Item description for Shepherds Fall (Prodigal Recovery V1) by W. L. Dyson...
Overview He is about to face the hunt of a lifetime. Bounty hunter Greg Price is fearless when it comes to chasing down criminals. It?s his difficult ex-wife, rebellious teenage daughter, and dysfunctional siblings that keep him awake at night. In charge of the family business, the Prodigal Recovery Agency, he thinks of himself as a shepherd of sorts. When his ?flock? is out of his control, Greg?s well-ordered universe falls into chaos.
Danger comes too close to home. Prodigal Recovery?s search for Zeena, a prostitute on the run, leads to a faulty arrest, complicating Greg?s business. He is thrown together with Zeena?s twin, the beautiful Annie, and the two find themselves on a desperate search. The stakes significantly increase when Greg?s daughter is kidnapped.
Can the shepherd stand? Greg and Annie unwittingly uncover a drug trafficking ring that further condemns the kidnapper. Now, to save someone he loves, Greg must risk everything?but will it be enough?
Publishers Description He is about to face the hunt of a lifetime. Bounty hunter Nick Shepherd is fearless when it comes to chasing down criminals. It's his difficult ex-wife, rebellious teenage daughter, and dysfunctional siblings that keep him awake at night. In charge of the family business, the Prodigal Recovery Agency, he thinks of himself as a shepherd of sorts. When his “flock” is out of his control, Nick's well-ordered universe falls into chaos.
Danger comes too close to home. Prodigal Recovery's search for Zeena, a prostitute on the run, leads to a faulty arrest, complicating Nicks's business. He is thrown together with Zeena's twin, the beautiful Annie, and the two find themselves on a desperate search. The stakes significantly increase when Nick's daughter is kidnapped.
Can the shepherd stand? Nick and Annie unwittingly uncover a drug trafficking ring that further condemns the kidnapper. Now, to save someone he loves, Nick must risk everything…but will it be enough?
“W. L. Dyson's remarkable storytelling ability and knowledge of the treacherous world of bounty hunting pours across every page of Shepherd's Fall. Suspense, intrigue, and redemption dominate this exceptional storyline. A highly recommended read!” –Mark Mynheir, homicide detective and author of The Night Watchman
“The story of a family of bounty hunters, Shepherd's Fall held me captive way past my bedtime. However, it was worth every sleepless moment to join W. L. Dyson's beautifully flawed characters not only in the recovery of a fugitive, but in finding God in the journey. So this is how all those kids feel while awaiting the next book in a gripping series...” –Tamara Leigh, author of Splitting Harriet and Faking Grace
“Gut-tightening, palm-dampening, jaw-dropping suspense as only W. L. Dyson can do. Shepherd's Fall delivers. In spades.” –John Robinson, speaker, teacher, and author of Until the Last Dog Dies, When Skylarks Fall,and To Skin a Cat.
“Shepherd's Fall is a great book that leaves its mark after the final page. Tautly written and quickly paced, it offers everything I need for a good read that leaves me thinking about the characters...and about myself.” –Hannah Alexander, author of A Killing Frost
“Once again, Dyson delivers a powerful tale that gets better with each heart-pounding turn of the page.” –Creston Mapes, author of Nobody
“Shepherd's Fall is great suspense with wonderful characters. A rip-roaring beginning to a great series.” –Gayle Roper, author of Fatal Deduction
“W. L. Dyson has created page-turning suspense in Shepherd's Fall that keeps the reader guessing to the final pages. A unique blend of characters enriches this well-woven story. I look forward to more in this series.” –Sharon K. Souza, author of Lying on Sunday and Every Good & Perfect Gift
“If you like the breathless pace of the TV series 24, you'll love the.action, suspense, plot-twists, and family drama of Shepherd's Fall. I couldn't put it down, and I can't wait for Dyson's next release!” –Linda Windsor, award-winning author of The Piper Cove Chronicles and The Fires of Gleannmara
“Shepherd's Fall captures the reader with vivid characters, a relentless pace, and a heart-pounding conclusion that explodes like an emotional roller-coaster.” –Terry Brennan, author of The Sacred Cipher
“W. L. Dyson's Shepherd's Fall is a fast-paced, suspenseful tale full of twists and turns that will keep readers flipping the pages until the last sentence. Dyson is a master at penning heart-wrenching emotion laced into action, with a strong thread of the Father's redeeming love interwoven into the prose. This is a ‘don't miss' series. I've fallen in love with the characters at Prodigal Recovery Agency and anxiously await the next installment.” –Robin Caroll, author of the Bayou Series (Bayou Justice, Bayou Corruption, Bayou Judgment, Bayou Paradox, Bayou Betrayal and Blackmail)
“Shepherd's Fall will not disappoint anyone looking for action, danger, and suspense. This novel is a true page-turner. Good News: The book was outstanding. Bad news: We have to wait for more.” –Glenn L. Rambo, twenty-year police veteran in New Jersey, currently holding the rank of Lieutenant
Wanda Dyson lives with her severely autistic teenager and a menagerie of animals on a horse farm in Maryland. After writing three critically acclaimed suspense novels, she was asked to write the true story of Tina Zahn (Why I Jumped), which was featured on Oprah. Good news—I have my fugitive cornered. Bad news—I don't have any backup.
The chase had encompassed forty-three hours with no sleep, very little food, and too many cups of cold coffee to count. It had crossed one state and three county lines and twice as many jurisdictions, only to circle back to within three miles of where it all started. And it looked like it was going to end at an abandoned house near Lisbon, Maryland.
Now fugitive recovery agent Nick Shepherd just had to decide whether to wait until his team arrived, or go in after Richie Carver on his own.
The old house didn't look as if it had been occupied for years. The whole structure was leaning on its foundation, the roof had holes in it, all the glass in the windows had been broken out, and weeds tangled across the yard nearly waist-high, hiding anything from old tires to snakes and groundhog holes.
He'd have to go in low and slow.
Glancing over at the front porch, he discounted it immediately. Half the boards were gone; the rest didn't look like they were too far behind. One wrong step and he'd be risking a broken leg or worse. His best bet was to enter one of the windows along the side of the house—the same way Richie had gone in—and to pray that Richie wasn't standing there ready to shoot him as he climbed through.
When a fugitive jumps bail and disappears, fugitive recovery agents suit up and go hunting. They are experts at tracking and pursuing and have powers even local police don't have. Relentless and more than a little fearless, they sometimes have to run a fugitive into the ground. But a cornered animal can be far more dangerous than one on the run.
Richie Carver was as nasty as they came. He and his brother, Jon, were known for drugs, prostitutes, illegal gambling, and who knew what else. If it was illegal and lucrative, they probably had their hands on it. Jon was the brains of the operation, preferring to stay close to the office and the money. Richie, on the other hand, was the brawn. His job was to make sure that no one crossed Jon. The problem was, Richie had gone beyond breaking legs and busting heads to straight-up murder. And after he jumped bail, he became Nick's problem. Nick and the rest of the Prodigal Fugitive Recovery Agents.
Nick glanced at his watch again. It had been nearly seven minutes since Richie had disappeared through that window. He knew better than most that the worst thing a bounty hunter could do was run into a situation like this without backup, but sometimes he had to break the rules.
He keyed the radio on his shoulder. “Conner. Come in.”
It took a couple of seconds, but he heard his second-in-command's voice crackle through in his earpiece. “Here, Boss. What's going down?”
“Richie's run into an abandoned house. Where are you?”
“Rafe and I are ten, maybe fifteen out, Boss. Hold them horses.”
“No can do, Conn.”
“Wait for us, Boss. We're close.”
“He's been in there almost ten minutes. Can't take a chance on him getting away.”
“Don't do it, Boss. I've got my foot to the floor. Hang on.”
Nick stared at the house. He figured the best and worst that could happen and then keyed the radio again. “Just make sure you're here before it turns ugly.”
He had just pulled the slide on his Glock when his cell phone vibrated. Assuming it was one of the members of his team, he flipped it open. “Yeah?”
“Krys? Honey, I'm right in the middle of something. Can I call you back?”
“Sure. I was just calling to say I love you and also to find out if maybe you want to go out for pizza tonight. Mom's working late.”
“Sure, baby. I'll give you a call in a couple hours.”
“Okay. Love you, bye.”
“Love you, bye.” He used his thigh to close the phone and then shoved it down inside his shirt pocket, protected inside his Kevlar vest.
He checked his Taser to make sure it was fully charged and put it back in his thigh holster, then eased up to a low crouch and began to make his way from the edge of the woods to the house. He nearly tripped twice but managed to avoid twisting his ankle on the pile of lumber hidden in the weeds and the gopher hole on the other side of it.
He thought he might have seen a black snake slithering off near an old wheelbarrow, but he didn't look too closely. He wasn't exactly fond of snakes, so he resorted to the childhood philosophy that if he didn't see it, maybe it didn't see him.
Easing up along the side of the house, he glanced furtively into the window. Living room. White plaster walls yellowed to beige and cracked with age. Light fixtures pulled from the ceiling. Wires dangling. Wood floors. And dust thick enough to leave footprints heading toward the back of the house.
Tucking his gun down in the holster, he prayed that Richie was somewhere else in the house and would stay there long enough for Nick to get through the window and pull his gun back out. He was halfway through the window when he saw the other footprints. Two pair, small, sneakers or athletic shoes. Kids. Probably teenagers. Were they here now? Or were they remnants from a previous night? Nick moved a little faster, scrambling through the broken window, snagging his shirt.
Then he the heard a scream. Female. Young. And in terror.
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Studio: WaterBrook Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.02" Width: 5.22" Height: 0.95" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Apr 30, 2009
Publisher WaterBrook Press
Series Prodigal Recovery
ISBN 1400074738 ISBN13 9781400074730
Reviews - What do customers think about Shepherds Fall (Prodigal Recovery V1)?
Expectations Were too High May 12, 2010
Dyson's Shefford-Johnson series was excellent. She became one of my favorite authors and I was really looking forward to this book. Perhaps my expectations were too high as I didn't find myself drawn into story like I did with the other series. Nick was not a likeable character in my opinion. I didn't really care about him at any point in the story and it seemed like he brought most of the problems on himself with poor choices. I had a hard time rooting for him. The plot was interesting however, and I did read through the book very quickly to find out what happened. I am looking forward to the next book because it looks like it will be about Nick's brother Steven, who I found to be much more likeable. I look forward to reading more from this author!
Great new series with a new premise Aug 30, 2009
I was so excited to hear that Wanda Dyson had a new series coming out because I just loved her suspense series (Abduction, Obsession, Intimidation). So I was thrilled to get into Shepherd's Fall, her new series about a bounty hunter and the people he works with. With the advent of "Dog: Bounty Hunter" on tv I thought this would be quite interesting. Wanda doesn't disappoint. I loved meeting Nick, the oldest brother and in charge person at Prodigal Recovery Agency and Steven the younger brother and worker at Prodigal Recovery Agency and Marti, the long lost sister who wants nothing to do with family or the Prodigal Recovery Agency. We also get to know the other bounty hunters that work for them and then we start meeting those they are looking for. Of course, Annie shows up and she is looking for her sister Zeena (who is being pursued by PRA) because Annie is dying and needs a transplant that only Zeena can give her... but she hasn't seen Zeena in a long time. If Zeena goes to jail then Annie won't get the transplant so Annie has to find her first. Except bad guys are out to get her too, so it's a race against time for Annie. Nick is trying to protect his daughter from an escaped convict who is out for revenge. Can Nick balance everything in his life and keep Krystal safe?
This book kept me turning the pages so fast my head was spinning! Wanda has returned and is packing a punch with her new series - I can't wait for books #2 and #3!
Great story, good characters, well written Jul 31, 2009
I won't go into the plot as others have adequately performed this task already. What I will say is that I like to read fantasy and fiction to escape from my technical world and a busy life.
My wife picked this up after reading Dyson's previous three books, and couldn't put it down. When she was done she said I might like it, and thus I dove in.
I was quickly engulfed into the story and found it hard to put down, and in fact towards the end I blew off some other responsibilities in order to finish the book. Dyson's style is fast paced with adequate twists and turns throughout the book to keep the reader intrigued. Yet thinking back through the book she did a great job tying it all together to make it coherent and believable. The character development is well done and each of the main characters in the plot have enough complexity that they did not feel to me to be cliche. She even leaves one (Marti) with some mystery that makes me want to read more in the series to find out about her back story. It seems from Dyson's website that I'll have to wait for the third book to satisfy my curiosity.
All-in-all I found this book an excellent read, and I am anxiously awaiting the second in the series. If you like to read a book to escape real life like I do, I would recommend picking it up.
Great Fast Pace Book Jul 15, 2009
Bounty hunter Nick Shepherd has the weight of the world on his shoulder. He is relentless when it comes to chasing and capturing criminals, but when it comes to his private life everything is falling down around him. He owns a business that was handed down to him by his father which is almost bankrupt. Nick has an ex-wife who will not get off his back and an angry teenage daughter who repeatedly finds herself in trouble.
Annie McNamara is facing death with a terminal illness. Her only hope of survival is her twin sister Zeena, who she has not spoken to in years. Nick teams up with Annie, when he finds out that Zeena has skipped bail only to find that Zeena is mixed up with some dangerous men who are out to kill Nick.
When Nick's daughter goes missing he is on a mission to find the men who took her while also trying to repair family relations that he had neglected in the past. Through all the trials Shepherd not only realizes how important family is, but more importantly he had placed God on a shelf. Will Shepherd get another chance at making everything right before time runs out?
Shepherd's Fall is a fast paced, kept me up late into the night kind of book. If you like suspense you will like Shepherd's Fall.
Pulled into the story from the first page! Jul 9, 2009
This is truly the beginning of another great series by Dyson. The story is suspenseful, the characters are strong and believable, and the writing is smooth. I had a hard time putting this book down, beginning with the first page. I can hardly wait for the next one.