Eye Spy

Sojourning Souls

Fiction - Paranormal
369 Pages
Reviewed on 12/15/2013
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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Eye Spy (Sojourning Souls) is a paranormal fantasy written by Kevin J. Hallock. Steph and C.J. Campbell live on Apple Island, on the family farm. They're survivors of a violent attack that claimed the lives of their parents and left the two siblings emotionally damaged. C.J. is now agoraphobic and is unable to leave the house unless he is sojourning, a form of mind travelling. Steph stays at home and monitors C.J.'s body while he's having an out-of-body excursion. They've become fairly accomplished at crime prevention and are currently tracking the whereabouts of Lauren, a young girl who's been kidnapped by a cult. The sheriff, a long-time family friend, acts as an intermediary for giving leads to the FBI and for collecting the rewards which are the Campbell's source of income. They're faced with foreclosure on the family farm at the hands of Doris Morris, an unethical casino owner, who wants to build on their land.

Kevin J. Hallock's Eye Spy is exciting and well-written. C.J. and Steph are compelling and sympathetic characters whose efforts to shake off the trauma of their family tragedy are heroic and inspiring. The underlying history of the agency that polices Out-of-Body Masters, such as C.J., is both creepy and intriguing. There's a lot for the reader to think about while reading Eye Spy as the out-of-body concept is well-played. There's an arch-villain OBM, Cecil, a cultist-pedophile who can exorcise them and the ex-Priest who gets to decide which OBMs are 'johnnyed'. Eye Spy is great fun, entirely unpredictable, and highly recommended.

Maria Beltran

Kevin J. Hallock’ novel, Eye Spy: Sojourning Souls, takes the reader on a paranormal journey that is as exhilarating as an exciting roller coaster ride. Stephanie and Christopher “C.J.” Campbell have witnessed the gruesome murder of their parents and this traumatic experience will change their lives forever. C.J., an agoraphobe, is also a psychic who can sojourn in the body and soul of other human beings. Together with his sister, he has to find ways to save the farm that their parents left them. Saddled with a huge loan and faced with the greed of a rich and powerful woman, who has had her eye on the farm for a long time, the siblings used his psychic abilities to raise money. And this will bring them into a confrontation with the arch messiah bent on getting a teenage girl to bear his child against her will and the attention of other sojourners whose intentions are less than noble.

Eye Spy: Sojourning Souls is truly one of those novels you would hate to read in installments. It is very difficult not to continue turning the pages and follow the journey of C.J. Campbell as he sojourns in other people’s souls. I found myself reading on to see what happens next in his adventure. Fast paced and written in simple language, I cannot help but empathize with the main protagonists, the orphaned Campbell children. This is a story between good and evil and the lines are clearly drawn between the two antagonists here. Having said that, the author still succeeds in telling an interesting story simply because of the amazing twists and turns that could literally make you squirm in your reading seat. This makes it quite difficult to guess the story’s ending and I believe this is where the author really scores. This is a novel that could make an otherwise boring day into an enjoyable one.

Kathryn Bennett

Eye Spy (Sojourning Souls) by Kevin J. Hallock is a paranormal thriller that introduces us to C.J. C.J. is not a normal man; he is both psychic and agoraphobic, and he lives in fear. The fear that he deals with is pushed aside, however, when his mind secretly 'hitchhikes' onto someone else’s body. He is able to go where they go, sense what they sense like a hidden spy. With support from his sister, Steph, and his 'hitchhiking' abilities, he has been able to help solve crimes and even prevent robberies. But what will happen when other psychics notice what C.J. and Steph are doing?

This was a new experience for me in paranormals. I had never seen an idea quite like this one come about and I really enjoyed that uniqueness. The writing flows very well and every plot point to me unfolded at just the right moment. C.J. and Steph are both very dynamic characters that I felt fully involved with as they went on this journey. I really love the combination of paranormal, spy, and what I like to call “law and order” style in the fact that they help to solve crimes. If you are a reader that likes rich, well turned out characters and a writing style that is polished, you will enjoy the world that Kevin J. Hallock has created with Eye Spy. I am going to be seeking out this author's other work because I love the style and the feel of the world that he created. Two thumbs-up for Eye Spy.

Kayti Nika Raet

Eye Spy is the latest addition to the Sojourning Souls series by Kevin J. Hallock. C.J. is a young agoraphobic, terrified of stepping outside after his family suffered a brutal attack two years ago. Now the only way he sees the outdoors is through the eyes of other people as he travels from body to body, attempting to solve crimes, bring the bad guys to justice and give closure to the families, something he and his sister Steph are unable to enjoy. But he's not the only one who can travel or sense out of body travelers; there's Cecil, a serial killer born at the turn of the twentieth century and hopping from body to body, and Melvin, a cult leader who can sense and 'exorcise' an out of body traveler. Both have set their sights on C.J. Both for various reasons: none of them good.

I loved Eye Spy. It was well written and engaging. It was the last thing I put down at night after my eyes were too tired to read one more word (somehow I found myself reading one more chapter), and the first thing I picked up in the morning. I loved the characters of C.J. and Steph as well as the mechanics of his out of body experiences. The mystery kept me guessing and the suspense kept me furiously flipping pages, or at least the e-Book equivalent. I was so sad when it ended and I hope we'll see more soon from Hallock. More please.

Lit Amri

C.J. Campbell’s mind is able to secretly hitch-hike or 'sojourn' in someone else’s body. He goes where his temporary hosts go and shares all their senses. With the help of his sister, Steph, he uses his ability to fight crimes. At the moment, both C.J. and Steph are looking for a teenager, 13-year-old Lauren Danielle Becker, kidnapped by a cult leader. A sense of invincibility during his sojourns settles more and more on him, motivating C.J. to keep pushing himself to sojourn longer and longer. He is not as cautious as he used to be, and this mistake costs him dearly as his sojourning mind is noticed by other psychics. Eye Spy is part of the Sojourning Souls series by Kevin J. Hallock.

C.J.’s gift is incredible. My favorite part is when he uses his sister as a host, even converses with her telepathically. There are some hilarious situations when C.J.’s mind sojourns, such as discovering the shocking secret of Sheila, Michigan’s supposedly sexiest weather woman. But his mobile mind has its downfall, as he has to leave his body immobile, which takes a toll on his health. The siblings' attempts to get Lauren rescued were nerve-racking. Yet things get even more exciting when C.J.’s sojourning is detected by others – I have no intention of spoiling this part for other readers. The Campbell siblings also have an ongoing battle with Doris Morris regarding their family’s farm. On the whole, Eye Spy is an out of the ordinary urban paranormal tale and an easy read from start to finish. The writing is clear and descriptive. No doubt readers will easily immerse themselves in the story.