A page-turning suspense... Cross Shadow by Andrew Huff (Review & #Giveaway)

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Cross Shadow
(Shepherd Suspense #2)
By Andrew Huff
Christian Suspense
Paperback & ebook, 272 Pages
May 26, 2020 by Kregel Publications


All journalist Christine Lewis wants is the truth. All pastor John Cross wants is to avoid it.

Former CIA agent turned evangelical pastor John Cross is busy caring for the small community of believers he ministers to in Virginia. Journalist Christine Lewis is busy with the demand for her talents from top news agencies in New York City. Neither has any time left for their relationship, which began eight months before when they paired up to prevent the detonation of a chemical bomb in the nation's capital.

But when Christine hears that her stepbrother has been arrested for murder in Texas, they team up again to discover the truth about the crime. Untangling a web of conspiracy, the couple finds themselves in the center of another dangerous situation-and in trouble far deeper than they expected.

With an assassin on the loose, a trusted colleague acting as a double agent, and unreliable artificial intelligence connected to mercenaries who have Cross on their hit list, these two may not get out of the Lone Star State alive.

Praise for the Book

“In the tradition of Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti, Cross Shadow is a strong, taut thriller that retains a Christian sense of optimism and hope while acknowledging the existence of great evil in the world. Huff raises the stakes on every page all the way through the white-knuckle finale—like watching an action movie through the written word.” ~ Kyle Mann, editor in chief of The Babylon Bee and author of How to Be a Perfect Christian

“Andrew Huff’s writing is as fast-paced and tight as his enticing story lines. Masterfully balancing a well-developed plot with a cast of characters you feel like you’ve known forever, Huff creates one page-turner after another in his Shepherd Suspense trilogy. He may be a new author, but his talented word-spinning is anything but novice and will linger long in the reader’s subconscious.” ~ Betsy St. Amant Haddox, author of All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes

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My Review

CROSS SHADOW is another fast-faced, action-packed book in this series. Readers who fell in love with these characters from the first book will continue to do so in book two while hoping they come out alive. Recommended to fans of the series, Christian suspense, and military fiction.

John and Christine don't seem to get much of a break from facing threats and trying to serve their country in this second book. They're also trying to figure out their relationship and how to make things work. I enjoyed their banter and sweet moments as well as getting to see some old friends from the first book. There were a few new characters as well. Then there was this crazy plot (a bit unbelievable and unrealistic, which was my only complaint), but a plot that kept things moving with the car chases, danger, fighting, and suspense that I've now come to expect from this series and author. The faith element didn't come off too strong and I think most would relate to these characters trying to trust God and figure out what He wanted for them. The romance was a sweet aspect to the story, but not the main focus, which definitely worked for me.

In the end, was it what I wished for? This was another thrilling ride! Definitely an entertaining read for Christian suspense and military fiction readers. I'm very curious to see what new developments there will be in these characters' lives in book three.

Content: Some violence, fist fights, shooting, car chases, etc (what you'd expect from this type of story).
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the the publisher through Audra Jennings PR, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

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Other Books in the Series

A Cross to Kill
(Shepherd Suspense #1)
By Andrew Huff
Christian Suspense
Paperback & ebook, 250 Pages
October 15, 2019 by Kregel Publications


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. 

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About the Author

Huff spent ten 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. A Cross to Kill and Cross Shadow in the Shepherd Suspense series are his first releases.

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 Andrew Huff and the Shepherd Suspense novels at www.andrewhuffbooks.com. He can also be found on Facebook (@huffwrites), Twitter (@andrewjohnhuff) and Instagram (@andyhuff)

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