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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (5 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099570726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099570721
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 375,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ETHAN CROSS is the International Bestselling 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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"In The Shepherd Ethan Cross manages to pull a new variant out of the black hat in Francis Ackerman ... a manipulative monster with a corrupt conscience" (The Times)

"A great mix of gruesome murders, a psychotic killer, revenge and great writing... I would recommend this book and make Cross an author to watch in future." (Crimesquad)

"A rather unusual talent has suddenly appeared, fully formed ... however many chapters you may plan to read, you will be persuaded to read just one more. The 300 pages turn very swiftly indeed." (Barry Forshaw We Love This Book)

"A fast paced, all too real thriller, with a villain right out of James Patterson and 'Criminal Minds'." (Andrew Gross)

"Silence of the Lambs meets The Bourne Identity." (Brian S. Wheeler)

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In this stunning new thriller the most terrifying psychopath since Hannibal Lecter faces off against the toughest law enforcer since Jack Reacher.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kamau on 4 Jan. 2014
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Have just read this after 2 years on my Kindle. I persevered hoping it would get better: but it didn't. Apart from the plot on which enough has been said, the worst thing for me was the quality of the writing. I have a thing about the Americanism "awesome" which is the in word on TV to describe mediocre actions, events or objects. But now "gonna" has overtaken "awesome" as my hate word. Surely a so called author could avoid using the same expression 3 or four times on the same page - and repetitively ?! The sight of a "going to" or a "will" brought occasional relief ..... What I wondered was if this had been written by a comittee?

I tend to get hooked on crime authors be they British, American or other nationalities. I have spat the Ethan Cross hook out at the first taste
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 18 Feb. 2014
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Two pages in and the cliches made me wary as a cop answering a routine call reflects on his wife and daughter back home. I threw the book down in disgust at that point but my stubborn insistence on finishing what I start soon had me laughing out loud as I returned to be amused as the plot became ever more derivative and ridiculous. Conspiracy plots involving the President, a cut price Saw style serial killer who wants to play games but without the balls to be as horrible as he may have been and other cartoon characters like the troubled hero who can extract himself from tricky situations after an internal monologue. As a pastiche of the genre it is hilarious but sadly I think it is in earnest. Thankfully it doesn't hang around long and reads quickly enough to be soon disposed of.
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By J. Mcdonald TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Feb. 2012
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This novel starts out promisingly enough; the reader is pitched right into a tense, pacey scenario featuring the serial-killer, Francis Ackerman, playing a suitably gristly game with his victims as described in the cover blurb. His nemesis - ex-detective Marcus Williams - is introduced in chapter two by way of a street brawl; Marcus explains his fighting abilities as being the product of watching Chuck Norris movies; this is - in my opinion - a key reference for this novel; it could BE a Chuck Norris movie.
Read what you will from that statement.
The story unfolds relentlessly, becoming less believable with each twist. Frankly, I found Marcus/the author's values - no doubt pitched at an American readership - out of sympathy with my own ("a gun wasn't inherently evil. It was merely a tool.") No. A gun has a singular, lethal purpose, the OWNER is a tool...
The characterisations are two-dimensional, Ackerman in particular is inconsistently drawn; the plot spirals out of believability very quickly - too many people own guns, trust strangers and fall victim to this operatic psychopath. Even for Texas.
The denouement, the Big Story Twist, is just daft.
The book is entertaining enough as far as it goes - not the worst thing I`ve read by any means - but its pulp fare with nothing beyond action to recommend it. It appears to be set up for a sequel, probably a series - but one I shall not be pursuing.
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62 of 75 people found the following review helpful By N. Chatham on 29 April 2011
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It normally takes me at least five days to read a book, but I downloaded this at 9.00am this morning on to my kindle, and I have just finished reading it now at 10.00pm. This is an excellent thriller with great characters. It moves at a relentless pace with numerous twists and turns. I literally could not put it down until I had read the final page. I do hope there is a sequal. I highly recommend this book. Top marks!
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By Brett H TOP 50 REVIEWER on 20 Feb. 2012
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This was a book I expected to enjoy. Serial killers are almost a genre in their own right these days and it seems there is a new offering nearly every week. It started off promisingly enough with a warped and sadistic killer who has a taste for playing games with his victims. Squaring up to be his nemesis is our hero, a former policeman by the name of Marcus.

However, once we got into the book the author introduces a second sinister element, and the whole thing gets rather complicated and to my mind totally unbelievable. It was at that stage that I felt unable to take any of it seriously which is a serious drawback with this sort of book. After that I found it quite hard to read and the more minor issues like the rather stilted phraseology in places and the lack of effective characterisation began to irritate me. The frenetic action did not help things very much once credibility had been lost.

Whilst the author goes to great lengths to tie it all together at the end it seemed to me to be all very improbable and it rather smacked of desperation. To my mind there were just too many ingredients in the mix and it would have been the case that less turned out to be more as far as the plot went.
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By Su TOP 100 REVIEWER on 22 Feb. 2012
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The books starts out like a crime story, but the further you read the more it strays into the realms of the ridiculous.

Normally, I enjoy crime stories, but not this one. There were parts of the story which seemed very familiar, a sort of Dexter crossed with Saw - just without any likeable characters.

When I read the words "My name is Francis Ackerman Junior and I want to play a game" I heard Saw's Tobin Bell saying "Hello X, I want to play a game", and so on. The difference here is that Ackerman has little in terms of a redeeming character, unlike both Dexter and John Kramer (Jigsaw) who were both doing what they do for a reason - justice.

It becomes clear, the deeper you read into the tome, that the author lost control of his story. There are too many aspects and some of the most outrageously preposterous twists and turns.

To be honest, I wondered if the author had in mind the movie of the book when he was writing.

Unfortunately I was left with an unfulfilled feeling and the fervent desire to miss any possible sequel.
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