Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Blog Tour Thriller Review "The Prophet" by Ethan Cross

Title:  The Prophet
Author:  Ethan Cross
Publisher:  The StoryPlant
Publication Date: October 16, 2012
Genre:  Mystery Thriller
Format: Paperback 414 pages  | Kindle 821 KB

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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.

My Review

WOW!  This book was super intense. This is one of those books that needs to be made into a movie, it would be fantastic!  It's one of those books that once you get into the story you just can't put down.  It was a little confusing in the beginning, but once you understand that Francis Ackerman Jr. and The Anarchist are 2 separate murderers then it's less confusing.  This is actually the 2nd book in The Shepherd series, but other than the initial confusion it's a great stand alone novel.  I do think that I will read the first book though, I think it will help to understand the character of Marcus a little better.

So here is the basic plot...Marcus is a Special Agent who works for a special branch of the DOJ he is on the trail of a killer who calls himself The Anarchist.  His team apprehends the worst serial killers and basically uses whatever means necessary to stop them.  Apparently he has some unknown connection to one of the worst serial killers still uncaptured, Francis Ackerman Jr.  Ackerman has taken enough of an interest in Marcus that he is even going so far as to help him with his current cases. Marcus and his team are working with the FBI in Chicago to catch The Anarchist, a serial killer who injects a paralytic into his victims before burning them alive.

Marcus reminds me a lot of Sherlock.  He is one who walks into a room and notices everything, even the most inconsequential things, and can put these things all together to tell you things that no one else could.  He also has a photographic memory which certainly comes in handy in his line of work.  The problem with all this is that it's made him cocky and he's not making any friends in Chicago, but he doesn't care.  He's there to do a job and he's not going to let anyone get in his way.  I love his character despite the darkness that he's fighting.  I don't believe that he is doomed like he does, I think he has some dark days ahead but I think he is still a good person.

There are really two story lines going on here.  There is the Anarchist story which is rife with darkness, occult, and all kinds of crazy and then there is the Marcus/Ackerman story which is as equally twisted.  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!

Author Bio
When a fireman or a policeman would visit his school, most of his classmates’ heads would swim with aspirations of growing up and catching bad guys or saving someone from a blazing inferno. When these moments came for Ethan Cross, however, his dreams weren't to someday be a cop or put out fires; he just wanted to write about it. His dream of telling stories on a grand scale came to fruition with the release of his first novel, the international bestseller, THE SHEPHERD.

Ethan Cross is the pen name of a thriller author living and writ- ing in Illinois with his wife, two daughters, and two Shih Tzus. In addition to The Shepherd and The Prophet, he has published two novellas––The Cage and Callsign: Knight (with Jeremy Robinson).

Disclaimer: Every Book received for review on the tours for Partners In Crime are given in exchange for an honest review. The eBooks are sole property (copyrighted) of the author and should not be sold, distributed to, or exchanged among other people not part of the tours, nor should they be listed on file sharing sites. Failure to comply with this disclaimer, will result in removal from all future tours. 


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

  2. Thank you for such a great review! This one is going into the queue!

  3. Hello Shelly,

    Thanks for reading The Prophet, and I’m very excited to hear how much you enjoyed it. You've crafted a very informative and intriguing review. And I'm glad that you think Marcus will pull through, but I agree that he has some dark days ahead :-)

    Have a great week!


    1. Thanks Ethan! I am looking forward to the next Shepherd Thriller!


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