Monday, April 21, 2014

Review: Numb by:John W. Otte

About the Book:
Save the girl...or his soul?

Crusader is numb. He feels neither emotion nor pain, a divine gift that allows him to be the Ministrix's best assassin.

Whether it's heretics from within or heathens from without, Crusader is the sword in the True Church's hand. And if he remains obedient to his superiors, he will be able to let go of his guilt.

But then he's ordered to kill Isolda Westin. It shouldn't be a problem. A target is a target. When Crusader sees Isolda's image, though, something strange happens. He experiences a moment of panic, a wave of emotions--the first he's felt in as long as he can remember.

In that moment, he realizes he can't fulfill his mission. He can't kill Isolda Westin, even if it means he'll be condemned as an enemy of the Ministrix.

Soon Crusader and Isolda are on the run. Will they be able to learn why the Ministrix wants Isolda dead? Or will they both soon face the harsh justice of the "True Church"?

About the Author:
John W. Otte grew up in Columbia Heights, a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota. When he was younger, he dreamed of being a superhero, fueled by reading collections of Superman and Batman comics. Instead, he attended college at Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he majored in theatre. He graduated summa cum laude in 1996 and then attended Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, where he received his Master of Divinity in 2000. He now serves as a pastor in South St. Paul, Minnesota, where he lives with his wife and two sons.

He has published short stories in The Leading Edge Magazine and Dragons, Knights, and Angels in 2006. He was a ACFW Genesis Contest Finalist in 2008. His debut novel, Failstate, was a finalist for the 2013 Christy Awards. He is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and participates in the Speculative Faith blog.

My Review:
 Crusader is numb, which in a way makes him a good assassin but his life is filled with dullness. He never feels remorse for his victims or even show them mercy. He has a job to do and a job he's very good at. He soon receives yet another mission, one for a pretty woman. She was soon to be gone from this world, because of the sins she had committed. That's what his job was all about, taking out the sinners, showing glory to God by getting rid of the bad. Though it seemed kind of twisted, Crusader didn't question it. Then he saw her.

 Isolda has always tried to do right by people. She tries to help everyone the best she can. Now she is being told an assassin is after her. One who disposes of the sinners, one thing she has tried not to be. The only thing keeping her safe is a mysterious man and her wits. But when Isolda lays eyes on him, she finds him quite stunning. With his dark and sharp features, she can hardly believe he is an assassin and here for her life. Join us as we follow along on this adventure, sure to leave you guessing!

In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

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