Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Cross Shadow by Andrew Huff Blog Tour

About the Book:

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.

You can watch the book trailer here.

My Review:

I liked this suspense filled second book in the John Cross series. This one involved some high tech deception as two plot lines are intertwined. The initial plot involves Christine helping her stepbrother accused of murder. He supposedly killed a fellow worker, both employed by a high tech company. That introduces the second plot line. Something is very off at that company. John and Christine team up to deal with both concerns.

I like how Huff blends the potentially budding relationship between John and Christine with lots of action. The high tech company has won a lucrative contract from the government to build a robotic warrior, a scary possibility I've seen in other novels of suspense and international intrigue. When John gets an idea of the company's deception, his life is in danger and soon so is Christine's. The suspense is over the top. Huff knows how to write a chase scene and there is another great one in this novel.

This is a good novel for readers who like lots of suspense and action. The action is well paced and the body count is high. John usually gets through the deadly suspenseful scene but is sometimes too conveniently rescued by old CIA friends. I definitely like the Christian message that comes through John. And I like that we are left with a hint of John's next suspenseful adventure.

You can read my review of the first book in the series here.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

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 (

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 He can also be found on Facebook (@huffwrites), Twitter (@andrewjohnhuff) and Instagram (@andyhuff).

I received a complimentary copy of this book through Read With Audra. My comments are an independent and honest review.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)

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