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5.0 out of 5 stars Heat Wave: Great Fun for Castle Fans and Non-Fans Alike!, September 29, 2009
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As a work of literature, "Heat Wave" is a sensational success. The story is written with an appropriate tone and just the right balance of wit and accuracy. The information pertaining to the case is appropriately crisp and matter-of-fact while the relationships and interactions between people are genuine and human. The characters are well-developed without being too overbearing or distracting from the woven crime cases. Even a character like Jameson Rook, who is exasperating and arrogant on the best of days, is given just the right amount of human qualities to endear him to the audience. The reader will care about the characters and read eagerly for the solution to the crime.

As an adjunct to the ABC comedy crime drama "Castle," "Heat Wave" hits the mark as the creative work of Richard Castle. Fans of the show will recognize his wit and humor in the prose as well as the inclusion of his experiences with the NYPD and Detective Kate Beckett into the story. The characters and their relationships are perfect mirrors to those that Richard Castle experiences with his ride-along at twelfth precinct which makes it an easy transition for fans of the show. ABC has gone to greater lengths than any network I've ever seen to provide their fans with something interactive that directly ties into the show. Far beyond "breaking the fourth wall," this book pushes the limit of the artistic world meeting the "real world." Fans will feel like they are sharing the experience with their favorite characters from "Castle" by laying their hands on Richard Castle's first Nikki Heat novel.
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Initial post: Oct 13, 2009 4:40:23 PM PDT
Tomatolady says:
Is there a real castle or did the studio write the book?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 14, 2009 8:12:14 AM PDT
M. Carter says:
We're not sure who the ghost writer is, but I would assume it's a few of the show's writers.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 15, 2009 1:17:09 AM PDT
From the About the Author: "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."

Nom de plume of Tom Straw, whom you can both IMDB and search for here on Amazon. His previous novel was "The Trigger Episode".

Posted on Oct 21, 2009 10:50:20 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 21, 2009 10:54:00 AM PDT
M. Carter says:
Actually, it was written by a fan of the show -- uh, me. I'm flattered, but what makes you think otherwise?

Posted on Oct 27, 2009 6:46:20 AM PDT
J. Godsey says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 27, 2009 9:27:41 AM PDT
M. Carter says:
Absolutely. The point being that you don't need to be a fan of the show, or need to appreciate the "tie in," in order to enjoy the book.

Posted on Oct 27, 2009 10:29:13 PM PDT
This has been one of my favorite new shows! Hopefully ABC keeps the show for a long time.
cgriwo

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2009 12:08:21 PM PST
MR Dave says:
I agree. If you look at the reviews for this book ABC flooded Amazon with many 5 star reviews that are obviously false since they say things like "award winning author Richard Castle" (who doesn't exist!!) and "his other books" (of which there are none!.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2009 12:44:29 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 2, 2009 12:51:05 PM PST
M. Carter says:
Ahahahahaha. I'm so flattered you all think I work for ABC. I mean, yes, I totally do. What up.

Hi. Let me introduce you to what I like to call a fan.

Dude, get real. All these reviews are from people who like the damn book. Whether or not they play along and pretend like Castle is real has nothing to do with anything. If you haven't read the book yourself, then quit making comments about it. And unless you're here trying to decide whether or not to buy and read it, don't come back until you have.
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