Christian Science Fiction Fantasy Blog Tour (CSFF)
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”?
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MY THOUGHTS: John Otte‘s NUMB is a wonderful addition to the speculative fiction genre. More science fiction than fantasy, it poses the question: what happens when a cold-blooded killer — one that experiences neither emotion nor pain — meets the one person who causes him to feel emotions again? Will he be able to carry out his mission to kill her? What if by not killing her, he becomes an enemy of the state and puts his personal salvation at risk?
Numb is rich in plot development with twists and turns. The story starts slowly but quickly picked up the pace as Crusader and Isolda are on the run. One could easily see this as a full-length action movie (hint, hint, Hollywood!) that would appeal to both men and women. The relationship between Crusader and Isolda develops into a light romance but it doesn’t detract from the story. First and foremost, this is an action-adventure. The door is left open for a possible sequel, though most of the loose ends are taken care of by the end of the story.
Well done, John! Thoroughly enjoyed this romp through outer space — hope we see Crusader and Isolda again.
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Want to know what other reviewers and bloggers are saying about Numb ? Check out the CSFF Blog Tour participants shown below (Christian Science Fiction Fantasy):
Meagan @ Blooming with Books
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Rachel Starr Thomson
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In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.