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Nikki Heat and Derrick Storm, New York Times bestselling author Richard Castle's most enduring and beloved characters, team up for the first time to save Nikki's mother, Cynthia, who has been in hiding (and presumed dead) for 17 years. Standing in their way is a nefarious group of Chinese businessmen known as the Shanghai Seven, who have the resources-and ruthlessness-to s Nikki Heat and Derrick Storm, New York Times bestselling author Richard Castle's most enduring and beloved characters, team up for the first time to save Nikki's mother, Cynthia, who has been in hiding (and presumed dead) for 17 years. Standing in their way is a nefarious group of Chinese businessmen known as the Shanghai Seven, who have the resources-and ruthlessness-to stop them.


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Nikki Heat and Derrick Storm, New York Times bestselling author Richard Castle's most enduring and beloved characters, team up for the first time to save Nikki's mother, Cynthia, who has been in hiding (and presumed dead) for 17 years. Standing in their way is a nefarious group of Chinese businessmen known as the Shanghai Seven, who have the resources-and ruthlessness-to s Nikki Heat and Derrick Storm, New York Times bestselling author Richard Castle's most enduring and beloved characters, team up for the first time to save Nikki's mother, Cynthia, who has been in hiding (and presumed dead) for 17 years. Standing in their way is a nefarious group of Chinese businessmen known as the Shanghai Seven, who have the resources-and ruthlessness-to stop them.

30 review for Heat Storm

  1. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    Returning for another instalment of the Nikki Heat series, readers will be graced with the added bonus of a full Derrick Storm novel as well, showing the Richard Castle is able to juggle two of his protagonists in this high-flying piece of light fare. Away from the fast pace of China’s cities, Derrick Storm is in the middle of uncovering a counterfeit operation that could have significant implications in the United States. It would seem someone is laundering large amounts of US money from somewh Returning for another instalment of the Nikki Heat series, readers will be graced with the added bonus of a full Derrick Storm novel as well, showing the Richard Castle is able to juggle two of his protagonists in this high-flying piece of light fare. Away from the fast pace of China’s cities, Derrick Storm is in the middle of uncovering a counterfeit operation that could have significant implications in the United States. It would seem someone is laundering large amounts of US money from somewhere in China. Storm escapes with a single CD, which could hold a number of truths to bring down a group known only as the Shanghai Seven. Meanwhile, in New York, Nikki Heat is still reeling with the knowledge that her mother is alive after being presumed dead and cremated seventeen years before. However, Cynthia Heat remains on the lam, from whom, no one is quite sure. Nikki receives numerous cryptic texts from a man using the moniker, The Serpent, warning her that recent brushes with death may one day not miss their mark. As Nikki tries to work through this news, Derrick Storm appears stateside with some information that could tie Cynthia Heat to a CIA operation in China and the counterfeit operation he has been running. Storm is also being chased, presumably by the Shanghai Seven, who want their disc back. Armed with his wits and retired father, Carl, Storm seeks to battle his way to safety. Heat discovers something her mother left for her, a clue that could tie-in with the Derrick Storm fiasco. All the while, Heat’s husband and the annoying aspect of this book series, Jameson Rook, appears to woo his wife away from all the panic that is going on. While she seeks to rebuff him for a time, she cannot deny his wiles, which only makes for a cheesy collection of moments throughout the narrative. Can Nikki and Storm clear the way for a Heat reunion? Might the Shanghai Seven be topped by beheading The Serpent? All this and more awaits the reader, with a chance that this might be the swan song for Castle’s published writing career. Fans of the series and cancelled television show may like this piece, though others might want to read it to close the door once and for all. I am not normally a bitter person when it comes to reading. I realise that sometimes books are written to entertain on a lighter level and can accept that. However, there has been something about the last few novels (and the latter seasons of the television show) that irked me enough to tune out. I want to enjoy them, from the fast pace of the storylines and the interesting character developments, but find myself feeling short-changed. It is hard to divorce the characters from the book with those I saw on the small screen, though I try by best. Nikki Heat is surely a climber within the NYPD, working hard to solve cases and putting her eventual passion for Jameson Rook to the side. The revelation about her mother being alive allowed the reader to tap into more flashback memories about Heat’s childhood, though they are muddled between trying to find The Serpent and the off-putting Jameson Rook’s reappearance to woo her between the sheets. Derrick Storm is given some wonderful development here, tapping into not only his youth, but pulling the elder Mr. Storm into the mix to offer familial comparisons. Castle does well to weave this into the story, providing some interesting banter as well as strong character development throughout the piece. Utilising a number of interesting supporting characters, Castle pushes the story forward and keeps the reader wondering what awaits. The story found herein is not weak, though there were times that I wanted things to get moving. Storm’s storyline kept things interesting, but still I found things dragged throughout. I try not to get too cynical, but I did notice I was waving my hand in a circular motion, hoping to push the narrative along so that I could reach the end. Might it have been knowing that there was little left to read in order to put this series to bed? Quite possibly, but I am not willing to waste too much of my time waiting when I have so many other books to devour. I liked the Heat series, don’t get me wrong, but there comes a time when pulling the proverbial parachute is in order. This was surely the time for Castle, as television executives did recently as well. Kudos, Mr. Castle, for a valiant effort to tie off some loose strings. I have enjoyed the series, but am sure you, as a fictional front for a ghost writer, will now disappear into the annals of time and enjoy fictional retirement. Love/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/ A Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Monnie

    3.5 stars, actually. It's a little hard to take the Nikki Heat series seriously - whether or not you loved the very popular Castle TV show that starred the New York police detective (played by Stana Katic) and her Pulitzer prize-winning squeeze, Richard Castle (played by the hunky Nathan Filion). I was a diehard fan until the last couple of seasons, when the shows somehow stopped being fun and I pretty much lost interest. Supposedly, the books are written by Castle; but of course, he's not a real 3.5 stars, actually. It's a little hard to take the Nikki Heat series seriously - whether or not you loved the very popular Castle TV show that starred the New York police detective (played by Stana Katic) and her Pulitzer prize-winning squeeze, Richard Castle (played by the hunky Nathan Filion). I was a diehard fan until the last couple of seasons, when the shows somehow stopped being fun and I pretty much lost interest. Supposedly, the books are written by Castle; but of course, he's not a real person; the true author, in fact, has been speculated about but never revealed. And like the TV show, the books started out quite fun but may be slipping a bit (the last three, including this one, earned just 3-1/2 stars from me). This one brings together Nikki and another "Richard Castle" series hero, Derrick Storm - a hulk of a man the CIA calls when something is amiss in the U.S. of A., where CIA investigations are off limits. The pairing, though, seems just plain off. There's plenty of action, particularly on Storm's side of the plot, but I never felt any kind of connection between the two, nor of Storm with Heat's husband Jameson Rook (the name her TV husband Castle assumes in the books) even though indications are that Heat has been friends with Storm for quite some time. Essentially, what we have are two story lines that, as expected, eventually converge. Ever since Heat's recent sighting of a woman she's sure is her mother Cynthia - a secret U.S. spy Heat had believed was murdered 17 years ago - she's been frantically trying to track her down. In the midst of that, the female U.S. President-to-be has rather inexplicably asked Heat to be her chief of Homeland Security, so there's a big decision to be made. That's even harder since she's banished her hubby from her life, claiming her search for her mother is a dangerous journey and she doesn't want him to be involved (yeah, I never bought that in the TV series, either). Meanwhile, Storm took part in the raid of a counterfeiting ring that appears to be connected to a nasty group known as the Shanghai Seven. In the process, he begins to suspect that his own government may be working against him, and he turns to his dad Carl for much-needed help. The two story lines begin to come together when Storm finds a tape with Heat's mother's voice on it that appears to connect her to the Shanghai Seven. At the same time, Heat is taking heat in the form of text messages from someone called "The Serpent" warning her to call off the search for her mother. From then on, the action really picks up - some of it the stuff a Roger Moore James Bond movie is made of that crosses the line of credulity and leads to a rather sappy ending. Overall, it makes for an easy, breezy read that won't tax your brain cells - perfect for reading on a beach or waiting at a doctor's office.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Xenos

    Oh, dear. Oh, my. Aargh!!! How do I give stars to "Heat Storm"? On the one hand, I felt like Sally Field: I liked it...I really, really liked it. On the other hand: I really, really didn't. If you've read my review of the last Nikki Heat book, "High Heat", I gave it five stars and praised author Richard Castle for writing a great prequel to a "they're-gonna-reunite-and-it's-gonna-kick-butt" book. Well, I was wrong. "Heat Storm" was more of a Nikki Heat/Derrick Storm love fest. And, no, I don't m Oh, dear. Oh, my. Aargh!!! How do I give stars to "Heat Storm"? On the one hand, I felt like Sally Field: I liked it...I really, really liked it. On the other hand: I really, really didn't. If you've read my review of the last Nikki Heat book, "High Heat", I gave it five stars and praised author Richard Castle for writing a great prequel to a "they're-gonna-reunite-and-it's-gonna-kick-butt" book. Well, I was wrong. "Heat Storm" was more of a Nikki Heat/Derrick Storm love fest. And, no, I don't mean Nikki and Derrick were romantically involved. I mean that it was equally Nikki-centric and Derrick-centric and that, once again, Jameson Rook was superfluous. (Which leads me to believe that all those awful internet rumors were true and that "the powers that be" *coughAndrewMarloweandTerriEddaMillercough* are getting back at Nathan for being a jerk to Stana...which just makes me sad all the way around.) And although I truly enjoyed both Nikki's and Derrick's storyline, I will reiterate in this review what I have said in the others...I watch/read "Castle"/"Nikki Heat" for the romance, humor and witty repartee between the two leads...which was, frankly, pathetic in this book. If "Richard Castle" is going to continue down this literary road with Nikki and Derrick, perhaps he should just put us Caskett/Rooki-shippers out of our misery and do what he did in the first season of "Castle" -- kill off his hero (in this case, Jameson Rook). Then at least we could enjoy Nikki and Derrick without being despondent over the slow, painful, seemingly conscious-uncoupling of Nikki and Jameson.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    The combination of Nikki Heat and Derrick Storm in this book makes for a double dose of murder, mystery and mayhem - not to mention 3 ruggedly handsome men with 2 Storms and Rook! - that keeps you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. I literally couldn't put this book down, through all its twists and turns, until I'd read to the very end (and what an ending!). Loved it!

  5. 5 out of 5

    terpkristin

    In the very first episode of Castle, the show opens with author Richard Castle at a launch party for "the final Derek Storm novel". In particular, the show lets you know, Derek Storm has been definitively killed by a gun shot to the head with a large exit wound. However, in the world that "Richard Castle" has setup, it's clear dead doesn't mean dead, and this book is no exception, as Derek Storm teams up with Nikki Heat to find out who killed her mother and why, once and for all. These books got In the very first episode of Castle, the show opens with author Richard Castle at a launch party for "the final Derek Storm novel". In particular, the show lets you know, Derek Storm has been definitively killed by a gun shot to the head with a large exit wound. However, in the world that "Richard Castle" has setup, it's clear dead doesn't mean dead, and this book is no exception, as Derek Storm teams up with Nikki Heat to find out who killed her mother and why, once and for all. These books got more and more improbable as time went on, though they were still enjoyable. That said, if there's ever another Nikki Heat book, I'd prefer it to be more like the beginning of the series (and for that matter, like the beginning of the TV show) rather than the end. Focus on the smart, sexy cop. Focus on her doofus boyfriend. None of this terrorism crap that, yes, the NYPD does, but they don't actually have any charter to do.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    While it wasn't as engaging as previous Heat books, I guess it rounded the series off. There was a lot more that could have been said, if only they'd let him have a few more chapters.

  7. 5 out of 5

    J. Griff

    The last couple of books have been getting hokier & hokier, but this one will be my last Nikki Heat book. The story was weak & predictable. The Derrick Storm character seemed very 2 dimensional & to "James Bond" ish. The ending was trite & did a poor job of summoning up the story. I will always be a Castle fan, but I now understand why the show ended. These characters have gone about as far as they can go & please put them to rest. The last couple of books have been getting hokier & hokier, but this one will be my last Nikki Heat book. The story was weak & predictable. The Derrick Storm character seemed very 2 dimensional & to "James Bond" ish. The ending was trite & did a poor job of summoning up the story. I will always be a Castle fan, but I now understand why the show ended. These characters have gone about as far as they can go & please put them to rest.

  8. 5 out of 5

    James Cox

    I miss Castle on tv. This series is great but this book isn't my favorite. I'll still be reading the next one!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    What would YOU do if your mother, presumed dead and buried for 17 years, is spotted at a bus stop? You chase her down but she disappears before your eyes. Was she a bit of bad pizza or just a wishful dream? Nikki Heat and Derrick Storm, Richard Castle's most beloved characters, team up for the first time to find Nikki's mother. Standing in their way is a nefarious group of Chinese businessmen known as the Shanghai Seven, who have the resources-and ruthlessness-to stop them. Dear Richard Castle, do What would YOU do if your mother, presumed dead and buried for 17 years, is spotted at a bus stop? You chase her down but she disappears before your eyes. Was she a bit of bad pizza or just a wishful dream? Nikki Heat and Derrick Storm, Richard Castle's most beloved characters, team up for the first time to find Nikki's mother. Standing in their way is a nefarious group of Chinese businessmen known as the Shanghai Seven, who have the resources-and ruthlessness-to stop them. Dear Richard Castle, don't stop! I love these books!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    I LOVED this! It was so much fun. I love the Derrick Storm / Nikki Heat partnership, and I'm so glad that this book series is continuing even though the TV series isn't. I can't wait for the next book!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Piepie

    This was great! The beginning was a bit slow, but after that hurdle the book definitely picked up and kept my attention throughout. I loved Derrick and his dad - they were hilarious and unstoppable together. Nikki Heat and Derrick Storm make a fantastic team!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    An extremely well-researched and well-written thriller. I love the combination of characters and the intricate plots and storylines.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    It’s 12:30 a.m. you all are getting a real review when I wake up but I really really liked it and it was definitely one of the best decisions to wait 2 years to read this book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I’m kind of disgruntled that there wasn’t enough of Nikki and her mom considering how many books was focused on finding out what exactly happened to her.

  15. 4 out of 5

    LAURIE

    In the words of Richard Castle - Best Ever!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey

    My mom and I read this for our little book club and I have to say that I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. But I won’t read another one.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    Derrick Storm meets Nikki Heat

  18. 4 out of 5

    Joanne R.

    This was a good book. I’ve read this series since it started and because I loved Castle when it was on. Some of the story is improbable but since there are things happening in the real world that I would have thought completely improbable, why not enjoy a fiction book of improbabilities? Nikki and Rook have the magic that Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion have in the tv series. Very enjoyable, light reading and after 9 books in the series I’m still looking forward to #10. Enjoy!

  19. 4 out of 5

    J.D. Martin

    For this #FictionFriday review, we're talking about Richard Castle's final novel about the adventures of Captain Nikki Heat in Heat Storm. So, what's this book all about? Heat teams up with Castle's other mainstay character, Derrick Storm, to save Nikki's mother, Cynthia, who has been in hiding (and presumed dead) for 17 years. Standing in their way is a nefarious group of Chinese businessmen known as the Shanghai Seven, who have the resources-and ruthlessness-to stop them. My honest review of the For this #FictionFriday review, we're talking about Richard Castle's final novel about the adventures of Captain Nikki Heat in Heat Storm. So, what's this book all about? Heat teams up with Castle's other mainstay character, Derrick Storm, to save Nikki's mother, Cynthia, who has been in hiding (and presumed dead) for 17 years. Standing in their way is a nefarious group of Chinese businessmen known as the Shanghai Seven, who have the resources-and ruthlessness-to stop them. My honest review of the book was that it was nice to see this series recover after so many falters. It was a true return to form with the addition of Derrick Storm that allowed this book to be a detective mystery at its core without the constant sloppy sex scenes between Heat and her husband that feel forced in other entries in this series. With Rook being a smaller part of this novel, it allows us to focus on following Heat and Storm as they track down the clues to not only stop the Shanghai Seven but also save Cynthia Heat's life. As always though, that is just one reader's opinion. Do you agree or disagree? Let me know in the comments and check me out at jdmartinbooks.com or follow me on Goodreads for more reviews and to find my own books and other merchandise. Thanks for reading!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Aparna

    Stars: 3 / 5 Recommendation: If you like crime plots and follow closely how day-in and day-out law enforcement personnel solve a case along with tinge of romance and a boat load of twists that spin the plot like a top, then this is a perfect series to read through. Heat Storm is the ninth book in the series of Castle Books written by fictional author Richard Castle from the TV series Castle (portrayed by Nathan Fillion) (My review of the TV series here (http://inspirethoughts.livejournal.co...) pu Stars: 3 / 5 Recommendation: If you like crime plots and follow closely how day-in and day-out law enforcement personnel solve a case along with tinge of romance and a boat load of twists that spin the plot like a top, then this is a perfect series to read through. Heat Storm is the ninth book in the series of Castle Books written by fictional author Richard Castle from the TV series Castle (portrayed by Nathan Fillion) (My review of the TV series here (http://inspirethoughts.livejournal.co...) published in May of 2017. The plot is set immediately after the events of the previous book High Heat, with introduction of Derrick Storm in Nikki Heat series. Typically as the TV series progressed, one book per season was released. However the series ended after eight seasons in May 2016. Yet, Hyperion Books went on to publish two more books in this series, which were going to be the end of the series in books. The first of which was High Heat (https://inspirethoughts.livejournal.c...), the eighth book in the series. And this book. But, I see that a tenth book Crashing Heat was released this past March. Looks like the popularity of the books hasn’t faded, just like the series whose reruns are still watched hugely. Anyways, back to my review of this current book Heat Storm. In High Heat we noticed that Cynthia Heat had reappeared from her fake death and also Derrick Storm introduced at the end of the plot with regards to Cynthia Heat. This plot starts at that very moment when Nikki Heat and Derrick Storm face-off before they shake hands on a very unique and very personal mission. As they proceed in their investigation, new enemies pop up who will do anything to stop them, even killing them. Now that I have completed reading Derrick Storm books as well, it was a fun ride in this plot to see how two strong and powerful characters work with each other towards a common goal. Both being Alpha in nature, I liked the fact that Castle kept two separate tracks for them, although they were working on the same investigation. Along the way, readers get historical, political and scientific education. Castle this time takes the readers into a battle between two powerful countries in the world to dominate politically, trade-wise and economically. We get brief history between how the two countries faced off in the early 19th to late 20th century before capitalism took over. Given the fact that Castle had merged Nikki's world and Derrick's world, we are bound to see characters from both appear along the plot - Nikki's team, Derrick's boss and associates and their families. Oh of course, the villains from the previous plots also surface. But who is friend and who turns foe is what keeps the reader on the edge as the plot evolves and characters reveal their true self. What bothered me though was that Heat refuses to take help of her husband Jameson Rook for most part of the book, despite the history where he had helped solve her cases and also come to her rescue when needed. I understand that she wanted to keep him away from danger. But, given the fact that he was more helpful being closer than far, I felt that Castle made Nikki Heat rather selfish and stupid at the same time with that one fact. And again she goes off on her own into the world of dangers when she could have called for a backup. Why does Castle have Nikki Heat fighting her own perils all the time. That always ticked me off with this series. The character portrayal of both Heat and Storm sticks to what we had seen on both their individual series so far. By bringing in the elements from their books, Castle keeps the fluid motion of their lives rising and falling all along the plot. Thus we see Storm's obsession with Ford cars and Heat's passion to find the truth. Not to forget the amazing ability both of them have to rig a weapon with anything they have in dire situations or create a path to where they need to go despite the enemies closely following them. Derrick still comes of strong and independent character, neither over shadowing Nikki nor being over shadowed by her. Castle is at his best again in moving his characters like a chess piece, giving them their due and at the same time not making it boring or mundane. The plot ends clean and there doesn’t seem any doors open for Nikki Heat at least. However, now that she has joined hands with Derrick Storm, and forming a Heat-Storm kind of family, I wonder what would be in the next book that released this year. Perhaps Castle would take Nikki into Derrick's world to close some of his open doors? Or maybe Nikki will have a new door open that will lead to another deeper plot? One will have to read and see the next book to know. Another easy read in a long-line of books by Richard Castle, that keeps you on the edge, takes you through conspiracies and trysts, indulges you with romance and love and at the end solves a problem that would save the world in general for being destroyed. Spoiler Alerts: 1) Plot Reveals: a. Nikki Heat is offered the position of Director of Homeland Security by Lindsay Gardener, the potential Presidential Candidate. b. Nikki Heat picks up a new author, Brad Parks, to read her next set of books. Never heard of the author before but his books look interesting. Another author to my list. c. Castle writes about a group of high-tech peeping toms called as The Gotham Voyeurs, who within their legal rights watch private lives of everyone, make a game out of it and basically are a bunch of perverts with high-tech knowledge and a weird sense of law. Made me cringe and shiver. The perils of living in a technology world. d. One of the character in the book is named Albert Gorithem, short form Al Goritehm. Loved the play on words where Castle used "algorithm" to name a character who was deep in trenches with code and science and math. e. A lot of what Chinese is subtly doing all over the world, in order to slowly capture it and rule is mentioned in the plot. A powerful country that doesn’t let others live in peace I suppose, being carried from centuries, just like another powerful country doing the same since past 100 years or so. 2) Sub Plots: a. The plot in the final book in the trilogy, A Bloody Storm, ends with Jedediah Jones and Derrick Storm (without the knowledge of Jones) have the actual location of the Russian Gold. Or so he thought. Will Richard Castle set the next plot for Derrick Storm on hunting this gold? One has to wait and see. b. At the end of this plot, Heat Storm, Cynthia Heat - Nikki's mother - and Carl Storm - Derrick's father - get engaged. I had a feeling that would be the ending of it, when Castle had referred to Nikki and Derrick's in the opening meeting as two long-lost siblings seeing each other. c. Will Castle have Nikki Heat continue to have Detective Raley and Ochoa as co-squad leaders or will he get her a new leader or two departments for one lead each? Will be curious to see how he will turn that twist. d. Places that Heat and Storm visit: i. The Players Club in NYC - a prestigious club that I thought was fictional until I came across it here (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pla...).

  21. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This was definitely not my favorite of the Nikki Heat books, but it definitely grew on me as the story went along. I liked the combination of Derrick Storm and Nikki Heat- except for the fact that Derrick Storm is killed off in the last book of his series (according to the first episode of Castle) which leaves me wondering where this falls in the timeline compared to those books. Overall, the story redeemed itself as it continued, it was a slow start, but eventually picked up a few more twists b This was definitely not my favorite of the Nikki Heat books, but it definitely grew on me as the story went along. I liked the combination of Derrick Storm and Nikki Heat- except for the fact that Derrick Storm is killed off in the last book of his series (according to the first episode of Castle) which leaves me wondering where this falls in the timeline compared to those books. Overall, the story redeemed itself as it continued, it was a slow start, but eventually picked up a few more twists but ultimately it was predictable- but enjoyable.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

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  23. 4 out of 5

    J.D. Cunegan

    To be perfectly frank, it's probably time for Nikki Heat to bow out. Make no mistake: in a lot of ways, Heat Storm is a good read. It's better than High Heat, and it's a lot of fun. It's also just as divisive as the volume that came before it, and the climactic battle practically flies in the face of the eight books that came before it. Despite being billed as a Nikki Heat-Derrick Storm crossover, the two characters are hardly ever in the same place; for most of Heat Storm, they communicate using To be perfectly frank, it's probably time for Nikki Heat to bow out. Make no mistake: in a lot of ways, Heat Storm is a good read. It's better than High Heat, and it's a lot of fun. It's also just as divisive as the volume that came before it, and the climactic battle practically flies in the face of the eight books that came before it. Despite being billed as a Nikki Heat-Derrick Storm crossover, the two characters are hardly ever in the same place; for most of Heat Storm, they communicate using little more than text messages. The narrative alternates between both characters, and to be honest, I largely preferred the Storm chapters to Heat's. The editing issues that plagued High Heat are not near as prevalent in this book, and Jameson Rook does eventually have his role to play. But Heat and Rook never truly address the emotional toll the end of High Heat took (though that's pretty much on par with the way Castle and Beckett used to communicate -- or not). But for a series that prided itself on such a tough, resilient heroine as Nikki Heat, for Heat Storm to end with her being little more than a damsel in distress really rubbed me the wrong way. Whoever has actually penned these books had, for eight and a half books, gone out of their way to make sure we knew Heat was brave, strong, fierce, determined, and everything we want in our heroines. But what could possibly be her last book draws to a close and... she needs rescued? By men? Tone deaf is a good way to describe it. I've long argued the Richard Castle books are largely better than one might expect, and that's still the case. But with the TV show that spawned them now off the air after its own divisive storytelling, perhaps it's better for everyone involved if Nikki Heat, Derrick Storm, and all the others just disappear into the proverbial sunset. It was a fun ride, but I think it's about time to get off.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    I spent the first third of the book being super frustrated with Nikki; it finally resolved itself during the middle, and the end was pretty cheesy. Would I read it again? Probably, but not for a while. It's not up to the standard of the first books in the series, but it's all right. (view spoiler)[ So. Nikki's mom turns out to not be dead, she's just been in hiding all this time to protect herself and her daughter from a top-level international crime that she's been trying to solve. The story br I spent the first third of the book being super frustrated with Nikki; it finally resolved itself during the middle, and the end was pretty cheesy. Would I read it again? Probably, but not for a while. It's not up to the standard of the first books in the series, but it's all right. (view spoiler)[ So. Nikki's mom turns out to not be dead, she's just been in hiding all this time to protect herself and her daughter from a top-level international crime that she's been trying to solve. The story brings in villains from the other books, like Bart Callahan, mostly as a red herring. A secret Chinese mafia (essentially) is one of the villains of the story, along with a cover-up from a potential presidential candidate (which makes the story seem far-fetched, in my opinion). The bad: Nikki leaves Rook shortly after they're married because she wants to keep him "safe" and focus on her mom's mysterious reappearance - at that point, I almost stopped reading because it was so frustrating seeing her push Rook away AGAIN. She teams up with Derek Storm; I've read a couple of his books, but didn't really connect with him as a main character. In this, he plays the role of the super-intelligent spy extraordinaire, along with is retired dad. They play out okay, all things considered. The ending was really cheesy and felt a little abrupt. We don't get to hear much out of the police crew that we've come to love and connect with and the humor and wisecracks were a little lacking. The good: Nikki's discovery that her mom is alive is great. When Nikki and Rook reunite, you sigh to yourself, "FINALLY" - it's good to see them working together again. And Derek and Carl Storm have an interesting storyline and interactions between the two of them. It's cool to see the old-school vs. current-day spy line of thought. (hide spoiler)]

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cliff

    Hard to review this one properly because...let's try and work this out, shall we? We have the ninth book in the Nikki Heat series and the, ostensibly, fourth book in the Derrick Storm series. (I consider the three novellas to be united into a single whole novel.) I haven't been keeping proper track, but this one was written IRL by Brad Parks, who can't resist plugging himself midway through. But this book brings to a close the overarching case that defined Nikki Heat's life: the death of her mot Hard to review this one properly because...let's try and work this out, shall we? We have the ninth book in the Nikki Heat series and the, ostensibly, fourth book in the Derrick Storm series. (I consider the three novellas to be united into a single whole novel.) I haven't been keeping proper track, but this one was written IRL by Brad Parks, who can't resist plugging himself midway through. But this book brings to a close the overarching case that defined Nikki Heat's life: the death of her mother. Meanwhile, we find that Derrick Storm's latest caper has yielded a clue that is linked with Nikki's mother. So, we end up with a Nikki Heat book that is only half a Nikki Heat novel and half a Derrick Storm novel. Confused yet? Ok, now in most of my reviews of the Nikki Heat novels, I've stated that being familiar with the Castle tv series would enhance the reading of this novel. This book also follows that observation, but with one major difference: Reading High Heat and the previous Derrick Storm novels is a prerequisite, not an enhancement. It would be be a huge mistake to read this as your introduction to this world. Having said that, is this book as good as the previous volumes? Yes and no. It is great to receive what appears to be the final resolution of Nikki's story. But because the book jumps between Nikki and Derrick, it never does a fantastic job of dealing with either character. This is the reason for my early caveat: the reader is assumed to be sympathetic to Nikki and Derrick without any development of their backstory. Obviously, I enjoyed it, but it's not the best Nikki Heat novel and doesn't provide enough Derrick Storm to make it fair to judge against the other Derrick Storm novels. But for those who are invested in the Nikki Heat stories, it's a great read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Quillracer

    Let’s be honest up front. Richard Castle’s Nikki Heat series is not great literature. It’s not even anywhere near the peak of good crime fiction. It was fan fiction created to tie into the popular ‘Castle’ TV show and, as such, wasn’t too bad. However… The last couple seasons of the ‘Castle’ TV series had one of the dumbest plotlines/story arcs ever written. It may have been created because of reported friction between the two stars. Whatever was behind it, it turned what had once been a better th Let’s be honest up front. Richard Castle’s Nikki Heat series is not great literature. It’s not even anywhere near the peak of good crime fiction. It was fan fiction created to tie into the popular ‘Castle’ TV show and, as such, wasn’t too bad. However… The last couple seasons of the ‘Castle’ TV series had one of the dumbest plotlines/story arcs ever written. It may have been created because of reported friction between the two stars. Whatever was behind it, it turned what had once been a better than average show into a pale shadow of its former self. And now, ‘author’ Richard Castle is taking Nikki Heat and Jameson Rook down the same dumb path the screenwriters took the TV show. And this idiotic storyline turned this reader (and I’m sure more than a few others) off as much as that moronic TV story arc turned viewers off. The writing here is often on a “See Spot. See Spot run. Run, Spot, run.” level as if a computer generated it. Other places it is overblown to the point of ludicrous. One example: Derrick Storm threatening a bad guy: “If you shoot her, I guarantee you the next bullet that flies will exit my gun and enter your head.” Really? The bad guy could have shot Storm a dozen times while he delivered that line. And some places, ‘Castle’ had his thesaurus working overtime to come up with the most obscure synonym possible. Lee Child, in his Jack Reacher books, does a great job of explaining how things work. ‘Richard Castle’ tries to do the same here. He fails every time. Instead of coming across as engaging and interesting, it comes across as plodding and dull. The last lines of this book are: 'But, truly, this was not the end for Heat and Storm. This was only the beginning.' Well for me this is the end. After this lame effort, ‘Richard Castle’ is now banned from my ‘To Read’ list.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    This book takes place one week after the last one ended, in which Nikki came home to find Derrick Storm sitting in her living room. Now having broken up a Chinese operation counterfeiting U.S. currency, Derrick once again ends up on Nikki's doorstep - this time with evidence her mother knew something about the nefarious Shanghai Seven. Told in alternating Heat/Storm chapters, Nikki and Derrick work together but separately to find out what Cynthia knew and how it led to her faking her death 17 ye This book takes place one week after the last one ended, in which Nikki came home to find Derrick Storm sitting in her living room. Now having broken up a Chinese operation counterfeiting U.S. currency, Derrick once again ends up on Nikki's doorstep - this time with evidence her mother knew something about the nefarious Shanghai Seven. Told in alternating Heat/Storm chapters, Nikki and Derrick work together but separately to find out what Cynthia knew and how it led to her faking her death 17 years ago. This was a fun book. It's not deep by any means which makes for a nice escape from daily life. Unlike other Heat books, the main characters of the 20th precinct are primarily relegated to the back burner leaving the center stage for Heat and Storm along with Heat's husband Jameson Rook and Storm's dad, Carl. I have not read any of the Derrick Storm books so this was a great introduction to his character and that of his father, who reminded me a lot of the dad in Janet Evanovich's "Fox and O'Hare" series with his ingenuity and connections consisting of an odd lot of people. I didn't feel like I was missing anything by not having read those books first as the characters of Derrick and Carl were explained enough for this to be a cohesive novel. As the Heat series pretty much followed the plot of the show "Castle," I thought this series would end when the show did. I'm glad to see that it's continuing with both the pairing of Heat and Storm and it's exploring Cynthia Heat still being alive - something the show was unable to do with Kate Beckett and her mother.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nic6879

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I wanted to like this more than I did, and I didn't dislike it as much as I expected. It was too much Storm for me, generally - though eventually I found myself enjoying those sections well enough, particularly his interactions and banter with his father. It felt like this was a way for Castle to work out what kind of father he was hoping his father would have been, and the relationship he had hoped to have. There was most definitively too little Nikki Heat. Not enough of her thoughts and hopes, I wanted to like this more than I did, and I didn't dislike it as much as I expected. It was too much Storm for me, generally - though eventually I found myself enjoying those sections well enough, particularly his interactions and banter with his father. It felt like this was a way for Castle to work out what kind of father he was hoping his father would have been, and the relationship he had hoped to have. There was most definitively too little Nikki Heat. Not enough of her thoughts and hopes, not nearly enough on the emotional journey that trying to save her mother should have been. And it seemed like she kept needing to be rescued (by men!), instead of rescuing herself, which felt like a significant departure from the kick-ass, larger-than-life character she's always been. And the *biggest* disappointment of all: After years of missing her mother, of thinking her dead, of the emotional roller coaster of finding she might be alive, we don't get to see her reunion with her mother??!!The first time they face each other again, hug and cry with each other, and we don't get even one snippet?! Instead some awkward swerve toward a Johanna-Carl date? Who the f*** cares?! Honestly. For that fact alone I want to give minus 4 stars.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Leila Mota

    I'm not sure if I'll keep reading Nikki Heat stories. The first books were very interesting, especially because it looked like they were extensions to the TV show 'Castle'. Maybe it could go on like this to feed those who are addicted to the show. That doesn't happen mainly because the show ended badly, leaving me frustrated. And although the narrative follows the same "recipe" (no relief to the reader, every chapter is a thrill), this time the "author" brings a character from other series to sh I'm not sure if I'll keep reading Nikki Heat stories. The first books were very interesting, especially because it looked like they were extensions to the TV show 'Castle'. Maybe it could go on like this to feed those who are addicted to the show. That doesn't happen mainly because the show ended badly, leaving me frustrated. And although the narrative follows the same "recipe" (no relief to the reader, every chapter is a thrill), this time the "author" brings a character from other series to share the limelight with the heroine. Personally I'd rather see one hero at a time. Or in their own book. Which reminds me the last season of Castle with both lead characters going apart, when it seemed to me that their strength (and the show's) was in their partnership. I won't talk about the end. Simply appalling. It may be unfair but not so much to link the book with the show, but of course that's how it was intended. Maybe some good ghost writer could "fix" what went wrong. Just maybe. One more thing: I don't like books that alternate p.o.v. each chapter. That only magnify the problems mentioned before.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Fiona

    if there's one thing i've always hated about castle it's how racist it is towards asians oh my goddddddd especially chinese people like we get it you're american and you hate communists and somehow every chinese character you come across has links to the communist party i am so sick of microaggressions plot wise, all the main characters should have died multiple times in this book but that's never gonna happen so i guess we'll all just choose to believe they can outmanoeuvre a zillion armed and tr if there's one thing i've always hated about castle it's how racist it is towards asians oh my goddddddd especially chinese people like we get it you're american and you hate communists and somehow every chinese character you come across has links to the communist party i am so sick of microaggressions plot wise, all the main characters should have died multiple times in this book but that's never gonna happen so i guess we'll all just choose to believe they can outmanoeuvre a zillion armed and trained bad guys even when they have no weapons i actually really like that nikki's mum's death etc. is an ongoing thread throughout this series. i'm forever gonna argue that castle should have ended at season 6 had they not pulled that dumb twist at the very end. the last 2 seasons were rubbish without a good overarching storyline. i wonder if anyone has read this series without watching castle there weren't that many easter eggs in this one besides like writers' names and throwback lines but wow was the phrase "ruggedly handsome" thrown around a lot goodbye, nikki *giant explosion*

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