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Deadly Heat | [Richard Castle]

Deadly Heat

Determined to find justice for her mother, top NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat continues to pursue the elusive former CIA station chief who ordered her execution more than a decade ago. For the hunt, Nikki teams once again with her romantic partner, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Jameson Rook, and their quest for the old spy and the motive behind the past murder unearths an alarming terror plot, which is anything but ancient history. It is lethal. It is now. And it has already entered its countdown phase.
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Publisher's Summary

Nikki Heat and Jameson Rook race to stop a deadly threat from Heat's past as well as an all-too-present serial killer, in Richard Castle's follow-up to the New York Times best-seller Frozen Heat.

Determined to find justice for her mother, top NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat continues to pursue the elusive former CIA station chief who ordered her execution more than a decade ago. For the hunt, Nikki teams once again with her romantic partner, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Jameson Rook, and their quest for the old spy and the motive behind the past murder unearths an alarming terror plot, which is anything but ancient history. It is lethal. It is now. And it has already entered its countdown phase.

Complicating Heat's mission to bring the rogue spy to justice and thwart the looming terror event, a serial killer begins menacing the Twentieth Precinct, and her homicide squad is under pressure to stop him, and soon. Known for his chilling stealth, the diabolical murderer not only singles out Nikki as the exclusive recipient of his taunting messages, he names her as his next victim.

©2013 Richard Castle (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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    Stacey Joseph 11-25-13
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    "Narrator ruins the characters."
    Would you try another book from Richard Castle and/or Robert Petkoff?

    Another book by Richard Castle, YES. Another story by Robert Petkoff ..Probably not. I was eagerly awaiting this book. Very disappointed in the narrator. There is no voice difference between characters. It all just sounds like him "reading". Thank goodness I read the previous book and can still picture the different voices, so I still feel like I know the side characters as they are speaking.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Robert Petkoff?

    I would have used the previous narrator, Johnny Heller. Some people didn't care for him, but at least the characters came alive while you were listening. There is a reason they call it a "performance".


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes, once on dvd or cable.


    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Jerry 01-19-14
    Jerry 01-19-14
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    "Can the heat rise much higher"
    If you could sum up Deadly Heat in three words, what would they be?

    Great next installment


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sorry more than one


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Robert Petkoff?

    Yes but hope it will not be from this series. Nothing personal Mr. P


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    It just keeps getting hotter


    Any additional comments?

    GREAT follow up to the last book. This series always leaves me wanting more.....heat. Read other reviews about the book knocking the narrator. I can understand the comments but I do feel Petkoff did do a fine job with my only caveat being that Heller did a better job with the differences (voices) of the core ensemble. Why I do not know as the other characters in the book were affordered their own unique inflections, accents and well life. I do hope Mr. Heller will return for the next Installment of Nikki Heat as in other series read many times by a particular actor we learn to identify with the "sound" they have created for each character. That said I will be anxiously awaiting Mr. Castle's (who ever you are) next book either it be stormy or hot..

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jeannie CLEVELAND, TEXAS, United States 12-12-13
    jeannie CLEVELAND, TEXAS, United States 12-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good read"
    Would you listen to Deadly Heat again? Why?

    Yes, because I enjoyed the story. Wish there were more in this series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Robert Petkoff?

    Johnny heller


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Stacy Valdosta, GA, United States 04-30-14
    Stacy Valdosta, GA, United States 04-30-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Love the humor."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I really enjoy the humor in this series. I also like the fact that it keeps you on your toes and is not something that is easy to figure out.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MARRILEE KENNESAW, GA, United States 11-24-13
    MARRILEE KENNESAW, GA, United States 11-24-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Thoroughly Enjoyable!"

    Solid plot, interesting characters, crisp dialogue -- what else could you ask for. A Winner!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donna M. Davis 11-08-13
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    "A Fitting End to the Journey"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would definitely recommend it. Anyone who's a Castle fan will see the characters come through in the pages of the book and enjoy a satisfying conclusion to a storyline that run almost from the beginning of the series/book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's a close call, as all ways, between Rook and Heat, but I have to go with Rook. Rook's boyish enthusiasm over the crime as well as how his source connections are legion and always seem to give him some advantage that amazes and confounds Heat.


    What three words best describe Robert Petkoff’s voice?

    clear, modulated, fluent.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I listened to and from work as well as fell asleep to it each night. I'm restarting it right away.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the Acknowledgements and his thanks to the Castle characters and the actors themselves. Amusing Castle finish to a good read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Perry albany, OR, United States 11-05-14
    Perry albany, OR, United States 11-05-14 Member Since 2010

    Perry Martin is an American Audio Book Reviewer. I listen to 3-4 books a week as a long haul truck driver. I review so you don't have to.

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    "Castle at his best"

    Yes that Richard Castle of ABC's Castle. So far there have been five novels written by character Richard Castle and these books have been published with great success. This audiobook is narrated by Robert Petcoff and he brings the flair and tone fans of the Castle TV show have grown to love.

    This is another adventure with our heroin Nicky Heat, who is still trying to piece together clues of her mothers murder as well as stop a bio-terrorism attack on New York. Her squad once again pull out all of the stops to get their perp.

    These are well written and narrated stories that show that Castle flair for the dramatic. There is drama a thrill, and danger as Nicky Heat tracks down another ruthless criminal. For enjoyment listening I recommend all of the Heat titles, all available on audible.com.

    I purchased this book for my own pleasure.

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    Savanna 09-17-14
    Savanna 09-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Can't wait until the next book!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes because this series is awesome and if they enjoy a good mystery this is a good series to start with


    What other book might you compare Deadly Heat to and why?

    Robert Patterson's Women Murder Club series because of the strong female characters


    Which character – as performed by Robert Petkoff – was your favorite?

    All of them were my favorite


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No not really I just want to find out what happens next


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-09-14

    Namu

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    "Best Nikki Heat yet"
    What made the experience of listening to Deadly Heat the most enjoyable?

    New person reading the book.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, these books are getting better and better.


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

    Much better performance than Heller. So glad they found a better quality performer to read these books. Great accents and variety of character voices. Much improved over the nasal voice of Heller. I had a hard time listening to those books. I have enjoyed listening more than once to this book.
    I was hoping Wild Storm would have Petkoff reading and they ended up not even releaseing an audio book??


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    I hope they continue to release the audio books for all of the Richard Castle books. And continue to let Petkoff read them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Giorgi Trenton, NJ 09-06-14
    M. Giorgi Trenton, NJ 09-06-14 Member Since 2009

    Tiger Rose

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    "Narrator changed. Not good."
    What did you love best about Deadly Heat?

    Difficult to say, the reading is off. Almost boring.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    ROACH


    Have you listened to any of Robert Petkoff’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not that I am aware. Would not purposely get another read by him. Don't care for the just reading not feeling the characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "That's a wrap. Let's go straight to DVD". Try another reader. Could be a different outcome.


    Any additional comments?

    Stop changing readers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Madeleine
    4/20/14
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    "Fiction within fiction"
    What did you like most about Deadly Heat?

    It's a spin-off of the hugely successful TV series Castle, so it was great fun to meet again the characters I already knew and laugh at their familiar banter. The detective story kept me interested, as well as the developments around the heroine's mother's murder but it's the growing love affair between the two main characters that's the main draw.


    What other book might you compare Deadly Heat to, and why?

    Rising Heat, Frozen Heat - all the Nikki Heat books supposedly written by a character in a TV show. I've read them all.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Too many to list. Anything containing by-play between Castle and Heat. And Castle and Martha. And Castle and Alex - Castle and anyone, really! This is quality banter.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes - in fact I think I did eat it all up at one go!


    Any additional comments?

    Marketing GENIUS to publish books supposedly written by a central character in a TV show! This 'fiction within fiction' keeps the reader on his/her toes all the time, mentally separating the two genres, and the ABC television people pulled a winner here, I reckon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rachel
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    12/3/13
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    "Thrilling!!"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Richard Castle at his best! A fantastic listen, plenty of plot twists that keep you hanging on right to the very end, just when you think you know whodunit you are proved completely wrong. The book never lost pace and is very well narrated.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • miss
    borehamwood, United Kingdom
    11/3/13
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    "Brilliant Castle"
    What did you like most about Deadly Heat?

    Just finished listening. Wonderful story, well told. Really enjoyed it, would highly recommend.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way it wines through and gives little hints about the ending.


    What does Robert Petkoff bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I only listen so I cannot say


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the ending


    Any additional comments?

    if you have not read or listened to previouse Nikki Heat books, take the time to do so it is a great series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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