Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Prophet (Review)

The Prophet: A Shepherd Thriller

By: Ethan Cross
Release Date: October 16th, 2012
Genre(s): Adult Thriller

My Review: (5/5 stars*)  

The Prophet is gritty, suspenseful, and twistedly thrilling. Ethan Cross does a great job at giving you the chills in this creepy yet engrossing story. It's exceptionally written and very well researched. Cross writes with vivid detail focusing on everything yet not dragging out his words with unnecessary descriptions. Initially I was drawn to the cover and then allured by the synopsis and thankfully I was not disappointed this novel was completely gripping and the story was absolutely amazing. I could hardly put this book down it just held me in a constant state of edge! The Prophet will blow you away with its cleverly developed plot and completely riveting characters.

Marcus is the main protagonist of the story who works for a covert organization of the government called Shepherd that does whatever it takes to apprehend serial killers. They call themselves Shepherds and the murderous predators are called wolves; and the victims are the sheep. After a serial killer named Ackerman takes notice of Special Agent Marcus he plays a sick game of helping him catch other murderers though he's one of the worst ones of them all. His misguided help only pushes Marcus further over the edge with determination to find him and end his horrific assists also while in pursuit of another notorious killer who goes by the name of the Anarchist.

Switching effortlessly between many perspectives you gain insight into both the killers and the main characters who are hunting them down. The different points of view adds a revitalization lacking in other thriller novels and it makes things fresh and interesting. This story brilliantly weaves together a complicated plot and delivers it in a straightforward manner. Not realizing that this was a sequel I delved into the story and easily picked up the gist of things; it includes much of the past knowledge so you won't have any problems understanding the back-story from the first novel: The Shepherd. The Prophet is easily one of the best thrillers I've ever read, it has everything: action, suspense, drama, some romance, unpredictable twists and turns that will have your heart racing and at times have your gut churning. It delivers on all accounts.

Ackerman is sick, delusional, obsessive, and brutal. He plays life and death roulette with his victims and threatens and tortures them to do whatever he wants. His obsession with Special Agent Marcus is disturbing yet compelling. The Anarchist is a serial murderer who kills women who have a happiness that he can never possess. He feels nothing and believes that by killing
them his soul will feel something. The Prophet is the puppeteer and master of the Anarchist making sure he carries out the deaths of those chosen as sacrifices and is a strong believer in a higher purpose. 3 killers and three trained agents who will stop at nothing to ensure these killers are captured or put down like the animals that they are. This story will leave you enthralled and anxious for more. A first-rate suspenseful thriller that will keep you up all night devouring its contents until early morning. 


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.


  1. Amazing review and post. Thank you. Great job!!!!

  2. Wow! Thank you so much for such a wonderful and informative review, and I'm very excited to hear how much you enjoyed the book. Have a great week and a happy holiday season!

    Thank You,
    Ethan Cross

    1. You're absolutely welcome, I'm honored to have gotten the opportunity to read such an incredible book. So thank you, and have a great winter holiday as well!

      - Seirra

  3. Wow, what a bright and beautiful blog! And I've been curious about this series, and I think after this review I'll have to check it out! New follower!

    1. Aww thank you!! I've read a lot of thrillers and this one definitely stuck out, so I highly recommend it! :)
      I would like to at some point read the first novel though as well.

      Thanks again! Have a fabulous week!!



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