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  • Heat Rises

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Richard Castle
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The bizarre murder of a parish priest at a New York bondage club opens Nikki Heat's most thrilling and dangerous case so far, pitting her against New York's most vicious drug lord, an arrogant CIA contractor, and a shadowy death squad out to gun her down. And that is just the tip of an iceberg that leads to a dark conspiracy reaching all the way to the highest level of the NYPD.

    ShySusan says: "Another good one from Castle."
    "Heat Rises but not very far"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It filled several hours on an otherwise dull drive which made it time well-spent. The story was entertaining but not enough to distract from driving. In short it drowned out the road noice but the story didn't want me to pull over and just listen to it.

    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    We arrived at our destination before reaching the end of the story and the story did not grab us enough to sit in the parking lot to find out what happened next.

    What does Johnny Heller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr. Heller was the best part of the story, his voice range and timing of delivery of dialog was superb. He gave life to the characters.

    Could you see Heat Rises being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?


    Any additional comments?

    The first book (Heat Wave) in the series was much better than this one. This book was OK but lacked the charm of the first. The Rook (Castle) character was more of a background character in this one and it is his quips and cute irritations that set this series of books apart from other murder mysteries. Just as in the TV series it is the interplay of the Heat (Beckett) and Rook (Castle) characters that generate the "Heat" of the stories, the murder mystery is just the back drop to the characters. I think most readers (listeners) are more interested in the relationship between the two main characters than actually finding out who done it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Man in the Middle

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Brian Haig
    • Narrated By LJ Ganser

    Ripped from today's headlines, Brian Haig's new novel finds Army lawyer Sean Drummond caught between duty to Washington's elite and the soldiers in Iraq. Dispatched to investigate the suicide of one of D.C.'s most influential defense officials, an ardent, early supporter of the war in Iraq, Drummond and his female partner find themselves in the middle of a tug-of-war between Washington's most influential power brokers and his own personal allegiance to the soldiers dying overseas.

    Sherri says: "Where is Scott Brick?"
    "Man in the Middle"

    Brian Haig is a writer who deserves more recognition than he gets. His main recurring character, Sean Drummond, has a sharp tongue and a wit to match. The plots keep you guessing and have more twists and turns than a pretzel. If you like mysteries, military action / adventure, conspiracies, spies, and legal drama, you will like Man in the Middle and the other works by this author.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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