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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 unwi

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Author Lou Aronica creates a world that manages to be both surreal and tangible. Reading this book is like experiencing a lucid dream with depth and detail that play on all five senses. -Blogcritics

This was such a well written novel, I couldn't praise Aronica more for the beautiful way he intertwined characters and worlds. Every last detail in the fantasy world was creative and added more to the story. There were some heartbreaking scenes along the way that had me crying, but the love between father and daughter was extremely clear and quite emotional.. A recommendation to all readers. - Chick Lit Plus

Blue is a compelling fantasy novel that will tug on your heart strings and fill your eyes and heart with wonder. Beautifully written, the worlds just come to life in vivid color in your mind, and the hope and magic will keep you up late into the night turning the pages. Well executed, engaging and with characters you can't help but love, Blue is a must read! I absolutely loved it! - Minding Spot

Blue is an emotional, thought-provoking story that reaches in and squeezes the heart.. Blue made me cry and laugh. It enlivened my imagination and offered hope. This story is full of subtleties that tease the mind. I'm sure new wonders will come to light each time the story is read-it is a story to be enjoyed more than once. Becky and her Tamarisk Kingdom will be remembered long after the last words of Blue are read. -Long and Short Reviews

Once in a while, a story comes along that completely surprises me because it delivers so much more than I expected; more depth, more feeling, more story-weaving. Blue not only falls into this category, it tops the list.. I humbly give this book FIVE STARS, and wish I had more to offer. - Between the Pages

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936558063
  • Publisher: Fiction Studio
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Pages: 330
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Ethan Cross: Ethan Cross is the pen name of a thriller author living and writing in Illinois with his wife, two daughters, and two Shih Tzus.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2011

    Highly Reccommend Cannot Put It Down!!!!!

    I found this book to be very addictive. I read half of it the first night I purchased it and finished it the second night. Some of the turn of events in this book I never would have suspected. I believe this would make a very entertaining movie and look forward to more from this author.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 26, 2011

    Highly Recommended - you must check it out!!

    This is one of the BEST books I have ever read. A tight well written suspense novel that keeps the pages turning and is hard to put down all the way to the end. And that's where it blows your mind!!! This book IS a must read!

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2011

    Highly Recommended! I couldn't put it down

    Great read for those that love thrillers & psychopaths. The characters are interesting and believable. Many twists that will make you wonder what it going to happen next. You will never guess the ending. I am truly looking forward to another book from this author.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 15, 2011

    Loved it!

    I honestly couldn't stop reading it. One of the better ebooks i've read since i first got my nook. Loved the story line and especially how the author keeps you hanging at the end! Certainly not bad for a free book! :D

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 12, 2011

    Once you pick it up its nearly impossible to put down!

    I give this book 5 stars only because it's as high as I can go! I have checked my closet every night since i started reading this book. The Shepherd has blown away my previous favorite book and I can't wait for the next book! Congrats on writing an amazing book!!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2011

    I highly recomend this book...

    This was a very well written and twisted story about good and evil. I enjoyed it very much and will highly recomend it!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2011

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    BEST THRILLER SO FAR IN 2011

    Marcus Williams is a retired New York City Homicide Detective that has left New York to move to a farmhouse in Texas that was willed to him by his aunt. He made a choice to save others and due to that choice it was definitely time for a change. Small town life has a great appeal.

    At the same time Francis Ackerman, Jr. makes a different choice. He chooses to inflict pain and suffering to as many people as possible and happens to arrive in Texas at exactly the same time as Marcus.

    They both become very unwilling pawns in a conspiracy that reaches the highest levels of our government. Marcus becomes involved in a "game" with a psychopathic serial killer and a vigilante group with unlimited resources. He must wrestle his own demons all the while trying to stop one of the most ruthless killers in the world while trying to figure out and expose a huge political conspiracy.

    Hold on tight, this book is going to shake you to the core!!!


    A Spellbinding, Enthralling, Mind-Bending, Riveting Thriller!!!! Look out James Patterson, Ethan Cross is giving you some fantastic competition. This is an excellent book but it will definitely give you nightmares and it will be a book you will be telling everyone about for a long time to come. The best thriller I have read this year!!!


    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Pump Your Book, a division of Penguin Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2011

    EXCELLENT!!

    First nook book I read. Very interesting -especially the ending. Ethan Cross did a great job with this one!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2011

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    Excellent book...a must read page turner

    I was impressed that this book was Mr. Cross' first book. I read reviews from others and was really impressed with this book. It was hard to put down. Characters were believable and real. Just when I thought I had figured it out I would turn the page and it wasn't as it seemed. The book is fast paced, and left me up late reading. Enjoyable. I am amazed a large publisher hasn't picked up this author. This is a well written book I would highly recommend for the beach, a rainy day,or simply your next book. I look forward to the next book produced by this author a true story teller!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 4, 2011

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    Who really controls the players in the game??

    The Shepherd is an action-packed thriller that will keep you interested until the very end.

    Marcus Williams is an ex-cop who has seen his fair share of human brutality. He has inherited a house from his aunt and begins to settle into the quaint and charming town when he finds himself on a path he has no control over.

    After getting into a fight with some locals while walking the Sheriff's daughter, Maggie, home, we learn of Marcus's skill in combat and his quick thinking actions in high adrenaline situations. Maggie and Marcus begin to look forward to their future together, each seeing in the other a magnetic spark. After Maggie takes Marcus to meet his next door neighbour, they learn that the sweet kind grandmother has been brutally murdered. From here things begin to escalate and the powers in control are dancing the unbeknownst players like puppets.

    Francis Ackerman Jr. is a intelligent and good looking, however, he is also sadistic, brutal and a serial killer, a very good serial killer. He likes to play games with his victims, play with their minds, and make them do horrific things in order to survive. If the victims play by the rules, he allows them to live to win his game, however, Francis Ackerman never loses. When Francis comes to realize that he is a pawn in a game he did not create, he realizes that the stakes have become greater and while he is willing to play, he first, needs to change a few rules.

    As good and evil come together to figure out the reason fate has joined them on this mission, we are caught up in the turmoil and the aftermath, and taking on a ride through hell and back. Who do you trust?? How does the government play into all this?? Who holds the strings that makes everyone dance?? Francis and Marcus are lead to the answers, with one believing he could be good if his need to be evil wasn't precipitated and the other who believes he could be evil, if he was to release the control he keeps upon his soul. Together the two must wrestle their own demons to find the truth about why they have become who they are.

    I liked The Shepherd very much and found it to be an easy read, however, the crime scenes are descriptive in their brutal nature, if you are squeamish, be forewarned. I found the character of Ackerman to be well-written, and very believable as the serial killer. I felt torn between liking him and being repulsed by him. I liked how even though he was a serial killer, he had a side to him that was almost humane, there were a few testimonies of this throughout the story. I liked the fast paced plot and the flow of the story was good, without much back-tracking to keep everyone in mind. I enjoyed how the characters were well distinguished from the other.

    I didn't like how Maggie was introduced in the story near the beginning and then you hear nothing about her for most of the story. The explanation before the mad hatter chaos ensued wasn't enough for me to have her ignored for most of the story after building her up to be a larger part, even though she is eventually re-introduced, you almost forget about her until she does. I'm also not sure if I liked the government conspiracy and the serial killer aspect, I think one or the other would have made a more enriching story instead of entwining the two together, but that is just me, and others may not find a problem with the two crossing together. All in all, the book is not a disappoint and you will find enjoyment in reading its

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 10, 2011

    Intriguing!!!!

    This book was suspensful and I enjoyed reading it. The characters where very interesting and then end.....Intriguing!!! Cant wait for further books from author....Highly Recommend this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2013

    Awesome book

    This is the first book i have read by ethan cross and it was awesome. I was not expecting the twist at the end. It was fast paced and very exciting. He is my new suspense author awesome book. Highly recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2012

    Love this Author

    I live to read and I get really excited when I come across a new author who can capture and hold my attention through the whole book. The Shepherd is a fast-paced book with lots of twists and turns; each time I thought I had figured something out it changed. I also love when an author can tell a very good story and not use profanity (I believe I counted 3 or 4).

    As I read the story, I found myself pondering about some of the moral delimna's the protaganist faced, I wondered what decisions I might make if placed in the same situations.

    I highly recommend this book and look foward to reading future stories by Ethan Cross!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Surprisingly good

    I had never heard of this author, but I was pleasantly surprised with his novel. He created a thrilling plot that made it impossible to put down. I am looking forward to reading more of his work.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 26, 2011

    Great book! Couldn't put it down!

    This is the first Ethan Cross novel I have read but it won't be the last. I just finished 'The Shepherd' and will be purchasing more of his books.

    A thrill ride from page one. One of the few books you cannot figure out until the very end... and then Mr. Cross throws you for another curve.

    Great book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 11, 2011

    Awesome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2011

    a really good read

    an excellent story. wish he had more books available

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2011

    Could not put it down

    I haven't read five books in the 24 years I have been out of high school but loved this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2011

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    HIGHLY recommended!!!

    AMAZING BOOK!!! :P Everyone who has ever had any doubts about the rightness of vigilante justice, NEEDS TO READ THIS BOOK!! There is a VAST difference between taking a life because you NEED to, in order to save other lives, and what most people judge vigilante actions as being which is pointless murder. READ this book; I don't think anyone on either end of the spectrum will ever view things the same again. And even other than that element, this is a phenomenal story-line, great action, nonstop suspense, definitely a good and entertaining read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2011

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    Great, great book!!

    Very, very exciting book. Multiple plot twists and two of the best characters ever in Marcus Williams and Francis Ackerman. I was engrossed all the way through and some of the twists took me completely by surprise, but they were very good twists. A very good ending that kept the door open for more books in this series. I think additional Shepard books are required!! Ethan Cross is great at the thriller, action, mystery aspect and also adds some great character introspection. Great book!"

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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