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Ladies, what would you do if I told you that the most handsome man on the whole planet will spend three glorious weeks with YOU at YOUR house? And all you have to do is make yourself a pot of jo, relax in a hammock, and of course slip on something comfy but sexy as well and the best part is you don’t have to be on a reality TV show, or sign up for an adventure cruise that would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. It’s free. It’s hot off the presses. And he is the answer to all of your dreams. Ladies, I give you the one man that can actually make my heart do the tango: Richard Castle and his new book Heat Wave.
Yes, I understand that Richard Castle is a fictitious character in the new hit show Castle that premiers Monday’s at 10pm on ABC, but come on! It’s Nathan Fillion. Who doesn’t like a “rugged, good-looking” man on TV these days, and Nathan Fillion is doing a superb job filling in those shoes, am I right or what? If you have not had the pleasure of seeing the show Castle, then you will need to borrow a friends TV, borrow their cable network and watch every Monday at 10 to understand my feelings (or you can also come into the library, go on YouTube and watch the shows on there for free). If you were fortunate enough to watch Castle, bless you. Still, why the reason of telling you ALL of this when I should be writing about a book that I read?
That famous writer Richard Castle based his novel Heat Wave on the proud, the few, the NYPD.
In Heat Wave, Detective Nikki Heat and journalist Jameson Rook are in charge of investigating the over-the balcony murder of a major Manhattan real-estate developer. As suspects start to pile up, things get a little complicated as people aren’t what they seem, even the victim.
So, how to bottom-line this one?
It’s a who-dunnit, suspenseful storyline with one other overpowering twist to it – romance. The play back and forth between the two characters, Heat and Rook, is fun and unforced, often less predictable than the mystery they’re pursuing.
So come to your local library and follow Heat and Rook through the streets of Manhattan and figure out if the butler did it.
But remember, “It’s like a mystery novel, you don’t just go to the last page do you?”
Al Hamblyn is a lawyer on the edge of complete failure until he gets the strangest case of his career
A man has been arrested for a series of attacks. Attacks in which he drunk blood
He is representing a vampire on trial – and trying to prove this revelation not guilty in the middle of a media storm.
This book brings us a court case with a vampire accused of assault and drinking blood
That alone is an excellent twist as we see the whole concept of vampirism and drinking blood actually being out on trial
It also brings us a really fascinating concept of vampires – as a separate species evolving alongside humanity and slowly being wiped out by humanity’s numbers. Not because of hatred, or persecution or murder (except way back in out history where, thought provokingly, it points out that the lack of other subspecies in the homo genus does suggest that ye old homo sapiens did not adapt well to competition) but through simple environmental devastation. It’s a very original concept
The problem is that I find myself being distracted or becoming disinterested in a lot of this book. Many times I kept questioning why I was being given various pieces of information – almost from the very beginning this book introduces me to Al Hamblyn, the main character and Dragul’s lawyer and we get a mini biography of him. Or a not so mini biography. And it’s not bad or even badly written – but who is this guy and why do I care so much about his life? This happens several times in the book, we get more snippets of Al’s life and I’m just not really sure why I know
And it’s not like Al is a bad character. He isn’t – far from it. He’s intelligent, driven, far from perfect, with good flaws even though he tries. He has some great friends and some great people in his life who really make up a really fun legal team. This is not a bad thing even by close – it’s not a bad story I just don’t really know why I’m reading it
In some ways it feels like Dragul is almost tangential to the story
There’s also a surprisingly smooth pathway. Everything just seems to go so well. The court case, their life after the court case. It also does the annoying thing of introducing the middle of the book as a prologue so the court case fails any attempt at tension because we already know the result of it. I find myself fighting not to skim this book simply because I know exactly what is going to happen for so long.
Again, it’s not bad, it’s not a bad story, it’s not exactly boring but it’s not exciting either. It’s interesting, mildly fun and has the excellent world building backstory of the vampires to give it more originality than I’ve seen in so many other books. I didn’t regret finishing it, but at any point I could have put it down, not picked it up again and not felt compelled to find it
And I have no idea why it has such a creepy compelling cover
This means when the story changes immensely after about the half-way to two-thirds when we finally, and belatedly, get some action. It’s almost jarring – suddenly we have Russian mercenaries everywhere. It’s like a second book was hastily pasted on the end – and it was certainly more exciting but also confusing
We do have a lot of racial diversity in this book – it is set in Toronto and there is definitely some representation that Toronto is not an all white town. From police to lawyers to witnesses, to crime victims – there’s a large variety of races represented. But none of them are major characters. Al, his mentors Sally and his old professor, Dragul, his assistant and his ex-wife and son are all White. All other characters are really minor, little more than names.
This is the 3rd book in the In Focus series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment and understanding, I recommend reading the series in order.
JR is happy to be at the end of his contract. He has had to hide from the world, and does not feel much like himself anymore. If there was not so much at stake, he could come forward.
Quinn is excited to be on a cruise with his best friend. It is time for him to have fun and let loose. He has been playing it safe for far too long.
The attraction is immediate - the sparks are all over when JR & Quinn are in the same orbit. JR has secrets that can torpedo this before it even gets started. Quinn wants to be loved and is looking for "the one." Can it really be a man who hides?
This series is such an amazing bunch of stories so far. This book had me really FEELING each page. I could not put the book down, either. What a great addition to the series. I give this story a 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!
It's official! I'm addicted!
In this volume, which is beautifully illustrated, SO MUCH backstory is here to be discovered.
We learn a little bit about Preacher's father and the Spaceman.
We learn how Cassidy became a vampire. We learn about the Grail. We meet Herr Starr.
Lastly, we learn about Jesus DeSade-a man whose life is dedicated to debauchery. This guy is so disgusting I can't even find words. I fail to see how AMC will be able to incorporate this sick fuck into the TV show, but I am hoping hard that somehow they do.
If you are a fan of the show, or if you're considering starting this series or, if you're like I used to be and you turn your nose up at graphic novels, GIVE THIS SERIES A GO. The TV show is good, but it doesn't even come close to these graphic novels, at least it hasn't so far.
20 Books of Summer: Book 10