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  • Published: 13 September 2012
  • ISBN: 9781448135707
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 100
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The Cage (Exclusive Digital Short Story)


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The pulse-pounding prequel to The Shepherd and The Prophet.

The pulse-pounding prequel to The Shepherd and The Prophet.


They thought they could contain him... They were wrong.

Francis Ackerman Jr. is one of the most prolific serial killers in US history. But he's not only a serial killer, he's also a serial escapist. When a doctor who has discovered a ground-breaking treatment for psychopaths wants to test his theories upon Ackerman, the madman sees his chance at freedom. The
only people that stand in his way are the hospital's Head of Security and a young woman with a personal vendetta against the killer.

This ebook exclusive includes extra material: the opening chapters of Ethan Cross's gripping new thriller The Propheti, out in ebook and paperback this October.

(Please note that The Cage is a direct-to-digital novella.)

  • Pub date: 13 September 2012
  • ISBN: 9781448135707
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 100

About the Author

Ethan Cross

Ethan Cross was born and raised in a small town in rural Illinois. When a fireman or a policeman would visit his school, most of his classmates' heads would swim with aspirations of growing up and catching bad guys or saving someone from a blazing inferno. When these moments came for Ethan , however, his dreams weren't to someday be a cop or put out fires; he just wanted to write about it.

Now his dream of telling stories on a grand scale has come to fruition with the release of his new thrillers, The Shepherd, The Prophet and The Cage.

Ethan Cross still lives in Illinois with his wife and two daughters.


Praise for The Cage (Exclusive Digital Short Story)

“THE PROPHET: 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

“Ethan Cross's THE PROPHET is a terrifying trip into scathing depravity and moral decadence destined to breathe new life into a tired sub-genre. This is the best book of its kind since Thomas Harris retired Hannibal Lecter, a cat-mouse-game extraordinaire that will leave your knuckles white and your stomach churning. Evil has a new name and this is it, but you don't have to be a prophet to see a bestselling future for Ethan Cross.”

Jon Land

“THE PROPHET: Memorable storytelling that moves rapid-fire through a complex and gripping plot. Ethan Cross is one of the sharpest emerging writers on the thriller fiction scene today.”

Stephen James

“THE SHEPHERD: A fast paced, all too real thriller with a villain right out of James Patterson and Criminal Minds.”

Andrew Gross

“THE SHEPHERD: Silence of the Lambs meets The Bourne Identity.”

Brian S. Wheeler


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