Heat Wave Hardcover – Sep 29 2009
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"Heat Wave looks like another bestseller for the thrillmaster. It's hot!" ---James Patterson, New York Times bestselling author --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
About the Author
Richard Castleis the best-selling author of the Derrick Storm novels. He is played by actorNathan Fillion.Tom Strawis an Emmy-nominated TV writer and producer. He has written and produced for the television shows COSBY, WHOOPI, GRACE UNDER FIRE, and more, and is currently writing for THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON. He is the author of the mystery THE TRIGGER EPISODE.
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However, this is a quick read with the usual twists and turns of a whodunnit with most of the Castle characters present, under thinly disguised aliases of course. I finished it in two days and had real fun because I'm a fan of the show and felt familar with the characters ahead of time.
So... I found this to be a great "popcorn movie" type of book which reads like a Castle episode with nothing much to add except for the added in-jokes for fans of the show. Great literature it isn't but who is looking for that in a TV spinoff anyway?
When I learned there was a novel on the market by Richard Castle, one of my favourite TV characters/ program, curiosity got the best of me. It appears this is creative engineering, a marketing ploy, an ingenious coup to make us believe the TV character Richard Castle is also a published writer. Who the author really is, is another mystery, judging by the writing style, my guess is that Castle's poker buddies (well-known writers) who make guest appearances in some TV episodes have a strong influence behind the hit series.
The novel is entertaining and fun to read. The plotting is basic, creating a run of the mill crime story with some twists here and there. The narration is simple, short and sweet and the dialogue is similar to the characters on the TV show. The book's main characters have different names, Jameson Rook (Richard Castle), is the fictional award winning writer/reporter suffering from a dry period. With the help of his political connections, he is given the opportunity to shadow Nikki Heat (Kate Beckett) and her team of NYPD detectives, hoping to gain ideas for a new book. Nikki is far more aggressive in her relationships and deals with the continual presence of Rook in a different manner than her TV counterpart Kate but the other characters play similar roles, the exception is Alexis, Castle's daughter, who has yet to make an appearance.
As you can see, while reading this novel, I found it hard not to make comparisons with the TV program, it was easier to visualize the characters, and they really came alive in my mind.
The story "Heat Wave" is based around the investigation into the murder of real estate magnate, Matthew Starr, whose body was found at the base of his penthouse apartment.Read more ›
The novel has the feel of a script for the show, making me think that one of the writers on the show is the actual author. It's a fun story that had me reading it to the end, but the overall quality pales in comparison to the television series.
One of the main reasons is because the banter between the characters is sharp and witty.
However, it gets 4/5 from me because I still like the tv characters better. Since I am such a fan of the show, I couldn't make the leap to this group. Every time I read 'Nikki', my mind translated it to Kate. For every 'Rook', I read Castle. When I stopped trying to fight that, it became more enjoyable. The other main difference for me was that the book is far more salacious than the tv show, and for me, that is a detriment. I love the interplay on the show, and as sanitized as it might be, I prefer it. We see enough of the characters on the show; so much so that I believe the stuff that we DON'T see is the stuff that we don't NEED to see. The 'don't need' stuff is retained in the book, sadly.
I've heard others say that this first novel is pretty short and might not stand up on its own, without the support of the show. It's borderline, true, but I think the book works. I think it works better if you do like the show. The story is pretty straight forward and engaging. [Naked Heat (the second book), is a more complete novel, but I found the story a bit convoluted. Two thirds of the way in, I started not really caring who was who.]
That said, it's still enjoyable enough to recommend... and the second book.
I'll be buying the 3rd when it comes available in the fall.
While the show has two lead characters in Castle and Beckett, most of the time that when the show is away from the week's case is spent with Castle and his mother and daughter in Castle's loft. Relatively little time is spent Beckett off-duty except when she's with Castle in some way. We rarely see Beckett's apartment for example, particularly in the first season.
The book is different. We don't follow Rook in his off-hours. We follow Nikki. We see Nikki's apartment a number of times, and it's the site of several major events, including the "sex scene on page 150". We see Rook's apartment only once (it's also the only time that we see his mother, Margaret btw). Rook is not a secondary character but he's nowhere near being as close to equal to Heat, in terms of dramatic presence, as Beckett is to Castle. Finally Rook is more often a hindrance in this book than Castle was in the first season of the show. In fact, if this really were a novel by someone named Richard Castle it would be easy to call Rook a "Mary Sue" character, making the the writer a significant - even decisive - participant in the action.
"Heat Wave" is at its heart a fun read. It's not great literature, or even a great mystery. There are even better TV tie-ins. But it works great as a tie-in for this show, which is what counts. For a fan of the show it's a nice way to spend a rainy day, or to curl up with when you're sick. Definitely recommended.
Most recent customer reviews
I love the show Castle and I can see many of the ideas the writers got from the books. It is a good interesting read for the summer.Published 2 days ago by Sister Deanna Macdougall
I never got to finish reading Naked Heat as my kindle went down and I lost the book. even though I paid for itPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very enjoyable, I could picture Richard Castle (as played by Nathan F. obviously) sitting at his desk writing.Published 12 months ago by schniev
Yes, Richard Castle can most definitely be annoying as this first book in the Nikki Heat series proves. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Lady Sam
I don't know if the story is any good but even just as memorabilia it made a perfect giftPublished 15 months ago by Moran Arbuthnot