MtSnow reviews ‘Agent Bayne’ (PsyCop Book #9) by Jordan Castillo-Price, published by JCP Books, LLC, Released January 16, 2018. 279 pages
Why MtSnow reviewed this story: I love anything and everything PsyCop. Period.
Note: a copy of this story was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Victor Bayne is through with the Chicago PD. Can he handle the FPMP?
After years of frustration as a PsyCop, Victor Bayne reports for duty at the Federal Psychic Monitoring Program. As a fledgeling agent, he’s ready to smoke out a few ghosts and be home each night in time for dinner. But is he prepared to add a professional dimension to his romantic partnership with Jacob Marks?
Jacob has already established his territory in the Program—he’s competent, he’s respected, and he’s pretty much fearless. The last thing Vic wants to do is screw up in front of him.
When fellow agents start turning up dead, Vic is expected to do more than just lay their ghosts to rest. But what if his psychic talent isn’t quite enough? As the death toll rises, he and Jacob scramble to determine who’s in danger, and who’s a killer.
Using all the resources at their disposal, they close in on their suspect. But as they do, their past comes back to haunt them…and even Jacob worries they’ve tampered with forces they should have left alone. Are their combined talents enough to protect them from enemies, both living and dead?
The opportunity to read this story had perfect timing for me, as I was starting to feel jaded about so many of the books I’ve been reading lately. But all I can say is that JCP never fails me. And now, I am waiting for the next book, which is promised in late 2018. Yes!!
So after the last book where we got to see and hear things from a completely different perspective with Crash and Red, it was really cool to see Vic’s interactions with Crash in a different light. Crash only played a small part in this story, but reading his prequel was great in giving us a different perspective of Vic.
So, back to Agent Vic. I will say the beginning of this book was a little awkward for me as Con and Lisa had been such STRONG characters, that I knew I would miss them, and was struggling with loyalty and found it a little hard to really think of Laura Kim at the helm of FPMP. And how would Vic work with Jacob? And, well, all the other characters were new, with a few visits from the old that I wondered how it would all play out in holding my interest. I mean, well, we’ve all wondered how long a series can keep going, right?
But honestly. At this point, after finishing the last page, I can see that I’m going to want to read and listen to every last word about Victor Bayne. MANY, many more books. His insecurities, memory lapses, judgement calls, and his approach to his purpose in life make him a fallible but honest human being that is going to spend many years figuring things out about himself and the world around him. And that helps me feel like I get to grow with him as well as relate to him. Even though, yeah, I know he’s a fictional character, but I really ‘feel’ him.
As an example, his interaction with fellow Camp Hell classmates coupled with flashbacks, and how his future self has grown in reaction, forgiveness, acceptance and realization that he maybe didn’t see the whole picture in his youth made his current reality so much more believable.
Seeing someone from his Camp Hell days added as a possible work partner was a surprise, and not a very pleasant one, at least not in the beginning. And I really thought I’d continue to be apathetic about the character or at the least, continue with an inherit dislike. I didn’t expect the character to begin to grow on me the way Lisa did. Made things VERY interesting.
There was some meloncholy and a-ha moments when Vic tried to remember his past, especially when we see why he has a hard time recalling his youth, but it only added to me empathizing with his here and now, and what he is trying to build with Jacob, friends, and how he interacts with new and previous coworkers. And the fact that he starts to realize he really DOES have friends now. So different than his reality in Among The Living.
The inherent mystery is here, and we see the revisiting of old enemies and new, ouija boards, cats and allergies, how other mediums connect with the dead, as well as a glimpse of ‘The Assassin’. Creepy but cool. All of it.
This was a bumpy start but a fantastic beginning to a new job and chapter in Victor Bayne’s life. I will be along for the ride wherever it takes me for sure. So thank you JCP. Loved it and can’t wait for more. Now, I can hardly wait for the audio *smiles*
I have no qualms in giving this one a full 10 pots of gold! Highly recommended.
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Author and artist Jordan Castillo Price is the owner of JCP Books LLC. Her paranormal thrillers are colored by her time in the midwest, from inner city Chicago, to small town Wisconsin, to liberal Madison.
Jordan is best known as the author of the PsyCop series, an unfolding tale of paranormal mystery and suspense starring Victor Bayne, a gay medium who’s plagued by ghostly visitations. Also check out her new series, Mnevermind, where memories are made…one client at a time.
With her education in fine arts and practical experience as a graphic designer, Jordan set out to create high quality ebooks with lavish cover art, quality editing and gripping content. The result is JCP Books, offering stories you’ll want to read again and again.
Website ~ http://www.jordancastilloprice.com