Turner

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An isolated Welsh island seemed like the perfect escape for a convict on the run, a jilted woman, and a policeman seeking a quiet life. When the surly locals turn to murderous violence the three visitors are forced on the run together, trying to stay one step ahead of their increasingly insane pursuers.

The bad news keeps coming. There are too many to fight. There is no escape from the island. And the worst storm in years has just begun. They can only run and hide as they face a...

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Overview

An isolated Welsh island seemed like the perfect escape for a convict on the run, a jilted woman, and a policeman seeking a quiet life. When the surly locals turn to murderous violence the three visitors are forced on the run together, trying to stay one step ahead of their increasingly insane pursuers.

The bad news keeps coming. There are too many to fight. There is no escape from the island. And the worst storm in years has just begun. They can only run and hide as they face a night of horror and madness. If they don't work together then none of them will live to see the light of day.

This tense survival horror novel is a homage to decades of nasty villains, scary predicaments, and bloody books and films.

""It is, in my opinion, way beyond good. Right from the first few pages it is foot to the floor stuff with pretty much no let up till you reach the end. This is proper horror writing, the stuff that makes you wince when you see what's coming.""
- The Terror Tree

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781470983321
  • Publisher: Lulu.com
  • Publication date: 11/15/2013
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.83 (w) x 8.27 (h) x 0.42 (d)

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  • Posted April 14, 2013

    Author Karl Drinkwater has cost me much, including many hours of

    Author Karl Drinkwater has cost me much, including many hours of sleeplessness, blood-shot eyes, trepidation of the formerly normal noises in my own house, and a deep-seated phobia of people in red coats. I’ve never had any of these problems before, but since reading Turner, I’ve got them in spades!
    I have never “felt” a story as vividly as this one. From the first pages, Karl has woven a tale full of rich detail – the kind that makes you feel the exhilaration of flying down a steep road on a good bike, the eagerness to explore a new place, the apprehension at meeting odd strangers, the cold and wet of a blinding storm, and then the fear. No, wait – that’s wrong. It’s not fear, it’s FEAR! There were times it was so intense, I had to put the book down and catch my breath. That didn't last long though; I had to know what would happen next!
    Set on a remote island in Wales and peppered with phrases in Welsh (translations follow each passage), the author uses British vernacular, not American, so US readers need to bear that in mind. He takes us through some history of the island, and of ancient pagan rites, but does it in such a way as to never let the story lose its momentum. It does not come across as a history lesson, but serves to heighten the events as they occur.
    The characters have depth and purpose. Some may be introduced and then not be seen for a while, which leaves you to wonder “What happened to…?” but rest assured that all loose ends will be tied up. You will root for the visitors. You will rail against the bad guys – but at the same time you may feel a bit sorry for some. You will think you know who is going to be the hero and what’s going to happen next – and quite probably you will be wrong. You will ask “What about Spotty?” and you will eventually find out.
    I highly and sincerely recommend Turner. Get your ticket for fastest-paced ride you’ve ever been on, and hang on tight!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2014

    Well done!

    Goldylox

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  • Posted November 13, 2013

    The author escorts the reader through an island clearly not frie

    The author escorts the reader through an island clearly not friendly to visitors.  In fact, it becomes quite obvious early on that most of the foreigners will not survive halfway, much less to the final chapters.  Knowing that deaths are inevitable, it's difficult to gain a sense of empathy of all the characters before they're mutilated.  In this sense, TURNER sways towards the slasher/gore end of the horror spectrum.

    I have no doubt that many horror fans will love TURNER.  My 3 1/2 star rating is more from personal taste than fault of the book.  I prefer psychological horror, where the emphasis is on what might happen or what could happen.  This is more slasher/gore, where the deadly deeds sometimes happen without provocation.  If I had to compare TURNER to a horror movie, I would say that HOSTEL would be most like it.  It has some of the suspense and character development, but it really shines with the unexpected, brutal deaths.

    The Welsh setting is so lifelike and fleshed out that I could almost taste the salty air.  The beacon of light on top of the lighthouse seems so enticing and hopeful that not only are the characters surprised when things don't improved when they seek refuge, but so am I!  

    I was a little disappointed in the character setup in the beginning of the novel.  Some of the placement of where characters were in relation to other characters felt almost contrived.  It felt like the characters needed to be somewhere and instead of letting them go there organically, they were rushed into the proper spot.  But, once all the chess pieces were in position, the story was intense, dramatic, and shocking.  One death in particular left my jaw hanging.  And I really, really liked that character!

    Well-done horror is all about setting up an atmosphere of anxiety and hopelessness; TURNER smothers the reader in both in the opening chapters.  It's not 'if' someone is going to die, it's 'if' someone will survive.  Reading this book gives you the same feelings as playing a video game, in where you are running around trying to find the save button before some stupid AI hits you for your last 10 hit-points.  Then. you die the second you see that shiny save point.  That anxiety and frustration really sums up how I felt while reading.  And in any genre but horror, that would be a bad thing.  But man, the characters in TURNER just could not catch a break!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2013

    5stars from bonnie

    So much more than the write up to sale it.badass book

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  • Posted June 13, 2013

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    Turner by Karl Drinkwater is a fast-paced story horror/thriller.

    Turner by Karl Drinkwater is a fast-paced story horror/thriller. 




    The book starts '2 months ago' and introduces us to Tom Stanley- a cycling fanatic. He loves to spend his holidays out in the wild, undisturbed parts of Wales, with nothing but his bike. This time he's headed for a small village in Anglesey, Wales- courtesy of a creepy story from a friend. Why he's going to an island that so spooked his comrade, is probably one of those human nature things I'll never understand. 




    The destination he's heading for is Stawl Island (better known as Devil Island- translated directly from the Welsh), a tiny village on the coast. The theory is that the name came from piracy in the thirteenth century. There is another rumour. One that says the name came about because Satanists occupied the island. The island is occasionally connected to the mainland by a sandbar- subject to tides and weather. 




    Once in the village, he feels a kind of unease and eeriness about the place. It's too quiet and the villagers are a little 'off'. Nonetheless, he decides to stay the night, but the village may have other plans for him.




    Cut to the present. We are slowly introduced to three new characters. First, Chris- who has been living on the island for two weeks. Around thirty and with a bit of a past, he's come to the village looking for a new place to start a peaceful life. He too has noticed odd things about the place. For one, women are rarely seen, apart from the mysterious Bran Ddu- who exudes an odd, unnatural air. 




    Now on the hunt for a job, he takes a tip from the local barman and heads towards the logging camp. After a night of drinking, he gets to the camp hours later than arranged and finds it empty- abandoned. 




    Next we meet David- a young cop who has also recently moved to the island. He requested the transfer after an incident at his last post, and is looking for the relaxation that comes with a tiny community with no crime. He has a love of jogging, and often goes jogging around the island with his dog Spotty. But he's not the only thing running through the forests. 




    Finally Megan- who's taken herself on a camping holiday in order to persuade herself that she's completely and utterly, 100% over her ex. She's been on the island for three days, watching the wildlife and solving a puzzle book she brought along. 




    The three characters are all eventually thrown together. All three go through varying degrees of awareness about what exactly is going on on the island. Soon, all three find themselves on the run, but escape is barred by the lack of a sandbar. A storm is upon them and it's vicious waves have tossed the sand aside. They have nowhere to go. No choice but to wait for the sandbar to reform. They'll have to wait it out and hope they survive long enough to get the chance.




    First impressions of this story are as follows. The first time we see the village, it is immediately creepy and unsettling. For anyone who is genre-savvy, you'll instantly expect the worse. There are a lot of homages to various horror films in this book, and the first few scenes in the village reminded me a lot of King Kong and Deliverance. The villagers communicate in an unknown language (unknown to the protagonists anyway) and give off a creepy aura. Common sense denies there's anything wrong, but instinct screams for you to run. On a small side note, if I was ever in a situation of being in one of those creepy towns or villages from so many horror movies, I would follow my instincts. Between mild embarrassment and horrific death, I certainly know which one I'd choose. 




    Some of the timeframes can be a little confusing until later in the book. Until Megan, Chris and David all met up, I hadn't realised they were there at the same time. But that's only the half of it. This is a very confused story, but for good reason. It is a chaotic string of events, that eventually tie together. There are a few leads that go absolutely nowhere, and some things that seem of grave importance are, in fact, meaningless. 




    I've been quite ambiguous about the plot because we are given so little information. Anything I tell you could spoil the story. I don't want to mention anything beyond first impressions of the characters, for fear of ruining the book. Which leaves me with very little that I can actually tell you about the story.




    We are given the same information as the protagonists- which is very little. The 'why's', 'who's', 'what's' and 'how's' are predominant. Why is is happening? Who are these people? Who can be trusted? How can they escape? What the hell is going on? We gain understanding as they do- if they do. For obvious reasons, they aren't exactly in the loop, and so, neither are we. We do get a little more information than they do, but it doesn't really help to make any sense out of anything. Which can make the events very hard to grasp, but create that brilliantly terrifying fear that comes from being hunted and from not knowing why. The tension is palpable. 




    There are a lot of 'dark magic' elements to this. How much of any of it is real, is unclear. I'm pretty sure it's mostly rubbish, intended to brainwash the necessary people, but I could be wrong. It's dark science or dark magic or just dark nature. 




    The climax is the only thing I really have any criticisms for. When we get the reason behind everything, it just seems a little flat and unoriginal. The build-up to it is so raw and substantial, that the ending is just a little overshadowed by it. The villain is one of the most disappointing aspects.  The actual ending after the climax peters out a little, but still manages to keep that unease. Having said that, neither the climax, the villain or the ending are bad, they're just not as great as the bulk of the story. The villains reasons are their own. To them, the reason is everything. To us, it's not really a reason. I know I said the end is a little lacklustre. We aren't given any answers up to that point, and when we finally get the big one I was expecting a little more. In the end though, the reason is irrelevant. 




    When we start to get those answers, they can be even more terrifying. It's human nature to want to know 'why', but the cold truth of it is that sometimes some people, some things, don't need a 'why'. As you drown in the confusion and fear paralyses your body and mind, the 'why' won't really matter. What difference would it make, knowing the reason for the madness? Sometimes, it is better not to know. 




    There are a lot of horror aspects to this story, but without taking them too far into the genre. I would class this book somewhere in between horror and thriller. There is a lot of violence and gore, but it's also integral to the story- which is very much a thriller trait. Often horror has violence and gore for the sheer hell of it, with no reasoning behind it other than to shock the audience.




    Any horror themes present are more young adult based than adult based. Young adult horror mostly revolves around the monster in the closet, the things that go 'boo', urban legends and myths. Adult horror is generally more psychological, and a lot of it applies the 'shock' method of adding things in for the sole purpose of being shocking, gruesome or disgusting. There's no necessity. It has no effect on the story. If it's a movie or a game, it's the same principle as adding in jumpscares. They're completely irrelevant, serve no purpose, but always scare the audience (unless they're terrible).




    I admit that between the two, I am much more a fan of the urban legend inspired young adult horror and not much of a fan of adult horror. Make no mistake, horror is horror. And this book does horror. It will creep down your spine and tense your muscles. Those myths and legends that inspire young adult horror, have always been scarier to me. Adult horror disturbs me more, but chil

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  • Posted April 18, 2013

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    As a huge fan of the horror genre, books and movies alike, I lik

    As a huge fan of the horror genre, books and movies alike, I liked this book but didn't love it. All different kinds of horror appeals to me from ghosts and zombies to demons and supernatural psycho killers (Jason Vorhees anyone?). Goriness doesn't bother me, and while there are some gory moments, it didn't make me ill or want to stop reading. The killers are, after all, dangerous and unhinged. I can't do the torture porn kind of horror (think of The Human Centipede, which I will never ever see!). Luckily, there isn't that kind of torture, so if you're worried about that, you need not be.

    This book had a lot of potential, but it fell a bit short. Not enough to where I didn't enjoy the story - on the contrary, I was quite caught up in the terror and action. The Welsh terms and places were difficult for me to keep up with as I am unfamiliar with all of it. I had a difficult time picturing the scenes where the action was taking place. Though I experienced some difficulty, what was most important to me was how creepy the island was described to be as well as the island's residents.

    There wasn't much chance to connect with the characters, although you have to remember that in the horror genre, you usually aren't supposed to connect with the characters - it's accepted and known most of the characters will die. Many times in horror, I even find myself rooting for some of the characters to die, especially if they're particularly annoying or just awful people. What makes this story so scary is not knowing which characters will die or if they even will, and of course their desperate attempts to stay alive by running away, hiding, and fighting off the killers.

    I felt like I was in the story, trying to escape from the evil surrounding the island, wondering what I would do if I found myself in this situation, and how successful would I be fighting for my life. That's what made this novel so scary for me - living the fear and terror right along with the characters. I kept thinking to myself why would anyone want to go there? Especially by yourself? Although who would think about crazy things happening to you like this? My questions kept me wanting to know what was going to happen next.

    The story is amazingly terrifying, and I found myself in for a big surprise once I began to realize what was going on. There's more to this story than what you think there is as you begin reading - I ended up shocked and pleased with the way the author incorporated more than just crazy, isolated island inhabitants. There are other evils lurking, and just wait until you find out what those evils turn out to be! So while I wasn't completely satisfied with this novel, I did like it enough to keep turning the pages to find out how it would end, and the ending was definitely phenomenally done.

    I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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