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Nikki Heat Book Five - Deadly Heat (Castle) (Nikki Heat 5) [Hardcover]

Richard Castle
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13 Sep 2013 Nikki Heat 5
Top NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat and her partner, journalist Jameson Rook, pursue the elusive former CIA station chief who ordered the execution of her mother over a decade ago. But their quest for the old spy unearths an alarming terror plot that has already entered its countdown phase. Complicating their mission, a serial killer boldly names his next victim: Detective Heat.

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (13 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781167702
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781167700
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 221,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Castle is the author of numerous bestsellers, including the critically acclaimed Derrick Storm series. His first novel, In a Hail of Bullets, published while he was still in college, received the Nom DePlume Society's prestigious Tom Straw Award for Mystery Literature. Castle currently lives in Manhattan with his daughter and mother, both of whom infuse his life with humour and inspiration.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Nikki Heat adventures yet 8 Sep 2013
By Tim
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
For the uninitiated; the Nikki Heat series is a series of companion novels to the U.S TV series 'Castle' written by "Richard Castle" (the main character of the show, who is writing a series of books based on the exploits of Detective Kate Beckett). The books are, basically, like props from the show. Like the previous instalments in the Nikki Heat series, 'Deadly Heat' follows NYPD detective Nikki Heat and her partner/lover Jameson Rook. This time, we see them continuing the hunt for the man responsible for the murder of Heat's mother years before, while simultaneously pursuing a serial killer who marks out Heat as his next target. This book, like the previous four in the set, basically plays out like an episode of 'Castle' and reading the book you can see those characters in your mind(Heat=Beckett, Rook=Castle etc...) This book, like the others, does not take itself too seriously and that makes it an enjoyable read; the characters are engaging and fun, without being too cliché and the plot moves along at a steady rate and throws the occasional twist at you (some I saw coming, others I did not) I loved this book simply because it is fun and easy to read, you can just switch off and enjoy it without having to think too much and sometimes I want that.
It isn't perfect though (yes, just because I loved it doesn't mean I am blind to its faults). In this case: where this book does suffer, in my opinion, is that it does rely on having read the previous book- 'Frozen Heat'. The first four novels, you could pretty much just pick up any of them and read them without having to have read any others, each one of them gave you enough back story that you could relate to the characters and understand what was happening.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Same characters, different author? 3 Oct 2013
I really loved the Heat series, until now. No, I'm not saying that all of a sudden I've stopped enjoying the books; I'm only saying that Deadly Heat is so predictable that it just makes no sense.

It was the suspense and the mystery that kept the pages turning in the previous novels, and these two elements seem to have gone missing from the latest installment. What's not missing is the humor, but is that enough to keep the reader going?

My first thought, as I finished reading, was that in here we have the same heroes, more or less the same storyline, but a different author, one that's somehow clumsy, as they give away too many clues about most of the villains, and as a result, the expected reading pleasure is nowhere to be found - perhaps Heat can look for it.

When the readers embark on a journey with the words of an author as a vehicle, they expect to be thrilled, or feel simply excited, to get to know inside out the souls of the characters, good or bad, to seek and find all the hidden clues that may or may not lead them to solving the various riddles. Well, that doesn't exactly happen here, and that's a shame.

I don't want to give away any clues because that could ruin the fun for some people but, I will say though, that if the answers are going to be so obvious in almost every single question, then one shouldn't even bother posing any questions at all.

But of course, not all is black. I've already said the humor is quite good and the interactions between Rook and Heat are great too; their chemistry is pretty much alive. They could do with a breath of fresh air though, something that will turn the spark into a flame again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars These books keep getting better! 20 Nov 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I could be extremely biased in giving this book 5*'s purely because I love Castle!!

This is the fifth Nikki Heat novel which ties in to the TV show Castle and follows on from where Frozen Heat ended with Nikki still trying to find the people behind her mother's murder - something which ties in to Beckett's story on the show. Nikki ends up juggling 2 cases, still investigating her mother's case along with a new serial killer that ends up targeting her. This case also bears a resemblance to a case that Beckett and Castle investigated in Season 2 - the 2 part one which had Dana Delany as an FBI agent - where someone targeted Beckett referring her to as Nikki Heat and trying to outsmart her.

There are so many nods to the TV show and to Nathan's time on Firefly. Even going so far as to say that that Nathan fellow would be great to play Jameson Rook in a Hollywood adaptation of his articles about Nikki Heat. Also having two detectives called Malcolm & Reynolds. Plus there are characters in the book using the same names as characters from the show.

Although this series does stand alone as a good read with great storytelling I know that I enjoy them more simply because of my love for the show.

I'd love to know who the actual author is - unless Nathan Fillion has been working hard behind the scenes and has gone method in writing these books!!

Another great Nikki Heat book - they just keep getting better with each one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars By far the best if the Richard Castle books 22 July 2014
By H L R
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
By far the best of the Richard Castle books. Having read all of the Nikki Heat series and being a big fan of the TV show I have found at times the storylines of the Heat novels to have too much déjà vu, as if you are just watching an old episode of Castle slightly re-written. Deadly Heat stands away from its predecessors as a solid crime novel with a more original and gripping storyline.

You would benefit from having read Frozen Heat before this as this is the continuation of that story. Fans of Nathan Fillion's previous TV series Firefly will enjoy the side references though I found the addition of the characters Detectives Malcolm and Reynolds do make it harder to take the book seriously.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I have read all the Heat series with great enjoyment - until Deadly...
I have read all the Heat series with great enjoyment - until Deadly Heat. In this many of the best elements are missing and I believe it's been penned by a different author to the... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Vee
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great buy
Published 17 days ago by mark fitzsimmons
3.0 out of 5 stars A Gift
Bought as a gift so no review possible
Published 1 month ago by Dave Cole
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Once again an easy read for castle fans
Published 1 month ago by Mrs C Garfirth
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good read as usual and i like the style of the writer
Published 1 month ago by Elizabeth Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great story... but then I'm biaised. :)
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A different Castle
Great holiday read. Much better than I expected. Really good plot. Couldn't put it down. Now waiting for the next one.
Published 2 months ago by nora
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fun book in the Heat series
Althouhg they will never be classics, I thoroughly enjoy the crossover with the tv series, they are brilliant books to take on holiday and look forward to each installment
Published 2 months ago by B I GOOD
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! The best so far!
If you like the Heat series you'll love this one! Excellent plot and clever hints alluding to the actual tv series.
Loved the mystery and how he handled it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by kavouropatty
4.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy fun!
Yes it's a TV Castle tie in, and yes that's pretty much the reason I bought it, but the story is quite good even if the writing is a little cheesy in places (especially with... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kayemcee
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