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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 Assoc 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. Disclaimer: While this series is classified as Christian fiction this title does include violence that may be upsetting to some.


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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 Assoc 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. Disclaimer: While this series is classified as Christian fiction this title does include violence that may be upsetting to some.

30 review for Ballenger (Matt Bannister Western Book 8)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Becky Kincaid

    Great writing As always Ken Pratt unleashed another great story. Matt Bannister is one of my favorite characters ever! I am a fan of Pratt's writings, which are all great stories that will not disappoint.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Charles Castell

    Mr. Pratt went to above and beyond in this compelling rendition of his Matt Bannister, as the story was one exciting episode after the other. No slow downs in this story. Definitely great job once again, and anxiously awaiting the next exciting release!!! Five stars and more, says it all! Challenger was a rouge lawman, and was completely of his rocker, as he apparently had no concept of right and wrong. Outstanding storylines throughout the entire story, and Matt had his handful since the useless Mr. Pratt went to above and beyond in this compelling rendition of his Matt Bannister, as the story was one exciting episode after the other. No slow downs in this story. Definitely great job once again, and anxiously awaiting the next exciting release!!! Five stars and more, says it all! Challenger was a rouge lawman, and was completely of his rocker, as he apparently had no concept of right and wrong. Outstanding storylines throughout the entire story, and Matt had his handful since the useless Sheriff failed to control his Deputies, and the town! The character selections could not have been any better portrayed, as they continuously fulfilled their assigned roles to perfection, from beginning to end. Challenger went too far when he involved Matt's fiance, Christine, in one of his ongoing rampages and it was Katy bar the door after that! There is no lack of outstanding entertaining western revelations throughout this compelling western folklore masterpiece, and enough ongoing gunfighting episodes to appease anyone's desired expectations. Read all of the Matt Bannister stories, and this one certainly puts the "icing on the cake," as there is never a dull moment from beginning to end!😃 Definitely recommend this compassionately motivated, and outstandingly motivated western masterpiece to everyone, but you dyed in the wool western enthusiasts will certainly find yourselves completely mesmerized by Matt's unending desire to bring justice, once more, to his beloved area of responsibility! I assure you, you will find it hard to put the story aside until the final paragraph has been read! Yes!! Even you non-western readers will find yourselves completely engrossed from beginning to end!!!😃

  3. 4 out of 5

    J.E. Grace

    Sylvia Ballenger, her son, and daughter have moved into the Dogwood Shacks in Branson, Oregon. With little money, her son Martin gets a job as a deputy. Martin falls for Edith, a dance hall girl, even though she is courting Paul. The story has lots of excitement and complicated action. From Chinatown murders to retaliation, Matt Bannister, the Marshall investigates with no proven suspects. The storyline has some dark moments with violence, but also uplifting times of faith. This, after all, is a Sylvia Ballenger, her son, and daughter have moved into the Dogwood Shacks in Branson, Oregon. With little money, her son Martin gets a job as a deputy. Martin falls for Edith, a dance hall girl, even though she is courting Paul. The story has lots of excitement and complicated action. From Chinatown murders to retaliation, Matt Bannister, the Marshall investigates with no proven suspects. The storyline has some dark moments with violence, but also uplifting times of faith. This, after all, is a western, which most contain some type of violence. The characters are well-developed with a diversity of traits from good to bad. The book kept me on the edge of my seat, with unexpected twists and the ending wrapped up nicely. Another great Matt Bannister novel. I can't wait to read the next one. I received an ARC and voluntarily choose to review it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Margie Furco

    Great reading! I have read all 8 of the Matt Bannister books and have enjoyed each of them. In fact I would forget to make dinner or do my chores. Thank you for your great stories. I’m looking forward to reading more of the Bannister series. Your other books are also great reading.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Penny Bell

    Top Notch Series Another great Matt Bannister US Marshal novel. I have thoroughly enjoyed this series, however I am hoping there is a 9th one in the works regarding Oscar vs. Wu Pen....and a glimpse into Matt and Christines future.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Especially good at this time A western town. No Indians. A love story. Two “races” live here. Neither is perfect. But they are learning to live together. Matt Bannister is a Christian man who is very fair

  7. 5 out of 5

    Robert C. smith

    This Western Has It All! Ken Pratt creatively develops this most entertaining tale into a mixture of early frontier racial prejudices, mixed with some good guys, some bad guys and some kind of in the fence, sprinkled with several romances! A little something for everyone.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Slezak

    Great novel again! Love Ken party's books. Especially the Matt Bannister series. I've read them all and enjoyed every one. I highly recommend all his books.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Keith D Hauber

    Disappointment At the beginning I was disappointed in how long it took to explain the different characters lives. I almost did not continue reading the story.

  10. 5 out of 5

    John Kruyne

    Excellent book. I shows all about abuse and how a christian should handle it. I enjoy reading that type of book. Thanks and keep them coming.

  11. 4 out of 5

    cheryl Newell

    A great Christian read I love the Christian westerns. Still lots of action and romance but with some scripture thrown in hope you keep writing

  12. 5 out of 5

    Frank

    This is not one of the better Matt Bannistr stories. Matt doesn't come across as a strong law inforcement officer and it seemed his faith impeaded his thinking in getting the bad guys locked up.

  13. 5 out of 5

    David M. Onstad

    God's will . This story is a good example of God's will to be known to us and the world how great his love is for us.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Carl Hunter

    Great This was a great book from start to finish. Glad to see Christian in the book . That make it so great.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ms Yvonne Karkkainen

    Chick Flick I read this book with the expectation that it would be a Western with adventure and .mystery and toughness. But,alas, it is just another landline

  16. 4 out of 5

    David Entriken

    Very interesting book

  17. 4 out of 5

    Billie

    Enjoyed I'm only in the first few chapters and the explanation of the birds and need is awesome. I hope to remember this to pass it on to teens. Great job.

  18. 4 out of 5

    John Shearer

    Ballenger 8 This was a pretty good read that was a bit long winded in places,where it needent be. The characters were well defined and presented.

  19. 4 out of 5

    barry

  20. 4 out of 5

    vivian hickman

  21. 4 out of 5

    Shelia Miller

  22. 5 out of 5

    debra boyd

  23. 5 out of 5

    Laura Scoble

  24. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Nugent

  25. 5 out of 5

    Wade Maner

  26. 5 out of 5

    Delaine

  27. 5 out of 5

    Donald L Kissel

  28. 5 out of 5

    Robert C. Creer

  29. 4 out of 5

    maragaret a middleton

  30. 4 out of 5

    mable busbee

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