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The Shepherd [Kindle Edition]

Ethan Cross
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)

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Praise for THE PROPHET from Bestselling Authors such as Lisa Gardner, Jon Land, and Steven James ...

"The best book of its kind since Thomas Harris retired Hannibal Lecter, a cat-mouse-game extraordinaire that will leave your knuckles white and your stomach churning." - Jon Land, Bestselling Author of Strong Vengeance

"Cross pushes the boundaries in this sinisterly clever showdown between one shadowy vigilante justice group and three twisted serial killers. The surprises are fast and furious and will leave you breathless to read more." - Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Catch Me and Love You More

"Solid, memorable storytelling that moves rapid-fire through a complex and gripping plot. Ethan Cross is one of the sharpest emerging writers on the thriller fiction scene today."
Steven James, national bestselling author of Opening Moves and The Pawn

"THE PROPHET confirms, confidently and vociferously, that Ethan Cross is one of the best damn writers in the genre." - Anthony J. Franze, Bestselling Author of THE LAST JUSTICE


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Praise for THE SHEPHERD from Bestselling Authors such as Andrew Gross (#1 New York Times bestselling author and former James Patterson co-author), Jeremy Robinson, and AJ Hartley ...

"A fast paced, all too real thriller with a villain right out of James Patterson and Criminal Minds."
- Andrew Gross, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Reckless and Don't Look Twice

"Silence of the Lambs meets The Bourne Identity."
- Brian S. Wheeler, author of Mr. Hancock's Signature

"An intense novel that will have you locking your windows and doors, installing a safe room and taking Ambien so you can sleep through the night after finishing. "
- Jeremy Robinson, author of Pulse and Instinct

"A superbly crafted thriller skillfully delving into the twisted mind of a psychopath and the tormented soul of the man destined to bring him down."
- D.B. Henson, bestselling author of Deed to Death

"A taut, violent and relentless nightmare."
- A.J. Hartley, bestselling author of What Time Devours and Act of Will


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TO STOP A MONSTER...

Marcus Williams and Francis Ackerman Jr. both have a talent for hurting people. Marcus, a former New York City homicide detective, uses his abilities to protect others while Ackerman uses his gifts to inflict pain and suffering.

HE MUST EMBRACE THE MONSTER WITHIN HIMSELF

When both men become unwilling pawns in a conspiracy that reaches to the highest levels of our government, Marcus finds himself in a deadly game of cat and mouse trapped between a twisted psychopath and a vigilante with seemingly unlimited resources. Aided by a rogue FBI agent and the vigilante's beautiful daughter - a woman with whom he's quickly falling in love - Marcus must expose the deadly political conspiracy and confront his past while hunting down one of the must cunning and ruthless killers in the world.

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Editorial Reviews

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“A fast paced, all too real thriller with a villain right out of James Patterson and Criminal Minds.”
– Andrew Gross, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Reckless and Don’t Look Twice

Silence of the Lambs meets The Bourne Identity.
– Brian S. Wheeler, author of Mr. Hancock’s Signature

“An intense novel that will have you locking your windows and doors, installing a safe room and taking Ambien so you can sleep through the night after finishing. ”
– Jeremy Robinson, author of Pulse and Instinct

“A superbly crafted thriller skillfully delving into the twisted mind of a psychopath and the tormented soul of the man destined to bring him down.”
– D.B. Henson, bestselling author of Deed to Death

“A taut, violent and relentless nightmare.”
– A.J. Hartley, bestselling author of What Time Devours and Act of Will

“This powerful thriller keeps the pace at a rapid fire. Once I started reading, it was difficult to put the book down.... It is a must-have for the action and thriller fan, and a great addition to any library. The Shepherd is full of surprises to the very end – you won’t be disappointed and you won’t see it coming.”
– Blogcritics

“Once I started reading, I really couldn’t put this book down. I found myself reading it while doing everyday things like sitting at my kitchen table having my breakfast or sitting in my car waiting for my kids to get out of school.”
– The Bookworm

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This was such a well written novel, I couldn't praise Aronica more for the beautiful way he intertwined characters and worlds. Every last detail in the fantasy world was creative and added more to the story. There were some heartbreaking scenes along the way that had me crying, but the love between father and daughter was extremely clear and quite emotional.. A recommendation to all readers. - Chick Lit Plus

Product Details

  • File Size: 740 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1936558068
  • Publisher: Story Plant, The; Reprint edition (September 18, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009CGNU1Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,906 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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145 of 161 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, solid thriller March 22, 2011
Format:Paperback
I will tell you that for a large portion of this book I was planning to give it a rather lukewarm if not negative review.
Not that it is badly written.
Because it is not, not at all. In fact it is very well written.
It is a complicated story, with a good number of characters and the author is very successful at keeping it all straight in the reader's mind. And it is not because the characters are not good, because again, this is not an issue. The first major character, serial killer Ackerman is as creepy and scary as any serial killer I have ever read. Ever. It is not so much any physical description of the crimes, although that may be an issue for the more weak stomached reader, but rather the relentless psychological attacks on his victims. Disturbing stuff, but interesting stuff too, because it will make many readers question what they might do in the same situation.

The other major character, Marcus, is as interesting in his own way. He is an ex-cop, a man very able to handle himself in just about every situation, but a man dealing with a troubling, secret past. And again, when his past is revealed, the reader is forced to reconsider both their opinion of Marcus and that they would have done in his place. Again and again the question is raised, does the end ever justify the means?

Then what was the problem, why did I not like this book at first?
Well, there are two distinct stories, one about a serial killer, Ackerman and one about Marcus and how he comes upon this government conspiracy. And while the two stories interconnect to a degree, it just seemed like one story too many. Serial killer...fine. Conspiracy plot...fine. Together...why?
Then, there seemed to be a number of things that were a bit off, holes in the story, as it were.
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47 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A well written and sadistic whodunit April 12, 2011
By TicToc
Format:Paperback
Article first published as Book Review: The Shepherd by Ethan Cross on Blogcritics.

Can evil flourish without goodness? Is it possible to be a murderer and yet not be evil? Often what lurks inside the mind makes the difference. In The Shepherd by Ethan Cross, we meet evil head on in his serial killer, Francis Ackerman. Cold and cunning, ruthless and bold, he shows no fear as he stalks his victims. Even the police are not immune to his cunning, when one of their finest is cut down along with his family. To Ackerman it is a game as he twists the tables and reduces his victims to terror, offering them the worst possible avenue in an opportunity to save themselves. It is all a part of his game, a horrible psychological game with unlivable circumstances regardless of how the game plays out.

Ackerman is the monster from your nightmares, and possibly worse. Ethan Cross creates such a believable character that you can feel the frost when he is in the room. The hairs rise on your neck and you can feel that faint sense of doom along with the victim. With short work he is able create a feel for the victim themselves, he draws them from parallels of our own life, whether it be our mother or father, our children or sister, it is all personal, and horror provoking.

Being a shepherd is tantamount to being a keeper. In days gone by the shepherd watched over the sheep and kept them safe, and nurtured them. With that in mind Cross has created a foil of goodness, to counter act the evil. Marcus Williams is in the wrong place at the wrong time, and drawn into the path of the killer. However, Williams is more than what meets the eye, he has found darkness within himself that he continues to try to purge.
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30 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Beginning of an Exciting Series April 8, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Ethan Cross's The Shepherd is a fast-paced, tightly-plotted thriller that has a villain who rivals Hannibal Lecter in his unwavering perversions and a protagonist out of the Jack Reacher mold in his singular determination to do what he feels is the right thing. The plot twists and turns keep the reader turning the pages so fast that this reviewer was happy he had a Kindle to turn the pages with the touch of a button so that I was not slowed down. While I can't quibble with the book's cover invoking Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Identity I might say that anyone who likes Nelson Demille's The Charm School will like this book. This book is the first of what is clearly going to be a very exciting series of thrillers.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ludicrous, but not in a good way April 1, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This started out as a standard crime novel but just got worse and worse.
It just doesn't make any sense.

The actions scenes are cartoon like. Actually I think cartoon characters have more of a reaction to being knocked unconscious than do characters in this.

The writing isn't too bad but it does get very repetitive and the overwrought thoughts and narration of the serial killer were completely unoriginal.

There is quite a strong religious sentiment running through the book which is at odds with the frequent nasty and exploitative scenes of killing and torture.

I found the usual twists and turns to be predictable. It is far too long as the scenes begin to repeat themselves. I only read to the end so that I could write a review of it.

At least I only wasted my time rather than money.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars The Shepherd
I found this book a bit too violent for my taste and areas where miss prints changed the meanings of profound and insightful statements . Read more
Published 3 months ago by satisfied reader
4.0 out of 5 stars RIVIATING
This book grabs you from the very beginning. Couldn't put it down till I read the ending! I recommend it to anyone whoenjoys a good mystery.
Published 4 months ago by Gladys Nealon
5.0 out of 5 stars The Shepherd by Ethan Cross
This book was definitely a page turner. I couldn't put it down and
couldn't wait to start the sequel. If you like mysteries/thrillers, this book is an awesome read.
Published 4 months ago by Brenda L. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK!!!
I am not ad avid book reader, but my wife is. I got it for her and she could not put it down. besides, when she is reading, she is not nagging me. happy wife - happy life :)
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Action Thriller
I buy books to put on my shelves and read at a later date so I have not read this one. I will post an opinion at a later date
Published 5 months ago by S. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book
Enjoyed this book. Loved all the twists and turns.

Don't enjoy innocents being murdered but was really happy that it was part of the Sheriff's plan to see if Marcus was... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Marie L. Tighe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book !
I really liked this book and I totally didn't see the outcome. Excellent author, twisted villain, tortured hero, what more could you want ?
Published 5 months ago by BreviewerC
5.0 out of 5 stars A "god" game
I love "god" games. That's when nothing is as it seems and everything is being orchestrated by the leader of the cast of characters as a test or a trial for the hero. Read more
Published 6 months ago by kdedidit
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost a killer with fight
Fast pace crime drama featuring government-condoned vigilante justice. Hero is larger than life. Showdown with serial killer disappoints. Near miss
Published 6 months ago by L E Boller
5.0 out of 5 stars Take it in small doses
Ethan Cross has written one of the most frightening and suspenseful novels that i Have ever read. His description of the crime is realistic and scary. Read more
Published 6 months ago by thomas neville
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ETHAN CROSS is the International Bestselling and Award-Winning Author of THE SHEPHERD, THE CAGE, CALLSIGN:KNIGHT, and his latest, THE PROPHET--a novel described by bestselling author Jon Land as "The best book of its kind since Thomas Harris retired Hannibal Lecter" while #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Lisa Gardner said, "The surprises are fast and furious and will leave you breathless to read more."

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