PsyCop 7: Spook Squad

PsyCop 7: Spook Squad

By Jordan Castillo Price

Spook Squad had a lot of great moments.  There were a few mysteries, some Vic (and Jacob) are asked to solve, and some they just decide they need to solve.  Also interesting is how Vic’s opinion of Con Dreyfuss changes over the course of the book, despite his instinctual distrust of the FPMP, despite his concern for Lisa.

I like that Vic is always learning new things, about his abilities and what he can do, but still beats to his own drummer.

Vic tends to let things distract him.  As someone with Squirrel-brain, I can relate, but there were parts of this that made me want to hold up a banner with arrows pointing this way and that.  There were parts when Vic was so focused on trying to solve the mystery of who shot Roger Burke and how Laura was involved that I wanted to shake my head that no one was looking at the obvious.  Wasn’t Vic possessed back when Roger Burke and Jennifer Chance kidnapped him by Doctor Morgenstern?  Hasn’t it been established that possession is easier to accomplish with mediums?

I do like Laura, and I liked how it ended.  I wish there’d been more Crash, but the next should book fix that.


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PsyCop 6: GhosTV

PsyCop 6: GhosTV

by Jordan Castillo Price

The sixth audio has Vic and Jacob making a trip out to California to PsyTrain, the facility where Lisa is training her own psychic abilities and trying to solve a little mystery. Along on the trip is Constantine Dreyfus of the Federal Psychic Monitoring Program, or FPMP, which makes for an interesting addition.

As the title implies, Vic finally gets his hands on one of those elusive GhosTV’s.

As with previous stories in this series, this one also introduces some questions and issues that will no doubt be in play in the future.  One item of interest, at least for me, was the vague and impossible notion of ranking psychic talents.

Vic and Jacob spend a good portion of the book at PsyTrain, the training center Lisa is at, and it is quite different from Heliotrope Station.  One of those differences is the labels they use for the various talents, and another is that they do not rank their talent.  This is no doubt in an effort to limit the stress such a ranking system can cause.  However, it makes one wonder how is something that is so hard to quantify ranked accurately?  And what makes them (whatever faceless bureaucracy is “them” in this context) decide that there are only so many talents.  How do they know what defines a particular ability?

These are thoughts this book, in part, made me think about.

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The Rebuilding Year available in audiobook

Go, now Listen…


Audible has released the audio book of The Rebuilding Year– I hope you enjoy this amazing interpretation of the story by Gomez Pugh. He did such a wonderful job of rendering the voices and narration exactly as I envisioned them. ❤

(When I get the codes, I will be sending out blog review copies.) So excited!!!!

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PsyCop 5: Camp Hell

PsyCop 5: Camp Hell

By Jordan Castillo Price

This fifth book in this series finally shows us a look at Vic’s past at the training facility, Heliotrope Station, or for those who actually suffered through and survived Camp Hell.

We see these memories through a series of memory regressions Vic experiences in therapy sessions when he looks up his ex-boyfriend, Stephan Russell, a level 5 empath.

I’ll be honest.  I’m not a fan of Stephan.  At first, I thought it was maybe the ex-boyfriend angle, but after some reflection, I don’t think that was it.  I have zero issues with Crash, Jacob’s ex.  In fact, I love Crash quite a lot.  There’s just something off about Stephan.  More on that later.

In addition to the regressions, Vic learns about a secretive organization that monitors psychics, and something new is learned about Jacob.  I do love Victor’s reaction to Jacob pilfering his White Light.

All of these things flow easily from the build-up of the previous books, and they build further to leave room for the future story lines.

I really enjoyed the story as a whole, as we get to see Vic history, through flashbacks, and how he compares to the other mediums in his past.  We also see how his certification may be skewed, and how and why he ended up at the Fifth precinct specifically.

I do have a few issues with Stephan.  (Highlight below for my thoughts on that.)

I get that the FPMP is pretty intimidating and maybe someone in Stephan’s position doesn’t have a lot of options.  Perhaps he didn’t have a lot of choice about whether or not he was going to make those reports.  But I feel like he could have, if he wanted to, either let Vic know the reports were being made (so maybe Vic could choose what went in them) or just as some sort of FYI, something.  But I also feel like Stephan, even back in the Camp Hell days was manipulating everyone and everything, Vic included, so he probably didn’t really have any qualms about the whole thing either.

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PsyCop 4: Secrets

PsyCop 4: Secrets

By Jordan Castillo Price

This fourth book is especially interesting because it brings about some interesting developments. Where previous books have had Vic working various cases through his job at the 5th precinct, this one has him taking some time off while he moves into his new place with Jacob, and as such he’s at something of loose ends while he struggles to unpack their joint belongings while Jacob gets called in to work a case with Carolyn. A case which has him both angry and disturbed, yet unwilling to talk to Vic about it.

In addition, Vic has lifted his head out of the sand long enough to notice that there are a number of privacy issues that surround him and anyone who comes into contact with him that he had previously been unaware of. This new-found knowledge has made him somewhat confused and questioning things, such as whatever happened to all those people he knew in the bad old days at Camp Hell?

This book brings up a lot of questions and is a great bridge between the previous books and the ones that come after.

And that end?  Especially enthralling.  Good thing there’s not currently a wait for book five.


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PsyCop 3: Body & Soul

PsyCop 3: Body & Soul

By Jordan Castillo Price


The third outing for Vic, a third partner (well third since Maurice anyway), but third times a charm, right?

Vic hasn’t had a whole lot of luck in the partner department since Maurice retired, and while things seem bleak at first glance, hopefully, it will all work out in the end.

There several things going on in this book. From meeting Jacob’s family for the first time to the missing person’s case Vic and his new partner are working. Plus there’s the issue of the house-hunting that Jacob is continuing with.  And Vic really wants to try that living together thing, as opposed to the vague idea it had seemed in the last book.

Of course, there are ghosts, murders to solve, and the inevitable house hunting.


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PsyCop 2: Criss Cross

PsyCop 2: Criss Cross

By Jordan Castillo Price


Second adventure for Vic, Jacob and their friends.  This story has Vic breaking in a new partner since Maurice has retired and things with Lisa didn’t exactly work out as planned.  This one introduces some new issues, namely Vic’s abilities seem to be getting out of control, his meds are killing him, his new obnoxiously chipper partner, an unfamiliar doctor at his usual clinic, and weird nighttime activity that he doesn’t remember

We also get to meet Crash, who has the distinction of not only being Carolyn’s best friend but Jacob’s ex.  If that sounds like it might be complicated, you’re probably right, but he’s a welcome addition to the PsyCop cast of characters.


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Review: PsyCop 1: Among the Living

PsyCop 1: Among the Living

By Jordan Castillo Price


So much love for this series.  Vic is this heartbreaking combination of that person you sort of recognize but kind of don’t want to admit to, and the vulnerable but yet strong character we all want to be.  On the surface, he’s a wreck, and maybe it’s more than just the surface, to be fair.  He’s so incredibly flawed, and that, in all honesty, is his greatest strength.  His power his fascinating, because it’s interesting, and because it’s not quite what it seems, and because it puts him at odds with most people, but that really only scratches the surface.

This first book also introduces us to Jacob Marks, another police officer and a member of a PsyCop team, in another precinct from Vic.  Unlike Vic, Jacob is the Stiff half of a PsyCop unit (i.e. the non-Psychic partner), and while Vic is trying to figure out why Jacob is wasting his time on anything more than a one-night stand, they also have a series of murders to solve where none of the witness reports match.

This is a delightful first introduction to all the characters in this lovely series.


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Review: PsyCop Briefs: Volume 1

PsyCop Briefs: Volume 1

By Jordan Castillo Price



Coffee O’clock:

First off, this first story in this lovely (yes, I said lovely) anthology is really the best kind of story to start with, especially if (like me) you are not a novice to the inner workings of Vic’s brain.  It takes place in the early days of his acquaintanceship/relationship with Jacob so Vic is still very much in that place of wondering why Jacob is even there.  I love how Vic’s irritation with Jacob throwing about his ‘stuff’ here gives way to realization, but he’s not quite ready to give up on his doubt.


Ice Skating.  Enough said.


Mind Reader:

If you’ve read the series, Crash needs no introduction.  In fact, you may have even read this little short before, but, there is something to be said for the interaction between Vic and Crash on any given day.  This is no exception, between hunting for long dead ghosts in the museum, to an impromptu kiss to the difference in their power levels, this short is a treat.


Stroke of Midnight:

Here we have Jacob a glimpse of his ex, Keith, along with Manny.  This short is interesting for me because Keith is obviously so very different than Vic.  Though, I guess there are some similarities.  Clearly, they are both very flawed individuals, just in very different ways.  Keith seems to be more abrasive and aggressive with his issues, wherein Vic internalizes things, I think.  This short gives us a unique look at Jacob’s view of things, which we don’t always see, but nice to have thoughts go along with his more often felt action.

No Sale:

Ah, if only we all had that sort of weapon to get away from salesmen.

Most Likely To:

This one brought a smile to my face because mullets and the misremembered memories of high school.

Jock Straps on Sale:

And Crash does like to have a little fun as Vic’s expense.  It’s entertaining, really.

Piece of Cake:

Just visualizing Vic trying to bake a cake is amusing.  And the instant messaging is an extra bonus, and Vic freaking out about Crash failing to respond, so classic of their relationship.

In the Dark:

This one is actually really interesting.  Partially amusing because of the party and Vic clearly being uncomfortable.  We also get a better look at Keith and what may have happened to him and what forms his attitude.  It’s interesting how that knowledge makes Vic think about his own choices, or what his choices may have been in a similar situation. What I find just as affecting is the look at how even a harmless night at a party he doesn’t even want to attend isn’t without its troublesome ghosts that need to be put to rest.

Let the Chips Fall:

Vic is a sneaky bugger.  Jacob should have seen that one coming.


This is really special because there are enough glimpses inside Jacob’s head where we can see how much Jacob truly treasure’s those little moments with Vic, not just the steamy scenes but those quiet little moments when he’s just observing him, or when he has the opportunity hoard another nugget from Vic’s past.


Poor Jacob.  It’s tough learning new skills.  He’ll need to practice just a little more.

Everyone’s Afraid of Clowns:

Ah, Vic, love to hear more of your very colorful past.  And this Haunted house was beyond creepy.  I liked that it was Jacob that was so affected and the way he oh-so-subtly played the manager.  Also, I much prefer thinking of the ghost as a Hobo rather than a clown.

Waiting Game:

It was nice to see Lisa’s viewpoint, and her and Vic both blushing was kind of funny.

On the Road:

It’s adorable (and unsurprising) that Jacob is *that* guy when preparing for a road trip.  I’m more of a Vic though, and I got a kick out of this.


I love Jacob’s uncle Leon’s so this was a treat.  And those directions are no joke.  Really.

Off the Cuff:

Ah, poor Vic, shanghaied for his dress wear.  It had to happen eventually.

Locked and Loaded:

A night out at the movies and whatever the world throws at them, they are ready.  Delightful.

Inside Out:

This is interesting because it shows us an interesting look at Jacob, pre-Vic.  Obviously, he’s still dealing with the fall-out from the Keith situation, and learning how to work with someone with Carolyn’s abilities.  We also see his first reaction to Crash, which is fun because we know how that ends, and we see his first interaction with Vic.  But above all of the personal stuff, what comes through here is Jacob’s fundamental connection to the PsyCop field, how he’s drawn there, even if he doesn’t understand how or why.


It’s like the office retreat you never signed up for.  And Vic scoring without even trying or meaning to.  This sort of highlights the reasons why Vic is awesome, even if he doesn’t understand why he’s so awesome.  I also find it amusing that It’s Jacob who bucks the system, Vic who goes with the flow, but in the end, the opposite is assumed to be true.


I enjoyed this entire collection, but I think Witness was my favorite.


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Transgender Visibility, and hope

I agree, again (you say things so much more eloquently than I ever could). Visibility is important. 🙂


NYC:  Mother holding a sign with her child at the 2014 Gay Pride Parade on Fifth Avenue (stock pic) NYC: Mother holding a sign with her child at the 2014 Gay Pride Parade on Fifth Avenue (stock pic) This is the decade in which, for many Americans, transgender people are moving from an unknown “T” in an alphabet-label, to real faces, real names, and real stories. As that happens, opinions, hearts, minds, and laws are changing. Visibility matters, just as it has for all of LGBTQ.

Consider Ireland in the spring of 2015, in the months before the vote on equal marriage for same-sex couples. Sure, there were many good public information campaigns. But in the end, it was everyone who came out, to family, friends, neighbors and co-workers, who made the difference. It was “my son who’s gay”, “my lesbian auntie”, “my bisexual cousin”, “my gay dentist” who turned the tide. Personal familiarity and family feeling brought victory to the Yes campaign.

Coming out as transgender can carry…

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