I love the Castle novels... Storm Front is no exception...
Jul 20, 2013
OK... back to guilty pleasure reading that really shouldn't be as good as they are. I picked up the latest "Richard Castle" novel at the library... Storm Front. As you probably know, Castle is the character played by Nathan Fillion on the TV series of the same name. He plays a writer who is "helping" the NYPD and specifically detective Kate Beckett. His real-life novels maintain the illusion that Castle is real, complete with Fillion's picture on the back cover. The Derrick Storm series revolves around a private detective who is most often on assignment for the US government doing whatever needs to be done on sensitive cases.
In Storm Front, Storm is called in to figure out why a number of high-profile bankers and financial traders are being murdered in rather gruesome fashion. The signs point to an international killer who Storm has gone head-to-head with before, but it was thought that he died a number of years back. As Storm starts following the trail, he finds out that he's not the only person or group who is trying to figure out the murders. In fact, he may not be the only person hired by the government to track the killers. Once Storm verifies the killer's identity and the probable reason for the torture murders, he has to devise a way to set a trap that won't end with multiple deaths and the financial ruin of the entire country.
I'll be the first to admit that books based on TV series are usually garbage and a waste of paper (or now bits). But whoever ghostwrites these novels does an excellent job, both with story line and characters. If I knew nothing of the Inception-like "writer as a character who's a writer" background, I'd still think these were excellent in their own right. On top of a good story, there are some funny easter eggs in parts that only make sense if you watch Castle. Nikki Heat (Kate Beckett) and Jameson Rook (Richard Castle) make an appearance to detain Storm as a suspect, and Rook and Storm compliment each other on their "rugged good looks." A few well-known authors who are tied to the series make an appearance to help fuel rumors of who really writes these books. He also has fun with names, tying them to characters in the Castle series, or making them up as outlandishly bizarre (such as G. Whitely Cracker, which actually does work given the background).
Storm Front was just plain fun to read, especially as a fan of Castle (the series and the character). I couldn't stop reading due to the pace of the story, and I couldn't quit smiling due to the inside jokes.