The Turtle Boy (The Timmy Quinn Series, #1)

The Turtle Boy (The Timmy Quinn Series, #1)

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by Kealan Patrick Burke
     
 

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940152246339
Publisher:
Kealan Patrick Burke
Publication date:
01/02/2015
Series:
Timmy Quinn Series , #1
Sold by:
Draft2Digital
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
11,353
File size:
509 KB

Meet the Author

Born and raised in a small harbor town in the south of Ireland, Kealan Patrick Burke knew from a very early age that he was going to be a horror writer. The combination of an ancient locale, a horror-loving mother, and a family full of storytellers, made it inevitable that he would end up telling stories for a living. Since those formative years, he has written five novels, over a hundred short stories, six collections, and edited four acclaimed anthologies. In 2004, he was honored with the Bram Stoker Award for his novella The Turtle Boy.

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, curriculum content editor, fiction editor at Gothic.net, and, most recently, a fraud investigator.

When not writing, Kealan designs book covers  through his company Elderlemon Design.

A movie based on his short story "Peekers" is currently in development as a major motion picture.

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The Turtle Boy 4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 73 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You missed NOTHING! THAT is exactly what he wanted you to feel/think! You MUST continue on...cannot say more w/i giving it way.....read the Hides and you will NOT LOOK BACK! I promise! For everyone else...this is just the beginning....the revolution is on it's way! Enjoy!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kealan Patrick Burke's first entry in the Timmy Quinn series is a brilliant and disturbing ode to childhood curiosity, growing up, and the secrets adults keep. You're drawn in to the story from the very beginning, due to the amazing power Burke has in creating a scene, and developing rich characters that you truly care for. I savored every moment of this novella, and simply can't wait to continue the journey with "The Hides" and "Vessels."
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is no time in life filled with more mystery than the innocent years of the preteen â¿¿ a time filled with an almost mischievous curiosity. The life of young boys is filled with adventures and often reckless behavior. Things are no different for Timmy and his friends in The Turtle Boy by Kealan Patrick Burke. After a death of a young boy on the local train tracks, the children are forbidden to play near them. However, as boys are likely to do, Timmy and his friends canâ¿¿t help going near the forbidden area. It is at Myers Pond that he and his friend Pete meet a strange boy named Darrel, who was about their age, and claimed he was feeding the turtles â¿¿ in an interesting way that I will leave for the readers to discover. Timmy tells his dad about seeing the boy and how his face was messed up and his clothes were wore out. His dad didnâ¿¿t believe him but Peteâ¿¿s dad blamed Timmy for always getting his son in trouble, and sent him away to camp for the rest of the summer. Not wanting their son to be without a playmate, Timmyâ¿¿s parents find a little girl to keep him company. Itâ¿¿s not long before the two of them discover there is something more surrounding the mysterious boy; something they may be better off not knowing. The Turtle Boy by Kealan Patrick Burke is one of the most enjoyable reads I have had in quite a while. I thought it might be kind of tough since I am not the intended audience, but I found that the richness of characters and the power of the authorâ¿¿s writing drew me in more than I ever thought it would. My highest compliments to the author for the work he has done here. If you have a young child, or remember when you were one yourself, The Turtle Boy is a book you donâ¿¿t want to miss.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story started out a little slow and then WHAM. I couldn't read it quick enough. As soon as I was finished I purchased the next one in the series, The Hides. I will definately be reading plenty more by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I STARTED THIS BOOK LAST NIGHT AND BEFORE I KNEW IT I WAS AT THE END LIKE WHAT HAPPENDS NEXT. I ALSO HAPPEN TO LIVE IN DELAWARE OHIO AND DYING TO KNOW WHERE THESE LOCATIONS ARE EVEN THOUGH I HAVE MY GUESSES THEY ARE NOT CONFIRMED. ALTHOUGH I WILL SAY I WAS PRETTY SPOOKED AND DID FIND IT A LIL HARD TO FALL A SLEEP AFTER READING BECAUSE MY HEAD HAD SO MANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE STORY. THIS IS NOT MY NORMAL TYPE OF BOOK HOW EVER WAS TURNED TO IT SINCE I LIVE IN DELAWARE OHIO. I AM VERY GLAD I DID CAUSE IT WAS AWSOME. I ALREADY BOUGHT THE OTHER 3 BOOKS AND WAITING ON THE 5TH AND FINAL TO COME OUT! WOULD ALSO ENJOY A CUP OF JOE WITH THE AUTOR AS I AM SURE SOME BEHIND THE SENCES TALK WOULD BE VERY INTERESTING AND SCARY!
fellowwriter More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book...until the last two pages. What did I miss? It seemed like he gradually grew to suspect his own father, but at the end Mr. Marshall pops up? It was like having your mother-in-law walk in while you're rolling in the sack with your wife! I even read back a few pages to see if I just missed the obvious, and if I did, then I missed it twice. I liked the writing and the story concept kept me reading, so it wasn't a total bust. Oh well, maybe I'll read it again one day and the light bulb will go on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After just finishing (in about two hours flat) The Turtle Boy, I immediately used my Nook to purchase everything else available by this author! Can' t wait to dig in to the next in the Timmy Quinn series, but am just stopping by here long enough to encourage others to enjoy this author's work. It is indeed horror fiction but it's intelligent horror fiction which draws you in and keeps you mesmerized until the end....and wanting more after that. Another reviewer noted Burke's style as reminiscent of classic King. That's high praise within this genre--and well deserved. Enjoy!
Pat Martin More than 1 year ago
Mildly interesting. Glad it wasn't any longer than it was or wouldn't have finished it. Leaves you hanging at end.
Shelly65 More than 1 year ago
Nicely atmospheric little story. Characters were well developed, had some nice creepy moments. Looking forward to more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful free book, this story is well written and kept me captivated throughout. I look forward to reading more about Timmy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Leaves you hanging - but well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written, a riveting story
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved The Turtle Boy, and looking forward to reading the next installment of Timothy Quinn. Currently reading Burke's Kin novel.
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Over all good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recomend this book and all the following books in this series. Great story!
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You people should just read this novel yourselves and write your own review on this book yourselves. I enjoyed reading this novel very much.ShelleyMA
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