CSFF Blog Tour: NUMB / John Otte

Christian Science Fiction Fantasy Blog Tour (CSFF)

Numb / John Otte
Marcher Lord Press     ISBN     978-1935929994
Adult     Rating: 4
Pre-publication reviewed


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”?

 <Read MY FULL REVIEW here >

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):

Julie Bihn
Jennifer Bogart
Keanan Brand
Beckie Burnham
Pauline Creeden
Vicky DealSharingAunt
Carol Gehringer
Victor Gentile
Rebekah Gyger
Nikole Hahn
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Emileigh Latham
Rebekah Loper
Jennette Mbewe
Amber McCallister
Shannon McDermott
Shannon McNear
Meagan @ Blooming with Books
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Joan Nienhuis
Faye Oygard
Writer Rani
Nathan Reimer
Jojo Sutis
Rachel Starr Thomson
Steve Trower
Shane Werlinger
Phyllis Wheeler
Nicole White

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Disclaimer: Book reviews are my opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

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



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6 responses to “CSFF Blog Tour: NUMB / John Otte

  1. tkscap1912

    Hey, I’d love to see this turned into a movie as well. LOL! From your lips…er, keyboard…to God’s ear.


  2. Hmm . . . might be fun to chat about who we’d cast as Crusader?


  3. tkscap1912

    You know, I think I may just have to do that. We’ll see what I can come up with for Monday. 🙂


  4. tkscap1912

    Or Wednesday. What day of the week is it? I blame Easter-brain.


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  6. Definitely could see this on the Big Screen and I’d love the Teddy Bears!