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Harvest of Souls Crossover
by V. A. MCCLOUD   

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Publisher:  Lifevest Publishing ISBN-10:  1932338047 Type: 


Copyright:  Jan 1 2003

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The Harvest of Souls Crossover is a story that is exciting, vigorous, and full of suspense about the fight of good and evil in two realms, the light and dark world. The Howdy Family is determined to defeat the world of darkness, led by the seemingly undefeatable dark world leader, Shuby.

"People rejected each other just because of the color of their hearts."

"...the children acted like beasts, running around terrorizing the communities."

"...his gaze could 'Mag-net-ize' you."

"...your kindness and goodness will win the heart of anyone."

"No," said PoPo Boy all puffy. "I am not returning. Ya'll go with yor silly selves and let him have your souls, but for me, I won't."

" not cross me, PoPo Boy, for I will personally pull your heart out, grill it and feed it to the dogs."

"The rocks will cry out for mercy, hee-hee, hee-hee."

"Who Let The Beast Out."


Professional Reviews

Good vs. Evil
Date Reviewed: July 27, 2003
Reviewed by Tee C. Royal of The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
Age Group: Young Adult
RAWKidz Rating: 4 (out of 5)

Good vs. Evil

Transform yourself out of your adult body for just a minute and fall into one of a young child trying to understand the difference between good and evil, between right and wrong, and then think of the possibilities of what can happen when these two opposites are thrown into the same space. V.A. McCloud opens HARVEST OF SOULS CROSSOVER with Grandpa Howdy telling his grandchildren about the world of good and evil and how they became one. He also tells the children that they, along with him and Granny P, had been blessed with special powers to overcome the evil.

Shuby, the leader of the evil world, was thrown out of the good world and seeks to rid the world of all goodness. However, the plight isn't very simple. He must first find and destroy the forefathers who have been hidden by Grandpa Howdy. In an effort to gather information from an unknowing congregation, Shuby and his crew disguise themselves as "good" people and enter church one Sunday morning. It is no coincidence that this is the same church Grandpa Howdy and his grandchildren are attending. What happens when goodness and evil unite?

McCloud skillfully concocts a plot and ensuing battle between the goodness of the Howdy's and the evilness of Shuby. My only issue was with the abrupt ending and my disappointment in realizing I'd have to wait on the next installment to see what happens. V.A. McCloud is to be commended on her ability to effectively appeal to all age groups. With characters names symbolic to actual characteristics of everyday people, the ongoing battle of good and evil, and Shuby's quest to take over the world, this story is one that children and young adult will enjoy.

Reviewed by Tee C. Royal of The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers

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Reviewed by Kendra Scott 1/23/2004
Hi, my name is Kendra Scott. I am 13 1/2 years old. I wanted to tell you that I really enjoyed your bok. The reason why is because it taught me a lot about the two sides of the Harvest of Souls Crossover. I personally would like to know how much your next book is and everything because I really liked your book and would really want the next book.
Reviewed by Gloria McCullough 7/31/2003
My summary of Harvest of Souls Crossover - A novel by V.A. McCloud is: the novel was written in a very easy to read and understanding way. I have read this novel twice and paged through it twice. Each time something different stands out in my mind. The novel is good in comparing the good and evil worlds. It is also good in describing in detail the happenings in the Harvest of Souls Crossover one world. This novel to me relates to what is happening right now in this world we live in as christians. I really enjoyed reading your first novel. I like to read for knowledge and understanding when I'm reading. I like reading and this novel was interesting and had me thinking what is going to happen next. I would recommend this novel to others for reading.
Reviewed by Marilyn Linton 7/20/2003
I read your book and it was hard for me at first to get understanding in the beginning chapters. I kept reading on and then could not put the book down. I believe it was when I got to chapter seven that I read to the end in one night. My suspense was up and I wanted to find out what happen. It reminded me of our church and others of today and the world around us. I too am ready for your next release. I want to find out what really happen at the end of the fight, who died and what happens next.
Reviewed by R.E.BIZZELL 7/12/2003
"Harvest of Souls Crossover" is one of the
first books that I have ever read, that kept
my full attention!! Hey!.....the book is
fantastic, and I'm ready for more action and
thrills,confronting the enemy in a heads up,
eye to eye fight!! Let's get the next copy
out,and let me start where I stoped, with my
spirtual fist in the devil's nose!!
Reviewed by General Moore 7/7/2003
V. A. McCloud
You wrote a wonderful book. The characters were very simple but had a powerful message. Look forward to reading your next (GRADE A) book.
Reviewed by Ryan & Yolanda Bazemore 7/7/2003
Oh, V A McCloud,
Well, we are actually through. My son and I
had so many comments and commendable things to say about this novel, we collaborated our
thoughts. (Ryan) This book is off-the-hook.
I really like all the cool characters. I can't believe the author wrote a novel like this and we are actually living in the things that were actually mentioned in this novel alone. (Yolanda} I can just echo what my son mentioned. I do want to highlight on all the dynamic characters in this novel. How in the world did you invent such incredible names?
The novel is such a breath-of-fresh air, I'v never read anything so inspiring before. You did say this was fiction, didn't you? This book reveiw definitely is Four****. Greeeat Novel.Can't wait until the next novel.
Reviewed by Jacqueline Parker 6/26/2003
I have finally finished your book, I am really lost for words. I can't explain the effect that book has on me. I went to church Sunday, and I don't think I will ever look at people the same because I begin to realize that there are some Shuby’s and his followers in the churches of today. And Sunday when I was sitting there, I thought to myself, I wonder who's in here that came for the wrong reasons. This is a good, good book and it keeps you wanting more and more of it. I sure hope grandpa is alright, and I hope Granny P makes it o.k. too! Yes, please hurry with Part II of this book. I can't wait to see what happens next. I will be sending Oprah her book this week along with my statements. May God give you favor with her!! Thanks for sharing such an awesome book!! and yes, I can see this book becoming a movie.
Reviewed by Holland Moore 5/15/2003
“Harvest of Souls Crossover”: An Exhilarating Experience

“Harvest of Souls Crossover” pitches good against evil from the first page to the very last word. This book invokes visual images in the mind of the reader and the characters’ personalities and attributes are amplified as the chapters progress. As Grandpa Howdy narrates this epic, the reader can almost hear his voice and visualize him sitting with all the children surrounding him as they listen intently.

Shuby and his “boys” serve as countertypes to Grandpa Howdy, Granny P and the children. In every good thing that Grandpa Howdy and his family represent, Shuby and his followers represent the exact opposite. Shuby, SicDi, PoPo Boy, and Heart Breaker Kid allow the reader to put “faces” to the enemies. This book can be used as a tool in helping youth and children identify the real enemies in daily life and provide methods to overcoming and conquering them.

As the climax builds, “Harvest of Souls Crossover” is overflowing with enthralling action, suspense, surprise, and witty humor. This book is perfect for the patient, inquisitive reader as well as those who enjoy a fast-paced, action-packed adventure.

VA McCloud writes from the heart of a true storyteller. Each character, chapter, and level of the plot have distinct and consistent characteristics, wholesome attributes and the fluidity to make “Harvest of Souls Crossover” a must-read for any household.
Reviewed by Judine Slaughter 5/2/2003
Description: Proof that the righteous prevail

Sometimes the world and people in it can be dangerous and cruel. How often have you been stung by the hatred or meanness of another? What makes it bad, the person had a facade of kindness, and their malicious deed occurred without a warning. Now imagine a parent trying to explain this kind of behavior, so their child doesn’t fall into the snares of these wicked traps. A creative narrative not only captures the child’s attention, but it also gets a message across without nagging or preaching.

“Harvest of Souls Crossover” educates children about the real behaviors of different types of people through a mini science fiction novel. Grandpa Howdy begins by telling his grandchildren the story of how two worlds of people – good and evil – became one. Now it was hard to tell the difference between those from either world. The lukewarm people are the worst, because they attend church on Sunday, and create holy havoc the rest of the week.

Shuby, the master of evil, wants to get rid of the good ones, but he needs to destroy the ten forefathers who lay asleep in tombs. Grandpa Howdy has hidden the forefathers, until their time to wake and save the good people. Several interesting events lead up to a special church service, where Shuby and three of his followers metamorphosis to “look good” in order to find information about the forefathers. But, the grandchildren are gifted with special powers to overcome the evil.

V.A. McCloud builds a bridge between hip hop and old school. Names like Heart Breaker Kid, Peacemaker, and Goody Two Shoes describe the characters, while the context explains the outcomes of their behaviors. Most children and teenagers will smile as they recognize traits of family and friends. I recommend “Harvest of Souls Crossover” to parents or guardians as a child’s gift to help reinforce any religious schooling.
Reviewed by Charlie&Evelyn Boyd 4/19/2003
It has been a pleasant experience to have read the Harvest of Souls Crossover. One thing that kept coming back to me was that,although this is fiction,I can see todays" world in this book. I can truly say that this is an outstsnding work. There must have been times when you burned a bit of midnight oil in completing this book,to say the least. I admire your imagination and ability to produce such fine work. The book came to an interesting close. I am wondering what is going to be the fate of Grandpa and the other good people. I will be waiting for part II to see how Grandpa deals with this one. I thoroughly enjoyed and was blessed by reading The Harvest of Souls Crossover.
Reviewed by Rolette Lacy 3/28/2003
After having read the book twice, I found it to be very interesting and full of life. It really relates to what is happening in our real lives today. The evils of this world wants to take over the good. I am really and truly looking forward to Part II. It gives one a sense of hope and something to hold to in looking for our forefathers and our Love for our Lord and Saviour to see us through.
We all as believer must keep our hearts pure. I think the quality of this book was well written and a lot of heart felt thoughts were put into telling the story. I give it a Thumbs Up!!
Reviewed by Dollie Prayer 3/25/2003
After reading "Harvest of Souls Crossover," I had to settle back into my seat as I was captivated. The suspense was breathtaking. As a reader for many years, I find that this book is one of the most POWERFUL books of its time. I was moved by the way the author was able to capture the reader at some point and hold you within the plot of this great literary work. The message in "Harvest of Souls Crossover" gains dynamics after each chapter i.e. it becomes very clear that people and things are not always what they seem and that there are consequences to whatever we choose to do be it good or bad. Therefore, I recommend this book to readers of all ages. Come and experience what every reader wishes to experience a "good journal" through the pages of a book that invites you into the world of its characters and make them come alive. Much honor to V.A. McCloud for the literary excellence exemplified in "Harvest of Souls Crossover."
Reviewed by Mr. C. Joyner 3/19/2003
After not reading a book through to completion for many years, I found "Harvest of Souls Crossover" to compete quite well with books by the so called "great" authors. Once you commit to reading the book it pulls you right into the story line where you seem to have a front row seat to all that's going on. This is a true to life story that will captivate the most finicky audience. Although categorized as fiction the storyline is most definitely one with which all Christians can relate. Adults and teens alike should find this as excellent reading.
Reviewed by Virginia Chapman 2/21/2003
I have finally concluded your book. Your talents and abilities were an inspiration to me. Your book was truly written for such a time as this. It had a lot of truth to be fiction. i believe it will be a #1 seller. It has definitely exposed the dark world and its onslaught against the church. It is a wake-up call to many. You left me in suspense and I can not wait until Part-2 is released. Hurry!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by Mary Wilson 2/18/2003
V.A. McCloud: I hope you realize how wonderful your book is. This book needs to be in every home that has children.
I can see this book, as a movie series, video game and the possibilities are endless. To sum it up..…. I wish I had been given this vision. God gave it to you and I can't wait to see what levels He promotes this book, which obviously was guided by His precious hand.

I am not much of a talker; in fact I have told that I am shy -- imagine that at my age. Anyway, I will do all I can to get this book out. Very soon I will need at least five (5) more copies: One for my pastor, one for my goddaughter and three for my sons to introduce to their churches.

This is book is a blessing and I will be in agreement with you for the success of this book and the following sequels. The presentation, character structure, and message content are beyond words. Thank you for being obedient and writing this book.

The ending of your book was actually chilling. I was getting goose bumps and actually chilly the way you introduced the evil entering into the church disguised as do-gooders. I am serious and not just trying to make you feel good, this series is going places. Keep promoting!

Reviewed by Mr Gregg 2/17/2003
This is one of the most thought provoking books I have read in a long time. It kept my attention from start to finish. I appreciate the underling message, which could be easily missed if you're just skimming through the book. Its the attention and detail that V.A. McCloud gives in describing each of the characters that makes this book come alive. There are powerful forces at work all around us at all times. And the essences of that fact is certainly captured in the pages of "Harvest of Souls Crossover". This is one book which is destined to become an ongoing saga and best seller. And I want to thank V.A. McCloud for sharing with me this God inspired vision.............
Reviewed by Katrina Blount 2/14/2003
"Harvest of Souls Crossover" captured my attention from the very first page. I read all chapters except one within 24 hours. The book is full of suspense, humor, love, and nuturing. Although you wrote the book to capture the youth, the charisma of the book will captivate any audience that loves fiction and anyone that is young at heart, no matter what age. The terminology is easily understood and anyone can relate to it. I think the book is FANTASATIC! Please hurry and get the next sequel out!

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