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76 out of 84 people found this review helpful.

We're having a Heat Wave (Name the lyricist)

I am an avid fan of ABC's Castle (Monday nights 10/9c) and was excited to read Richard Castle's latest book, Heat Wave. For those who are not in the know, Nathan Fillion stars as Richard Castle, a famous mystery novelist who is initially called in to help the NYPD solve...
I am an avid fan of ABC's Castle (Monday nights 10/9c) and was excited to read Richard Castle's latest book, Heat Wave. For those who are not in the know, Nathan Fillion stars as Richard Castle, a famous mystery novelist who is initially called in to help the NYPD solve a copy-cat murder based on his novels. Stana Katic stars opposite as the young detective Kate Beckett. Following his encounter with Beckett, Castle decides to use her as the model for his next book series. He uses his contacts and receives permission to accompany Beckett while investigating cases. [thanks Wikipedia] Heat Wave is the first of Castle's new book series: Nikki Heat. My favorite thing is every character is believable & I can picture all of them. I love Rook and Heat and their scenes are amazing. I can totally picture Castle dreaming & writing each scene they are in together. And if you are asking yourself, does it really have a story line? Yes, in fact, it takes so many twists and turns that the minute you think you have a suspect, new information comes in and you have to re-evaluate all the evidence. Some points drag on a bit but it helps you get into the story; you are right there in NYC traffic with Heat & Rook trying to fly but the siren means absolutely nothing in the standstill of traffic. When scenes get too tense, Characters are there to crack a joke or banter between each other, including how many ways to describe a bookie's muscle. Overall, ABC did a great job on this TV tie in and the writers should be applauded and given pay raises. I hope to get more Nikki Heat and I am hoping Det. Beckett reads Heat Wave and comments about the book; especially the blackout sequences.

posted by rtdugan on September 30, 2009

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14 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

A Sorry Attempt

Since I enjoy 'Castle' so much, I really anticipated reading this book. I was chagrined to find it not different than any second-rate mystery. It cannot have been written by the show's writing staff; there was no hint of the quality of the relationships, nor was the di...
Since I enjoy 'Castle' so much, I really anticipated reading this book. I was chagrined to find it not different than any second-rate mystery. It cannot have been written by the show's writing staff; there was no hint of the quality of the relationships, nor was the dialogue other than ordinary. It was a sad attempt to profit from a tie-in with a popular program.

posted by Stevenhend on August 15, 2010

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  • Posted September 30, 2009

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    We're having a Heat Wave (Name the lyricist)

    I am an avid fan of ABC's Castle (Monday nights 10/9c) and was excited to read Richard Castle's latest book, Heat Wave. For those who are not in the know, Nathan Fillion stars as Richard Castle, a famous mystery novelist who is initially called in to help the NYPD solve a copy-cat murder based on his novels. Stana Katic stars opposite as the young detective Kate Beckett. Following his encounter with Beckett, Castle decides to use her as the model for his next book series. He uses his contacts and receives permission to accompany Beckett while investigating cases. [thanks Wikipedia] Heat Wave is the first of Castle's new book series: Nikki Heat. My favorite thing is every character is believable & I can picture all of them. I love Rook and Heat and their scenes are amazing. I can totally picture Castle dreaming & writing each scene they are in together. And if you are asking yourself, does it really have a story line? Yes, in fact, it takes so many twists and turns that the minute you think you have a suspect, new information comes in and you have to re-evaluate all the evidence. Some points drag on a bit but it helps you get into the story; you are right there in NYC traffic with Heat & Rook trying to fly but the siren means absolutely nothing in the standstill of traffic. When scenes get too tense, Characters are there to crack a joke or banter between each other, including how many ways to describe a bookie's muscle. Overall, ABC did a great job on this TV tie in and the writers should be applauded and given pay raises. I hope to get more Nikki Heat and I am hoping Det. Beckett reads Heat Wave and comments about the book; especially the blackout sequences.

    76 out of 84 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 21, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    exciting

    Exciting thriller- Everybody who watches 'Castle' on ABC should read this book. it has an excellent story line.

    44 out of 44 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 3, 2009

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    As good as the show

    While I was a little disappointed when the book arrived and it was only 198 pages long, I soon got over it. I loved the fact that I could really picture what Rook (Castle) and Heat (Beckett) looked like all through the book. It paralleled the show a lot, but I really liked that it did. I actually laughed out loud a couple of times and snickered a lot. That is my idea of a good book. I am going to wait patiently for the next book in the series. A guy can like this book, yes? Anyway, in the meantime I've already read I LOVE YOUS ARE FOR WHITE PEOPLE and I recommend that book as well. Outstanding!

    32 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2010

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    Addictive

    I love the show "Castle" and when I heard that they were releasing a book tie-in I just had to get it to see if it was any good and it was. From the moment I picked it up I couldn't set it down, the story paralleled the show's main characters perfectly and it was very exciting to see the relationship between Nikki Heat and Jameson Rook evolve throughout the story right up until the end and I cant wait for the next one.

    20 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 8, 2009

    FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    i could not wait to read this this book I watch Castle every Monday night It took me less then 24 hours to read this book I couldn't put it down. you can't help yourself to picture Rook(Castle)and Heat(Beckett)This book was so good I cannot wait for the next one. I hope it comes out soon and the show never gets canceled so now I may have to start the Derrick Storm books.. Great Great book go get it you won't put it down leaves you wanting more and more

    15 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2010

    A Sorry Attempt

    Since I enjoy 'Castle' so much, I really anticipated reading this book. I was chagrined to find it not different than any second-rate mystery. It cannot have been written by the show's writing staff; there was no hint of the quality of the relationships, nor was the dialogue other than ordinary. It was a sad attempt to profit from a tie-in with a popular program.

    14 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2010

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    Must Read for Fans of Castle TV

    "Heat Wave" is a must read for anyone who watches the television series "Castle" with Nathan Fillion. In the show, the lead character - Richard Castle - has written a book called "Heat Wave." When you read the book, you can hear the dialogue in the actors' voices and it makes you laugh out loud. I'd love to know who actually wrote this book; as much as I love Nathan Fillion the actor, I don't think he did. Maybe James Patterson, who is an occasional guest on the show? Whoever wrote it, it's a fun read, especially if you are a fan of the show.

    14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2009

    Nikki Heat

    I love the TV Series Castle and was thrilled to find out about the book Heat Wave. I was able to picture each character as I was reading. If you are a fan of the show, you don't want to miss this! I am trying to figure out who the ghost writer is. So much fun. I hope there will be another.

    14 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 20, 2009

    April Fool!

    This is the best April Fool's joke I've ever seen - even if it is October. Also Brilliant marketing! Bravo to two of the best mystery writers ever. What a dream team. Thanks for the fun on and off the screen and for these great characters. It's delicious.

    13 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 24, 2009

    Castle and Beckett - spicy chemistry takes off in the printed word

    SO FUN! My Houston Texas fan club counts down the hours between "Castle" Episodes! Sexy chemistry between the 2 main character's pithy, clever verbal exchanges are translated from the small screen to the written word. The book "works", too! So, I understand Castle MAY be getting a 3 book deal - I say, GOOD FOR ME!

    12 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2010

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    EXCITING! FUN!

    Matthew Starr falls from his sixth floor luxury condo. NYPD Detective Nikki Heat is on the case and knows it is murder right away and soon discovers that he wasn't as well off as everyone thought. The interview with the deceased's trophy wife twenty eight year old Kimberly after their seven year old son is taken outside by the nanny soon reveals to the cops that she is lying about her alibi and her affair with Barry Gable. This is exciting and fun and keeps your interest throughout.

    11 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2009

    Love Castle!

    I love the show and was thrilled to find the novel. Will buy all the Richard Castle books that are published. This is one AVID FAN! Keep up the good work on the television series and the novels. Finally, witty television that is worth watching.

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2010

    If you love the show Castle then you will like this book

    This is like reading an episode of the TV series. Even with the name changes you still picture each of the characters as the characters of the show. It's a simple read, but very entertaining.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2010

    A good start for Nikki Heat

    If you're a fan of the show you'll enjoy the book. They've carried the banter and relationships over to the print version. Was a good story with some nice twists. A good read. Could have been a little longer but it is enjoyable. If they come out with a second book in the series, would I pick it up...Yes, it would be worth it and an enjoyable read.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2010

    Best Idea Ever!!!

    I'm a huge Castle fan and actually having Rick Castle's book written is quite possibly the greatest idea ever. It was basically like reading the show. The characters' personalities (and their names) reflect the ones in the show and the plot worked generally the same way. Many quotes and moments were directly taken from the show as well. Definitely a MUST READ for any Castle fan!!!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 22, 2010

    Very enjoyable

    I really enjoyed this book, it was a fast read. What adds to the enjoyment is you can visualize the characters from the tv show in the book, especially the cracks and lines betwen Heat and Rook. Very enjoyable read.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 24, 2010

    Just like the show!

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It was exactly like watching the Castle show (which is my favorite show on TV right now).

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2010

    Note from another Love obsessed Teen<3

    I am a huge Castle fan, so when i found out Heat Wave was being released i freaked. i was hopeing it would be just like Kate and Rick's relationship, but with that little extra something they're missing. And it was, i absolutely LOVED this book. i recomend it to all Castle fans, as well as ones who aren't. and im hoping Nikki & Rook's relationship will lead to our own Caskett love:) -Caskett Crazed

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2010

    i can't believe i spent $7.99 for this!

    i love the tv show castle, so i naturally thought the book its based on would be as good. wrong! this book has accomplished something for me that very few books have been able to do. make me unable to finish it.
    the characters are so one demensional that i had a hard time trying to correspond the supporting characters from the series to the characters in the book
    the author must have thought his target audience was those who suffer from short memory loss. because he felt it necessary to remind us that the main character was nikki heat by repeating her full name several times.i only read a few chaptersbut that was enough for me. i'll stick with the reruns until the new fall season begins.

    5 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2010

    Heat Wave

    I thought this was a great book. Not to huge and fun to read in a day or just take your time. I am also a fan of the tv show Castle for which the book was written so it helps to understand it a bit. But over all it's a wonderful book and I would recommend it to anyone.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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