Burden Kansas

Rated 3.91/5 based on 11 reviews
Vampires are not sexy or sensitive.

Hungry, bloody and stinking of the grave, they hunt the dry Kansas plains, taking what they want until they cross rancher Keith Harris. Keith is a damaged man who's always made the hard decisions others couldn't. As the two forces battle for survival, the lines between man and monster begin to blur. How much of a community's burden of sin can one man take on? More

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About Alan Ryker

Alan Ryker is the product of a good, clean country upbringing. Though he now lives with his wife in the suburbs of Kansas City, the sun-bleached prairie still haunts his fiction. Check out his many adventures at his blog, Pulling Teeth at www.alanryker.com. Enjoy his most mundane thoughts by following him on twitter: @alanryker. And contact him at alanjryker@gmail.com.

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Review by: RAVENSWOOD PUBLISHING on July 8, 2011 :

This book scared the **** out of me! I think it was because I every time Alan Ryker mentioned the vampires shrieking I kept having flashbacks of "30 Days of Night". If you've seen that movie you definitely know what I mean. It's bad enough to imagine vampires of this type attacking animals and eventually people but then you have to put a certain amount of intelligence with them as well and you've got yourself quite the horror story.

I enjoyed this book immensely, it was a fast read in pace and length. I hope Alan Ryker writes more I would even love to see what happens to Jessica later in life, this story has the makings of a series! Bring it on Alan, bring it on!

-Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club
(reviewed 67 days after purchase)
Review by: cdhtenn2k10 on June 9, 2011 :
The best vampire story I've read in a long time. Refreshingly lean, Ryker doesn't burden his tale with padded descriptions or unnecessary characters or character arcs
(reviewed 38 days after purchase)
Review by: Rigby4 on June 5, 2011 :
This book doesn't disappoint ! The main character's personal demons were as dark as the vampire. I thought a lot about this story after I finished it. The suprise ending made me want to re-read for hints at what was to come. I'll be looking for more from this author.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
Review by: Shari Eggleston on June 2, 2011 :
Interesting take on vampires and drug addiction. Who knew. Brutal short story featuring vampires and red necks. I enjoyed the story, but wouldn't recommend it to anyone who doesn't like bloody horror stories.
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)
Review by: rhonda laney on May 30, 2011 :
This had a little different view on vampires. It made it more oringal. kept me interested to see how it all worked out at the end. Keith is a ranger and somthing been killing his cattle and his nieghbors cattle. The sheriff came out to see what he could see but he hates keith. A scientist from federal goverment has come out and knows a little about the creature but not much.
Keith ends up trapping one and learned a little bit more about them and knows how to stop them from killing his cows. Keith wife had cancer and keith drinks a lot but he is close with his niece and brother. Makes some really tough decisions and asks others to make them to. I can see how this could lead to more stories along the way. I liked the story. It given an ebook inexchange for honest review.
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)
Review by: Linda Flickinger on May 24, 2011 :
In the wake of pretty-boy Vampires & sweet Southern faerie vamp lovers, comes Alan Ryker, trailing behind him the real thing. Vampires...ugly, animal-like, smelly, and mean...and one (one town dealer) who has a semblance of intelligence left....just enough to spawn cruel vengeance. Add in a "hero" who isn't, whom you love to hate (or at least I did), and you have a real, modern-day Vampire thriller.

It takes place in the farmlands of Kansas, where something has been slaughtering cattle. The local sheriff calls in an expert, but no one can figure out quite what is going on. No one, that is, but Keith Harris, our hero (sort of), who discovers & figures out the mystery and takes the solution into his own hands. Keith has his own struggles to contend with, and soon we begin to wonder who the true monster really is.

This is an excellent novella for those who pine for mean, ruthless, vampires who stalk their prey and ruthlessly devour them. The only negative I could say about it, is that it wasn't long enough! I want more!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Review by: Rick Moschgat on May 24, 2011 :
A vampire book with "real" vampires. A real page turner. A main character that you will root for despite his past. I enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it. I look forward to reading more by Mr. Ryker.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
Review by: Angie Creech on May 24, 2011 :
Something is attacking the cattle in a small town in Kansas. A quick interesting read about the supernatural and one man's attempt to protect the family he has left.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Review by: Kiki on May 23, 2011 :
While this technically was a vampire story, in reality it was more of a character study of small town relationships. Short and well structured, I enjoyed this story although there were places where the scene changes were particularly disorienting. As another reviewer said, I hope to see more stories, Jessica in particular, in this series
(reviewed 18 days after purchase)
Review by: Amber Carroll on May 15, 2011 :
When something starts attacking the cattle in a small town in Kansas everyone gets worried. These attacks don't look like anythingn they have seen before. Keith, a loner of a rancher, discovers what has been attacking his cattle and tries to use it to his advantage. It seems that Keith's past will come back to haunt him and even threatens those he loves the most. This book draws you in and keeps you wanting to turn the page.
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)
Review by: Elizabeth Miller on May 12, 2011 : (no rating)
Short and Sweet, Sweetly Brutal. I was hooked after the 1st chapter. Thought is was a little short but that does not mean that this story is lacking. It goes right into the action and keeps the momentum all the way --Rancher Keith Harris feels it is up to him to taken on the burdens of his family and he does it with style. Really hope Jessica gets her own follow up story line!!
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)
Review by: Anthony Roberts on April 8, 2011 :
OK, for a buck I'll bite. I know, lame joke for a vampire book, but I really enjoyed this novella on vamps on the lonesome plains of Kansas. If you can tie crank, cattle ranching, alcoholism and vampires together then you've got something going on. I'm almost to the point of being tired with the whole vampire genre, but Ryker's vision is a unique one, and one that works without all the tired undead dogma. I won't go into the vampires of his dust-blown world other than to say that it's a bloody fun ride. My only complaint is that it's a novella and I wanted more. Saddle up for some throat-rippin' redneck mayhem!
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)

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