Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Review - Cross Shadow by Andrew Huff

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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.


I've been reading a lot of horror and science fiction this year, so it's been nice to change things up a bit with my recent read - Cross Shadow by Andrew Huff. It's the second book in the Shepherd Suspense series, which kicked off last year with A Cross to Kill.

While I liked the first novel, I had a lot of issues with the story, and I believe I gave it a 3-star rating. Despite some nitpicking, I wanted to read the sequel from Kregel Publications.

For a Christian thriller, this novel has a lot of action and a high body count. This time around, the plot is better laid out and isn't as predictable as A Cross to Kill; though there are a few cliched scenes where the primary character, John Cross, gets out a deadly situation way too easy. Cross's love interest, Christine Lewis, is more fleshed out, and their relationship feels more realistic.

Overall, I enjoyed reading Cross Shadow. It's a well-written sequel that surpasses the original. If you like mysteries and thrillers, then I recommend getting Cross Shadow.


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).

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