point about pay, but that doesn't justify her actions.

    The recording/playback was terrible. The app kept skipping backwards a chapter or two whenever I stopped it. I think it was the app and not the item from the library, but it was still annoying.

  • Xenos
    Jun 05, 2017

    Oh, dear. Oh, my. Aargh!!! How do I give stars to "Heat Storm"? On the one hand, I felt like Sally Field: I liked it...I really, really liked it. On the other hand: I really,

    didn't. If you've read my review of the last Nikki Heat book, "High Heat", I gave it five stars and praised author Richard Castle for writing a great prequel to a "they're-gonna-reunite-and-it's-gonna-kick-butt" book. Well, I was wrong. "Heat Storm" was more of a Nikki Heat/Derrick Storm love fest. And, no, I don't m

    Oh, dear. Oh, my. Aargh!!! How do I give stars to "Heat Storm"? On the one hand, I felt like Sally Field: I liked it...I really, really liked it. On the other hand: I really,

    didn't. If you've read my review of the last Nikki Heat book, "High Heat", I gave it five stars and praised author Richard Castle for writing a great prequel to a "they're-gonna-reunite-and-it's-gonna-kick-butt" book. Well, I was wrong. "Heat Storm" was more of a Nikki Heat/Derrick Storm love fest. And, no, I don't mean Nikki and Derrick were romantically involved. I mean that it was equally Nikki-centric and Derrick-centric and that, once again, Jameson Rook was superfluous. (Which leads me to believe that all those awful internet rumors were true and that "the powers that be" *coughAndrewMarloweandTerriEddaMillercough* are getting back at Nathan for being a jerk to Stana...which just makes me sad all the way around.) And although I truly enjoyed both Nikki's and Derrick's storyline, I will reiterate in this review what I have said in the others...

    ...which was, frankly, pathetic in this book.

    If "Richard Castle" is going to continue down this literary road with Nikki and Derrick, perhaps he should just put us Caskett/Rooki-shippers out of our misery and do what he did in the first season of "Castle" -- kill off his hero (in this case, Jameson Rook). Then at least we could enjoy Nikki and Derrick without being despondent over the slow, painful, seemingly conscious-uncoupling of Nikki and Jameson.


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