The book was as expected, entertaining, lite, funny, relatively smart, it is basically a riff on the show.
Intriguing piece of meta-fiction, to ..Show More »think about that the book is based on the fictional characters of "Castle" the TV series, yet the characters are not the exact same as they re on TV, because these are the fictionalized version of them.
Very well read, in a kind of Maltese Falcon, film noir tone. All in all a great book.
I thought this was a well paced, wittily written mystery, as was the first book.
For people who are looking for an episode of the the TV series ..Show More »in which the supposed author is a character, you have missed the point. This is a story with it's own characters. Yes, you can see similarities, but they aren't supposed to be the same!
A fun read, a fun listen. If you like the show, you will find a few in jokes as well.
I liked this book - a lot. It is intended to be much like the TV series, and it is. If you like the TV series, you will probably like the books. A ..Show More »previous reviewer said it is ???fast-paced, cute, and cliched.??? He is correct; it is. He meant it in a bad way, but I mean it in a good way. I don???t think that being fast-paced or cute needs to be apologized for. If you don???t like fast-paced and cute, fine. I realize that tastes differ.
But let???s talk about his last criticism: cliched. That is always meant negatively, but the reviewer fails to acknowledge that the vast majority of genre fiction is cliched. The romance and crime fiction genres have the strictist plot constraints and therefore most frequently fall into cliche, but even the science fiction, fantasy, and literary genres have their cliches. It is true that the very best books in any genre transcend cliche, but the vast majority do not. Generally, it is not a question of whether a book is cliched but whether it does a good job within it???s genre or sub-genre. I think this book does a good job within its sub-genre.
I think that the reviewer who complained that this book was too cute and cliched perfers the sub-genre of crime fiction which is darker and meaner. He was looking for Noir and this wasn???t it.
I wish I knew who was really writing these books, because if I knew, I would go out and buy his other stuff.
First let me talk about the narrator. I think Johnny Heller sounds so much like Nathan Fillion that it is as if Castle himself is telling us this sto..Show More »ry. Really great.
Second, the plot. Very complex. Very nice. I've read all too many series crime novels that concentrate on the relationships between the regular characters because the author hasn't thought up much of a plot. That is not the case here. I like the ongoing relationship between Nikki and Rook, but it takes its proper position in second place behind the unfolding of the plot.
Third, the ongoing characters. I like the way the regular characters are portrayed. I like Nikki's relationships with her squad. I like the fact that most of them are competent. It is not Nikki Heat alone against the world. It is Nikki Heat and a cast of smart, hard-working, honest cops working together. I also like the relationship between Nikki and Rook. It seems mature and intelligent to me. When one of them needs support, the other is there. However, they don't have to be together every second. They give one another space when needed. Also, they don't go off in a huff over trivialities. There is a fight and an incident in this book which would have resulted in 150 pages of drama in a romance novel. But these two intelligent, mature people worked it out pretty quickly. I was pleased.
So, if you like the TV show Castle, and you liked the earlier Castle books, I think you will like this one too. A good entry into the series.
written by unnamed author(s) using the pen name Richard Castle. It is a takeoff on the ABC detective series Castle with the main characters in the TV..Show More » series being writer Richard Castle and NYC police detective Kate Beckett. The names of the main characters in the book series are NYC Detective Nikki Heat and magazine writer Jameson Rock. This 7 novel series is interesting, light and fun. Robert Petkoff narrates the series and does a great job. The novels are quite good, but do not in my opinion rate five stars. Raging Heat is the 6th book in the series.
Having read all of the prior Richard Castle novels, both the Nikki Heat ones and Derrick Storm ones, and rated all prior ones 4 stars, I never believe..Show More »d I would give any future one 5 stars, but Driving Heat deserves 5 stars to my surprise. This is a seriously good murder mystery. My review headline is a line from the novel.
Most people who started reading the the Nikki Heat series early are well aware that Richard Castle is a fictional novelist character on ABC's TV show "Castle". Castle joins with NYC police detective Kate Beckett to solve murder mysteries. The couple is now married. Much of the charm of the TV show is the interplay of the Castle and Beckett characters. The Nikki Heat books have been mentioned during Castle episodes as the books are released.. Detective Nikki heat is detective Kate Beckett and journalist Jameson Rook is novelist Richard Castle.
The Castle TV show is off to a slowest/worst start ever early in the 2015-2016 TV season. It is ironic that the best Nikki Heat novel, Driving Heat, was introduced just as the TV program shows signs of circling the drain. I do enjoy the Castle TV show and hope that it recovers the charm that made it successful.
High Heat is Novel #8 in the Detective Nikki Heat series. I've listened to all 8 and this is the only one to qualify as UTTERLY PATHETIC. This series..Show More » is a spinoff of the Castle TV show with Rook being Castle and Heat being Beckett. Some of the earlier books in the series are fun listens. This one is not. The left wing political correctness is the most disappointing part of this novel. It is grossly excessive. I suppose it is what one should expect from Disney - ABC during a national election.
The ending sets up a future novel either in the Nikki Heat or Derrick Storm series.