First Line Friday — A Cross to Kill

15 Nov

Back in the day 😉 , I was a big fan of Robert Ludlum and John le Carre´spy novels. I would immerse myself in that undercover world for hours at a time — I couldn’t get enough. A book arrived at my house yesterday that I think will satisfy my espionage cravings while presenting a Christian worldview — A Cross to Kill by Andrew Huff. I plan to dig into this debut novel soon.

I would love if you would share your first line. Then make sure to head over to Hoarding Books for more first line fun.



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.

Andrew Huff spent 10 years in local church ministry 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Media, a church media company ( He is a two-time finalist in the American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis Contest for unpublished authors (2014 & 2017) and also won the Best Screenplay award at the 2015 48 Hour Film Festival in Richmond, VA. He resides in North Texas with his beautiful wife Jae and their two boys.


7 Responses to “First Line Friday — A Cross to Kill”

  1. Sammie @ The Writerly Way November 15, 2019 at 8:21 am #

    Oh, that opening line is pretty dang chilling, and also super gripping! Now this sounds like a super interesting thriller. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Christian thriller before, so that’s extra neat. Happy reading!

    Here’s my First Line Friday post.

  2. joyofreadingweb November 15, 2019 at 9:51 am #

    Over on my blog, I am sharing 4-fabulous first lines from the just-released-today new book, The Highlanders (A Smitten Historical Romance Collection). Do stop by and check it out! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  3. bellesmoma16 November 15, 2019 at 10:54 am #

    Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog I’m sharing the first line from Diamond in the Rough by Jen Turano: It’s SO good. I’m currently on chapter 17, so I’ll share the first line from there.

    “Can’t thank you enough, Reginald, for insisting on accompanying Poppy and me as we search for that peddler,” Murray said from the far side of the sleigh, staunchly ignoring the frown Poppy, who was squished in between Reginald and Murray, was sending him.

    Hope you have a great weekend filled with awesome reading time. 🙂❤📖

  4. Anneliese Dalaba November 15, 2019 at 12:08 pm #

    On my blog, I’m sharing Riona by Linda Windsor. Here, I will share the first line in Chapter 26 of my current read, A Defense of Honor by Kristi Ann Hunter. “Kit was anxious as she waited for Jess to return from London, jumping every time the wind blew a bit too loudly around the corner of the house or whenever a child closed a door with a bit too much force.” Have a wonderful weekend!

  5. BeautyInTheBinding (@BeautyInTheBind) November 15, 2019 at 7:19 pm #

    Happy Friday! Today I’m sharing the first line from the prologue of One More River to Cross by Jane Kirkpatrick: “Mary Sullivan stood outside the circle of men, watched through the triangle of elbows as they nodded and commented about the markings the Paiute drew in the dirt.”

  6. lelandandbecky November 15, 2019 at 10:12 pm #

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “Because of You” by Becky Wade:

    “Maddie Winslow met the man of her dreams the same day that her friend Olivia introduced Maddie to her new boyfriend. Which would have been splendid, except that the man of Maddie’s dreams was Olivia’s new boyfriend.”

  7. thebeccafiles November 16, 2019 at 1:31 am #

    This week on my blog I shared the first line from Heart of a Royal by Hannah Currie. It’s also my current read so I’ll share the first line from chapter 22 here: “The reception had been going on for hours–and no one seemed in any rush to end it.” Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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