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Heat Stroke (Weather Warden, Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Rachel Caine
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Mistaken for a murderer, Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin is hunted down and killed by her colleagues. Reborn as a Djinn, she senses something sinister entering earth's atmosphere-something that makes tomorrow's forecast look deadly.


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About the Author

Rachel Caine is the author of more than twenty novels, including the "Weather Warden" series. She was born at White Sands Missile Range, which people who know her say explains a lot. She has been an accountant, a professional musician, and an insurance investigator, and still carries on a secret identity in the corporate world. She and her husband, fantasy artist R. Cat Conrad, live in Texas with their iguanas, Popeye and Darwin; a mali uromastyx named (appropriately) O’Malley; and a leopard tortoise named Shelley (for the poet, of course).

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  • File Size: 490 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Roc; Reprint edition (August 3, 2004)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000O76OPE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,792 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Joanne "Jo" Baldwin is Back, More Secrets Revealed August 4, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Jo was once a weather warden, helping to protect humanity from the wrath of Mother Nature. But at the end of the first book Jo is killed. David, a powerful djinn, manages to resurrect her as a djinn. Jo now must leave all things human behind and learn how to be a djinn.

But it is not that simple. She is still linked to David and draining his power. She must learn to harness power on her own. Meanwhile something strange is going on in the ethereal plane and it has David scared.

Jo is then assigned to study with Patrick, the only successful human-to-djinn transformation. And then the action really begins.

Unlike the first book which starts with Jo on the run, this one starts more slowly and it is quite a few pages before the action begins. But once it begins it does not stop. As the story races along we learn about the origins of the djinn, ifrit, what is going on in the ethereal plane, the meaning of servitude, more of how djinn work, and some of the limitations of the wardens. In the end we are left with a satisfying conclusion but also a cliffhanger for the next volume (it can't be released soon enough).

More action like in the first book but with greater depth to the world of the wardens and djinn. A great follow-up to the first and definitely not the last.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great follow up and bridge to the next book June 4, 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I loved "Ill Wind", the first in this series, and immediately after finishing it bought the next 3 books in the series.

Heat Stroke, although a very good book (thus the 5 stars) didn't quite work as well for me - it felt rather like a linking book, with a far more `up in the air' ending. It was a relief to me to know that I had the third book already so could continue the story.

Caine's world is more interesting in this book as we start to learn what being a Djinn entails. Joanne is settling into her new life and existence as a Djinn and having to learn, very rapidly, how to control her new powers. We meet new characters, including the almost-deity Jonathan, as well as meeting again some of the previous characters like Paul and Lewis. Caine isn't afraid to kill off some of her characters (I'm not going to spoil it by saying who), although I keep being rather worried for David. We have so many hints at possible love-interest between Joanne and Lewis, Joanne and Paul, that you wonder when David's going to get the chop. Fortunately not in this book. You can spend a lot of time thinking about the interesting side issue as to whether Djinn have the same levels of morality as humans when they can be commanded to kill people, to rape people - perhaps this will be further explored in the next books.

The main `threat that involves Joanne saving the day' in this book I found a little confusing. Yes, the twinkly sparkly things were rather different than a dragon or evil despot, but I didn't really understand how it all worked. Perhaps reading the book again will help me to get it straight in my mind.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better all the time September 5, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I loved "Ill Wind," the first book in the Weather Wardens series, and "Heat Stroke" is still the better book by far. I'd read in an interview with the author that she originally had a plot device that ended "Ill Wind" differently and boy, am I glad it slipped her mind to do so. The consequences of David's act form the core plot of "Heat Stroke," and dealing with them makes for some of the best reading I've seen.

If you're not absolutely entranced by the relationship between Joanne and David, the first part may seem slow to you. (It wasn't a problem for me at all. :D) Your perserverance will be more than rewarded.

At the end of the book, I'm a little unclear on exactly how secret the Wardens are in this version of reality, but that seems a petty nit to pick in the overall scheme of things.

One last request...may I have Jonathan when the author is done with him? ;)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Loses points for cliffhanger ending. October 27, 2004
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I'm a big fan of fantasy series, but one of my pet peeves is a book that ends with a cliffhanger. It just seems greedy on the part of the author to force you to buy another book to get closure. That said, this was a fun read. I don't know that I'd compare it to the early Anita Blake books as some of the other reviewers did, but it sure beats the recent plotless porn from that series. Still some work to go for it to be up to the level of some of the other fantasy series like Jim Butcher's Dresden Files, but worth checking out.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Improvement over the first, but cliffhanger ending... November 20, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ex-Weather Warden Joanna Baldwin has died and returned as a djinn. But being djinn is not a 'get out of dead free' card as she quickly finds out. David, the free-djinn who used his magic to rescue her, is sharing his power to keep them both alive. Joanne's got to learn--and learn quickly--how to live on her own, else both she and David may well die and for good. Book's decent enough to keep reading, but the first part of it wades through a lot of 'relationship material' between her and David that I could do without. The point off is for that and the cliffhanger ending.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars ... this a loooong time ago but I know I loved this series and read...
I read this a loooong time ago but I know I loved this series and read all the books.
Published 18 days ago by Briana M. Thibodeaux
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book
Published 2 months ago by Cathy Boyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great series
Published 6 months ago by MISS HS THOMPSON
3.0 out of 5 stars Is it the way she moves
Jo annoys me so much in this, how many times does she need to be told things before it sinks in. Definatley an action packed story and I LOVE that it starts pretty much where the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Nikster
4.0 out of 5 stars LilyElement Book Reviews - Heat Stroke
Joanne Baldwin returns in book two of the Weather Warden series, this time around she's a Djinn. David, the Djinn in book one that joined Joanne on her journey helped her become a... Read more
Published 13 months ago by LilyElement
4.0 out of 5 stars The Weather Wardens Have Rocked My World!
Read from July 07 to 11, 2013
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Overall Rating: 4.75
Story Rating: 4.50
Character Rating: 5. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Felicia The Geeky Blogger
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
This book goes along with ill wind with the same characters, it does seem to jump a little and there is a lot of sexual innuendo in it. I did enjoy it can't wait for the next one
Published 20 months ago by staceyao05
3.0 out of 5 stars Typos
This is a review, not of the novel, but of the e-book itself. In the edition I received, every italicized word attached itself to the previous word. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Becca
4.0 out of 5 stars The good read continues
Rachel Caine is building up steam and getting better. I'm looking forward to the next few books and started the next one as soon as I finished this one.
Published 24 months ago by John D. Goodman
5.0 out of 5 stars Never disappoints!
This is a great second book to the series. Picked right up where the first one ended. The Djinn are amazing creatures!!
Published on March 18, 2013 by deelitenc
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Rachel Caine is the #1 internationally bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including the bestselling Morganville Vampires series, the Weather Warden series, the Outcast Season series, and the new upcoming Revivalist series. She was born at White Sands Missile Range, which people who know her say explains a lot. She has been an accountant, a professional musician, and an insurance investigator, and until very recently continued to carry on a secret identity in the corporate world. She and her husband, fantasy artist R. Cat Conrad, live in Texas.

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