Saturday, November 30, 2019

A Cross to Kill by Andrew Huff



A gripping debut thriller pits a man of God against terrorists--and his own deadly past

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 do 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, John's life 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. "An action-packed nail-biter from beginning to end! . . . I couldn't put it down."

--Lynette Eason, best-selling, award-winning author of the Blue Justice series


I'll be honest the cover and the title are what drew me in. This design is way cool. I don't think I've ever seen art quite like this.

To my idea, the cover gives you a hint as to what the story would be about if there weren't a blurb with it.

I think James Bond has met his match through John Cross. Yes, I'm definitely sure.

Cross ( or the good Shepherd)s life never has a dull moment to be sure! Everytime he turned around he was in danger.

I guess I have to admit I am fascinated by what he does and at how God has protected him through each and every dangerous situation he was in. I know I felt my mouth drop open in some of the scenes. Still yet in other scenes the hairs stood up on the back of my neck.
I found myself shouting " look behind you!" Or " Don't do that you'll get yourself killed!"
Y'all ever do that in a book?
Christine is another one that's very lucky and a brave gal to boot. I found myself rooting for her along the way too.
I've actually seen her situation on tv too. It's certainly left me thinking about what if I was in her position? How would I act?
Would I turn to God or would I just hope for the best? I'd like to think that I would turn to God in those troubling times.
I think Huff is a very talented writer. His style of writing is new to me and at first I wasn't sure about this book but I'm glad I finished it.
I'm happy to say that it's a good read with lots of action filled pages that will keep you on your toes and leave your head spinning so that you're not sure which way to turn your head!
Hull has wonderful messages in his book too. It's about forgiveness.
No matter what you've done in your past life or even now God forgives if you ask Him.
Everyone has a past that is filled with secrets. All can be wiped clean.
Another scene in this book ( and it had me giggling) was the phone call.
Cross definitely had to be good for this one! Poor lady. She had absolutely noooooo idea what was going on and what made it so funny was I could actually picture it in my mind and the look on his face as she prattles on!!
This was my favorite scene out of the whole book!
I agree with a few people that we could have left some chase scenes out of the book. There was just too many of them. One or two would have been sufficient.
I think what bothers me most is that the book came in full swing ( usually the author will lead you into the action gently. No beating around the bush so to speak)and out full swing. In other words it leaves you wanting for more. It made my jaw drop. I like at least a little warning on how it's going to end not just cold turkey. I'm left hanging. It's not a good feeling. First book I ever came across that did that.
But if you like James Bond you'll love this book. I highly recommend it.
My thanks to Netgalley. NO compensations were received and all opinions are my own 


Andrew  HuffI spent 10 years in local church ministry before pursuing God's calling into creative storytelling and media production as the Product Director at Igniter Media, a church media company ( I am a two-time finalist in the American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis Contest for unpublished authors (2014 & 2017) and also won the Best Screenplay award at the 2015 48 Hour Film Festival in Richmond, VA. My debut novel, A Cross to Kill, was released on October 14th by Kregel Publications.


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