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Raging Heat (Nikki Heat) Hardcover – September 16, 2014

Book 6 of 6 in the Nikki Heat Series

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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.
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Product Details

  • Series: Nikki Heat (Book 6)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Kingswell (September 16, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401324819
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401324810
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (417 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,451 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 humor and inspiration.

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This book contains twists and turns that keep you interested.
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The characters are real and it is written in such a way you feel like you know them.
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Great story line, great characters...and I especially love the humor.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Paullette Gaudet on September 18, 2014
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Richard Castle is back in print, and back to true form!! I love how these books run on a separate but parallel track to the Castle tv series, with thinly-disguised characters & plot points lifted from the show's various seasons/episodes (and, sometimes groan-inducing Firefly "Easter eggs"). While most of the secondary characters can rightly be seen as just re-named versions of their television selves (like Roach, whom I envision *exactly* as Ryan & Espo), the main characters of these novels are different and compelling enough to interest readers unfamiliar with the show.

I suppose Nikki Heat bears a closer physical/psychological resemblence to Kate Beckett/Stana Katic than Jameson Rook does to Richard Castle/Nathan Fillion, but it's both easy and pleasureable to separate these two fictional worlds (it's also fun to speculate on the wish-fulfillment Mr. Castle indulges in with his alter-ego, who is a tanned, fit, childless, Tribeca-loft-owning, bed-hopping, marathon-running investigative journalist with 2 Pulitzers and--in his words--'a great ass'). The sex scenes have disappointingly cooled since the first 3 books (seriously--the first couple books are HOT), but the playful banter and deeper conversations of Heat & Rook always ring true and form their own dramatic arc within the logistics of a murder investigation.

My delight in this series took a hit after the bloated excess of the previous two books (Frozen Heat & Deadly Heat): granted, there *were* 5 tv seasons' worth of Beckett's-mother's-murder plotlines to wrap up, but the global scope of the novels kept expanding so ridiculously & exponentially that I half-expected a metal-toothed Bond villain to appear and toss a razor-rimmed bowler hat at the leads right before pushing a big red button labled VAPORIZE THE WORLD.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By retired to read on September 17, 2014
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An absolute page turner! Wow! This Richard Castle (?) outdone all the others. From the very beginning the action started and continued through the end. Several murders happened in about a 36 hour period during the week leading up to Hurricane Sandy. That in itself led to the intensity of the investigation. Nikki thought they all were connected to the first murder that in her conclusion involved a high profile Homeland Security Commissioner wanting to step up to be a Senator. This story pitted her against her long time love, Jameson Rook.

Following is a complicated multi murder investigation with not only Rook against her conclusion of who was behind the murders, but her loyal fellow detectives aided Rook behind Nikki's back and sided with him. Needless to say, this was a very large problem between her and Rook and alienated her fellow officers.

The story containes human trafficking, mercenaries (mean ones), money laundering, and internal police cover ups making big problems. "Richard Castle" really had some very strong nail biting scenes, including one with the mercenaries chasing Nikki and Rook during the hurricane. AWESOME! It was so riveting I thought I was there. All the little clues were put together and made a brilliant resolution to the many crimes that had been uncovered. You can't beat that for a great mystery/thriller/adventure book. It's a winner as far as I'm concerned!

Good reading to all,
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Valerie Rogoff on September 18, 2014
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For a fast, entertaining, well-written (except for a few typos) read, you can't do better than the Nikki Heat series. Raging Heat doesn't disappoint. The plot is complex enough to keep you on edge, the villains are evil enough to keep you rooting for their demise, and the heroes are smart, brave, and best of all witty that you wish you were one of the team and could share in the banter. I'm already looking forward to next September's installment.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 7, 2014
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It’s been a couple of years since Nikki Heat finally solved the murder of her mother, and the resulting years have provided a routine to her life. All that is about to change when a body falls into her case load – literally.

The man falls from the sky into the local planetarium. There’s no ID, and very little of him left to identify. Yet slowly Nikki begins making her case, a case that seems to be leading to a commissioner for the Port Authority. Meanwhile, her boyfriend Rook has developed some leads that point in other directions. Whose intel is correct? Can Nikki make a case against a man so well connected? And will Nikki and Rook’s relationship survive this case?

While I had realized that the original few books in the series took place in a compressed time frame, I wasn’t sure if they were playing into that on purpose or not. Obviously they are since even with the two year time leap, this book takes place in the run up to Hurricane Sandy. That makes an interesting backdrop that adds to the story.

As always, the story is strong, and the added conflict over the competing theories heightens the tension of the book. It also allows for some interesting character development, which I really enjoyed. Fans of the TV show Castle will enjoy seeing the nods to the show, but anyone who enjoys a good mystery will still find the case presented here to be very compelling reading.

I have definitely come to look forward to these books, and this one didn’t disappoint. If you are a fan of the show, you really should give the books a try.
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