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Nikki Heat and Derrick Storm, New York Times best-selling author Richard Castle's most enduring and beloved characters, team up for the first time to save Nikki's mother, Cynthia, who has been in hiding (and presumed dead) for 17 years. Standing in their way is a nefarious group of Chinese businessmen known as the Shanghai Seven, who have the resources - and ruthlessness - to stop them.

©2017 Richard Castle (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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Introduces Derrick Storm (+ next book warning!)

Actually... this book re-introduces Derrick Storm, who was the main character of Richard Castle's earlier books - before he created Nikki Heat. "Richard" apparently killed him off - much to the chagrin of his (fictional) fans. He brings him back in this book, because Derrick only "faked" his death. I enjoyed his character more than I thought I would, so after this series ended (apparently, with this book) I went on to the Derrick Storm series. The first three books are actually one, and are basically a set up. Books 4 & 5 were quite enjoyable.

I'm actually writing this review as a warning of the NEXT book called "Crashing Heat" (which just came out).

I thoroughly enjoyed all of the Richard Castle books. I highly recommend you watch the series Castle first, if you haven't. It adds an extra layer of enjoyment to the books (conversely... if you like the books, you will like the show).
So I got "Crashing Heat" right away and listened. And it fell totally flat. Lost it's fizz...

It seemed like it was written by (yet another?) person with a style-sheet for a guide. Someone who was not a fan, nor had watched the show (or even read this book). Cookie-cutter. Huge plot holes. A character that was dead is back and alive as if it never happened. Repeated descriptions and dialogue. Nikki is insecure about Rook, even though they can't keep their hands off of each other long enough for a plot to develop. She is not that insecure of a character! (Or that unprofessional in her office.) At the 1/2 way point I was still waiting for something to take off. Still waiting at the 3/4 mark. Sounded like a romance novel. Weak mystery (but with Castle approved theme). Seemed like it was a Victoria St. Clair novella (Castle fans know what I mean). I stuck through to the end just to see if it got it's sparkle back. It didn't. (And parts skipped/repeated)

Unfortunately... I returned it so fast, that I can't leave a review for it! So I left it here. Just as a warning. If you liked the previous books, the new one is not really worth your time. If you enjoyed the previous books, then move on to Derrick Storm like I did. Let this series end here...

Looking for Tom Straw novels instead now ; )
(unless he wrote this one too?)

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Excellent close to a great series.

This book was great. It had a lot of action, a good twist and lots of political intrigue. Heat and Storm working together made for excellent chemistry. Closed out all of the ongoing mysteries in both series. Highly recommend both the Nikki Heat and Derrick Storm books to anyone who enjoys a good mystery with intrigue.

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Heat & Storm Together at Last

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE keep writing the Nikki Heat (and Derek Storm) novels. I was so glad to see this book. I feared "Richard Castle", whomever he may be, wouldn't continue with the books, after the TV series Castle was canceled. I miss spending my Monday evenings with Beckett, Castle, and the team. These books enable the characters to still live, so to speak.

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Terribly written. Not the same author.

This cannot be the same author. Totally different writing style, and huge, key storyline mistakes. One of the worst books I have ever read. Continues off of the mistakes that were in High Heat. And at the end, completely skips over the reunion between Nikki and her mom!!! After all the pain she's been through over the years regarding her mother's death, the steps she took to bring the killer to justice, and the author SKIPS OVER THAT. The real Richard Castle, the one who I believe stopped writing this book series after Deadly Heat, the last good book I've read in this series, would not have missed that. The first 7 books, he saved all the great emotional stuff for near the end of the novel. If anything proved to me that this is not the same author and is instead some terrible amateur, that was it. It's unfortunately been too long, or I would return this audiobook and High Heat. I wish so much I could return this audiobook and get something else. It's like a dumpster smell that won't go away, and I have to see it every time I scroll through my library. If you are looking into this series, my best advice? Read and/or listen to the first 7 books. The ending of the 7th is perfect, and you will leave on a high note, because whatever you imagine happens after will be better than this pile of dung. Stop at the 7th book, Deadly Heat. Because that is the very last time you will see good writing.

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Another excellent listen!

I liked this one a lot more than the last in the way they kept the 2 perspectives running side by side. This made up for the disappointment I encountered in the last book. A lot of fun.

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I liked it.

I liked it after I got use to the chapter rotation, as the story blended the two characters together.

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juvenile writing

Lost me when the candidate for president told a crowd who she would nominate for homeland security. In the crowd was the nominee, and the nominee did NOT know, nor did the candidate even say anything to her before OR after the speech. The nominee then goes into a reverie about how she could use the power of the office to solve her own little personal mystery - finding her mother. Really dumb.

That's the style of writing. Written at the level of a ten year old. (No offense to ten year olds.)

Then the husband who shows up with dozens of roses and the wife who says she just can't focus on the marriage right now because she has to focus on finding her mother? This is the nominee for homeland security?? If you can't do 2 things at once, you can't run homeland security. Not to mention the ridiculous notion that a nominee would even come about like that.

Stopped an hour in.

How does a book like this get so many 5 star reviews?

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Good read.

Enjoyed the story, the writer and the plot. This was not a standard "guess the plot ahead of time" book like do many.

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The best book yet!

Loved it! Enjoyed the back & forth story line. Had me at the edge of my seat. Couldn't wait for the next chapter. Wonderful ending!

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Both Heat and Storm deliver.

Castle delivers a great read and adventure. Would recommend Heat Storm. looking forward to their next adventure together.