MtSnow and Dana review Agent Bayne (PsyCop Book #9) by Jordan Castillo Price (Audiobook released February 22, 2018. 10 hrs 37 mins. Narrated by Gomez Pugh. Ebook published by JCP Books, January 16, 2018. 294 pages) A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
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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 fledgling 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?
Life events have me making a major change and a move to another country. Moving out of my house after 16 years has been a daunting process and I haven’t had much time to read. I am SO thankful for audiobooks!! If only finding the time to review was as easy!
I have to apologize for not writing this review sooner. This story was perfect. This series, this author, this narrator, and the fantastic character development have me hooked on everything Victor Bayne.
Somehow JCP has made Vic even more relatable. I love his awkwardness, humanity, the reality of what we begin to see of his youthful indiscretions and choices, and how now, as an adult, his flashbacks let us discover what makes him tick… We get to see him think back on how he treated people in his younger years, and how maturity helps him reflect and assists him in communicating better.
For someone so ‘anti-social’ he is starting to get some mad skills, like in the way he thinks about and deals with Darla, Stefan and Crash in present day. There’s enough of Vic observing people as more than their outer packaging that makes me think he really ‘sees’ people, but doesn’t think he does. It’s deep in it’s revealing of his imperfections. Makes him relatable.
I really can’t say enough about this whole series, and the narration by Gomez Pugh couldn’t be more spot on with his timing. It’s like he is in JCP’s head, because I can no longer hear any other voice than Gomez as Vic.
Another 10 of 10 for me here. If you haven’t grabbed it yet, it is worth the credit. As always, JCP will be an auto-buy for me. And Vic is my perfect anti-hero.
10 of 10 pots of gold
For me Gomez Pugh is the voice of the Psycop series. I have listened to him voice Victor and Jacob enough that I can’t imagine anyone else doing it. I have also listened to him narrate a few others and I enjoy listening to him.
I feel like Victor Bayne’s story has come around a circle and is like a brand new start. For him and the reader. Victor is starting a new job FPMP. The confidence he gained by years of experience in the Police Department is missing when he is given new tasks and a new partner. Outside consult has been arranged with someone he knew back in Camp Hell and I feel like all of these things have left Victor with his head spinning.
His relationship with Jacob remains close, but there is a definite division now that they work together. Jacob spends long hours at work. He is keeping things from Victor because he has to in order to do his job. He is trying to separate his personal and professional life and I feel this distance between the characters. I don’t know if this is just me, since the characters aren’t really acknowledging it. There is just a lot that feels different for me and I worry how these changes are going to effect the characters. I definitely can’t wait to see how this progresses in the future books of this series.
The mystery in this book was really good though. Two FPMP workers are killed and danger is lurking for their colleagues. There were several twists and turns and a few suspects to investigate. It brought me back to some of the earlier mysteries in this series. It wasn’t easy to figure out who the killer was and I was kept guessing almost to the end. I would recommend this book but the series definitely needs to be read or listened to in order.
9/10 Pots of Gold (90% Recommended) – Compares to 4.5/5 Stars
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