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Heat Wave (Nikki Heat, Bk 1)
Heat Wave - Nikki Heat, Bk 1
Author: Richard Castle
The title character from ABC's hit television series Castle kicks off his new series of books featuring tough and sexy New York police detective Nikki Heat with a bang. — 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...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781401310400
ISBN-10: 1401310400
Publication Date: 7/27/2010
Pages: 208
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.

3.4 stars, based on 115 ratings
Publisher: Hyperion
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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reviewed Heat Wave (Nikki Heat, Bk 1) on + 15 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 22
I grabbed this up soon as it hit the shelf because I'm a real fan of the tv show, 'Castle'. I won't give away anything about the novels story line, but will say I was at first amused by the writing then later felt a bit let down. For a hardcover adult mystery the book comes in under 200 pages. It must be written by the tv shows script writers as the pacing, dialog, exactly what you see on tv every Monday night. And for me, that became a problem with the book. What works in a 1 hr (42 filmed mins) tv episode, falls a bit short in a book. I wanted MORE...background, dialog, details... The antics of the reporter-ride along character became somewhat annoying to me by the end of the book. If a 2nd one comes out and is larger, I might try it to see if it's improved.
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Helpful Score: 16
Loved it! But, I'm a huge fan of the show, so I might be a little biased! And, I loved this in the way that I like brainless reads. Plus, I like the references during the show to the book. It makes me feel like I'm on the inside!

Rook and Nikki Heat have the same type of relationship and undercurrents as does Castle and Beckett on the TV show. It's got much of the same wit and sarcasm. I really enjoyed the book but it was totally forgettable. The case was fun, fast-paced and pretty standard for this type of book. There wasn't much conflict, or anything that really got my heart pumping. I actually laughed more than I frowned in concentration!

Overall, if you like the show, you'll enjoy the book. Otherwise, I don't think that anyone will find this very engaging. It's a light read that is more enjoyable due to it's underlying humor.
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Helpful Score: 7
The was a totally fun read. I'm a huge fan of the show, so as I was reading the book I could "hear" the voices of the characters in my head while reading the dialogue. If you're looking for a serious read, this isn't it. But if you want a well constructed mystery with plenty of fun, this is a great book. I'd love to know who actually wrote the book - my guess is that it's a collaboration between James Patterson and Stephan Cannell. I wonder if we'll ever find out?
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Helpful Score: 4
I had fun with this book as a fan of the show. If you don't watch the show, I'm not sure how much you'll enjoy it. It's a quick read. I was done in less than a day and glad that I had checked it out from the library. It's definitely a guilty pleasure rather than literature, but if that's what you're looking for you'll be satisfied! It is also very interesting to think about the book as an extension of the show. Although there is clearly a real author out there (Tom Straw has been suggested in reviews on amazon) the actor from the show is on the book jacket and the character's name is in the author's spot. I think this raises some interesting questions about how media is evolving.
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Helpful Score: 3
This book was great. It was just like watching the TV show. As soon as it was released I had to get it and read it. I wish they would release more. Although if you can't get into the show "Castle", you may not enjoy this book, it was written like an episode of the show.
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reviewed Heat Wave (Nikki Heat, Bk 1) on + 368 more book reviews
If you love the TV show "Castle" you cannot help seeing Beckett and Castle in the pages of the book.....a fun read for all, especially "Castle" fans....If you have not seen the TV show, you will watch it after reading the book!
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HEAT WAVE suffers from spinoff-itis. It assumes that its readers know the TV show Castle and the story behind its books, and thus assumes that it doesnt have to bother with the usual writing techniques such as character development. Because Nikki Heat is (a much sexier) Kate Beckett; Jameson Rook is (a much more boring) Richard Castle (I mean, really, just look at the last names); Roach is Esposito and Ryan; and so on down the line.

The upside of this is that it does read like an extra episode of Castle, and the mystery is plenty good, with a nice amount of twists, red herrings, and unexpected revelations. The downside is that this book cannot and should not stand on its own. If it were a novel written by a real person, instead of by the fictional character Castle, it would probably be reamed by an editor for its lack of character development and the lack of developing chemistry between Heat and Rook.

For that was what disappointed me most of all: if HEAT WAVE were the manifestation of Castles imagination of a relationship between himself and Beckett (which, uh, in a sense, it is), then it was really poorly done, because the spark that Castle and Beckett have on the show is not apparent between Rook and Heat. On the show, sexual tension crackles between Castle and Beckett, a tension that is enhanced by their banter. In HEAT WAVE, Rook and Heat have just about zero banter. Any banter that they might have falls flat in about two lines, which is not really banter at all, but just the clumsy insertion of one-line quips. Rook comes across as an incompetent and bumbling reporter with not even a quarter of the appeal that Castle has, making the romance between him and Heat very unconvincing. If this were really the book that Richard Castle wrote on the TV show, then I struggle to understand how he ever made it as a bestselling mystery writer.

Still, I understand that this book was penned and published because it wanted to draw on the popularity of the TV show. I gave in and bought a copy, after all. For Castle fans, its a great indulgence. However, for more discerning readers, particularly discerning readers of mysteries and thrillers, HEAT WAVE will most likely disappoint. Dont open this book expecting greator, admittedly, even decentwriting.
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great book. commedy, drama and sex

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