CBS' Phillip Sheppard Goes 2.0 Specialist Mode Rolls Out New Action-Adventure Book

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As Fan Favorite Phillip Sheppard reaches for Reality Show Glory, fans in the know fight for first grabs at his new novel The Specialist: The Costa Rica Job. The most talked about book online stars him serving up a Kung Fu smack down like no spy in history.

The sheer energy of the tense plot has won over readers. The book has become a 'must own' among The Specialist fans.

CBS reality show contestant Phillip Sheppard seems at his best when he is unpredictable. Little wonder that he has returned to the network's top rated show (Survivor, ‘Fans Versus Favorites’ starting February 13th). Sheppard’s return to television coincides with the launch of The Specialist: The Costa Rica Job, a new book showcasing him punching the lights out of bad guys foolish enough to get in his way. The Specialist combines forces with a hard-fisted Israeli secret agent, squashing drug dealers, street thugs and bad cops with equal prejudice. He also manages to thwart a terrorist bomber and solve a high-stakes kidnapping case along the way. In fact, he is a no-nonsense, martial arts champion with titanium fists and lightning fast reflexes. Sheppard's new role and the sheer energy of the tense plot has won over readers and left them clamoring for more. The book has quickly become a 'must own' among fans of the reality television show.

Film and televison producer Wendy Kram, one of the entertainment industry's leading script consultants, hails "The Specialist: The Costa Rica Job" as “an entertaining ride through and through," comparing Sheppard's book to a "suspenseful roller coaster ride filled with major kick-a** action sequences." Kram further nods at The Specialist's tough-minded persona and the character's timely sense of humor, adding, "I highly recommend the book for excitement junkies, and for those who are fans of this genre. It's a quick, easy and fun read that will leave people wanting even more, and I definitely look forward to the next installment.”

Meanwhile, Sheppard heaps generous praise on CBS Television and Mark Burnett Productions for giving him another crack at glory on their reality show, Survivor, a ratings powerhouse that brought him before the eyes of the world. Sheppard views the new season (and the new book) as a chance to show another side of his popular persona, that of The Specialist. “I have to say, the show has been wonderful fun, but challenging. I feel the same about the new book. I'm proud of my participation in both endeavors.” The new novel was first concieved as a Blog by Sheppard and is authored by his younger brother, Charles Peterson Sheppard. "Ultimately, it's a chance for us to bring joy to people," explains Sheppard. "That's basically what I'm all about." The Specialist: The Costa Rica Job is available now at

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