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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)

What members say

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Another good tale/

Any additional comments?

Enjoyed the book very much. Took a bit to sort out the characters, but expected that.

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  • Diana
  • ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States
  • 12-24-12

Enjoyable

I LOVE the series and really thought that the book might not be quite up to parr. I was not disappointed. I love to listen to a mystery and still be able to laugh. I thought the Johnny Heller did a stellar job reading also. Can't wait to listen to the others!!

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  • William
  • El Cajon, CA, United States
  • 12-24-12

I found the narrorator grating

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I think a different narrator might have improved my rating though it may have been the material given that the sample didn't discourage me from getting this book.

Has Heat Rises turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I really had no interest in the sounds coming out of his mouth. It could have been an eighth grade English teacher reading aloud the previous night's homework.

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

The story is a fun romp much like the TV show, from which the book spawns, but with a larger dose of camp.

Any additional comments?

If I had paid more for this I might have been more upset. That I got it as part of a bundle means my review is coated with a cup of sugar.

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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?

No

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.

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  • Joey
  • MAROA, ILLINOIS, United States
  • 11-14-12

Heat needs more heat.

I love the TV show, the chemistry between all the actors is perfect. The book however missed out on that chemestry. The story took to long, I was getting impatent with the progress, there was no ergancy to the story at all until the end but by then I lost enterest in the story. Sorry but its not as good as the TV show.

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Another Fun, Spunky and Enjoyable Heat Novel

If you are a fan of the TV show, then you'll find that Heat Rises is just as spunky. This is yet another very relaxing and fun read. Richard Castle has done it again.

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Light listening fun.

Would you listen to Heat Rises again? Why?

Well, there are so many books to listen to, not sure I would re-listen at this time. Perhaps a few years from now I would revisit the series.

What about Johnny Heller’s performance did you like?

Excellent reading, no difficulty differentiating the characters. The cadence and tone are quite good, makes one forgets it is a reading, more like a play.

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

Laughed on occasion at some of the writing.

Any additional comments?

We are fans of Castle, and looked for a light book to listen to together on longer car rides. We listen over 2 or 3 trips, so this is perfect... not difficult to get back into when a week or two apart, and interesting story line. Entertaining, is what we were looking for...

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Love It!

Where does Heat Rises rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

"Heat Rises" is one of my favourite audiobooks to listen to and enjoy over again.

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

An interesting plot that is made more exciting by it's heroine. Nikki Heat has strong convictions, and doesn't suffer fools. She is one of the strongest female leads I have ever read, equal measure confident and compassionate and smart. This is one of the few audiobooks I have bookmarked selections to go back and listen to over again.

What aspect of Johnny Heller’s performance would you have changed?

The narration is clear and the voices distinct for the characters; however, I would have preferred hearing a woman's voice to match Nikki's view.

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Rook, a Priest, and a BDSM dungeon. What more?!

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

The only book that might compare to Heat Rises, would be the other Nikki Heat books. The relationship between the characters may be similiar to other romance novels, but the wit and depth of the characters is phenominal in this series.

What about Johnny Heller’s performance did you like?

Johnny Heller adds depth to the characters of Rook and Heat. He make you laugh and cry.

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

I both laughed and cried during this book.

The interplay between Heat and Rook is at the core of these books. Sometimes you have to laugh at how Rook can push Heat's buttons.

The sexual innuendos are "to die for"!!!

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Hanging on until the very end.

If you could sum up Heat Rises in three words, what would they be?

Nail biting good.

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

Yes. Could not stop listening to it.

Which character – as performed by Johnny Heller – was your favorite?

Castle, followed closely by Becket.

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

Find somewhere Cold, the Heat is about to Rise sharply.

Any additional comments?

The next book that is coming out in Sept. I want to see it
available on Audible at the same time. I have already pre-
ordered the book, so I would like to preorder the Audio.