13642764Another day, another Resident Evil book.  Too bad I did this bass ackwards.  Zero Hour is the seventh and final book in the Resident Evil series, but I picked it up thinking it was the second to last.  Oh well.

So in this installment we have young miss Claire Redfield, sister to Chris Redfield, on her first mission with the STARS Beta team investigating some murders in the woods.

But their helicopter experiences some storm-related turbulance and goes fown, throwing STARS Beta into yet another Umbrella eff-up, this one involving a train, mutated scorpians, hive-intelligent leeches, and the mastermind behind all the Umbrella virus-and speciman leaks/escapes over the past 7 books.

Ending went as well as could be expected.  The heroes live, the bad guys are defeated, but for me it felt very open ended, like there were other stories to come.  Mostly likely because of the mix up, but there you are.

Going back to an old favorite next, we’re tackling another Heat book with Deadly Heat by Richard Castle

17336666Picking up where Frozen Heat left off, top NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat pursues the elusive former CIA station chief who ordered the execution of her mother over a decade ago. For the hunt, Nikki teams once again with her romantic partner, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Jameson Rook, and their quest for the old spy and the motive behind the past murder unearths an alarming terror plot-which is anything but ancient history. It is lethal. It is now. And it has already entered its countdown phase.

Complicating Heat’s mission to bring the rogue spy to justice and thwart the looming terror event, a serial killer begins menacing the Twentieth Precinct and her homicide squad is under pressure to stop him, and soon. The frightening murderer, known for his chilling stealth, not only has singled out Nikki as the exclusive recipient of his taunting messages, he then boldly names his next victim: Detective Heat.