Camp Hell (PsyCop, #5)
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Victor Bayne honed his dubious psychic skills at one of the first psych training facilities in the country, Heliotrope Station, otherwise known as Camp Hell to the psychics who've been guests behind its razorwire fence.

Vic discovered that none of the people he remembers from Camp Hell can be found online, and there’s no mention of Heliotrope Station itself, either. Someone...more
ebook, 296 pages
Published December 2008 by JCP Books
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julio
Best one yet, and probably my favorite in the series.

Poignancy—both in pathetic, telling little details like Doc Martens and safety-pin piercings and huffing whippits in the cafeteria kitchen (which, WTF, why have I never tried that?), and in the crushing sense of inevitable loss built into the story by the structure: present-day characters, twenty years ago, when they were young, scared, and more or less completely unaware of how beautiful they really were.

Or of how fragile their companionship...more
Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Tate, Dan & Hunter
2 disappointing stars.**Review completed January 24, 2014

I wanted more of Jacob…
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…and less of the ghost hunting and paranoia which were all over the place.
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Granted, Vic had reasons for panicking and feeling freaked out but I got fed up and after having been bored in book 4 already, I just think it's time to reconsider. I enjoyed the beginning but after my first update a lot went downhill fast and hard. But first and foremost...

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As aforementioned I wanted more of Jacob. Camp Hell, however, was all a...more
Susan

Pant.
Groan.
Moan.
Sigh.
Breathe.
Scream.
Writhe.


^^^Me. Reading this book.


HOLY COW THIS ONE WAS HOT! I could read about Vic & Jacob having sex for as long as JCP could write about it...and longer...! I am DYING HERE! I cannot get enough of them!!!!!!!

I'm sure there was a story in this book.
I'm sure it was important.
I'm sure the Camp Hell mysteries started to reveal themselves.
I'm sure some new creepy characters were intro'd.

BUT, I was so lost in the SMEXY, SMUTTY, DIRTY, NASTY, LOVELY, ROMANTIC, S...more
Nancy
I really enjoyed the fifth installment in the Psy Cop series, even though it felt a little long in places. Unlike the previous stories, there is not just a criminal case to be solved. Vic is eager to find out more about his past in the psychic training facility known as Camp Hell and enlists the help of a therapist, who helps him recover his memories and also happens to be his ex-lover and fellow “inmate” in Camp Hell. He and Jacob also want to find out who is spying on them and why no records o...more
Jordan Castillo Price
Sep 29, 2009 Jordan Castillo Price marked it as wrote  ·  (Review from the author)
Writing tidbit: I didn't know who was ratting on Vic to the FPMP until I was about 2/3 of the way through the book. The character it turns out to be was my best friend in my 20's -- and while I was writing Camp Hell we were supposed to get together, and he stood me up! I thought, okay, buddy-boy. Here's why you don't want to piss off an author!
Mel
Camp Hell is the fifth in the PsyCop series and it was yet another treat!
The story starts off immediately where Secrets left off and, from the very first page, we’re taken on a engaging journey in which we learn about Vic’s present (why and by whom is he being watched) and his past (Camp Hell).

Vic has located his ex-lover -and fellow Camp Hell resident- Stefan and with sessions of hypnosis therapy, Vic tries to learn more about himself and the past he has blocked out.
Meanwhile Vic and Zig need...more
Shelley
Have you ever read a book that you thought was going to be just like you imagined it to be with revelations of terror and despicable deeds and you where so geared up for all the angst and anticipation ... then it turns out it's NOT about that at all!

So you get super pissed because your expectations have been squashed by romance (ugh) and gullibility. Then while you wallow in your sulky strop getting mad with the hero for doing stuff he shouldn't, and cursing everyone cos it just sucks, and you...more
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**4.3 stars**

I am going to be in the minority here when I say this wasn't my favorite installment in the series. Don't get me wrong, I stayed up until 1:30 am with work at 8:30 the next day to finish this one! I clearly loved it. However, I thought some of the plot elements didn't jive with what I've noticed in the past.

I agree with other reviewers who noted that Vic wasn't particularly afraid to tell others about the extent of his gift in the past. He never tried to downplay it before so I fou...more
Dreamer
Enjoyed this book five of the PsyCop series. Victor confronts his past and finds new ways to use his talent. Jacob and Vic make a really hot couple.
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Kathryn
By far, the best book of the PsyCop series. Camp Hell was packed full of everything I love and all of it felt ramped up tenfold, from Vic's paranoia over who to trust to his relationship with Jacob and his ability to deal with his past and current work situation. There were some huge changes that took place and I loved every single one, especially involving Jacob and what Vic said in the last scene. It was nothing that the reader should not already have known but it was good to hear Vic say it a...more
Deeze
I wish I could give this one more than five stars.

The story line for this one was intense. The whole mystery of who’s working for who, and who to trust had me on the edge of my seat. The ghost mystery part at the end was so well done it was like watching a movie in my head. In fact if ever a book series could be turned into a TV series this is the one. I must admit I had to concentrate harder on this one, the twists and turns kept me on my toes.

As for Jacob and Victor as a couple? They just get...more
Ann
Just continued love for this series and its characters as I am still happily hooked into their world.

Vic's personality never gets old and I was pretty happy that he and Jacob were connecting again. It seemed they were growing apart with all the drama and secrets, so Jacob's (view spoiler) have given them common ground again. And since Jacob seriously gets off on the whole psychic thing it's a total win for the me as well since JCP can write some serious...more
Nichole (Dirty H)
This book was awesome. The flashback format was riveting, and we learned so much more about Vic. The paranormal aspect was far more intense. Plus it was about twice as long as any of the others. I highly recommend this series to everyone.
THAT MEANS YOU, MY PNR/UF FRIENDS!!! If you have even a tiny inkling that you might want to dip your toe in the m/m pond, start with Among the Living. I think this is a great series to initiate yourself with.

My only complaint about this book: I am a grammar Nazi...more
Jason Huffman-black
god, could I relate any more than I do with Vic? And Jacob is so awesome. :)
Bookwatcher
I looooove paranoid Vic!


It's a great book, and again I was prepare to give 5 star (up to this one I gave 5 star to all PsyCop serie) but something confused me... and I take 1 star.

My doubt is: why Vic try to hide that he can really see ghosts and not only sense them like a lot of another mediums?

Something I think is a little strange... why? Well, I can accept that he lie to anyone, but his partner!!!! His partner knew it right away (after few pages of the book Vic get this new partner, Zig)! Vi...more
Regina
Camp Hell delivers more of PsyCop goodness. There is Vic's funny introspection, Jacob in all his glory, more insight in to the depth of Vic's powers and his past, and we learn more about Jacob as a person. Readers who are ready to start with installment #5 are well acquainted with Vic and well, he is good old Vic:

“The map of the transit system should’ve been easy to read. I knew where I was, and I knew where I was going. The routes were color-coded. But there was that transfer thing, and the spe
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Jenni Lea
Oh wow! This one is my favorite of the series so far!

I LOVE VICTOR!
I LOVE JACOB!
I LOVE CRASH!

I LOVE JCP FOR WRITING THIS BOOK!
Josephine Myles
What a treat, to have a full length PsyCops novel after the novella length stories leading up to it. JCP deftly weaves a host of subplots together around the main story, concerning Vic's paranoia about being watched by a shadowy organisation, and the hypnotic regression he goes through in an attempt to find out vital clues from his time at Camp Hell. There is also a haunted hospital to clean up, relationship problems for Vic and Jacob, Vic's growing control over his psychic powers and an interes...more
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
In this book Vic finally confronts his past and his hazy memories of Camp Hell, the institution where he trained as a psychic. Vic not only remembers his past, he relives it with the help of Stefan, his ex-lover, a powerful empath.

The recollection is, as it often happens, bittersweet. The young Vic was troubled and scared, but he was also smart in his own way. We finally understand why he has decided to downplay his psychic ability. We also discover that he is not as clueless as it seems. While...more
Ami
A solid 4.5 stars ... Ms. Price's "PsyCop" series has become one of my favorites (gay sleuth or not); Book #5 makes me love it even more. This book is by far, the most personal and layered - in terms of Victor's life. We have him relieving the days in Camp Hell, trying to find a very bad spirit in a hospital, and finding out that someone keeps a tab on him (and willing to kill for it). Victor is not a usual hero, he has issues ... but he feels real and I can't help to like him very much. Even if...more
Natasha
OH YEAHHHHHH!

Favorite one of the series? Honestly, I don't know. They're all fantastic and they kinda get meshed into one giant book because I'm reading them all one immediately after the other..
Stefan was an awesome addition to this book. I fell in love with the story of him and Vic as younger kids in Camp Hell, and their romance. I'd like to read that mini-story!
Another home-run though, serious. These books actually make me focus more on the story than the romance (cough*sex*cough) and I think...more
Mountie
I just finished Camp Hell, again like for the fourth time. I am completely in awe, blown away. I loved all the previous stories, thought they were well written, loved the storylines, Vic, Jacob and all the other characters. Camp Hell is just that much better. It was like Jordan had thrown a turbo switch when she wrote it.

Camp Hell has everything I completely adore in a story; solid relationships, us against the world, involved multifaceted secondary characters, lots happening in the story. (vie...more
Akansha
Wow, this series keeps getting better with every book.

What I really liked about the book was that there was a perfect balance of mystery, suspense and romance with none of the elements overwhelming the other. It was lovely to see Vic's and Jacob's relationship go from strength to strength in the most organic way possible, to see them face problems like normal couples especially now that the honeymoon period is over. I'd forgotten how snarky and engaging Vic's voice is and it was a delight to re...more
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
This was my favorite book so far. There is so much going on and so many unanswered questions. We meet Stefan, Vic's "friend" from Camp Hell who is now a therapist. He is helping vic recall and cope with his memories from Camp Hell. I continue to be worried about who is sincere and on Vic's side, who is not and who continues to rat him out. I can't get through this series fast enough, but, at the same time, I'm not looking forward to it ending. This book was also a bit longer than the previous 4,...more
L-D
Okay, okay, I admit it - this series is getting better and better with each book! I think it helps that each novel is longer than the last. More plot development. I still love Jake and Vic's relationship and I appreciate that there is no drama that rocks the boat in that regard. I like the steady, loyal, trusting relationship that they have.
Jennifer★Pher★
And book 5 gets 5★’s. This book was fantastic. It had everything going for it and it was a great length. It felt so much more solid and real then the others. The depth I think I felt was missing in the other books was there in this one. The story line was much more involved and detailed and everything clicked for me. I just loved it. Going back and getting Victor’s past, when he was at Camp Hell was such an eye opener into who he was and who he is. Even the descriptions of him and Stefan were br...more
Jenre
The first thing I need to say before I start the review is that this is the fifth book in the Psycop series written by JCP. This series is one of those that you have to read in book order to understand what is happening in the rest of the series. Seriously, you'll be lost and without a clue if you don't start from the first book Among the Living and work your way through. This is especially true with this book which follows straight on from book 4, Secrets. If you haven't read any if the previou...more
Beanbag Love
Nov 14, 2010 Beanbag Love rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like both M/M and urban fantasy
This is a longer installment in the PsyCop series and it holds up well. Vic is still a mess with excellent justification for his paranoia. It's really a situation of not being able to trust anyone.

We actually revisit some of his time at Camp Hell and get more information about all those forms his friends and acquaintances have had to fill out. It's definitely a harrowing situation and I can't imagine how Price is going to develop it. Poor Vic is really walking a fine line.

Jacob and Vic's relatio...more
DaisyGirl
4.5 Stars

Wow. Another home run by JCP. Camp Hell is the culmination of the mystery, angst, and anticipation built up in Secrets. Vic is determined to get to the bottom of the Camp Hell cover-up and is willing to go to great lengths to do so, including looking up his former Camp Hell BF and creating some questionable alliances. While Vic struggles with his Camp Hell issues, he is pushing Jacob farther away and the toll it's taking on their relationship is troubling. Yikes! Their bond, however, ru...more
Wicked Incognito Now
There was a draggy part in the middle, and I found my attention waning. However, the end more than made up for it and I came to appreciate the extra work JCP put into building up to the climax.

I can't say enough about this author's skill as a writer. She really knows how to explore the dynamic personality of Vic. I can totally understand why most people would find him annoying as hell, but I also love him and think he's a truly canny survivor. He's the best type of person. The kind that you dism...more
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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...more
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“What the fuck happened to you? [...] You look like you lost a fight with a lamprey. Hickey, hickey...bruise, bruise, bruise...bite. I thought that thing on your neck the other day was just a fluke. I guess not--looks like you get off on picking up a few souvenirs when you...get off. ~Crash” 45 likes
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This is nothing like those zombies.

No shit. Because this time, you’re scared—beyond scared. You’re terrified. And whatever’s got you scared? I don’t want any part of it.”
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