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
Number of Pages:320 pages

Heat Storm Reviews

  • Thomas

    Βαθμολογία: ★★★

    Μια υπέροχη αστυνομική σειρά φτάνει στο τέλος της. Στο ένατο βιβλίο παίζεται ένα crossover μεταξύ των δύο πρωταγωνιστών των βιβλίων του Richard Castle (από την ομώνυμη τηλεοπτική σειρά), της Nikki Heat και του Derrick Storm. Δυστυχώς δεν ακολουθεί την κλασική ροή των υπόλοιπων μυθιστορημάτων της σειράς. Δεν υπάρχει πτώμα, αναζήτηση δολοφόνου και η υπόλοιπη αστυνομική ομάδα εμφανίζεται ελάχιστα. Η δράση είναι ασταμάτητη καθ' όλη τη διάρκεια του βιβλίου. Δεν με ενθουσίασε ιδιαίτερα

    Βαθμολογία: ★★★

    Μια υπέροχη αστυνομική σειρά φτάνει στο τέλος της. Στο ένατο βιβλίο παίζεται ένα crossover μεταξύ των δύο πρωταγωνιστών των βιβλίων του Richard Castle (από την ομώνυμη τηλεοπτική σειρά), της Nikki Heat και του Derrick Storm. Δυστυχώς δεν ακολουθεί την κλασική ροή των υπόλοιπων μυθιστορημάτων της σειράς. Δεν υπάρχει πτώμα, αναζήτηση δολοφόνου και η υπόλοιπη αστυνομική ομάδα εμφανίζεται ελάχιστα. Η δράση είναι ασταμάτητη καθ' όλη τη διάρκεια του βιβλίου. Δεν με ενθουσίασε ιδιαίτερα ούτε η πλοκή, ούτε ο Storm. Το κλείσιμο αν και συμπαθητικό, θα προτιμούσα να είχε υπάρξει και κάποιο flashforward.

  • Carrie

    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.D. Cunegan

    To be perfectly frank, it's probably time for Nikki Heat to bow out.

    Make no mistake: in a lot of ways,

    is a good read. It's better than

    , and it's a lot of fun. It's also just as divisive as the volume that came before it, and the climactic battle practically flies in the face of the eight books that came before it.

    Despite being billed as a Nikki Heat-Derrick Storm crossover, the two characters are hardly ever in the same place; for most of

    , they communicate using

    To be perfectly frank, it's probably time for Nikki Heat to bow out.

    Make no mistake: in a lot of ways,

    is a good read. It's better than

    , and it's a lot of fun. It's also just as divisive as the volume that came before it, and the climactic battle practically flies in the face of the eight books that came before it.

    Despite being billed as a Nikki Heat-Derrick Storm crossover, the two characters are hardly ever in the same place; for most of

    , they communicate using little more than text messages. The narrative alternates between both characters, and to be honest, I largely preferred the Storm chapters to Heat's.

    The editing issues that plagued

    are not near as prevalent in this book, and Jameson Rook does eventually have his role to play. But Heat and Rook never truly address the emotional toll the end of

    took (though that's pretty much on par with the way Castle and Beckett used to communicate -- or not).

    But for a series that prided itself on such a tough, resilient heroine as Nikki Heat, for

    to end with her being little more than a damsel in distress really rubbed me the wrong way. Whoever has actually penned these books had, for eight and a half books, gone out of their way to make sure we knew Heat was brave, strong, fierce, determined, and everything we want in our heroines. But what could possibly be her last book draws to a close and... she needs rescued? By men?

    Tone deaf is a good way to describe it.

    I've long argued the Richard Castle books are largely better than one might expect, and that's still the case. But with the TV show that spawned them now off the air after its own divisive storytelling, perhaps it's better for everyone involved if Nikki Heat, Derrick Storm, and all the others just disappear into the proverbial sunset. It was a fun ride, but I think it's about time to get off.

  • J. Griff

    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

    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!

  • Monnie

    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.

  • terpkristin

    In the very first episode of

    , the show opens with author Richard Castle at a launch party for "the final Derek Storm novel". In particular, the show lets you know, Derek Storm has been definitively killed by a gun shot to the head with a large exit wound. However, in the world that "Richard Castle" has setup, it's clear dead doesn't mean dead, and this book is no exception, as Derek Storm teams up with Nikki Heat to find out who killed her mother and why, once and for all.

    These books got

    In the very first episode of

    , the show opens with author Richard Castle at a launch party for "the final Derek Storm novel". In particular, the show lets you know, Derek Storm has been definitively killed by a gun shot to the head with a large exit wound. However, in the world that "Richard Castle" has setup, it's clear dead doesn't mean dead, and this book is no exception, as Derek Storm teams up with Nikki Heat to find out who killed her mother and why, once and for all.

    These books got more and more improbable as time went on, though they were still enjoyable. That said, if there's ever another Nikki Heat book, I'd prefer it to be more like the beginning of the series (and for that matter, like the beginning of the TV show) rather than the end. Focus on the smart, sexy cop. Focus on her doofus boyfriend. None of this terrorism crap that, yes, the NYPD does, but they don't actually have any charter to do.

  • Xenos

    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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