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Storm Front

(Derrick Storm #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  3,860 ratings  ·  415 reviews

With the help of a beautiful and mysterious foreign agent--with whom Storm is becoming romantically and professionally entangled--he discovers that Volkov's treachery has embroiled a wealthy hedge-fund manager and a U.S. senator. In a heated race against time, Storm chases Volkov's shadow from Paris, to the lair of a computer genius in Iowa, to the streets of Manhattan, th
Hardcover, 314 pages
Published May 2013 by Hyperion (first published April 30th 2013)
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Sirpease The books are related in that they both take place around the same time period and there are crossover book(s) and mentions. Most notably, Heat Storm …moreThe books are related in that they both take place around the same time period and there are crossover book(s) and mentions. Most notably, Heat Storm (2017) has both Nikki Heat and Derrick Storm featured throughout.

Each book from both series' stand on their own and can be read independently, but they are best read in the order they were published. The only exception being Derrick Storm books 1-3 (A Brewing Storm, A Raging Storm, and A Bloody Storm); they need to be read in order as they are essentially one book.

With this in mind there are certainly events and actions that take place in one novel that impact the following books or take place directly following the end of the novel. So although technically all books can be read independently, to avoid spoilers they should be read in the order they were published as those events will be referenced or directly impact the following novels.(less)

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Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was a little apprehensive about reading this, I have always thought books by fake authors from soaps and TV series to really be bad and just a way to cash in on a successful show. Having said that, I'm sure that is still the case for the Richard Castle books. Don't know why I decided to pick this up and read it, but I'm glad I did. It's pretty good! Not the best spy story I've ever read, but not bad. It was a little hard to get into the first chapter but I hung in there and it got better. The ...more
May 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
If this were a "serious" mystery novel that I was reading on its own, I wouldn't give it as many stars as I did, but as a fun tie-in to one of my favorite TV shows? This book is quite enjoyable. The little call backs (particularly in character names) just make me smile and Chapter 23 is super fun! Worlds collide! I won't give anything away, though I did peg what I think could be described as the main "twist" pretty early on. All in all, I'd recommend this to anyone who watches and enjoys the Cas ...more
Beth Johnson
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014-reads
I finished the book. My mother would not be proud. She told me to quit awhile ago. However, I stuck it out for no really good reason. But I finished it. That's about the only positive comment my review has.


1) Manufactured financial crisis story line. Ugh. Please stop writing these and pretending they are thrilling. They aren't. They're boring. So. So. Boring.

2) Unlikeable characters. They are all over the place! I am still finding it hard to believe the trope that claims that Storm
Jim C
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is an offering from the fictional main character on the television series Castle. It is not known who the actual writer is of the two different series. In this one, several high influential bankers are being tortured to death and Derrick Storm is brought into to investigate. This book is basically a spy thriller book.

If you take these books in this series and the Nikki Heat series for face value they are very enjoyable. They are entertaining and not meant to be serious. Storm is basica
Jun 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
If you want a serious spy thriller, don't read this. If you want a James Bond-style spy who accomplishes daring and physically impossible feats, this is a "to read." If you are a Castle/Beckett fan, it is a must read (with cameo appearances by Nikki Heat and Jameson Rook; a nod to Captain Montgomery with a character named after him; and numerous references to how "ruggedly handsome" Derrick Storm is). It may not be great literature, but it is a great addition to the Nikki Heat books. ...more
There's a patch-wearing psycho torturing and killing bankers across the globe. The CIA brings in Derrick Storm to hunt him down. Okay, I admit I picked this up because I'm a fan of the tv show Castle and I thoroughly enjoyed the Nikki Heat novels. This must have been written by somebody different as it lacked the charm of the Heat books. It was trashy and cheesy and not as good as I was expecting it to be. Slightly disappointed. ...more
Richard Gartee
Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
The ABC TV series Castle began with the premise that a James Patterson/Robert Ludlum type author was shadowing a NYC detective to write a new series of novels. Someone at the show cleverly hired a ghost writer to write Heat Wave, a novel about 'Nicki Heat' Richard Castle's supposed book on the show. It wasn't bad. So they wrote more.
However, the TV show back story was that Richard Castle had originally become famous for a series character named Derrick Storm. After the success of the Nicki Heat
Pooja Jeevagan
Oct 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Well, this book was meant to be read...for I follow the author's supposed personal life so closely, right till the latest episode ;)

Its rare that you find that a character in your series is made so believable that there are people who write books and publish under his pen name...why would one do that you wonder...and then you pick up the book, just out of curiosity...debating that the book might actually be good because the series is still decent in the 7th season and you still like the author w
May 06, 2013 rated it liked it
"Richard Castle" books are fun, quick reads. The Nikki Heat books are love letters to the TV show fans. The Derrick Storm books lack the parallel to the show, but retain the fun. This installment, however, is replete with wink-wink references to the TV show and a heroic character named after a show character that feels authentic - it's something "Rick Castle" would do in his writing. I hope this promotional gimmick continues as I'm really enjoying both the Storm and Heat series. ...more
Alexandra Jered
Dec 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
(3.5) Definitely something Richard Castle would write. Kudos to the ghostwriter.
Tory Wagner
Jan 14, 2021 rated it liked it
A fun book with lots of good old-fashioned action!
Aug 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Stars: 3.5 / 5
Recommendation: Easy breezy mystery plots with heavy political and international crimes being solved by the most capable person of all in CIA; naturally there is lot of intrigue, suspense, a bit gory and edged with light romance.
Storm Front is the fourth Derrick Storm novel published in April of 2013 by fictional author Richard Castle from the TV series Castle (portrayed by Nathan Fillion) (My review of the TV series here: In this plot De
May 17, 2015 rated it did not like it
Storm Front (Derrick Storm, #4) by Richard Castle

First impression: 1 star
Have you ever started reading a book that was so bad that you became convinced the author was doing it on purpose? With characters names like 'Graham Cracker' and 'XXXX Wormsley' and 'Xiangbang'(pronounced she-bang in the book), I quickly decided I must have picked up an audio edition of a comic book. Even the reader gave it a comic-book like cadence.

I admit it, I didn't get the joke. After reading great authors like Vinc
Bryan Higgs
Jul 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller, crime, adventure
Imagine a tongue-in-cheek novel parodying another set of tongue-in-cheek novels -- the James Bond series. That's what this book is: an over-sexed hero doing over-the-top deeds of derring-do, getting into (and out of, naturally) impossible situations, and in bed with gorgeous women. Of course the dialog is completely asinine, with jokes and double-entendres and the like, all far too lighthearted for the situation at hand. Not to mention shadowy, more secret than top secret, sections of US intelli ...more
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was far better than the e-book trilogy for Derrick Storm. Yes it was a little slow but the action and the crossover and oh the tribute to Capt. Roy Montgomery all were awesome points. Love Storm in action and and the action packed scenes. I loved this Storm novel and would suggest that you also check it. Because it's supposed to be done by Castle before he came to work with Beckett there is no character to map the characters but the crossover moment was just pure Gold and the like I said th ...more
May 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Richard Castle's Storm Front brings something new to the table for the Derrick Storm series; a fresh new look at a rouggedley handsome spy. For those who are not familiar with the television show Castle, Derrick Storm is write Richard Castles firs creation. A spy, who of course, always gets the ladies and the bad guys. Castle killed off Storm at the start of the television series but recently decided to bring him back in a way only the FBI and the CIA could pull off. After three mini e-novels it ...more
May 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime
Starting in Venice with "The gondolier could only be described as ruggedly handsome....." you smile and are confident that you're in for an entertaining read. From one action filled adventure straight into the next as Derek gets called in to get insider information where the FBI can't go. As a rogue agent you can only envisage him suited and booted to look exactly the role he's playing. Hints at having learnt several languages to aid his characters fit the "00" casting perfectly.

All the way thr
Kyla Javellana
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Mary Rowe
Mar 13, 2017 rated it liked it
New direction from the previous two works. Chasing Volkov, a Russian political zealot/criminal mastermind. Geopolitical and international economic crises.
Scott Love
May 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
Not really impressed with this. I really enjoyed the Derrick Storm short stories, but this one felt really disconnected. One thing that really irritated me was the lack of editing (or overuse of the auto-correct/correct all function). I lost count of the times the words budget and pilot were misspelled. Budget was turned into bud get, and pilot was pi lot. There were a couple other words that this also happened with, but those just stuck out for me.

Fictional author or not, I would expect much m
Jon Borah
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

From Tokyo, to Bonn, to London, high-level bankers are being tortured and murdered. The killer, caught in a fleeting glimpse on a surveillance camera, has been described as a psychopath with an eye patch. And that means Gregor Volkov, Derrick Storm's old nemesis, has returned. Knowing only one man can match Volkov's strength and cunning, the CIA calls on Storm to track him down, figure out who he's working for and why. With the help of a beautiful and mysterious foreign agent, Storm discovers a

Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! The story was fast passed so I never lost interest as I was listening to it. There were a few things that made me smile because they were obvious nods to the Castle series- like naming the pilot Roy Montgomery. At the same time, the brief cross over where Storm meets Nikki Heat was awesome- but I did find myself wondering for a few minutes if that would have happened because the show gives us the impression that the concept of Nikki Heat didn't come around until AFTER he met D ...more
Riley Rose
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An incredibly well written book. It's written with a lot of humor and wit. The timing is fast paced and it kept me engaged from the opening scene. Very much 007 on steroids! I enjoyed Castle the TV show and this story does not disappoint. Whoever is writing these books is clearly a talented comedy writer with fun and adventure thrown in. I like stories where I don't see the twists and turns coming. I will continue to read these books. I need this kind of humor and lightheartedness in my life. Mo ...more
May 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
Just as good as the Nikki Heat books. I laughed when Nikki & Jameson actually popped up in this book. Jameson & Derrick together though is definately not a good idea. That much ego in one room though did prove entertaining and I felt bad that Nikki had to deal with both (even if it was just briefly). Can't wait for Deadly Heat (September can not come fast enough) and I wonder if any mention of Derrick will pop up. ...more
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have read and enjoyed the other Richard Castle books and was surprised that this book is based on Castle's character (or should I say alter-ego) Derrick Storm. It is a fun, fast-paced read; lots of tongue-in-cheek sarcasm and impossible action. The characters from the TV show make a brief appearance, and I caught myself laughing when Castle and Storm were complimenting each other on their good looks. I could definitely get into a Derrick Storm series -- hunky and likeable. ...more
Kyoko M.
Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Another really fun romp with the devilishly charming and determined Derrick Storm. It's beautifully written and exciting, but I do get the occasional feeling like it's a little overstuffed with extraneous information. Bells and whistles kind of thing, but overall, very enjoyable. The only other thing that irked me a bit was the cliche of having the love interest die in order to enrage the male hero and make him zero in on revenge with his archnemesis. Other than that, I enjoyed it quite a bit. ...more
Mary Anderson
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I enjoy watching Richard Castle on TV but didn't realize "he" wrote books!

I thoroughly enjoyed this one and will definitely pick up other Derrick Storm books in the future. Sometimes it's necessary to suspend belief while reading a book. Derrick's chasing a plan by running down the runway was just such an event.

Still the action is non-stop and it's a nice mystery for cold winter (I mean spring) evenings.
Susan Beamon
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Once upon a time, there was James Bond and Matt Helm, spies who could do fantastic things and make their own rules. Derrick Storm is a character of the dame type, a fantasy of good guy impossibilities. The plot has been up-dated somewhat. The villain wants money instead of world domination, but he's going to cause massive damage to get that money. I did like the wooden gun and wooden bullets. It is a Castle show book and Nikki Heat has a cameo. ...more
May 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love Richard Castle books. The expactation may be predictable and talking on a literary level it may not cut it with those who are in need of something more substantial, but the book does what is does and that is entertaining me and killing my time. The author has a great sense of humor that intertwines with the suspense of shoot outs and and chasing criminals.
May 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Delightful entertaining. Action packed from beginning to end. Loved the new characters and play on names. It was surprising to see old 'friends'. The Heat and Rook appearance brought a smile to my face. The ghost writer for this Richard Castle played into the TV show character brilliantly. I can see the quirks and wit easily. Hoping to see more of Mr. Storm. ...more
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Richard Castle is the author of numerous bestsellers, including the critically acclaimed Derrick Storm series. His first novel, In a Hail of Bullets, published while he was still in college, received the Nom DePlume Society's prestigious Tom Straw Award for Mystery Literature. Castle currently lives in Manhattan

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