Only the Strong

Ethan Cross

Only the Strong

Story Plant paperback

ISBN: 978-1611882612

Fiction Studio Books e-book

ISBN: 978-1-945839-18-4

Publication date: October 1, 2019

416 pages


"A fast-paced, all-too-real thriller with a villain right out of James Patterson and Criminal Minds."

— Andrew Gross, #1 New York Times bestselling author, on The Shepherd

Special Agent Marcus Williams and his serial killer sibling, Francis Ackerman Jr., are on the trail of not just a single murderer, but an entire network of killers for hire. The trail of bodies leads them to San Francisco and a killer going by the codename Gladiator. Their target is working for a ruthless and reclusive syndicate leader, helping to expand the crime lord's territories through blood. But the Gladiator's machinations go much deeper than contract killing. Considering himself to be a modern-day Genghis Khan, the Gladiator has a plan to forever carve his name onto the evolution of mankind.

To stop him, Ackerman, Marcus, and the team must plumb the depths of human depravity by diving into the worlds of organized crime, human trafficking, and underground bloodsports.

The Gladiator is undefeated in his arena of death, but he's also never faced an opponent like Ackerman.

About the Author...

Ethan Cross

Ethan Cross’s dream of telling stories on a grand scale came to fruition with the release of his first book, The Shepherd which went on to become an international bestseller published in several countries and languages, most recently spending 19 weeks in the top 5 on the German Der Spiegel Bestseller List. Ethan followed up The Shepherd with The ProphetFather of FearThe CageCallsign: Knight, and Blind Justice.


In addition to writing and working in the publishing industry, Ethan has also served as the Chief Technology Officer for a national franchise, recorded albums and opened for national recording artists as lead singer and guitar player in a rock band, and been an active and involved member of the International Thriller Writers organization.

Ethan Cross is the pen name of an author who lives and writes in Illinois with his wife, three kids, and one Shih Tzu.