Story Plant paperback
Fiction Studio Books e-book
Publication date: October 1, 2019
Only the Strong
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.
"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
“Cross pushes the boundaries in this sinisterly clever showdown between one shadowy vigilante justice group and three twisted serial killers. The surprises are fast and furious, and will leave you breathless to read more.”
—Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Catch Me and Love You More on The Prophet
"The best book of its kind since Thomas Harris retired Hannibal Lecter. A cat-and-mouse game extraordinaire that will leave your knuckles white and your stomach churning."
—Jon Land, bestselling author of Strong Vengeance on The Prophet
“I’m a huge Ethan Cross fan and love this series, so I had high expectations for this book. It reached them…. I highly recommend this whole series.”
—Writers and Authors on The Judas Game
Ethan Cross is the award-winning international bestselling author of The Shepherd (described by #1 bestselling author Andrew Gross as “A fast paced, all too real thriller with a villain right out of James Patterson and Criminal Minds.”), The Prophet (described by bestselling author Jon Land as “The best book of its kind since Thomas Harris retired Hannibal Lecter”), The Cage, Callsign: Knight, Father of Fear, The Judas Game, 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 musical group, and been an active and involved member of the International Thriller Writers organization.
He lives and writes in Illinois with his wife, three kids, and two Shih Tzus.