Review of Cross Shadow by Andrew Huff
Despite the large amount of suspense novels in the Christian fiction category, this series brings a special something that sets it apart (probably the spy aspect. Everything is better with spies). It reads like a spy thriller, with all the action, banter, and subterfuge one must have- along with cool gadgets, lingo, and, of course, vehicle chases. But it brings something much more rare: a heart and soul (and a tad bit more realism).
I loved John Cross from book one, and was glad to see him again, though he seems to be going through a tough season of his life right now. He feels like old habits from his time in the CIA are sneaking back into his life as he deals with tension in his relationship with Christine and facing a future beyond his ministry. I understood his pain. What I didn't understand was how merciless a certain other character was when viewing him.
Christine hasn't grown on me any more than the last book, since I can tell she's all wrong for John. She's growing as a new Christian, which is good. But she still is way harsher with John than there was any call for, especially surrounding a supposed deception that didn't seem very deceptive to me. They still make a very good team in some aspects, though, and it's good to see that she does respect and rely on him when they're in danger, at least.
Guin is my other favorite character, though it felt like I was only being teased with her name for a while. But, as always, she's well worth the wait.
Anyway, if you want to read about spies, Christians dealing with actual problems, a murder mystery, a corporate conspiracy, and one whopper of a climax... well, look no further.
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, but was not required to write a favorable review.
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