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  • Welcome back to Branson, Oregon where murder, love and obsession lurk behind every corner. U.S. Deputy Marshal Matt Bannister is troubled by the cruel and unnatural death of miner Leroy Haywood. There are no witnesses or clues of any kind, just a very slow and horrible murder…unlike any Matt had seen before. He suspects Wu-Pen – the President of the Chinese Benevolent Association and a powerful man in the Chinese community – but has no way of proving it. When Leroy’s friend Roger is murdered, Matt again suspects Wu-Pen but, there is no evidence. Martin Ballenger is a good-looking young man who moves to Branson with his mother and younger sister. When Martin sees dancer Edith Williams, he is infatuated by her beauty and her sad smile. His obsession turns violent when he discovers his soulmate is pregnant with another man’s baby. Matt is a fighter, a killer and a tough man who isn’t afraid to stand his ground against anyone, but sometimes…prayer is our only weapon. Get the Kindle Edition from Amazon or buy it right here in paperback. Shipping included.
  • Welcome to Bella’s Dance Hall, where Christine Knapp found a career dancing and singing after her husband and child died along the Oregon trail. Three years after this devastating loss, Christine is ready to find love again and is drawn to Matt Bannister at first sight. After being heartbroken by Travis, Christine meets Kyle Lenning, Matt Bannister’s brother-in-law. During a group date, tragedy struck and Kyle is killed. In the fall out of the tragedy, Christine’s reputation is stained, and the immoral town sheriff and his friend take the opportunity to accuse Christine of murder to blackmail her into doing their wicked will. With no hope, no escape and no way out of it, Christine is about to sell her very soul to three of the most powerful men in Branson when Matt Bannister comes to her door. Will he demand justice for the death of his sister’s husband or rescue her from a horrible fate?

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  • THE STRONGEST MOTIVATION TO KILL IS BLOOD VENGEANCE.   Wes Wasson – an old Indian fighter and known troublemaker – comes to Branson to visit his Sister and brother in law. While out with his nephew Bruce, Wes hears that a local Indian named Chusi Yellowbear was a survivor of the Bear River Massacre in 1863, and Wes decides he needs to meet him. While harassing Chusi, Wes discovers the man who killed Chusi's family was Bruce's father, Frank Ellison. Chusi has wanted revenge for twenty-one years and now he knows where to find it. After being arrested by Matt bannister for drunken antics, Chusi comes out a changed man with his fighting spirit back, and this time he offers no forgiveness, but blood for blood. Matt is drawn in between Chusi, who wants revenge for his family and Frank who wants to be forgiven. And of course, Wes who wants one more Indian notched in his belt and antagonizes Chusi every chance he has. Matt Bannister must work between them all to try to calm a brewing storm that runs deeper than pride or honor…
  • WELCOME TO PRAIRIEVILLE…THE TOWN MORE DEADLY THAN ANYONE EVER EXPECTED. U.S. Marshal Matt Bannister and his Cousin William Fasana are headed to the distant unknown town of Prairieville to solve a murder that no one else can. Railroad tycoon Louis Eckman and his wife are robbed on their way to Branson in the Blue mountains outside of Prairieville. Shortly after, Louis and the driver are murdered and the local sheriff is coming up short. While in town, Matt meets fourteen-year-old Tiffany Foster, who is mourning her father’s death. As this relationship grows, Matt learns everything is not as it seems and Tiffany might have the answers. Book six in the Matt Bannister Western Series is a story about finding the truth behind a building body count and deflective deceptions by a wicked family…

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  • U.S. Marshal Matt Bannister’s bitter side comes out when his father, Floyd Bannister, comes to town unexpectedly. He wants nothing to do with his father and makes his thoughts known. Floyd, though heartbroken, agrees to leave Matt alone. Matt is dealing with the murder of two Chinese immigrants and the brutal scourging of a third. When he finds the men responsible, and makes an arrest, he is faced with a turning tide as those who dislike him twist the truth and turn the mining community against him with destructive consequences. Tiffany Foster, who Matt brought back from Prairieville, tells her friend Gabriel Smith, that Matt is his real father. Gabriel confronts his parents and then runs away to Branson to confront Matt. Matt is caught off guard but learns a great lesson, that he and his father have more in common than he realized… Sometimes, you must have the chimney swept clean of its past fires before you can start a new flame confidently…

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  • Welcome to Sweethome, a town owned by the cruel Thacker family. The second Matt Banister Western exposes town corruption to religious persecution. From the world of professional boxing to the farthest northern logging camps and the human suffering and tragedies in between. Sweethome is written to answer the age-old question: Can any good come out of tragedy? There is hope for those who believe.

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  • WELCOME TO BRANSON, OREGON WHERE NOT EVERYTHING IS AS IT SEEMS. U.S. Marshal Matt Bannister has returned to identify two dead bodies burned in a cabin as Catherine Eckman and her husband Nathan Webster. However, Pick Lawson does not trust Matt and is on a mission to prove he is lying for his own personal gain… Matt Bannister is looking forward to a spending a weekend with Felisha Conway who is coming to town for a wedding. His weekend is turned upside down when his dear friend Christine goes missing, and he finds himself under investigation by a Pinkerton Detective for intentionally misleading the missing persons case of Catherine Eckman. Death, kidnapping and lies are just the start in book five of the best-selling western series by Ken Pratt! Get the Kindle Edition from Amazon or buy it right here in paperback. Shipping included.
  • Welcome to Windsor Ridge, where Adam Bannister is led by a huge wolf – straight into the blurred battle lines. 

    Nathan Peirce is hiding from an unjust bounty in Loveland, a small logging community in the treacherous Wallowa Mountains of Oregon. When the bank is robbed, Nathan is asked to join the local posse being led by their incompetent sheriff and a brooding stranger forced by the sheriff to help track the robbers. Adam Bannister is elk hunting in the southern Wallowa’s when he sees the largest wolf he’s ever seen. Determined to hunt the wolf, he follows it over Windsor Ridge and into the direct path of the bank robbers and what’s left of the doomed posse. One man is a serial killer, another is one of the most wanted men in the west. A gang of bank robbers and the brother of the U.S. Marshal Matt Bannister, who finds himself in the middle of a battle between some of the best and worst of mankind. Sometimes, it’s safer to trust a pack of wolves than a man. Get the Kindle Edition from Amazon or buy it right here in paperback. Shipping included.
  • Welcome to Willow Falls. The town young Matthew Bannister ran away from fifteen years before. Now famed U.S. Deputy Marshal Matt Bannister is coming home to reconcile with his family. He prayed he wouldn’t see his ex-best friend Tom Smith nor the only girl he ever loved, Tom’s wife, Elizabeth. However, old feuds unsettled never die and spark a powder keg of action when the desperate Moskin Gang kidnap Elizabeth and leave a murderous trail behind them. In anguish, Tom, the Willow Falls sheriff, turns to his despised old-friend to help get the woman they both love back alive, if they can. Sometimes God’s greatest blessing is unanswered prayer.

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