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The Prophet (Book Review)


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Page Count: 418 Pages
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Final Score
4/ 5

User Rating
2 total ratings


We liked?

Blood-curdling plot
Dark mysteries

Not so much?

Too much happens at the start so it feels a bit clunky to begin with

Final Fiendish Findings?

An interesting thriller packed with horrors. It’s especially nice to see the return of Special Agent Williams and Ackerman!

Posted March 5, 2013 by

Full Fiendish Findings...

Ethan Cross returns once again with the second installment in The Shepherd Thriller series; The Prophet. A highly intense book where more than one serial killer is at large and it seems that only Special Agent Marcus Williams can stop them both before it’s too late and The Prophet, whoever it maybe, has a chance to complete his terrifying plans that even his disciples cannot begin to comprehend!

As the novel opens, we are immediately thrown into the perspective of Francis Ackerman Jr. A serial killer that formed a deluded bond with Special Agents Williams in The Shepherd. It appears he has finally come out of hiding and is threatening to kill three people if his questions aren’t answered. But even when one of them answers his questions, we see him up to his old tricks when he gets her to play a game for all three of their lives. One, we see, they lost and yet Ackerman lets them survive. Providing an interesting twist on the character we were first introduced to. We even find out that he’s done this to help Williams! But is there something more to this than meets the eye? It’s a mystery that draws you in wondering just what sort of a character Ackerman is and what exactly are his intentions…

The Prophet presents Special Agent Williams as a no nonsense agent of the Shepherd, an organization that is willing to bypass the law to remove dangerous criminals from the streets. He investigates the home of Sandra Lutrell, a woman who has been kidnapped and burnt alive where he meets FBI Special Agent Victoria Vasques who, to say the least, isn’t thrilled to find the back-chatting Agent Williams sneaking around the victim’s home. There is an immediate comedy between the pair from the moment they meet and it certainly provides a welcoming break from the serious and grotesque nature of the events of the novel.

When it comes to this novel, the idea is that you’ve read The Shepherd before hand so you already know some of the characters. But for those who have read The Prophet first may find it slightly difficult to grasp who is who, especially when you are introduced to the serial killers within the first five chapters. Nonetheless, Ethan Cross does a wonderful job in making sure that the reader can follow the plot through fast paced dialogue and short chapters, making the novel much more enjoyable and easier to read.

This is definitely a book with many interesting concepts. However, character interactions and personalities within the novel, especially in the opening, hold a strong impact on the way the plot unfolds. You’ll see this most as the ‘relationship’ between Ackerman and Williams develops within the story.

To conclude I would recommend this book, but only if you read The Shepherd first in order to build up an understanding of plot and characters that have been brought forward into The Prophet.


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