About the Book
John Cross is a small-town pastor, bent on leading his flock to follow God’s calling. He’s not the sort of man one would expect to have a checkered past.
But the truth is that the man behind the pulpit preaching to his sheep was once a wolf–an assassin for the CIA. When John decided to follow Christ, he put that work behind him, determined to pay penance for all the lives he took. He vowed never to kill again.
Now someone wants the peaceful pastor to pay for his sins with his own life. And when a terrorist out for revenge walks into the church, John’s secrets are laid bare. Confronted with his past, he must face his demons and discover whether a man can truly change. Can he keep his vow–even when the people he loves are in mortal danger? Will his congregation and the brave woman he’s learning to care for be caught in the cross fire? In the end, his death may be the only sacrifice he has left to offer . . .
Andrew Huff’s thrilling debut is not only a riveting story of suspense, it’s also a deep exploration of the moral quandaries that face those who choose to follow the Prince of Peace in a violent world.
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In My Opinion
Andrew Huff’s debut novel impressed me. A Cross to Kill is an intense, full speed ahead read that starts from the first pages and doesn’t let up.
Several car chase scenes, hand-to-hand combat, and daring escapes that take place in cars, on top of a train, and on a crane had me clutching the pages.
John Cross is a unique character. An ex-CIA officer turned pastor, Cross wants to leave all of his past acts behind him and live a better life. But when his past catches up to him, he can’t sit on his hands and do nothing.
Huff presents some interesting questions in this debut. If not Cross, who else will protect the country from evil? How can one man reconcile the skills God has given him with living a life of faith? When lives are in balance, is turn the other cheek truly the best choice?
While those answers may not come this side of heaven, Huff’s examination is thorough, entertaining, and enjoyable. I am looking forward to what the next installment in this series brings to readers.
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About the Author
Andrew Huff spent 10 years in local church ministry as a youth pastor and creative arts pastor before pursuing God’s calling into creative storytelling and media production as the Product Director at Igniter Media, a church media company (ignitermedia.com).
He is a two-time finalist in the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Genesis Contest for unpublished authors (2014 & 2017) and also won the Best Screenplay award at the 2015 48 Hour Film Festival in Richmond, VA.
Huff holds a Bachelor of Science in Religion degree from Liberty University and a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary. He resides in Plano, TX with his beautiful wife, Jae, and their two boys.
Learn more about Andrew Huff and the Shepherd Suspense Novels at www.andrewhuffbooks.com. He can also be found on Facebook (@huffwrites) and Twitter (@andrewjohnhuff).
Katie Poole says
Sounds like my kind of book
Suzie Waltner says
If you’re a fan of films like The Borne Identity, James Bond, or Mission Impossible, this book fits right alongside those.
Alicia Haney says
This book sounds very intriguing and like a very good page turner! Thank you so much for sharing your book review, I would love to read this book. I will be adding it to my TBR list.
Rachel Taylor says
Thank you for the review and the giveaway. I’m intrigued by the questions being asked. I believe God allows us to defend others. Even if we use skills that were originally used for bad, He can redeem those and use them for good.
Caryl Kane says
Great review, Suzie! This book sounds like a page-turner.
Shannon W says
Sounds fun and fast-paced