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Heat Rises (Nikki Heat Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Richard Castle
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Book Description

In the third book of the New York Times bestselling Nikki Heat series, following HEAT WAVE and NAKED HEAT, Richard Castle's new thrilling mystery continues the story of NYPD Homicide Detective, Nikki Heat. Tough, sexy, professional, Nikki Heat carries a passion for justice as she leads one of New York City's top homicide squads. In what's sure to be another smash sensation by blockbuster author Richard Castle, readers will once again follow Nikki Heat and hotshot reporter Jameson Rook as they trade barbs and innuendos all while on the trail of a murderer!

For the third tie-in with the ABC television show, CASTLE, we will once again be releasing a portion of the chapters electronically, available for digital download in advance of the hardcover publication. The show will integrate the new book in the same way they did for HEAT WAVE and NAKED HEAT, with mentions of the book beginning in episodes that will air in spring and culminating with the publication of the book in Fall 2011.

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    About the Author


    Richard Castle is the bestselling author of the Nikki Heat and Derrick Storm bestsellers. He is played by actor Nathan Fillion.

    Product Details

    • File Size: 2020 KB
    • Print Length: 320 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1401324436
    • Publisher: Hyperion (September 20, 2011)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B005KA2HDS
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Not Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,049 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    143 of 148 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic September 24, 2011
    Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
    While I very much enjoyed the first two books in the brilliantly clever Castle tie-in series of Nikki Heat novels by the fictional Richard Castle, this third one is my favorite to date. These books go beyond simple franchise merchandising and clever tie-in. They are fully worthy of comparison to any modern best selling crime novels, completely separated from their TV series origin or not. And for those like me who are huge fans of said series, Castle, it's all the more fun.

    I actually finished this novel in one sitting, up all night until 5:00 AM. It's actually the first time I've done a book all in one go. Completely loved it.

    I still don't think anyone has revealed who's really writing these. My bet would be Andrew Marlowe, but he has continued to perfectly play along with the whole "they are written by Richard Castle" facade. Quite frankly, I think it's more fun if they never actually admit who's ghost writing them.

    I anxiously look forward to the fourth book in the series (next year, perhaps?)

    Oh, and extra points for another Malcolm Reynolds reference...
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    55 of 55 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Only one problem with it September 22, 2011
    Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
    The only problem with this story is that, as it must, ended. The story was so enjoyable, especially seeing the intertwine of things that have happened in the show with this read. Keeping in mind where Rick Castle's mindset would've been given the show's arc, reading "his" fiction made me feel like I was gaining better understanding into how deep his feelings are toward Kate Beckett. Loved that! Even without the romantic aspect, the thriller/suspense part of Heat Rises is captivating and altogether smartly written. The Victoria St. Clair excerpt was humorously stellar for any Castle shipper. I expect we'll be seeing the Victoria St. Clair series sometime in the future? Definitely looking forward to the next Heat book :)
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    77 of 82 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Quality Read; Better Than a Lot of Recent Books September 20, 2011
    Format:Hardcover
    If you liked the first books in this series, you'll really enjoy this one. If you're new to the realm that Castle presents here, you can still jump in and enjoy (though it's suggested you check out the first two, first!)

    A lot of people compare Castle to Patterson and I don't think it's unfair, but perhaps due to so many fewer books, Castle is perceived as slightly less "commercial." But commercial works, commercial sells. This isn't Shakespeare, you won't be asking yourself deep questions about life during or after reading, but you'll enjoy it. And that's what books are all about! Don't go into this looking for a deeper meaning, just go into it with the hope of a fun read, and you'll really be glad you did.
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    33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Same Name, Different Tone November 26, 2011
    Format:Hardcover
    The problem with having authors ghostwrite the 'Richard Castle' books is that, when a new author decides to take over the duties of writing, the tone and narrative shift can be quite jarring.

    The narrative introduces many characters, giving them page space with little pay off. Be it cops on Nikki's team that are dropped after a few chapters of them being developed, never to be heard again (such as the cop nicknamed Opie and Det. Heisenberg) to characters mentioned in passing that get pages of backstory but never appear in the actual story (such as the man Rook interviewed during his investigation...we didn't need pages and pages about some British Arms dealer that will never affect the story). The sad thing is that by wasting time with these characters, the true players get almost no screen time. The main 'villains' of the story, infact, receive the least amount of pages and you are left feeling they are one dimensional.

    Then there is the issue with dialogue. Castle, the show, is known for its fast banter. This book, many times, slows that down by having Nikki give several paragraphs of internal thought to a comment before making her retort. Just like above, this comes off as unneeded...one gets the sense that the author is padding the story, just to try and making the page minimum.

    The structure of the story itself differs greatly from the first two books, as well. The first two were fast tales that focuses on romance and mystery, whipping through the moments at a breakneck pace while filling the pages with sly references to events from the previous season of the show.

    In Heat Rises, such easter eggs are non-existent, and the author has decided to focus more on the inner politics of the police force than on the mystery itself.
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Don't need to watch the series to enjoy this book September 23, 2011
    Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
    I love the concept of these books. Richard Castle, a fictitious mystery writer on the TV series, Castle, tags along with Homicide Detective Kate Beckett when investigating murders to get ideas for books and learn more about police procedure. He writes a series based on Kate, calling the character Nikki Heat. All of the characters Castle deals with on the TV show are showcased in the Heat series and they've released this fictitious series to us. His own character in the book, Jameson Rook, is an investigate journalist tagging along with Nikki Heat. They take it so far as to have the author of the book listed as Richard Castle.

    This third book is a very involved mystery with so many pieces to it you wonder how it'll all pull together. But it does at the very end. It starts with the death of a priest in a sex torture club and takes you into areas and directions that totally surprised me. You'll love Nikki Heat who does her best to be true to herself even when politics become involved and she's offered what most people would gladly accept. The other characters are also well done and add a great deal of spice to the story.

    The story is filled with a lot of action, twists and turns, relationships, tension, non-explicit sex and a just flat out wonderful mystery. I very much enjoyed the first two books, but this one is the best so far.

    You don't need to watch the series to read these books. It's just a little more fun when you can put faces to the book's characters. I'd dearly love to know the actual author's name to see what else they've written.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Castle plus Rook plus Beckett plus Heat = cool reading
    Love reading these books. As a Castle Fan the books compliment the show.
    Published 5 days ago by Aliglaz
    4.0 out of 5 stars Another good Nikki Heat Novel.
    Richard Castle is a very good writer. I like all his writings.
    Published 6 days ago by Richard E. Miller
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Heat's On
    Another fast paced Nikki Heat thriller. Fast and easy reading.
    Published 7 days ago by John
    5.0 out of 5 stars fun read
    Loves the book...love the show.
    Published 17 days ago by NanBelle
    4.0 out of 5 stars Heat Rises; Detective H Gets a New Identity
    This was a well-written book with lots of interesting characters and plot twists. My only big complaint is in the characterization of Detective Sharon Hinesburg, who instead of... Read more
    Published 19 days ago by Christopher Berger
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    hard to put down. need to read in published order
    Published 24 days ago by b
    3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
    If you like the whole Castle thing you will find this book enjoyable. It is light hearted mystery.
    Published 25 days ago by ndunn
    5.0 out of 5 stars great
    Love the Richard Castle books. Similar to the TV show but just a little different and funny. Highly recommend.
    Published 1 month ago by aei
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    great story teller
    Published 1 month ago by snoopy
    4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read
    I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I love the show and the book, although it isn't technically the same characters, it is easy to see the shows characters in the novels. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Dixiegirl
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    More About the Author

    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 humor and inspiration.

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