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Raging Heat

By: Richard Castle
Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
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In New York Times best-selling author Richard Castle's newest novel, an illegal immigrant falls from the sky and NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat's investigation into his death quickly captures the imagination of her boyfriend, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jameson Rook. When he decides to work the case with Heat as his next big story, Nikki is at first happy to have him ride along. Yes, she must endure Rook's usual wild conspiracy speculations and adolescent wisecracks, but after reuniting following his recent assignment abroad, she's glad for the entertainment, the chance to bounce ideas, and just to be close to him again and feel the old spark rekindle. But when Rook's inquiry concludes that Detective Heat has arrested the wrong man for the murder, everything changes.

Balancing her high stakes job with a complicated romance has been a challenge ever since Nikki fell for the famous reporter. Now, her relationship lurches from mere complexity into sharp conflict over the most high-risk case of her career. Set against the raging force of Hurricane Sandy as it pounds New York, Heat battles an ambitious powerbroker, fights a platoon of urban mercenaries, and clashes with the man she loves. Detective Heat knows her job is to solve murders. She just worries that solving this one will be the death of her relationship.

©2014 Richard Castle (P)2014 Hachette Audio

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This is a fun detective 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 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.

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Good, but not as much fun as earlier efforts

There were large stretches of this story that I didn't particularly like where Rook and Heat are at odds and even the team of detectives are not working together well. I very much enjoyed the performance.

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Always felt like something was missing.

I don't know of another way to phrase it but it always felt like there was something missing from the story. Perhaps it was the lack of red herrings. Perhaps it was the surface nature of each individual you meet in the book beyond the core. (With a notable exception for Capt. Wally Irons.) Perhaps it was something else, such as a new ghost writer or a shorter deadline. What I can tell you is that while the story was delightful and fun, the tension didn't really feel that tense despite the obvious mechanics (hurricane) meant to help spur the tension on. The language also didn't feel as cheeky as previous books and efforts. Essentially, it fell short of the previous novels and the warmth of the show that the other books had.

Don't let that discourage you though. It's a delightful tale of peril and its pacing as a thriller is a pretty good clip but it just won't knock those socks from your feet.

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Another hit!

I just can't get enough of both the TV show and the book. Peter is an excellent narrator I have had a wonderful time listening to other books that he narrates. I would recommend this to anybody who is a Castle fan and a fan of Richard Castle books. And now onto the next one…

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If you live the show Castle you will enjoy this book

Fun listen to. I loved the show and this was a fun read. I do t know many cops that actually get into as many perilous situations but still fun as a work of fiction.

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Right of out Castle !

I loved most of the Castle TV series, and always kinda wished the HEAT books would be written,. I only discovered this one when on sale. Bought it. Loved it. Have the rest on my Wish List and will get soon.

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Best Castle

This was the longest and best Castle book I’ve ever read. The extra time allows extra to develop both Characters and story.

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For TV Castle fans

This book, like it’s predecessors, is really only for fans of the Castle TV show. The reason is because the book characters are rather thin, superficial and undeveloped, and unless you imagine the TV show characters into them, they just aren’t interesting. The mystery was complex and interesting and the second half of the book went along at a better pace. Basically, for the plot, a mystery murder develops into a more complex series of somewhat interconnected mysteries which are all set against the backdrop of Hurricane Sandy. This book was okay, but there are much better mysteries in this genre. Still, if you are a Castle fan, these books can be a connection to the show. Just don’t expect too much.

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Nailed it!

This is the best in the series so far. The narrator is wonderful! He has the same intonation as Nathan. The twists in this book kept you guessing up till the end.

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Castle is awesome!

I love these books and the tv show. I wish they'd bring it back to tv. You do not need to watch the TV show to read these books. But if you do watch the show these characters are very similar to the ones on TV. Great story lots of twists and turns, keeps your attention. Love it!

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