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Everyone enjoys peace and tranquility, and Victor Bayne is no exception. He goes to great lengths to maintain a harmonious home with his partner, Jacob. Although the cannery is huge, it's grown difficult to avoid the elephant in the room...the elephant with the letters FPMP scrawled on its hide.

Once Jacob surrendered his PsyCop badge, he infiltrated the Federal Psychic Monitoring Program. In his typical restrained fashion, he hasn't been sharing much about what he actually does behind its vigilantly guarded doors. And true to form, Vic hasn't asked. In fact, he would prefer not to think about the FPMP at all, since he's owed Director Dreyfuss an exorcism since their private flight to PsyTrain.

While Vic has successfully avoided FPMP entanglement for several months, now his debt has finally come due.

©2013 Jordan Castillo Price (P)2016 Jordan Castillo Price

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Outstanding story and narration!

First, I must say I love the audiobook cover art for this story.

Once again the superb narration by Gomez Pugh kept me enthralled from start to finish. He has made this wonderful series truly outstanding. The pace and tone are spot on. I love the way he delivers Vic’s sarcastic and witty lines. In fact, he is Victor Bane and always will be. I adore the brilliant characterisation of each person with their distinctive voices and I especially love the voice Gomez Pugh gave to Jacob. So sexy!

You really need to read/listen to the previous six stories in this series to fully appreciate the events and characters in this epic instalment.

Spook Squad is a lengthy and complex story, with fabulous and unexpected twists along the way. So much happens in a JCP novel. Her writing is marvellous and draws you into each and every scene. The characters are well-developed and some surprise us here. The dialogue is real and engaging, and the world-building is excellent.

The main plot of this story centres around Vic identifying and exorcising the repeaters in Con Dreyfuss’s office at the FPMP building as payback for a favour from the previous story. There’s so much else going on, though. The exorcism scenes throughout this book are thrilling. I love how JCP has developed Vic’s psychic abilities and that Jacob is often there to assist him. Their connection is so deep they can almost read each other’s minds.

Indeed, we are treated to quality time when Vic and Jacob are together, and that is super hot and special. You can almost feel the love, passion, and trust that flows between these two lovers when they interact.

I’m looking forward to the next story as I’m sure there’s plenty of work left for Vic and Jacob to do, plus I need to know what’s going to happen to Crash.

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  • Serin6
  • Dunmow, United Kingdom
  • 31-05-16

I suggest reading the series in order.

What did you like most about Spook Squad?

Characterisation is brilliant, JCP is careful to continue previous themes and tendencies and develop her protagonists while they deal with events. A complex novel which easily justifies its length because several issues are resolved and an arc ends.

What did you like best about this story?

The resolution of previous storylines. The low-key wit and the narrator's ability to deliver the right tone.

Have you listened to any of Gomez Pugh’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes - this is just as good as the others. It is hard to distinguish the narrator from the character of Vic, so perfectly does Gomez Pugh convey the character.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I've no idea - can't possibly convey anything accurate about the book in a few words.

Any additional comments?

The writing is so good that many narrators could do a decent job of this book but Gomez Pugh is much better than that. He really takes you completely into the story and you can relax there.

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Great fun

Just like the last six books in the Psycop series, I was blown away by Gomez Pugh's narration.

Psycop Victor Bayne was playing hookie from the 5th precinct again, this time he was working off his debt to Con Dreyfuss, and trying to clear the ghosts from his office. The mystery of who the ghosts were and how they met their ends consumed Vic and most of the plot. But the best bit was when Vic and Jacob were working together. I love it when Vic and Jacob work together. They are becoming a wonderful partnership, and not only in the bedroom.

I felt sorry for Jacob in this book though. He didn't get much lovin' and he didn't get much air time either. There was more of a focus on Vic's relationship with his ex cop partner Lisa. Their was way too much of Vic's unhealthy connection to Lisa. They real didn't know each other well at all, and yet he let her move in. If I'd just moved into a new house...my first ever real home, with a lover. Would i really want another person camped out in a tent in the living room? Jacob deserves better than that. Vic's compulsion to keep Lisa close worried me, and I was relieved at the end, when her story goes in another direction.

I really hope the next book harnesses the strengths of Vic and Jacob as a team, and Crash for slutty, comic effect. There is still so much mileage left in this series, and It felt like, at the end, the characters were all on the cusp of big changes. I can't wait to read /listen towhat happens.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 14-05-16

Even better than the book alone.

I'm never going to be able to sing "Row, row, row your boat. " again without giggling. Gomez Pugh definitely brought his A-game to this narration,...and that's on top of Jordan's A-game for this tale.

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  • MacSmith
  • 15-05-16

Jordan and Gomez totally rock!

I love this series - Jordan Castillo-Price is an amazing author and keeps the story moving along - never a dull moment! Gomez Pugh has not only Victor's voice down pat, but does an amazing job with all the additional characters as well! If you haven't read (or listened) to the books in this series, do yourself a favor and get started!

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  • Tarah
  • 02-05-17

Loved it!!!!

This is my fav psycop book! I have been rereading them in preparation for the psycop 8 one and I forgot how much I loved Vic !
The narrator is so on point it's like hearing Vic himself ! So funny and wonderfully narrated

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  • ALLIE
  • 15-05-16

The Dynamic Duo, Price and Pugh, has struck again!

Gomez, you rock! You make listening to a book so enjoyable that I wish it was a job I could do for a living. Your interpretation of Vic's inside voice is so spot on that I think you might possibly be a close relative.
Jordan, you rockette! I am so glad that you are sharing your incredible creative talent with us and am also so darn thrilled that you'll be continuing Vic's story! Now the waiting begins....

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  • tzinnamon
  • 25-01-17

Wonderful audio performance

Vic is still grumpy but growing and spreading his wings. One of the few first person series that I really, really love.

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  • sandra♤
  • 18-05-16

Perfect ending

Love, love, LOVE this series! This was a perfect ending, with just the right amount of "there could be more" sprinkled in. Vic & Jacob are my dream couple and will miss them greatly.
Jordan Castillo Price has done a marvellous job with this series.

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  • Jeffrey
  • 31-12-16

Excellent

As always this book was thoroughly enjoyable! Serious, funny, scary, interesting and heartwarming!! I'm hoping there will be a book 8!

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  • Morgan A Skye
  • 26-10-16

Sad to see this amazing series ending...

It is so sad to see this series end ☹ What a truly amazing ride it’s been!

Vic is finally leaning toward joining up with Con Dreyfuss now that Jacob has joined his ranks. There’s a murder to solve – of course – that leads Vic to work in the building with the FPMP and he’s beginning to see them in a new light. He’s also learning more about his own skill set and maybe finding the end of Con’s influence.

We see even more of Lisa – Yay – and her new relationship – awwwww! Jacob is as wonderful as ever, and we see a new side to Carolyn. There’s not nearly enough Crash in this, but he’s there, too.

I think, now looking at the entire story as an arc, that watching Vic navigate from almost hating himself and his “power” to (at last) making peace with it and even appreciating it has been the best part of this series. It’s magical – all the things these people can do – but it comes at a cost.

Jacob’s power is intriguing as well. Not really knowing the extent of – simply because it’s so hard to test - makes it that much more intriguing – and in the shorts that follow – (see Psycops Briefs) we see that his powers are “developing and growing” too.

Of course the relationship between Jacob and Vic is growing and deepening too and I think that having seen how Jacob views Vic from his POV in Memento – reading this takes on a special, more warm, tone than ever before.

I’ve loved this series so very much and I hope that those of you reading this will too. It’s really and truly amazing.

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Gomez Pugh has (to my ears) continued to improve with each recording he’s done. He adds nuances and subtly tweaks his character so that now they shine like new pennies. He truly performs these characters and has defined them for me in my head so that now I hear his voice as I read the words Jordan has written. I’m so glad to hear he’ll be doing the Briefs audio when it comes out because I’m not ready to say goodbye to this series!

6 of 5 stars – highly recommended

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  • JSLRussell
  • 20-06-16

Jordan Castillo Price Does It Again

I loved this book as I have all the others. Jacob and Vic are such an awesome couple.

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  • Queue
  • 08-06-16

Amazing

Another great chapter in the PsyCop saga.
Gomez Pugh is the perfect narrator for these books.