Thursday, April 28, 2011
Review - The Shepherd
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.
I wasnt sure what to expect going into this story. But as a lover of suspense I really wanted to find out and see how it was. I am really glad I did now. Those quotes on the cover are pretty powerful but definitely well deserved.
Francis Ackerman Jr. is a serial killer the likes that we havent seen in books since Hannibal Lecter. While not exactly on the same level. He reaches a level of madness and insanity that keeps you guessing and reading.
But he is not the only one in the story. We also have Marcus Williams. A former NYC Homicide detective that has moved to a ranch he inherited in this small town. Here he meets the Sheriff and his daughter and gets involved in finding a crime scene. All which happens shortly after he moves in.
The novel links all these characters together in a weaving pattern that keeps you guessing and wondering what will happen next. The book is separated into 4 parts and at the end of each, there is a twist that is completely unexpected. You really have to wonder is anyone who they seem.
While the story does conclude. It does so in a way that isnt what you think. And successfully ties it all together. And since it is a fairly complex story at parts. That makes one successful ending. It also leaves room for more books to come. And I am definitely looking forward to them.
If you are a fan of suspense you should definitely pick this up.