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. 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 most cunning and ruthless killers in the world.
Synopsis taken from goodreads.
Title: The Shepherd
Author: Ethan Cross
Genre: Adult Fiction, Thriller, Suspense
Publisher: The Fiction Studio
Publication Date: March 16, 2011
Source: Received from publicist for Pump Up Your Book blog tour. Many thanks goes to Tracee for sending me a copy of this book. I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.
Tour: Pump Up Your Book
Find it: Amazon
My rating: 4/5
Marcus Williams is not your typical man. He has a talent, one that he uses for the good of others around him. Francis Ackerman Jr. on the other hand, shares this talent and is one of the most prolific killers ever seen. Both men, are catapulted into a game of wits against each other. Conspiracy abounds at the highest levels of government as situations spiral out of control. Will Marcus survive and unveil the corruption for what it is?
A raging, fast-paced thriller with explosive and bloody action, The Shepherd is sure to keep you up at night. With a highly prolific and cunning villain, the spotlight is thrown onto the visual aspect of Ackerman's kills. His rituals and games, make the story all the more disturbing. He has a worthy adversary in Marcus Williams. Williams, a former homicide detective, has the ability and capabilities to confront Ackerman, however all is not as it seems.
Captivating characters will have you reading this one on the edge of your seat, as a highly engaging yet absolutely graphic story unfolds. A devious plot, and intricate storyline will also capture the reader's interest as they will wonder just what is going on. The psychological aspect also adds to the read as we see just what makes someone tick, and just how far one is willing to go to either save or torture those around them.
All in all, a gripping, shocking, thrilling, and gory read, reminiscent of Criminal Minds. The twist at the end will leave you stunned. Believe me, I did not see "that" coming. I dare you to read this one, especially if you enjoy books that will keep you up at night.