People can be categorized into three groups. You are either a shepherd, a wolf, or one of the flock. Now, you have to decide whether you are a protector and a shepherd a or are you just one of the flock?o Francis Ackerman Jr. has one mission: to go down in history as the most prolific and brutal serial killer of all time. Depraved and merciless, he exists only to bring fear, death and destruction to the world. Picking his victims at random, Ackerman plays games with his prey: games which only he can win, games where the losers suffer extreme physical and mental torture before finally being put to their humiliating death. When Marcus Williams - a deeply-troubled former New York cop - inherits a Texas ranch, he is happy to leave the city behind for the quiet countryside with its wide open spaces and beautiful barmaids. But things here are not as they seem, and Marcus soon finds himself as the powerless pawn in another game, a huge conspiracy involving local police, federal agents and unseen men of huge power and influence. At the same time, Marcus is set on a collision course with the sadistic Ackerman, in an epic confrontation that will define both their destinies. Caught between a rock and a hard place, Marcus will have to use strength, skill and extreme cunning to defy enemies on all sides and protect his flock from the deadliest of wolves. Packed full of action, suspense and jaw-dropping plot twists, The Shepherd is a breathtaking thriller which announces Ethan Cross as a force to be reckoned with.