Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Pump It Up Blog Tour Review: The Shepherd by Ethan Cross


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.


WOW!  This book hit the ground running and didn't stop!  I love a story that catches me right away and The Shepherd did it.

From the very first chapter the reader is thrust into the twisted mind of a depraved serial killer.  There is no telling what he will do next and the author definitely keeps the reader on the edge of their seat with anticipation.  I often found myself holding my breath as I was reading, felt my heart racing or realized I was clenching my fists as I read each line.  And just when I thought I knew what was coming next, I was surprised over and over again.

As if a serial killer wasn't enough, the author adds a crazy sheriff with an agenda and a conspiracy into the mix and it's all I could do to not break out in a sweat with all the action!

In addition to that, the rest of the story was well written.  Even the side characters are well developed during the short glimpse the reader has into their lives.  I was instantly drawn to them, feeling their emotions, hurting for them, hoping for them.

Of course, no great novel is complete without a twist at the end.  The Shepherd left me with my head spinning as I turned the last page.  I can only hope that there is another one on the way!


As a lover of crime novels and thrillers, this book drew me in from the first chapter.  I was immediately engrossed in the story and couldn't find a place that seemed like an acceptable stopping point.  I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of crime novels, thrillers or conspiracy theories.

*Provided by author & Pump It Up Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. 

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