Wild Storm is the second full-length Derrick Storm book written by Richard Castle and released since 2009 when Castle supposedly killed off Storm in Storm Fall, starting the chain of events that leads Castle to shadow Detective Kate Beckett.
Derrick Storm, the guy the CIA calls on when it wants something investigated domestically, is thirty-three thousand feet in the air, returning from a rock climbing vacation in the Swiss Alps, when the plane spirals into a nose-dive. Storm uses his climbing gear to tether himself to the wing and heroically save the plane and all the people on board. Sadly, Storm is not available to come to the aid of the three other planes that have crashed under similar circumstances, killing everyone on board.
The always elusive Jedediah Jones, leader of the National Clandestine Service that has no name, calls on Storm to investigate. Details, intuition and courage lead Storm to Monaco, Panama City and Egypt as he meets beautiful women, rides angry camels and rescues innocent victims in his valiant effort to track down the maniacal mind behind the terrorism.
- Author: Richard Castle
- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Kingswell (ABC) (May 13, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-1-4847-1830-8
- To my always. You make saving the world magical.
- Derrick Storm – Rugged ex-Marine and private detective, recruited to intelligence work by former lover Clara Strike and now the top agent for a secret CIA unit
- Jedediah Jones – Veteran, secretive CIA insider, head of the unnamed special unit for which Storm works
- Carl Storm – Derrick's widowed father, an equally rugged retired FBI agent living in Virginia
- Clara Strike - Enigmatic and elusive CIA agent, mentor and former lover of Rook's.
- Agent Javier Rodriguez – one of Jones's two key lieutenants, who bears a close resemblance to Javier Esposito
- Agent Kevin Bryan – the other of Jones's key lieutenants, who bears a close relationship to Kevin Ryan
- Ingrid Karlsson - Celebrated billionaire head of an air freight company who lost a plane and a close friend in the first wave of attacks
- Katie Comely - young US archaeologist who makes an exciting discovery in Egypt
- Professor Stanford Raynes - her supervisor on the dig, whose character shares a name with the museum curator in Wrapped Up In Death
- Alida McRae - resident of Hercules, California whose physicist husband, Bill, disappeared while out on his daily run
- Unnamed man – A man with a distinctive wine-stain birthmark on his face, who keeps Alida McRae under covert surveillance
- Eusebio Rivera - a wealthy marine construction engineer in Panama
- Carlos Villante - official in the Panama Canal authority and longtime US spy
- Tilda - Ingrid Karlsson's extremely glamorous assistant
- Bill McRae - laser physicist who disappeared from his home in California
- Ahmed - Middle Eastern trader involved in promethium trafficking
References to Castle Episodes, Cast, Crew
- The dedication reads "To my always, you make saving the world magical." "Always" is a word frequently used by Castle and Beckett to describe their partnership and commitment to each other.
- In chapter one, the pilot of the plane which Derrick saved from crashing is described as being "destined for a Time magazine cover, a book deal, even a guest appearance on a highly rated ABC television crime drama."
- In chapter two, the professor Katie is working with is named as Stanford Raynes. He is eventually clubbed over the head on an archaeological expedition with Katie. In Wrapped Up In Death, the killer has the same name and took one of his victims via blunt force trauma to the head. It is also mentioned that the Raynes in the book has a crush on Katie, just like the Raynes from the Castle episode had a crush on his female victim.
- When Storm arrives at CIA headquarters in chapter 3, he is escorted by "well-muscled, dark-complexioned" Agent Javier Rodriguez, a reference to Javier Esposito. An agent who meets Rook is named Kevin Bryan, referring to Kevin Ryan, and described as "a small-statured man who appeared to be every bit as Irish as his name." Storm also observes that Rodriguez and Bryan are frequently paired up for assignments.
- Rook has to wear a hood whenever he is taken to Jones's headquarters. Castle and Beckett have to wear hoods every time they got to Sophia Turner's CIA field office in Pandora and Linchpin.
- One of the plane crash victims is Pi, "an unshaven, unkempt, young man with a mop for a head of hair" and who "resembled a grown Muppet" and who is "leader of the International Order of Fruitarians, a quasi-religious group that tries to convince people that fruit is the original diet of mankind" that "slowly lures innocent college kids, especially unsuspecting young women, into its clutches and then eventually brainwashes them into doing things like selling flowers at the airport." Storm says that "A father would go to any length to protect his daughter from a monster like that." This is a reference to Alexis Castle's ex-boyfriend Pi, a fruitarian, who Castle did not like.
- Another dead passenger was a Congressman named Erik Vaughn, who was universally hated. This is reminiscent of the handsome, successful businessman Eric Vaughn who tried to kiss Beckett in The Squab and the Quail.
- Vaughn's replacement on a key congressional finance committee is reported to be Jared Stack. Jared Stack is the name of the mysterious agent from the Attorney-General's office who offers Beckett a job in The Human Factor.
- Another dead passenger is Rachel McCord who Storm recognizes as a porn star. Rachel McCord was Beckett's partner during her brief time working in Washington, DC who didn't trust Castle and who fired Beckett.
- Carl Storm, Derrick's father is described as someone who looks like the actor James Brolin. James Brolin plays Castle's father, Jackson Hunt.
- At one point, Carl Storm is recounting time he spent in Vietnam during the war when he met a "Lieutenant Marlowe" in a bar. Andrew Marlowe is the creator of Castle.
- Derrick and Clara's aliases for their trip to Egypt are Mr and Mrs Sullivan. In the series, Martha is played by Susan Sullivan.
- The local name for an endangered desert songbird is 'Jameson's finch', named in honour of conservation efforts made by a main character from Castle's other hit series, 'famed magazine journalist Jameson Rook'.
- When Storm is asked whether he knows someone called 'Ramon Russo', he deflects the question by talking about the actor of the same name who appeared in the TV series 2 Cool For School. Russo and 2 Cool For School are at the centre of the case Beckett and Castle investigate in Need To Know.
References in episodes
- In Veritas, Castle can be seen pre-signing copies of Wild Storm in his hotel room while he calls Beckett. There are also large display posters of the book cover in his room.