Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Review: A Cross to Kill by Andrew Huff

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About the book:

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 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.

My Thoughts:

It's always great to see the Christian market publishing more than just Amish, literary, and romance, so I was already on board for this little something different. That this book is about a preacher with a dark past as a CIA officer made me not want to ever get off the ship.

This story is almost non-stop action, but the characters shine in this. There's John Cross, our preacher who thinks he can redeem his own past, poor confused soul; Heather, the reporter who he rescued and is trying to track him down; Guin, his former co-worker; and a mysterious villain as upset about all this killing as our hero is- along with many others, all dealing with big life issues against the backdrop of something even bigger than themselves.

Unfortunately, they mess up a lot. Like the church choosing an unmarried, newer Christian to be their preacher- that was  a big mess up even though John Cross tried so hard to live up to the role. And Heather slaps injured men in the face because they're late to dates... making Guin the obviously superior woman in John's life. Team Guin all the way.

This book was almost non-stop action all the way, with hilarious comic scenes that can only come from a CIA officer turned preacher, and an epic climax to cinch it. I can't wait for the rest of the series with more John Cross- and, I can only hope, more Guin.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

Reviewed by Jes Drew

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