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Spook Squad

PsyCop, Book 7
Narrated by: Gomez Pugh
Series: PsyCop, Book 7
Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
Categories: LGBT, LGBT Studies
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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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Deeply satisfying!

This series just keeps getting better and better. Victor reluctantly moonlights with the Federal Psychic Monitoring Program as a way of finding out more about the murders they’ve undertaken. As well as being hard to put down, this book was deeply satisfying because it tied up a lot of storylines from previous books.

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  • JustJeanette
  • 14-05-2016

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
  • 15-05-2016

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
  • 02-05-2017

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
  • 15-05-2016

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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  • Shin Mon Thway
  • 25-09-2018

The scariest book yet in the series!

Oh my God! I don’t know who frustrates me more in this book, Vic or Lisa? 🙄 Please do us all and yourself a favor Vic! Let that crazy woman goooooooo! 😤 While you are calling her your best friend and being obstinate about maintaining your relationship with her, she calls you “her friend” (that’s right, you are only A friend! Not THE best friend 🤬) and she has no regard whatsoever for you and Jacob. Oh my god! I can’t even start on how much I wanna throttle her! 😡 How can a character gets worse and worse with every book in the series? Seriously she and Dreyfuss so deserve each other and the day wouldn’t come soon enough if I never see that crazy woman again in this series! 🙄 *Whewwwwww* Okay .. enough ranting. That being said, although Lisa sent me on a psychotic murderous rage and the mystery in this story was quite predictable, I find myself still enjoying this book much more than my fellow bookworms. And I have to admit that the creepiness and scariness of this book far surpasses all the previous books. The last scene gave me chills and goosebumps. The reasons this book still amused me .. although it wasn’t the best in the series, this book was essential for the change of tide in the upcoming books. This signifies how Vic has decided to walk a new path and I like it. ☺️ Second, I love the relationship between Vic and Jacob getting stronger and stronger! And kudos for that very hot smut in the middle. 🔥 (Though only Vic can think about most ridiculous things while Jacob is on his knees in front of him. I find that endearing and hilarious. 😂) I’m happy that Vic might find a new best friend soon. (Nope, I’m not going to spoil who .. you gotta find out yourself 😁) And I’m satisfied that loose ties from the previous books including the GhosTV dilemma was neatly ended in this book. It gives me a satisfying closure. Again, Gomez Pugh did an excellent excellent job of narrating the hell out of this book. 👏 I must say I’m more excited for the upcoming books in the series because my next listen will be PsyCop briefs (I’m dying to get Jacob’s PoV .. oh daddy please! 🤣😉), and Crash’s story (Well, he’s been proving his worth steadily so I’ll finally decide whether he’ll redeem himself completely or not 😏) and I’d love to see Vic and Jacob finally working together at “Agent Bayne”. That being said, I gotta end my review here because I can’t wait long enough to get delicious little treat “PsyCop briefs”. 😌 4 Jacob will protect Vic against anything stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  • tzinnamon
  • 25-01-2017

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♤
  • 18-05-2016

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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  • RACHEL REED
  • 19-09-2020

Superb!

I loved this version better than the book. Gomez Pugh did a fantastic narration! This took me 4 days to finish because it is quite a long one. Overall I definitely would recommend this to you especially if you are a fan of Jordan Castillo's books.

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  • Kimberly Kniaz
  • 09-09-2020

Spook Squad

Omg this audio book was absolutely positively amazing. I would highly recommend this audio book.

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  • Cranky Reader
  • 18-08-2020

Holds up to a re-read

Just listened to Spook Squad again in a series re-read. Compelled to increase my rating from 4 to 5 stars. Of all the series, the elements of this installment stuck with me the most, in a good way. Rereading knowing which surprises were coming was surprisingly satisfying because this book is excellently crafted. There are twists and turns with almost every major and secondary character. Lisa is camping in Vic and Jacob’s loft. Ziggler takes time off but still contributes. Carolyn is annoyed but still keeps in touch, Con is puppetmastering at full throttle, Laura likes sneaking hot dogs for lunch and saving manatees. Richie is both pestilential and insightful. Vic supporting Richie even when frustrated makes me like him more. Crash smudges V&J’s home, helps his store neighbor, and reunites with an ex. We meet several other skilled FPMP agents and they play with the GhostTV. The whole growing cast has needed talents yet is getting something from every direction. It’s great to have such a well realized ensemble cast. The author guides the reader through a well choreographed dance to discombobulate the plot and sort desired changes & happenings from the undesired ones. And to cause some trouble and ectoplasm. Then [a bunch of spoilers happen which I won’t reveal] so people rally to work together and minimize fallout from bad trouble. it wraps up as Happily (Enough) For Now where appropriate, which is very satisfying. My catnip is series characters who build up community/ found-family and this happens throughout the series and even more so in this book. Love it. I do think it works as a stand-alone for all there is extra satisfaction for series readers. I like it enough that I would suggest it to readers new to the author. There is a bunch of detail carried through from prior books, some of which run into plot and others are more like easter eggs. I think things are explained well enough for new readers without slowing the pace for regulars. Quibbles: A couple details with minor characters/ secondary arcs are insufficiently resolved, but iirc those get their own book(s) so the temporary landing pad in this denouement is all good, and a bit glittery. (I suspect I had docked a star for Vic not checking in with Crash after his phone dies, but in fairness, there was a lot going on.) Carl, as the stoic Black assistant, sometimes feels a little tokeny, but he at least gets slightly more to do on page. Worldbuilding: Rereading this in 2020 while being forcibly reminded that ACAB (at least when in aggregate), this book thankfully won’t much challenge that, and even the “good”/well meaning cops/feds aren’t squeaky clean. All the characters have good and bad days. But the ones we hang with at least try to work for justice. Seeing that complexity helps. There is an increased discussion of which psy talents exist and how they vary, as filtered through Vic’s POV. Vic has finally started to improve his psychic skillset rather than just stumble along. Accordingly, the reader is brought into all the findings and new possibilities pf the psy abilities and how they manifest. There are well crafted layers. So far, it seems internally consistent through both book and series. It’s a reliable construct to come back to. Steam: Med low. There are a couple delightfully assertive M/M scenes on page that are sexy while also helping the guys either decompress from stress in life and work, or focus their attention. The author deftly makes the loving a solid plot piece. But the chippendales puzzle might have more overall scenes! I really enjoy how the author uses Jacob and Vic’s couplehood and togetherness as a vital storytelling element. It makes to book stronger and more relatable. Narration: G.Pugh does a great job narrating this series and crafting voices for the ever expanding ensemble cast. I never feel lost about who is doing what where & when. Sometimes audio seems less tethered to some scenes but not here. I find it easy to listen at 1.3X speed. Quality work, Quality sound.

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  • LGB
  • 05-10-2016

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
  • 31-05-2016

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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  • Mary
  • 23-05-2016

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.