Spook Squad by Jordan Castillo Price
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.
I have liked the series though Vic’s attitude is starting to grate. This is the seventh book in the series. There was quite a wait for this one. I’m lucky I waited until later to start the series so I didn’t have to wait so long.
I must admit to big disappointment with this book. The plot is slow. It takes a while to really get into the book. Jacob isn’t in the book very much and when he is it is fairly superficial. There is one scene near the end that Jacob is important but not much else. There are glimpses of Crash, who the author has said will be getting his own book. Lisa is bigger in this story but even her character is shallow. I had a feeling that this book was more about bridging Vic’s old and new lives.
I did enjoy the mystery and story. The ending really is much better and fun. The writing is excellent. I have always enjoyed the author’s use of description. It is different from many other books I have read. This difference makes for a much more realistic and interesting read. The characters, for this book, aren’t as well rounded. They appear much more shallow and unreadable. They tend to read flat. The relationship between Lisa and “?” moves really fast. Vic seems to not struggle much with the relationship at all. This doesn’t seem very realistic considering who this man is to Vic. I seem to remember Vic trying to stay clean but he appears still very much the addict in this book. It even drives some of his actions.
Overall, this read just isn’t up to this author’s usual standards. It was still good just not as good as I thought it would be. Between the lack in the characters and the slow plot development the read really dragged for me. I really hope to see the next book be more typical of this author’s writing.
Posted on Saturday, February 15th, 2014, in Book Review, Crime, Fantasy, M/M Romance, Novel: 150 pages and above, Three Roses, TJ and tagged JCP Books, Jordan Castillo Price, M/M Romance, Novel, Psychics, Three Roses. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.