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About Ken Pratt
Ken Pratt is a husband, father, and grandfather, and in his spare time he writes Christian based novels and some children stories too. Ken was raised in the small farming community of Dayton, Oregon, where he learned the value of having a strong work ethic among other small-town values.
Ken lives in Lincoln City, on the beautiful Oregon Coast with his wife of twenty-four years, Cathy. Together Ken and Cathy have raised five children and now have six Grandchildren.
When it comes to Ken’s philosophy about writing books, he says, “I don’t think it takes a PHD or a Doctorate Degree to figure out life can be unfair.” And that is what he writes about. Simply put, Ken writes about real life issues in a western setting in the rough and wild Pacific Northwest. However, he never set out to be a writer, he worked full time and wrote late at night for seven years to complete his first book, Willow Falls. He wrote it because he enjoyed writing and for the purpose was to show how God works in our lives even when we do not see it until we look back. When Willow Falls was completed, he began writing the follow-up book, Sweethome. Those two books started Ken Pratt on an unexpected pathway of being a full-time author of the Best-Selling Matt Bannister Series.
Men and women of all age groups and walks of life are enjoying this exciting, fast paced, action packed series full of heart, tears, and humor. But do not take our word for it, read some of the many reviews and see what people are saying about Ken Pratt and the Matt Bannister Series for themselves.
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Fifteen years ago, the young Matthew Bannister ran away from the town of Willow Falls. Now famed U.S. Deputy Marshal Matt Bannister is coming home to reconcile with his family. He quickly realizes that old feuds unsettled never die and he must come face to face with his painful past.
Matt is a fighter, a killer and a tough man who isn’t afraid to stand his ground against anyone. Across the Oregon mountains he encounters religious prosecution, murder, kidnapping and lies – but he also experiences love, family, justice and the power of prayer.
“The story is about redemption, lies made right, secrets uncovered, families coming together and faith in God renewed.”
Matt Bannister: Books 1-9 includes – Willow Falls, Sweethome, Bella's Dance Hall, The Wolves of Windsor Ridge, The Eckman Exception, Prairieville, Return to Willow Falls, Ballenger and Blood Vengeance.
The weekend of the community Spring Fling dance is normally a time to celebrate, but for Roger and Martha King it becomes a weekend of weakness and suffering the consequences of facing the shame of betrayal and the hope of forgiveness and reconciliation.
For Matt, the weekend of celebration is interrupted by the arrival of his old friend Marvin Aggler who answers Matt's invitation to come to Oregon and work for Annie at the Big Z Ranch. Marvin had picked up two cowboys looking for work along the way – Elias Redding and Jude Maddox who are wanting to work, until Jude learns that Truet Davis is a U.S. Deputy Marshal in town.
Arrested for the murder of three men, Elias and Jude escape from jail with the help of a small-time thief who leads the two killers to the Sperry home in Natoma. What starts as a manhunt for two escaped killers leads Matt and Truet to Natoma, where an act of betrayal teams the outlaw Morton Sperry up with Matt to find the two fugitives.
The Legacies of Spring are the character and faith of a good man.
Wu-Pen Tseng is not getting the respect he craves. To use a bit of deception, he comes up with an operation he calls "Dragon's Fire.” Dragon's Fire has three goals, and when all three are fulfilled, Wu-Pen is pleased. That is, until Matt Bannister begins an investigation and follows the evidence into Chinatown. Suspicion leads him to his prime suspect: Wu-Pen.
Wu-Pen has sabotaged the silver mine and brought a compassionate smile, shelter, and food for the families of the now missing minors, while they wait to know the fate of their loved ones.
Inside of the mountain holding the tunnels, drifts and mining works of the Slater Silver Mine, Joe Thorn is the only uninjured of the survivors and he is forced to make a lifesaving decision with only what he could find five-hundred-feet underground to save Lawrence Barton. Four men work together through their injuries and fears to stay alive and care for their most injured man. With no promise of a tomorrow and a heavy load of regrets, the men emerge from the mine with a whole new outlook on life…
Sometimes God’s greatest blessing is unanswered prayer.
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.
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.
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…
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?
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…
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!
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.
Take a trip with Rosie, a twelve-year-old cancer patient, and her father as they enter The Royal Potter's Shop.
What started out as admiring a beautiful plate in a window, becomes a magical journey of hope through the three phases of plate repair in the lands of Peace and Joy, the furnace of affliction room, and paradise.