The Shepherd

The Shepherd

The thrilling number one bestseller from the master of storytelling


*Now a major Disney+ short film starring John Travolta*

The chilling thriller from the international bestselling phenomenon.

'A cunningle wrought tale' Financial Times
'A stirring and beautiful story' The Times

Christmas Eve, 1957.

For one Royal Air Force pilot, one last hurdle remains between himself and a cozy Christmas morning in England. A sixty-six-minute flight in his Vampire fighter plane from Germany to Lakenheath.

A routine flight plan and a full tank of fuel. What could go wrong?

But as the fog begins to close in, the compass goes haywire and the radio dies, leaving him in silence, lost and alone up in the inky black sky.

All hope seems lost as he accepts his fate when, out of nowhere, a vintage fighter-bomber appears and is miraculously trying to make contact.

For one lonely pilot this is a miracle, but really the mystery has just begun ...

With over 1,000 5* reviews . . .

***** 'This was for me the best Christmas military short story'
***** 'What a great story!! I just loved it.'
***** 'A splendid story. Still have goosebumps after reading it.'
***** 'I, too, read this every Christmas season - and think of it often throughout the year.'
***** 'What a wonderful surprising ending, I didn't see that coming, very good story, I think imma remember it for a long time.'

About the author

Frederick Forsyth

Former RAF pilot and investigative journalist Frederick Forsyth defined the modern thriller when he wrote The Day of the Jackal, described by Lee Child as ‘the book that broke the mould’, with its lightning-paced storytelling, effortlessly cool reality and unique insider information. Since then, he has written thirteen novels which have been bestsellers around the world: The Odessa File, The Dogs of War, The Devil’s Alternative, The Fourth Protocol, The Negotiator, The Deceiver, The Fist of God, Icon, Avenger, The Afghan, The Cobra, The Kill List and The Fox. He has also published an autobiography, The Outsider. He lives in Buckinghamshire, England.
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