Kurkow Prison (Berkley Street Book 5)

Rated 4.64 out of 5 based on 47 customer ratings
(48 customer reviews)

$3.99

 

Length: 207 pages

Shane, and Frank, two ghostblasting military vets, have a new job – the gruesome ghosts of Kurkow Prison. When one of the clueless new owners cuts the iron chains that keep the deadly ghosts locked inside the prison, the property becomes hell on earth! Shane and his brother-in-arms can’t believe the inherent stupidity of the new owners. Fools, Pete and Ollie, forge ahead, ignoring Shane’s warnings and unleash a spectral horde on Gaiman, New Hampshire!

Taking over the town, the undead kill everyone in sight. Shane and his comrades wonder why the ghosts are focused on Mulberry Street. As the battle rages on, the men discover the town is covered in a shroud of secrecy.

Hoping to stop an Armageddon, Shane and Frank wage war against time, a winter freeze and vengeful ghosts. It’ll take all their combined battle skills, supernatural experience and the courage to be as savage as their unholy enemies to save the few brave survivors waiting on a savior. As the truth about Mulberry Street unravels, Shane and crew unearth the deepest secret … which lies very, very close to home!

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Length: 207 pages

Shane, and Frank, two ghostblasting military vets, have a new job – the gruesome ghosts of Kurkow Prison. When one of the clueless new owners cuts the iron chains that keep the deadly ghosts locked inside the prison, the property becomes hell on earth! Shane and his brother-in-arms can’t believe the inherent stupidity of the new owners. Fools, Pete and Ollie, forge ahead, ignoring Shane’s warnings and unleash a spectral horde on Gaiman, New Hampshire!

Taking over the town, the undead kill everyone in sight. Shane and his comrades wonder why the ghosts are focused on Mulberry Street. As the battle rages on, the men discover the town is covered in a shroud of secrecy.

Hoping to stop an Armageddon, Shane and Frank wage war against time, a winter freeze and vengeful ghosts. It’ll take all their combined battle skills, supernatural experience and the courage to be as savage as their unholy enemies to save the few brave survivors waiting on a savior. As the truth about Mulberry Street unravels, Shane and crew unearth the deepest secret … which lies very, very close to home!

48 reviews for Kurkow Prison (Berkley Street Book 5)

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Customer

    Thoroughly enjoyable read the story gripping a real page turner very imaginative and intriguing keep up the good work

  2. Rated 3 out of 5

    S. Hall

    Probably the most violent in the series so far, not my favorite due to the violence. Shane needs to get out of this business.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Customer

    I loove this series!!!!!!!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Customer

    . ( SPOILER ALERT!! ) I’d love to read more about Courtney’s madness and being sent into the walls due to it.

  5. Rated 4 out of 5

    SDreiling

    Ron Ripley is one of my new favorite authors. I have thoroughly enjoyed this series and wait eagerly for the next book. I recommend his books to anyone that likes to read horror.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    C. Merrell

    I enjoyed this story, particularly the chance to meet interesting new characters like Asa who may show up again later. Frank was back from the last installment and I like how he and Shane work together. As always, I recommend Ron Ripley’s books if you are looking for a great, fast paced ghost story with some twists on the standard lore, and with well developed, likeable characters!

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Maureen

    Shane is back better than ever! He’s doing his ghosthunters thing again. This was a very good storyline and I would like to see more of this one. Great writing and “keep it scary”!

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    justjodi

    Another great book in the series. By now I feel as if Shane is an old friend. Strong plot, great dialogue, and a satisfying ending make for a great read. No synopsis or spoilers. Just read it.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Christina E Strong

    Ron Ripley’s stories never disappoint. Kurkow Prison is a great read, an excellent addition to the series. Always nice to hear from the past characters from time to time. Definitely a thumbs up.

  10. Rated 4 out of 5

    Constance J. Keith

    A good story about ghosts and getting even .the characters have problems that causes more problems than the ghosts walking with the living

  11. Rated 3 out of 5

    Mark Gouthro

    The most violent of the series, perhaps the most violent of the authors works. While well done it goes beyond my tastes.

  12. Rated 4 out of 5

    Avid reader

    This series has been an enjoyable one. I find myself wanting to read more so I can find out what happens! I am looking forward to the next book to come out.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Thomas E Borst

    Great as always by Ron Ripley

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tom Sjoberg

    This book was a great read. you want to stay up at night, read this book.

  15. Rated 4 out of 5

    Customer

    I enjoyed the book just before this one the best. This book has a lot of action and holds your interest. I’d like more character development. Still a good read.

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jill T. Ellis

    Another great book by Ron Ripley! Love them all!

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    natalie calamante

    I love all of Ron Ripley’s books, and this was no exception! Fast paced, exciting, scary! Everything you want in a good horror story! Can’t wait for more!!

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Customer

    Another great ghost tale by Ron Ripley! I could not put this down, devouring each page and chapter as quickly as I could. Thanks again for another spooky, scary story, Ron.

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    craftbrown1

    I love this series! Please keep writing them.We need to have more of Shane, Frank, and company! Hope we see more of Mason too!

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tinkerer

    Words that describe: Mr. Ritley’s works: rainy night must have! Twisted, humorous, grumpy, sad, tragic dysfunctional heroes, tarnished knights, flawed beautifully crafted characters that you would definitely hang with. Above and beyond the norm, thinking persons villains. Villains you wouldn’t like to meet! But love to read about. More Mr. Ripley Please!

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    Driftless Nana

    I’ve been reading Ron Rickey’s books for a little over a year now and I’ve reached the point where I’m going to have to wait in between novels! I started with the Moving In series and now am finishing up the latest installment of his Berkeley Street series.When I first began reading Ripley’s novels, I was a little annoyed by the fact that the books were around 100 and change pages with a plot line continued through all three books of the “trilogy.” But as his skill matured, the books in his series are complete novels from beginning to end.Ripleys style is different from most horror stories in that he provides a complete world with characters who interact with each other and bring their own histories which creates unique situations in the plot line.In addition, they don’t follow one of the various common plot lines found in most horror fiction. His characters don’t tend to be victims. (Not that they all survive.)In this book, an abandoned prison is bought by two brothers who wish to renovate the place and create a resort, using the architecture of the prison as a base for the hotel. Before the renovation even begins, one of the brothers becomes convinced that the building is haunted by malevolent spirits.He calls in a team of ghost hunters. This team is basically comprised of two or three men who have learned various techniques which enable them to remove the spirits. They aren’t typical crystal-wearing new age earth children; they come from the millitary where they were specialists specifically trained for hot and heavy action. From these different backgrounds and their post-service careers they each have their own reasons for choosing this as their career.The result of all this is that the books all end with a victory. Usually they also involve horrific scenes of out of control spirits and tend to require at least one sacrifice before they are resolved.In this particular book of the series the horror curls your toes and the sacrifice brings tears to your eyes. It also leaves you wanting more books to be written in the series.

  22. Rated 4 out of 5

    Lyssa Derrick

    Loved itGreat book love the twists and turns. Only wish it could be longer can’t wait to read the next one

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    Customer

    I love this books I can’t put them down wen I start any of them I I’ve how u bring them to life

  24. Rated 4 out of 5

    Tangible light

    Often bed ridden due to an accident, I find Ron Ripley’s writing intelligent and entertaining. His stories are good reads, engaging, and just the right mixture of pathos and violence.

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lisa Shah

    This series has been great….each story different but still tying the characters together. I like that this author has the ability to pull the reader into the story…and keep you until the end. I hate to see this series end.

  26. Rated 4 out of 5

    Margo

    Enjoyed reading, was sad to see what happened to Courtney.

  27. Rated 4 out of 5

    Lacemaker

    I like this series, in fact almost everything by this author. I am getting tired of this and other authors making a simple mistake in action sequences, however: Glocks don’t have a safety that you ‘click’ off. They have a firing pin safety inside that keeps it from discharging when dropped, and a dual trigger so your finger has to be fully seated on the trigger and pulled in order for the firing pin to be released. There is no switch so it makes me want to scream when a character switches this non-existent safety “off.” If you need that bit for whatever reason, choose a gun that actually has one.

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

    Natalie @ BookLoversLife

    This was without a doubt, the best in the series so far!! Again, I loved the setting and it was much scarier and creepier than the last few.So this one takes place in Gaiman, New Hampshire. Shane, Frank and Mason are called in to help the town after the new owners of the abandoned Kurkow Prison, unwittingly release a horde of angry and vengeful ghosts on the town. Well, Shane did warn them not to but Pete and Ollie didn’t listen, now the town and it’s residents are under attack and Shane has to figure out a way to get the ghosts back to Kurkow Prison and under lock and key again, whilst trying to find out what happened and battling a storm at the same time.This series just keeps going from strength to strength! Ron Ripley has upped his game with this one and given us one hell of a ride. Poor Shane has so much to deal with and thinks the job he initially takes will be easy, but it’s not. There is so many secrets and lies that it will take Shane, Frank and Mason and their combined abilities to get out of this alive. The plot was fast paced, creepy, bloody and addicting and I loved it!!! Also, I don’t want to say too much but I’m intrigued to see what will happen to Courtney!!In all, a brilliant addition to a equally brilliant series. I love these characters and have loved each of the settings of the books, I can’t wait to see where else these characters will go. Bring on the next one ;)I don’t think I can see anyone else reading these stories as Thom Bowers has it down. He knows how to tell these books to make them creepier and come alive. I definitely need to see if he narrates any other books.I was voluntarily provided this free copy by the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kathryn A St John

    Another awesome installment in the Bekley Street Series. I seriously can’t get enough of these books and reading this one suddenly made me want to go back and reread the whole series again. The things that had started to get repetitive before were lessened this time around so there was less of the blah blah blah back story that readers are all probably pretty familiar with (unless you’ve just come into the series with this book in which case you NEED to go back to the first book – Berkley Street – because it is AWESOME!).Ron Ripley has managed yet again to add in new twists and new details to keep the series fresh and alive…or dead…depending on which side (ghost or living people) you’re looking at. I’ve been reading this series with the audiobooks and the narrator has continually sucked me into the story so well that I can see it in my head even though I’m staring at jigsaw puzzles. I don’t remember the puzzle pictures but I remember seeing ghosts beating a house down and dead women hanging from the ceiling. :OI was so worried Shane wouldn’t make it this time. These books seem to get closer and closer to knocking him off. The gore was kept to a minimum but was pretty icky when it came. I was shocked at how cowardly some people were and at how little they cared about others. I wish I could say those personalities don’t exist but I know they do.

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    Judiz45701

    Ghost are scary enough as it is. But when they can commit acts of violence, that’s going a bit far. And in this book…WOW! Once again I recommend reading this author, Ron Ripley. He can give you the willies.

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    Trish Franks

    I started reading this series as a free book. I would have paid to read it, if I would have known how great they are. This book is a fantastic read that you can’t put down. Needless to say, I loved it!

  32. Rated 5 out of 5

    Customer

    It’s like an Express Train with no breaks. Once again a great story in a great series. Very very good

  33. Rated 5 out of 5

    Liz

    Loved it. These books are always full of scares and tragedies, such an interesting read. I’ve really enjoyed this series so far and really hope to read about Shane again soon.

  34. Rated 5 out of 5

    Customer

    You can’t go wrong reading Ron Ripley. He’s the new Koontz

  35. Rated 5 out of 5

    KatDunleavy

    With Brian out of commission, I wasn’t sure I’d enjoy Kurkow Prison. But this book is one of Ron Ripley’s best and that’s saying a lot! Great plot, evolving and engaging characters and lots of action. Don’t miss this one!

  36. Rated 4 out of 5

    DaveB

    I was gifted this book as an Audiobook.com edition. This is the fifth in the Berkley Street series and the author can still find fresh material to use to continue the saga. In this case, it is an abandoned prison that was the scene of a horrific chemical accident in 1974 that killed both inmates and guards. The property is purchased by two brothers with more money than sense. One of them cuts the iron chains holding the gates together and the horror begins. The ghosts invade the nearby town, which was once the “company town” of the prison when it was in operation. Of course, Shane Ryan and his partners are called in to clean up the mess after a team of amateur ghost finders are hired to spend the night inside the haunted prison – with a predictable outcome.By this time in the series, the reader pretty much knows what the ending will be – Shane will defeat the ghosts and live to fight another day, or another book as the case may be. The audio version includes bonus scenes at the end that fill in the gaps and give the reader some sense of the story that isn’t necessarily presented in the main text.All in all, this is a good, not great, series. I enjoy them and even though the main character, Shane Ryan, isn’t always a likable fellow, I keep pulling for him. He hangs in there, although if it were me, I would have moved to Key West about three books ago.

  37. Rated 5 out of 5

    mike perkovich

    I love his books. Just started the 6th in this series and already flying through it. He really develops his characters and tells a good story.I hate seeing it end but this is the last in the series. Amazing story telling and fast paced books.

  38. Rated 4 out of 5

    s. hevener

    This entire series has keep me occupied and interested. I just finished the series and looked forward to each book. Some of the reading is a big graphic, but not terribly so. Makes you rethink ghosts.

  39. Rated 5 out of 5

    thebookandi

    SHANE RYAN IS MY HERO!I love this series from Ron Ripley. The Berkley Street Series has become my new obsession!This time, Shane and Frank are tasked with the job of clearing out not only Kurkow Prison but the nearby, small town of Gaimen, New Hampshire! That’s where the DEAD inmates and guards of Kurkow escape to when the STUPID new owner of the prison cuts the iron chains that hold them in Kurkow. Once free, the ghosts begin a murder, rape and terror campaign on the town that only Shane and Frank can stop.This story–like all the other Berkley Street books–is filled with graphic violence. Be prepared future reader.It’s also filled with wit, humor, and all those things that make it a fun read. Don’t miss this one!

  40. Rated 5 out of 5

    brendatreddle

    Another ghost story,but not what you would expect.Knowing the people in the book makes it harder to not know who will make it or not.

  41. Rated 5 out of 5

    GRAY

    Yay….Shane, Frank and almost the rest are back. A Prison with multiple ghosts a town surround by them. Pair of idiots (Peter & Oliver) one who cut the chains the other sign a check for amateurs and voila… Mayhem is here!!!Whose there….yes: Shane, Frank and other characters. Riple’s writing is getting better. Shane health not so much.Shane still isn’t invincible “super-heroe”, keep his “human traits”. A huge lost for him in this book. He felt, cry, drank, chain-smoke & live most of his life around ghosts.How could he return, help… Suffering PTSD, Depression. This time the love interest had to be far and away or not more…haha, read it!!!Ripley’s mind is sick, CONGRATS, because of that I enjoy these books. As one of those writers that could make anything with anything. Shane and Company feel fear, stress, die of terror, suspense but never being bored. Yay…The use of few “live” characters in between the lot of “dead ones” are great. So many dead interesting ones… The plot, the characters, the atmosphere, at every book change and you know the new characters and the changes of Shane, friends and his house ghosts.Ripley is an artist moving and creating that atmosphere of threat that never leaves. Every book I read from him is better and better.I’m very honest with my Reviews, not only for me, the author or other readers, how an author know when did something good or need improvement?How another reader believe in my review? If I didn’t read the book, I don’t Review. If the book is good, Review. If the book isn’t good, Review.With that we all benefit, readers, authors & readers searching for something new or special.My opinions are my own. You can find me at Amazon under: MASTERI

  42. Rated 4 out of 5

    sharonme

    Ghosts in an abandoned prison? Of course! Enter at your own risk! Another deadly escapade for Shane and his ghost busting friends.

  43. Rated 5 out of 5

    Elaine Ann Lawrence

    My favorite series

  44. Rated 4 out of 5

    Malinda A. Wagner

    I really enjoy this series. Kurkow Prison didn’t disappoint. You pull for the characters who always seem like the tough underdogs, and then see them kick a#$ and show no mercy for the ghosts.

  45. Rated 5 out of 5

    cathy dupree

    Great book!!! Love all Ron Ripley’s books in this series.

  46. Rated 5 out of 5

    Customer

    Well written story!! I really enjoyed this book. Keep up the good work!! Can’t wait to read the next one

  47. Rated 5 out of 5

    marilyn boardman

    I would recommend this book to everyone who enjoys reading horror stories. Have read all of the Berkley Street Series, so fat and thoroughly enjoyed them

  48. Rated 4 out of 5

    Customer

    Enjoyed this book. But not as exciting as some of the others. Sorry that Shane had to deal with the spirit, Courtney, but it was going to happen sooner or later.

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