The Shepherd

The Shepherd
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, Book # 1
Story Plant
January 14, 2011
ebook
328
English
June 27, 2018 July 1, 2018

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 must cunning and ruthless killers in the world.

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About the book

This is the first volume of the series entitled “Shepherd” and is divided in 4 parts. The chapters are short except for 2 or 3 so the book reads quickly.

The only flaw is that I do not like it when the protagonist is involved in some crime and he is innocent.

However, I like the style.

Am I the only one who wants the killer to live? When he fights with Lewis (one of the policemen, not the main character) I hope he lives and kills Lewis instead. I do not know what my problem is, if I have one because I want a “bad guy” to win, but seeing who Lewis is (the rival who belongs to the “good” guys), I do not want him to win…

I liked the twist about 60 pages to the end (more or less) the involvement of “that” person surprised me.

Instead, I wasn’t surprised by the final twist, I felt that something like that was going to happened given the title of the fourth part (or at least the Italian title, I don’t know what the English title is).

I believe the author has expressed the human dilemma we all have. Is it right to kill a ruthless killer without due process? Do we reduce ourselves to their mentality or do we save human lives? If we look at what’s narrated in the films/TV series or books, there is always a final battle and the detective eventually comes out victorious and very often the killer is not captured, but killed in self-defense, so where is that thin line between self-defense and  cold decision to take a life? We could write books and essays on this dilemma, people have different thoughts, but what is the right one? Is there a right one or are they both valid?

Very likely I’m going to read the next book because I like books where the protagonist has a nemesis.

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