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The Turtle Boy (The Timmy Quinn Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Kealan Patrick Burke
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)

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Available for the first time on Amazon Kindle, Kealan Patrick Burke's Bram Stoker Award-winning coming of age story The Turtle Boy.

School is out and summer has begun. For eleven year old Timmy Quinn and his best friend Pete Marshall, the dreary town of Delaware Ohio becomes a place of magic, hidden treasure and discovery.

But on the day they encounter a strange young boy sitting on the bank of Myers Pond, a pond playground rumor says may hide turtles the size of Buicks, everything changes.

For it soon becomes apparent that dark secrets abound in the little community, secrets which come cupped in the hands of the dead, and in a heartbeat, Timmy and Pete's summer of wonder becomes a season of terror, betrayal and murder.


"..takes the small town setting of Delaware, Ohio, and imbues it with just enough wonder to evoke Bradbury and early King and even a dash of Mark Twain circa Tom Sawyer." -

"If you have a young child, or remember when you were one yourself, The Turtle Boy is a book you don't want to miss." - The Midwest Book Review

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    Born and raised in Dungarvan, Ireland, Kealan Patrick Burke is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of five novels (Master of the Moors, Currency of Souls, Kin, The Living, and Nemesis: The Death of Timmy Quinn), over a hundred short stories, three collections (Ravenous Ghosts, The Number 121 to Pennsylvania & Others, and Theater Macabre), and editor of four acclaimed anthologies (Taverns of the Dead, Quietly Now: A Tribute to Charles L. Grant, Brimstone Turnpike, and Tales from the Gorezone, proceeds from which were donated to children's charity PROTECT.)

    Kealan has worked as a waiter, a drama teacher, a mapmaker, a security guard, an assembly-line worker at Apple Computers, a salesman (for a day), a bartender, landscape gardener, vocalist in a grunge band, and, most recently, a fraud investigator. He also played the male lead in Slime City Massacre, director Gregory Lamberson's sequel to his cult B-movie classic Slime City, alongside scream queens Debbie Rochon and Brooke Lewis.

    When not writing, Kealan designs covers for print and digital books through his company Elderlemon Design. To date he has designed covers for books by Richard Laymon, Brian Keene, Scott Nicholson, Bentley Little, William Schoell, and Hugh Howey, to name a few.

    In what little free time remains, Kealan is a voracious reader, movie buff, videogamer (Xbox), and road-trip enthusiast.

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    91 of 95 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! 3 Sept. 2011
    By A. Lucas VINE VOICE
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    I got this as a freebie, thinking I'd give it a go, but not expecting much! How wrong was I? I read it in one sitting, and promptly downloaded the rest of the series! I loved this book - it's such a well written, spooky story!It also sets the scene for the rest of the adventures, getting us familiarised with the main characters.

    This is the first book I have read by this author, but I've downloaded everything else I can find! I am hoping that they will all be as good as this one.
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    105 of 111 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Spooky Happenings 30 Aug. 2011
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    This novella is the first tale in the series. It is the summer of 1979 in Delaware, Ohio, and the tale takes place over that summer. Eleven year old Timmy and his best friend Pete visit the local pond where rumour has it that there are large turtles. Whilst there they come across the incredibly creepy Darryl, and run away. Both the boys are banned from the area, and Pete's dad says he will send him to summer camp. With Pete gone, Timmy plays with Kim, who has also seen the mysterious Darryl. Both of them decide to visit the pond, but are found out.

    With Pete's dad getting really angry at the children, what is wrong at the pond? As things get creepier Timmy is about to find out. Full of creepiness, and more than a dash of the gothic, this is well written, and is sure to keep you hooked. If you like early Stephen King you should like this.
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars I Thought It Was Great! 24 Jan. 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I loved this short little novel and only wish that it was longer!
    If you are interested in the supernatural or paranomral then i definately recommend it.
    Timmy is only a young boy of 11 and one he goes down to play near a pond, only to find a strange looking boy already there. You find out that Timmy can see ghosts and that he sees them for a reason. The events then begin to unravel and its just great, has a nice little twist at the end its nothing major but you basically come up with your own conclusion.
    I would just like to point out this is NOT a childrens novel as other reviews have stated.
    It has some great creepy scenes and the author is great at building a sense of suspense throughout the short novel.
    I have started the next one which is also great.
    I highly recommend this to people who like ghosty sort of books!
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    22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Totally different. A new voice 28 Oct. 2011
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    As a writer myself (and no, before you ask, I have no affiliation with the author and until I read this, I had no idea who he was) I have very little time to read, but I downloaded this on my Kindle a long time ago and finally got round to reading it. I am so glad I did.

    It has been a LONG time since a story has captivated me the way The Turtle Boy did. Completely unique and Kealan's voice is just wonderful. There are lines in this story that I am jealous of. Seriously. It chilled me to the bone and captured my heart. I can't wait to read Kin.

    Kealan (quite by accident) has now ended up doing a blog post for me and when I realised who he was, I emailed and told him how much I loved his book. Miss this kid at your peril, he is a name to look out for.

    BUT, beware. This is NOT a kid's book. One reader has already made that mistake. It is so far out there, that I wouldn't read it if you are easily disturbed or offended.

    Brilliant. Move over Dean Koontz, there's a new 'odd' boy in town.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great Paranormal story 23 April 2012
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    This was a very good read, at first i thought it was geared at the young readers but the more i read i discovered it was about a young boy Timmy who can communicate with the dead and it was not just for the young reader. It got more interesting as the story unravelled. I thought the plot was well written and the theme was well executed. It's a suspense paranormal story seen through Timmy. I read this book under 2 hours it is a short story but well written.It was also a sad story and i could identify with Timmy losing his best friend.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Spookily fantastic!! 12 Feb. 2012
    By Beanie
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    I had not heard of this author prior to downloading the free edition of the book. I was unexpectedly thrilled at the high standard of writing, definitely on par with my favourite 'horror' writers Dean Koontz and Stephen King. He manages to put you in the shoes of the 10 year old boy and feel the horror and dread of seeing and interacting with the dead. I loved the book and will be reading more books written by the author. Just as I read everything by my two favourite authors, Kealan Patrick Burke will be my author of choice until I've read everything he's written. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys King and Koontz.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars An OK read for a freebie. 29 Mar. 2012
    By echo
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    This book is an OK read but I thought it would be more scary. It's worth reading for a freebie but I'm glad I didn't pay for it as I would of been disappointed. It was a bit boring but I was glad when I came to the end.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Surreal, dark and creepy - not a bad read 30 Mar. 2012
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    This is a strange book and if you like surreal thrillers then you should give it a go. I'm a veteran Stephen King and John Connolly fan so, as you can guess, I enjoy dark, macabre plots and, in parts, Turtle Boy is right up there with them in terms of "creepy". There were times when I found the constant dialogue difficult. Timmy Quinn should perhaps do a little less talking and more time should be spent developing his character; he remained somewhat shallow and I didn't connect with him, he didn't become "real" at any point. The plot is quirky and there are plenty of twists and turns to keep you hooked. Something of a dark adventure with tough story lines but; there is a tendency for the author to jump very quickly from one thing to another and that does break up the reading experience and kill the tension. I wouldn't say "Turtle Boy" is a brilliant novel but it's certainly a good one that's easy to read and I did find myself wanting to turn the pages and get onto the next bit. I'd be willing to give the next book in the Timmy Quinn series a glance.
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