Print ISBN: 978-1-61188-045-8
E-book ISBN: 978-1-61188-046-5
Publication Date: October 16, 2012
Trade Paperback Pr $16.95
E-book Pr $4.99
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Meet the Characters
Marcus is the main protagonist of the Shepherd series. He’s a tortured soul with the frightening ability to get inside the head of a killer, a memory that’s both a blessing and a curse, and a gift for hurting people. He’s a bit of a lone wolf that doesn’t play well with others and doesn’t possess the best leadership skills. His biggest fear is failing those he cares about.
One of the most infamous serial killers in the world, he’s been described as a less-cultured Hannibal Lecter. He’s cunning, ruthless, extremely intelligent, charming, handsome, and completely insane. As a boy, he was the subject of twisted experiments conducted by his own father. He possesses a subconscious need to live up to the expectations of how the world views him. Despite all this, he wants to transcend his own violent nature and be more than just a killer.
Andrew is the glue that holds the group together. He’s Marcus’s partner and best friend, but he often feels more like Marcus’s babysitter. While Marcus is hot-headed and blunt, Andrew is calm and diplomatic.
Maggie is Marcus’s primary love interest and a member of the Shepherd team. She’s strong, but not tough. She’s beautiful, but not girly. She also has deep-rooted personal reasons for being part of the team and suffers from obsessive compulsive disorder.
The Director is the enigmatic head of the Shepherd Organization. He’s a former member of the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit whose wife was murdered by a serial murderer he was profiling. Not much else is known about him, not even his real name.
Francis Ackerman Jr. is one of America’s most prolific serial killers. Having kept a low profile for the past year, he is ready to return to work – and he’s more brutal, cunning, and dangerous than ever.
Scarred from their past battles, Special Agent Marcus Williams cannot shake Ackerman from his mind. But now Marcus must focus on catching the Anarchist, a new killer who drugs and kidnaps women before burning them alive.
Marcus knows the Anarchist will strike again soon. And Ackerman is still free. But worse than this is a mysterious figure, unknown to the authorities, who controls the actions of the Anarchist and many like him. He is the Prophet – and his plans are more terrible than even his own disciples can imagine.
With attacks coming from every side, Marcus faces a race against time to save the lives of a group of innocent people chosen as sacrifices in the Prophet’s final dark ritual.
Read an excerpt here.
Praise for The Prophet
“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
“The best book of its kind since Thomas Harris retired Hannibal Lecter, a cat-and-mouse-game extraordinaire that will leave your knuckles white and your stomach churning.”
– Jon Land, bestselling author of Strong Vengeance
“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
“Read this book. Sure you’ll sleep with the light on and baseball bat at your side but you won’t regret reading The Prophet.”
– The View from the Philipside
“Should you pick up this book and read it? Only if you are looking for a story that will leave you breathless and wanting more when you are finished. A fabulously written book by an author that I will be sure to watch for in the future!”
– Review from Here
“I highly recommend this book to everyone that enjoys a thrilling, accelerating plot with a surprising intricate puzzle to try and piece together, you will not be disappointed. An electrifying read!”
– CMash Reads
“Ethan Cross is a master at The Prophet’s heart-pounding, non-stop psychological story…. You’re going to love this one!”
– Popcorn Reads
“Can I just say wow?”
– Dr. Pepper Diva
“This is a fast paced, white knuckled, intense read. I was unable to put this down. I see a lot more Ethan Cross in my future.”
– Wanted Readers
“Ethan Cross is a mastermind, creating a thrilling, interesting, thought-provoking read while playing with several story lines at the same time.”
“The Prophet is one heck of an adrenaline rush of a crime story that is a must read for the true diehard suspense thriller junkie!”
– Jersey Girl Book Reviews
“This was a great read and I’ll definitely read more by this author.”
– Project To Be Read
“This book is simply brilliant. Definitely one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. If you like books with crime, mystery, suspense… this book is a must read.”
– Writers and Authors
“This was a great book and I would like to read more by this author.”
– Electronic Scrapbook
“The Prophet was a gripping murder mystery. I did not want to put it down.”
– The Stuff of Success
“This story surpasses Patterson. Ethan Cross is the new author to watch in suspense fiction!”
– Escape with Dollycas
“There are some crazy twists in the story, some you will see coming but some will come out of the blue, but there is no doubt that you will be on the edge of your seat. You won’t be able to put this one down. If you like a good mystery thriller novel then you are going to love this one, I know I did!”
– House of A La Mode
“I must admit that I had the same enthusiasm as I had for the early James Patterson ALEX CROSS novels. It has been a very long time since I have had that type of excitement for a novel or that I would even compare two novelists.”
– A Book and a Review
“This author is brilliant and The Prophet is every bit as good as The Shepherd, maybe even better.”
– Socrates Book Reviews
“The Prophet is definitely one of those books that will grip you from the very beginning.”
– Celtic Lady Reviews