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Based on the hit USA Network series A new novel fans will be totally "psyched" about... Shawn Spencer has convinced everyone he's psychic. Now, he's either going to clean up-or be found out... Shawn Spencer has always hated the wilderness-by which he means anything outside the delivery radius of his favorite pizza place. But Psych has been hired to solve a baffling caBased on the hit USA Network series A new novel fans will be totally "psyched" about... Shawn Spencer has convinced everyone he's psychic. Now, he's either going to clean up-or be found out... Shawn Spencer has always hated the wilderness-by which he means anything outside the delivery radius of his favorite pizza place. But Psych has been hired to solve a baffling case of industrial espionage, and the only way to catch the spy is to join their client's bonding retreat-a grueling seven day backpacking mountain trek. But when one of the campers turns up with a bullet in the head, Shawn and Gus soon realize that sheer cliffs, rampaging bears, and freeze- dried pineapple aren't the greatest threats they face....

Title : The Call of the Mild
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ISBN : 9780451228765
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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The Call of the Mild Reviews

  • Rita
    2019-04-12 05:44

    This was a really great story. Definitely had the vibe of Psych. It was perfect for me to read it now since I miss Psych so much. It had a great dynamic and the story kept me interested. I always to wanted to read more to finally find out who did it. I especially like the wilderness part. It reminded me a little bit of Agatha Christie's "And then there were none". So, if you liked that element you should definitely check that book out too. The only thing it would have made it better, if it were Shawn's point of view. I get that was kind of impossible, because then we would have found out everything sooner, but still I was always curious what's going on inside his head.The other thing that bother me were the few spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. I would expect those in a fanfiction, but not in a published book.All in all it was a great stroy, perfect edition to Psych and just great to ease my pain that my favourite show is now over.

  • Perry Reed
    2019-03-25 02:29

    I'm going to repeat this review for all of the Psych books that I've read, since they're essentially all the same.If you like the TV show, and it is one of my favorites, then the books aren't bad. Unfortunately, they're not very good either. I expected them to read more or less like an extended episode of the show, but they don't, really. Instead they almost entirely ignore the characters of Detectives Lassiter and O'Hara and focus pretty much exclusively on Shawn and Gus. Mostly Gus, actually, as the books are written almost entirely from his point of view. Shawn, of course, is the lead character on the show, and in my view, the most entertaining and interesting. In the books, he is almost a minor character at times. Worse, the author has made Gus very whiny and insecure; very different than on the show, and definitely a change for the worse.But there are good points, too. The mysteries are mostly decent and the trademark humor, particularly the pop culture references, is there.I'd recommend them if you REALLY like the TV show and have nothing better to read. Otherwise, pass.

  • Chris
    2019-03-31 05:46

    This was such a great book. I would recommend this to any Psych fan. William Rabkin does a wonderful job of capturing the Characters from the television show and translating them into this book. Were I must admit that Shawn and Gus are not the same as in the show; there is no way someone can fully capture what the actors bring to the characters. The book was a very fast read and I found myself totally engrossed in the story line. While I read this on my Kindle app at work when I was bored, I flew through it. The plot is clever and fast paced, and I look forward to reading another Tie-in book. I love the show Psych and enjoy reading these books while I wait for the next season to start. To any one who is a fan of the show Psych, I would say this is a must read. For anyone who enjoys a fun easy read, pick one of these books up, sit back, and enjoy.

  • Mith
    2019-03-27 01:28

    Better than the last book. An eccentric billionaire head of a prestigious law firm hires Shawn and Gus to ferret out a murderer amongst his lawyers. He sends his team (Shawn and Gus, included undercover) to an isolated mountain-top and leaves them there. The team has to trek all the way down by themselves. Only one among them has the map and they're not telling. Shawn and Gus have to survive the perilous descent under the watchful eye of the murderer while making sure they're all not killed off one by one.The book had an "And then there were none" feeling to it. Enjoyable.

  • Sam Falco
    2019-04-10 04:47

    Laugh out loud funny in many places, a fun read.

  • Rose
    2019-04-08 23:36

    2.) Reread April 21, 2015A thoroughly enjoyable reread, enhanced by the fact that I'd forgotten who the murderer was in the intervening five years. This is definitely my favorite of the Psych books -- good character development, fantastic setting, and quite a good mystery with some high stakes -- and I've no doubt I'll be rereading it again. Fun stuff. ==========================1.) Read January 27, 2010I have three requirements when it comes to tie-in novels: a well-written plot; that the characters behave the way they behave on the show/movie; and that there's internal action as well as external, or in other words, that the story isn't just fluff. It's important to me that we see something deeper about the characters, in who they are as people and in their relationships to each other; when I read a "Monk" book, for instance, it's all very well and good to have Monk hilariously freaking out on an airplane ("I need a Bible." / "You're not a religious man." / "If I'm about to meet God, I want to have His best-seller in hand.") -- but the reason I love Lee Goldberg's tie-in novels so much is because of the way he shows how much Monk and Natalie, for all their quibbling, care about each other; or because his encounter with a John-Edward-esque character shows us how much Trudy's death affected him and is affecting him still; or because solving a case with his brother gives Monk the chance to help build up his brother's confidence, which he does with love, in the end. I want the characters to behave the way they do on the show, and I want the plot to be _interesting_ -- but if the author drops the ball in getting the Story to _matter_, it doesn't matter how good the other two points are. I won't care.This was my first "Psych" novel despite the fact that it's third in the series; the description on the back cover, however, made the book sound simply too impossibly fun for me to wait to read (even if it generally burns my soul to read/watch things out of order). Rabkin is actually a frequent writing partner of Lee Goldberg's -- the two of them have penned episodes of both "Monk" and "Psych" -- and so, as with Goldberg's "Monk" novels, we are given a line of books by an author who has actually written scripts for the show the books are based on. Which may be why, like the "Monk" books, I found the "Psych" books to be spot-on in their characterization. Shawn is Shawn, Gus is Gus (and, indeed, since the book was primarily from Gus's point of view, we got some treatful insights into his character), and Shawn's father Henry is _delightfully_ Shawn's father -- his scenes were some of my favorite in the book. Lassiter was also spot-on, though due to the nature of the plot he couldn't be featured in more than a few scenes; and O'Hara was in the book only two or three times, so I can't really say if I found her to be in-character or not -- which is fine, given, again, the nature of the plot. The plot itself was interesting -- a sort of Boston-Legalized version of Christie's "And Then There Were None." If I was mildly disappointed in the plot, I think it's because the back copy of the book makes it sound like it's something it's not. While they do spend half the book traipsing around the woods, they do only spend _half_ the book there -- and when they're there, they're not so much complaining about dealing with freeze-dried pineapple as they are trying to unmask a killer before anyone else (including, perhaps, one of them) dies. I wish I could have read the book without back-cover expectations, because I feel I can't fairly say how I found the pacing to be; I was busy waiting for the story I'd read summarized to kick into gear, and so when it turned out to really be a different story (albeit a good one), it was too late to read it more objectively. Whoever wrote that back copy should be FIRED. (Well, I generally make it a policy _not to read_ the back covers of books if I've already decided I want to read the book, because if I already KNOW I want to read it, why risk the spoilers?? So I suppose that this will teach me ... :P)But for all that, "Psych" achieved the single most important thing to me: meaning. It was _about_ something, something that made the mystery more than just a puzzle to be solved, but turned it into something with high stakes and high costs. I loved Gus not being able to meet Shawn's eyes when they were being held hostage (but not for the reasons you'd think), and I loved Shawn offering to drop the case for Gus's sake, and I _really_ loved the final reveal of Shawn's recurring nightmare -- that was _brilliant_, and the perfect example of the ... the _more_ that I need in all my stories. The ending had me tearing up a bit.And it's also worth mentioning that this is the _funniest_ book I've read in quite some time. More than that -- I'm sure I've laughed just as hard (and just as often) at Dave Barry's non-fiction books ... but this has to be the funniest _novel_ I have ever read. The scene with the mime was absolutely priceless.So, a good book, well-recommended to any "Psych" fan (or possibly even to those of you who are not), and I'm looking forward to going back to the beginning and catching up on the next two books.

  • Alissa
    2019-04-12 01:53

    Not my favorite psych book. It was loosely based on "and then there were none", which I did not enjoy. When I pick up a book based on the tv show psych, I expect it to be fun and enjoyable WITHOUT mass murder. Not the best read

  • Shirley Eiswerth
    2019-04-11 23:36

    Cute and funny and just like the show...

  • Deyth Banger
    2019-04-01 04:37

    Not the best choice...Nothing really keeps me into being interested into this series

  • Shannon
    2019-04-16 02:40

    Psych is one of my favorite TV shows, and I thoughtA Mind is a Terrible Thing to Readwas better than a typical television tie-in novel, but this one just wasn't as good. The plot was a little hard to follow, a flaw made worse by suspects who were barely indistinguishable from each other and obscure pop culture references used to make key points in dialogue.

  • Star
    2019-04-01 23:31

    I enjoyed the banter between Gus and Shawn (like in the TV show) and all the movie references. I thought is was really wild and fun. It was hilarious. I laughed out loud many times. I look forward to reading more of the series.

  • Jeff Alexy
    2019-04-07 06:43

    Love the characters from the TV show. Plot was pretty good but the ending was a little anticlimactic.

  • David
    2019-04-15 05:37

    This book is ALMOST terrible... ALMOST. This time around Rabkin manages to capture (to a small extent) the feel of the characters -- The last Psych book I read completely failed to find ways to demonstrate Shawn's ability to see clues and pick up on them. This time around, Rabkin captures that to a very small measure.. but refuses to really use it to solve the mystery. He captures much of the patter between Shawn and Gus-- he manages to make Shawn look like an idiot (which he does most of the time) and that works well. In fact, he even manages to poke fun at several television programs and that was a bit fun.However, he slips downhill-- when Gus is placed in the wilderness that is like one of his greatest fears, and Gus practically overcomes his fear immediately. Gus and Shawn wind up on a lawyer's retreat with a killer, and like an old Agatha Christie novel one by one they are killed in some manner. However, Rabkin handles the reveal poorly and the climax of the novel fails to have a "book-Em Dano" or an "AHA!" moment. Still.. portions of the novel were fun (the reason I didn't rate it as one star. Henry (Shawn's Father) participating in a Rock and Roll camp was a great idea. The Mime stuff was a bit iffy-- and the helicopter sounded really cool... Overall.. very disappointing

  • Dianne Munro
    2019-03-28 03:51

    I love William Rabkin's Psych novels. He writes the characters so well that I can see James Roday and Dule Hill act the story out in my mind.That's one of the signs (for me) of a great book, that I forget I'm reading and see the whole thing as a movie in my head.On that note the book was kind of ruined when I was pulled out of my little movie world at the reference to the wrong ST:TOS movie at the climatic end.For anyone who loves Psych they will know about the hilarious pop culture references flung back and forth between Shawn and Gus. Myself being born and raised in Australia I miss about half the references, but to me that's OK if I'm that curious I could always Google them at a later date.I am a fan of Star Trek so when Shawn starts quote Wrath of Khan I know what his talking about. In this instance however I know it's not correct.-This is the spoiler bit-With Gus hanging off a cliff and killer hanging off his ankle, that is a perfect reference to Kirk and Kruge in Search for Spock, not Wrath of Khan where Kirk and Khan are never in the same room, especially for the quoted "Khhhhaaaaaannnnnnn" line in the book.On the whole I loved the book, but the ending completely threw me off and now leaves me slightly dissatisfied.

  • Crowinator
    2019-03-31 22:49

    Don't judge me. I'm going through a reading slump, tired from work, and needed to de-stress today. For what it is (basically extended fanfiction for the TV show Psych), it's better than I thought it would be, probably because this series of books is written by an actual TV show writer/producer who knows the show. The book nails Psych's rapid-fire, pop culture-based humor and the banter between Shawn and Gus; it provides a ridiculous but decently-plotted main mystery; and it entertained me for the couple of hours it took me to read it. It makes Shawn mostly lovable, something missing from the show lately, even if it doesn't put us inside his head as much as I wanted. Rabkin's writing outside the snappy dialogue is serviceable, and the overall structure -- switching between the A-plot and the B-plot in the mystery -- mimics the show, though I really disliked the addition of short chapters from throwaway POVs just to provide a bit of story tension we don't need. Also, one subplot (with the weirdly brainwashed cop who idolized Henry Spencer as a child) is just plain dumb.I have two more from the series to read and I'm just going to keep going until I feel ready to tackle my huge (and probably much more deserving of my time, let's be real) to-read list.

  • Cherie
    2019-04-03 03:33

    What seems like a simple case of retrieving a lost necklace takes a deadly turn in William Rabkin's The Call of the Mild. This novel is a TV tie-in book for the show Psych. The best part of the book is the witty dialogue. Rabkin often had me laughing at what Shawn, Gus, Henry, and the others said. Some of the pop culture references went over my head. The plot was a bit all over the place, and there were instances when the narrative could've been tightened, but I still figured out who was killing people. Shawn's antics always make me smile, and I enjoy how Gus is the main narrator. Although not the best written novel, if you're a fan of the show, then you'll enjoy The Call of the Mild by William Rabkin. It's a feel-good novel and an all right read for us fans who are already missing Psych.

  • Michael
    2019-04-04 22:32

    So far, the only thing I dislike about the Psych novels are how the synopses on the back of the book aren't close to the actual plot of the story. According to the book, the boys are sent on a wilderness retreat where they investigate a murder, but the wilderness retreat doesn't happen until halfway through the book. So..... An innocent search for a lost piece of jewelry leads to murder, and the clues lead Shawn and Gus to Santa Barbara's most prestigious law firm. But things get dicey when the boys are shanghaied with a group of lawyers who are forced to go on a bonding retreat in the wilderness. Because even if they survive the bugs, bears, and dried food, there's a murderer among them who will stop at nothing to keep from being caught.

  • Allen Howard
    2019-04-16 22:30

    Psych is about two detectives one of which is a fake Psychic detective. He makes people believe that he is psychic by “having” visions. The story starts out by Psych getting hired to go find a missing bracelet, which, not know at the time, involves top-secret information of the U. S. Government. While in their quest of then discovering about the information and a murder of Archie Kane, the team of Shawn and Gus end up on a corporate retreat to the mountains outside of California. Along their way down, they start being hunted by mysterious forces. The book had some slow points, but for anybody who loves the show, it is recommended.

  • Practical Mike
    2019-04-13 22:40

    Love Psych... this book didn't feel like Psych to me.I think the problem with this book and Psych is that it doesn't do Shawn justice. The narrative choice of Guster being the "eyes" through which the story is seen by the reader leaves Shawn aloof. And while Shawn does "aloof" very well with the other characters, it is not a desirable relationship with the audience. Shawn basically moves from point A to clue B and hits all his cues, but it felt like an actor delivering lines, not Shawn making me laugh.I don't know if the other books' narratives are set up this way, and right now I'm not looking forward to finding out. It's a shame.

  • Tracy
    2019-04-09 00:55

    Oh, my god. I made it to page 131 and I just can't go any further: I AM BORED OUT OF MY MIND. The summary listed on the back of the book is JUST getting underway, and I really don't care who is guilty and who killed whom, it's just blah blah blah. :( The OCs are boring, Shawn and Gus are again tepid and flat, Henry is partnered up with a useless junior police officer who completely idolizes him to the letter—and none of it is making me want to turn to the next page. On to another, hopefully better story.

  • K. O'Bibliophile
    2019-03-29 23:51

    This was much better than I expected it to be. The story cleans up nicely and is suspenseful, but the main draw of it is what makes the characters so appealing on TV as well: witty, snappy dialog. The book is chock-full of humor, sarcasm, and Shawn's just plain weirdness.Having at least some exposure to the show is probably a good thing, just because you'll then have some knowledge of the perpetual quick banter that permeates the series, but you definitely don't have to be a die-hard fan to enjoy the book--I'm not, and I did.

  • Katie
    2019-03-28 03:53

    This is the second Psych tie-in book I've read, the first being "A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Read", and I have to say, this one was way better. I liked the wilderness setting, and the plot was set up in a way that the reader could play along and try to solve the mystery on their own. The characters seemed better... well, characterized, even if there wasn't much of Lassie or Juliet. A fun and easy read for any Psych-o.

  • Edward Davies
    2019-04-10 05:31

    As with many book series, the Psych books are starting to be less engrossing. Lassie and Juliet are barely in it, Henry seems to be tacked on to bump up the page count,and the work retreat where Shawn and Gus are stranded on a mountain with a group of lawyers - one of whom might be a killer - didn't work as well as it could have. Add in the overused pop culture references and Gus's slow regression into a-sometime-nother Shawn, and I just hope that the last two books take a different turn...

  • Krystle Kouture
    2019-03-22 23:39

    How Did This Book Find Me?: Bought it at Borders (tear) because I'm a fan of the showWhat I liked most: It was a unique book. Not your typical someone kills someone mystery. It takes place in the woods on a corporate "retreat". Also, the humor is a big plus. What I liked least: There are some typo/tense issues which is annoying. Also, the ending was pretty lame.Would I read more by this author: Maybe at the library, but I'm not rushing out to purchase

  • Dawn
    2019-04-06 05:49

    This was probably the best of the three Psych books. The mystery was much more straight forward than the past two books, and the majority of this book followed one string in a Clue-like fashion. My only complaint is that some of the things Shawn figured out weren't explained well. There seemed to be some pretty big leaps in his logic and then he ended up being correct. Maybe it's just because there's no "Shawn Vision" to help us along?

  • Judy
    2019-03-23 03:52

    I had looked forward to reading this book as I love the television series. But I found it kind of plodding at times. It took me quite a while to get into the book. I kept putting it down to read other things. The chatter that makes Shawn unique in the show was more annoying when read. But the plot was pretty good and over all, I probably will read another one before making a final judgment on the series.

  • Sue
    2019-04-01 00:29

    It's been disastrous. I liked the very beginning, it was much like the show with all of the little winks and those really great jokes. I also liked how in-character all the protagonists were. What I didn't like was all the rest. It was absurd, far off the psych-road and partly almost splatter-like. I still like it because I'm a fan of the characters and the show. It's been my first book out of psych and I'm planning on reading more - hopefully the next one will be better.

  • Donald
    2019-04-03 05:36

    Dude, this is a sweet book!Just what I would want from a book tied into one of my favorite tv shows. It has the humor and pop-culture references you'd expect and all the characters are perfectly captured. The first description of Lassie is laugh-out-loud funny. I like how most of the book is from Gus' point of view; Shawn's would be too weird and besides, it's much funnier to watch poor Gus have to deal with Shawn than it would be to know exactly what's going on in that dude's head.

  • Mark Baker
    2019-03-29 23:52

    Shawn and Gus are hired to find a missing necklace. But after they are robbed and their client murdered, they realize something bigger must be going on. The book was fun, but takes too many wild turns, leaving the book feeling unfocused.Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  • Mike Tuter
    2019-04-15 02:31

    I was disappointed with this book. I am a big fan of the show & there were a few parts where I laughed out loud because I could truly picture Shawn & Gus bantering back & forth with each other or someone else; however, the story kind of dragged for me even though it was only 278 pages. Also in my opinion there were not enough laugh out loud moments to make up for the boring story.