Heat Wave (Nikki Heat, #1)
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Heat Wave (Nikki Heat #1)

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A New York real estate tycoon plunges to his death on a Manhattan sidewalk. A trophy wife with a past survives a narrow escape from a brazen attack. Mobsters and moguls with no shortage of reasons to kill trot out their alibis. And then, in the suffocating grip of a record heat wave, comes another shocking murder and a sharp turn in a tense journey into the dirty little se...more
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Published September 29th 2009 by Kingswell (first published September 29th 2008)
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Sheila
For those of you who watched last night's Castle: yes, the thing on page 105 is really there. FYI.

I don't really know how to actually review this, so I'll repeat what I said to a friend of mine this morning:

Her: Oh my God. IS IT TERRIBLE? I MUST KNOW.

Me: It's not! It's not high literature either, but--it's basically the same in terms of quality as the show. Fluffy, funny, throwing in another dead body whenever they think of plot, and just adorable.

(and slashy.)

I like.
Mojca
This is a prime example of TV-show-success exploitation. It reads like a fanfiction written by someone NOT Richard Castle. At least not Richard Castle from the TV show. Because from what I saw in the series, the “original” Richard Castle at least appears to be a (much) better writer.

So, why the fanfiction-y feel?
1. It read like one of the episodes of the TV show, though to be turned into one if would need a lot of work.
2. All of the “main” characters were there (with slightly different names), a...more
David "proud member of Branwen's adventuring party"
Sorry, Castle, I love your television show, but Heat Wave is lukewarm at best :(

It's been said that the bigger they are, the harder they fall...so maybe that's why king of New York real estate Matthew Starr just took a plunge from a six-story balcony. And while plenty of people may have wanted Starr dead, since he himself wasn't one of them, the authorities know they have a homicide on their hands. So the NYPD does what they always do when they need to catch a murderer...they turn up the Heat!...more
Darcia Helle
I enjoy the TV show Castle, which is why I bought this book. However, for me, this book falls short of the show. (Rare, since I prefer reading to TV.)

The dialogue is much like the TV show. The characters banter and there is a lot of lighthearted fun in the way they speak to one another. However, the story lacked detail. The plot was a spin on various episodes of the show. At times it was more like reading a summary of events.

The characters also lacked detail. If I had never watched the show, I...more
Colleen
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Jim
I found this as a downloadable audio book at the library. I like the show "Castle" mostly because of Nathan Fillion. He was great as Cap'n Mal in Firefly & I even liked him in "Slither". In "Castle" Fillion plays Richard Castle, a best selling author who has made millions with his Derrick Storm novels. He wants to write a new series & asks his buddy, the Mayor, if he couldn't work with one of the best female detectives, Kate Beckett. He does & bases his new series & character on...more
Jennifer
I'm a big fan of the TV show Castle and had been dying to read the Nikki Heat books supposedly written by Nathan Fillion's character. In Heat Wave, I found great writing, wonderful character chemistry and an unbeatable mystery. I also found my mind making constant connections to the show, which was both distracting and confusing at times.

It's hard not to compare Nikki Heat and Jameson Rook to Kate Beckett and Richard Castle from the show. The book is written under the premise that Castle is the...more
Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: a deeply surprised 3* of five

As a rule, I watch very little TV that isn't about science, on PBS, or revoltingly prurient. Outside of that, why bother? So the other year, there came on this little show called "Castle" that had a promising premise: Bestselling author strongarms NYC mayor into giving him access to a working homicide team to research a character for some novels. (Yeah, right.) Sorta like being an embedded journalist in Afghanistan.

I heard about it, I watched a few, I liked i...more
Theresa Berry
This was really not that good of a book. And for that, I'm very disappointed given how much I love the TV show and how apt I am to squee with delight at everything that has Nathan Fillion's picture on it.

The premise, for those living under a rock, is that these are the books written by Richard Castle as he follows Kate Beckett around at her detective job on Castle. The TV show plays prominently here, so if for some reason you've picked this up without ever watching the show, you're not going to...more
Angela
I never got into Richard Castle's Derek Storm novels, because I try to avoid things that hit bestseller status--in no small part because I've had one too many instances of "bestseller" being code for "hamfisted writing". Plus, there's been all the media hype about how Castle's such a ruggedly handsome jetsetter of an author, and the whole thing about him tagging along with the NYPD by way of the world's longest publicity stunt to promote a new series, yeah yeah yeah blah blah blah but can the ma...more
Nikki
This is a pretty awesome idea, all things considered. Put out the book that the character writes, and do it all in character. Even the marketing, from what I've seen. Right down to the acknowledgements in the back. It's a moneyspinner: even people who don't know the show, Castle, might pick it up, and certainly loads of people that watch the show will pounce on it. And people who read it unknowing might end up sucked into the show.

Also, tons of opportunities to reference it in the show, and to f...more
Matt Schiariti
I'm a big fan of the TV show from day one. I hadn't even known at the time that they were planning on putting out books by 'Richard Castle' based on his time spent and research with the 12th Precinct. I'm glad I decided to check it out.

From the peer blurbs on the front cover and inside jacket, to the press photo of 'Richard Castle' on the back, to the dedication in the very beginning, the novel feels very authentic. As if Richard Castle on TV were a real author and used his adventures in his fic...more
Debbie
This book is a fun novelty for fans of the show, "Castle," as it's the one Richard Castle is writing during the first season of the show. I'm a huge fan of the show, but the book was only okay. The character interactions, supposedly (in the show) based on the detectives Castle shadows, aren't nearly as good as the actual show's character interactions. Also, the names in the book really bug me. I mean, Nikki Heat as the main character is kind of cheesy, of course, but the other ones were grating:...more
Beverly Fox
Heat Wave was not a serious read so I'm not going to give it a terribly serious review. I will simply say that, much like it's originating series, it was a lot of fun.

A few simple things that I absolutely loved: there is a doppelganger for every series regular and they all have the same quirks, use the same banter, and do the same moves so it feels right at home. And the Castle doppelganger? His name is Rook. How great is that? It's so obvious but it made me so happy, I can't even tell you.

It do...more
Teel
Dec 21, 2009 Teel rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of the TV show Castle
Shelves: borrowed
If you aren't aware, there exists a television show called Castle, currently in its second season on ABC. The premise of the show is that a famous and successful author of crime/thriller novels has used his connections and charm to be allowed to "ride along" with New York City homicide detectives as research for a book with a homicide detective main character. The premise of the book (Heat Wave) is that it is the novel that the fictional novelist wrote, based on his experiences in the first seas...more
Adi (Reading in the Windowseat)
Four stars for one reason alone - I love the plot of the TV series more than that of the book. But I'll definetely be onto the next book like... today, actually XD

The first installment of the Nikki Heat series is dynamic and catching, realistic to the point of seeming based on real events and convoluted enough to keep the reader wondering who's the real bad guy to the very last chapter. I found the characters unique and intriguing, the settings - well-described, and the detective work quite up t...more
Eric
May 10, 2012 Eric rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Avid fans of Castle
This lies somewhere between reading Castle-Beckett fanfiction and reading a novelization of the show's script. I'd recommend it for more avid fans of the show -- although they will probably be befuddled that this was supposed to be written by author Richard Castle, who is lauded as a writing genius on the show, as this seems to be rushed-to-press by a hack of a ghostwriter instead. As a standalone mystery, without having the show's characters as a starting point, the cast comes off as paper thin...more
Heather (DeathByBook)
I love the television show 'Castle' and was hoping this would be a nice afternoon escape/guilty pleasure/quick read etc. Unfortunatley the writing is so inconsistent and sometimes awkward that it becomes distracting. The book reads like it was written by four or five different people and someone forgot to send it to the editor before it was printed. There are spots of great dialogue and a few funny moments, but I'm not sure if it's worth reading the entire book(all 208 pages) to get to them. I'...more
Jennifer
okay, trying to voice what I thought and how I approached it.

First off: brilliant marketing idea.

Second: I love the meta layer of a fictional character publishing a book (in my reality) which is inspired by the woman he is in love with (yup I'm a shipper, your argument is invalid). So I tried to read it as such, which proved to be difficult. Whenever I heard his voice (or that of Nathan) as the narrator's voice, I was fine. I could happily picture him typing away and having a ball at writing pag...more
D.B. Reynolds
THIS REVIEW IS FOR ALL THREE OF THE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE BOOKS IN THE SERIES: I've been eyeing these books for awhile, but couldn't decide if they were worth a try or not. This series is based on the conceit that the character on ABC's mystery series CASTLE writes the books, and in fact ABC has persisted in not revealing the real author. This doesn't seem quite fair to the whoever the writer is, since these books are actually very well written and quite enjoyable. I picked up the first one throug...more
Mikella Etchegoyen
Let me preface this with a declaration of my love for the show Castle. Nathan Fillion as a best selling author of detective novels? That’s a win in my book. There’s also the intense sexual tension between Castle and Beckett,and the antics of lovable partners Ryan and Esposito.

Anyway, reading Heat Wave was like watching a marathon of Castle episode. Raley and Ochoa (a.k.a. Roach) are fictional duplicates of Ryan and Esposito. Nikki Heat, while obviously altered to fit Castle’s imagination of the...more
Manda
Incredible mystery this is not. BUT. It is an actual book written by the fictional author Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion), from the ABC show Castle. I love this show. In it, Castle uses his wealth, popularity and connections to get an indefinite ride-along with Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic), who pretends to hate this. Love the cast, love the chemistry, love the dialogue, and I love my cop shows. This is a win all around for me.

During the course of the show, Castle starts using Beckett as...more
Nancy O'Toole
Matthew Starr is a wealthy businessman who lives with his pretty young wife and son in an apartment in New York City that could double as a fine art museum. That is, until he plunges six stories to his death. As Detective Nikki Heat inspects his murder, she discovers that there was much more to Matthew Starr than the public perceived, and that many of the people connected to him had just as many secrets. To make things more complicated, Nikki has to solve this mystery while playing babysitter to...more
Rachel Blackman
This book actually probably doesn't deserve the four stars I am giving it. Among other notable moments, the first page contained the phrase, "It only took her a moment to remember the one thing she couldn't forget." (If I ever write a sentence like that, please confiscate my fountain pens.)

However, despite questionable turns of phrase like that, the book was actually rather enjoyable if you're a fan of the series 'Castle.' In the series, of course, Richard Castle has begun writing a new series a...more
Maree  ♫ Light's Shadow ♪
Me like! But is it only because of all the fangirl squee I get out of thinking about how this book is written by 'Richard Castle'? I know that I excuse a lot of the out-there metaphors as something Castle would say, and I don't know that they would be nearly as fun or amusing to someone who picked up the book having never heard of Castle and had no idea what they were getting into. The way Nikki is drawn to Rook (haha, smooth name change there, Rick) is exactly how I can imagine him fantasizing...more
Lise
Apr 10, 2010 Lise rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the tv show
Shelves: library
Not at all bad for a TV tie in. Actually, the best thing about the book is the idea of the book itself.

I very much enjoy the show Castle. It's definitely a comedy, and it's cheesy, and it's very clearly not intended to be taken seriously at all. The main conceit of the show is that the tremendously popular (rock star popular) Castle is riding along with the homicide detective Beckett in order to do background research for his novels about Nikki Heat, homicide detective. Heat Wave is the book whi...more
Elizabeth
Heat Wave by Richard Castle (pp. 197)

Fan fiction taken to a whole new marketing level.

Crossover marketing is taken to the next step when ABC publishes the actual novel, Heat Wave, written by the principle character, Richard Castle of ABCs crime dramedy of similar name, Castle.

The book works because it doesn’t take itself too seriously and captures the same vibe of the TV show. The main characters of the book are fictional doppelgangers for the show’s two main characters, Richard Castle and Det...more
Thomas Edgar
For disclosure sake; I am a fan of the Castle television series. Heat Wave is written as if the author is the main character of the show and even has an acknowledgement section from Richard Castle to fictional characters in the show. This is one of the reasons I read Heat Wave. The book is quite successful in mimicking the show and is also one of the biggest failings of the book which I will go into later.

Heat Wave is a cop who-dun-it. The story centers around the murder of a failing real estate...more
Brittany
Castle is a show based on a mystery writer (Nathan Fillion), who uses his seemingly limitless celebrity connections to 'join' the NYPD and follow/harass/entertain Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) while researching for his new book, Heat Wave. When I discovered that Heat Wave had actually been put out as a book, the fangirl in me demanded I pick it up. I haven't been able to find the real author's name, the assumption being that it's a collaborative effort from the shows writers. Well, kudos,...more
VaultOfBooks
By Richard Castle. Grade: A
Christmas has come early!
MORE CASTLE!
A New York real estate tycoon plunges to his death on a Manhattan sidewalk. A trophy wife with a past survives a narrow escape from a brazen attack. Mobsters and moguls with no shortage of reasons to kill trot out their alibis. And then, in the suffocating grip of a record heat wave, comes another shocking murder and a sharp turn in a tense journey into the dirty little secrets of the wealthy. Secrets that prove to be fatal. Secrets...more
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