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Heat Rises | [Richard Castle]

Heat Rises

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.
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Publisher's Summary

Fast-paced and full of intrigue, Heat Rises pairs the tough and sexy NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat with hotshot reporter Jameson Rook in New York Times best-selling author Richard Castle's most thrilling mystery yet.

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.

But when she gets too close to the truth, Nikki finds herself disgraced, stripped of her badge, and out on her own as a target for killers with nobody she can trust. Except maybe the one man in her life who's not a cop. Reporter Jameson Rook.

In the midst of New York's coldest winter in a hundred years, there's one thing Nikki is determined to prove: Heat Rises.

©2011 Castle © ABC Studios (P)2011 Hyperion (packaging elements only)

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    Richard Delman San Francisco 11-29-11
    Richard Delman San Francisco 11-29-11 Member Since 2013

    I am a 65-year-old psychologist, married for 25 years, with two sons who are 25 and 22. I love reviewing the books and the feedback I get.

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    "Made just for TV. Fast-paced, cute, cliched."

    This audiobook is a fast listen. Like TV, it is almost instantly forgettable. The characters meet cute, as they say in Hollywoodland, and the entire thing reads like a screenplay looking for a producer. I see that they found one. I haven't watched the TV show, but I can imagine. The book lacks credibility in the extreme. Nikki and her guy Jameson are superheroes. Both smart, beautiful, athletic, well-read, etc. The idea that this perfect woman would work as an NYPD officer is so preposterous that it might make me laugh, but it doesn't. Likewise, the love interest is, of course, an investigative reporter who happens to be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, cook like an Iron Chef, make love like a bodice-ripping coxswain, etc. Spare me. If you are looking for mindless entertainment and your TV is in the shop, help yourself. For me, the truism that no one ever went broke underestimating the public taste applies here. Was that PT Barnum?

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bea FREMONT, NE, United States 06-28-13
    Bea FREMONT, NE, United States 06-28-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Narrator could not change his voice"
    What disappointed you about Heat Rises?

    I tried to listen to this and just had to give up. The narrator did not change his voice from one character to another. Having a man narrate this was a mistake. Nikki Heat is of course a girl and her part not being read by a woman ruined this book. I only finished one chapter and quit trying to get into it. At least they should have had a woman narrate the Nikki Heat part and then maybe it would have been worth listening to. Very disappointed.


    What could Richard Castle have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He should have had a woman narrate the Nikki Heat part.


    What didn’t you like about Johnny Heller’s performance?

    He did not hold my interest and never changed up his voice.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Did not finish it so I don't know.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Seattle, WA USA 12-28-12
    Amazon Customer Seattle, WA USA 12-28-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Less than ideal narration ruined this book for me."
    Would you try another book from Richard Castle and/or Johnny Heller?

    No, I would not. The storyline just did not keep my interest.


    What could Richard Castle have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The character did not come alive to me. I fault the narration.


    What didn’t you like about Johnny Heller’s performance?

    I had too much difficulty figuring out which character was being represented.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It had a woman detective as chief character.


    Any additional comments?

    I cannot recommend this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ann F. Rosser Moody, AL 11-10-11
    Ann F. Rosser Moody, AL 11-10-11 Listener Since 2004

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    "drags"

    the story dragged in spite of (too many) intricate twists and turns. I listened all the way to the end just to protect my investment. Nope. I just did not like this book. In the future I will watch for both author and narrator and avoid them.

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    Carolyn Oshkosh, WI, United States 10-09-12
    Carolyn Oshkosh, WI, United States 10-09-12

    If I am not reading I am listening to a story sometimes both.

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    "Not worth reading"
    What disappointed you about Heat Rises?

    Hate the male character Rook he is arrogant conceited jerk. And the female character is portrayed as caring about this person...that is demeaning and so full of ........


    What was most disappointing about Richard Castle’s story?

    Rook


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Johnny Heller?

    no one


    What character would you cut from Heat Rises?

    Rook


    Any additional comments?

    Waste of time and money to have gotten this series

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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