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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

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    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Posted January 29, 2012

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    Loved it!

    I have never seen the TV show that is supposed to accompany this series, so this review may differ a bit from others that I have seen on here. Currently, there are an awful lot of female-protagonist-cop books out there. However, I found this one to be rather memorable. I enjoyed and connected to the characters and found myself in the precinct as well as on the case with them. I cannot wait for the next book to come out and will buy that one as soon as it does!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 14, 2010

    Excellent Book ~ Can hardly wait for more of the same to come out!

    Exciting and "fun" to read - especially for someone who is an avid watcher of the tv series "Castle" like me. It's hard to tell if someone reading the book will get the true personalities behind the characters if they've not watched the show. Knowing the characters from tv sure made a difference. Definately was one of those "hart to put down" books. I can hardly wait for more books to come out in the series...

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2012

    Excellent

    Love this book. Love Castle and most definately Nathan Fillion (loved him since OLTL). This was an easy read and easy to follow.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    Great read! Must read actually!

    Even if you aren't already a Castle fan, if you like Crime Drama...you have to read these. It's that simple.

    And if you ARE already a Castle fan, the only thing near as fun as the books is trying to figure out who in the heck is actualy writing as Richard Castle! I know the speculation has given this seasoned mystery ready many a reason to ponder.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Great fun!

    I really liked the book. I'm a fan of the show and have been wanting to read the series for the longest time. If you love the show, you will love this book. Once in a while it's nice to do some light reading and this is very entertaining to read. The characters in the book are the same as in the show but there's not much talk of the captain. Hope to read more about him later on in the series. All in all, a great read!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2010

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    Castle Book

    Heat Wave was great. I enjoy the TV show Castle and the book counterpart was excellent. It is a great read even if you are not a fan of the show. I was disappointed at first because I thought it was just a written version of one of the episodes since the death scene matched one of the early episodes. This turned out to not be the case. The book was inspired by the episode. Just like it is stated in the TV show. Parts of the book are small rewards for watching the show, you get tidbits throughout the seasons. But if you have never seen the show, the story is still good.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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