The Turtle Boy [NOOK Book]

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Winner of the Bram Stoker Award, and the first book in the Timmy Quinn series.

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...

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The Turtle Boy

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Overview

Winner of the Bram Stoker Award, and the first book in the Timmy Quinn series.

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.

"The Turtle Boy is a fine example of the Dark American Pastoral--not the heart of darkness, a dead end of absolute despair, but a more shadowy realm that is equally troubling for its mingling of the sad and the sinister, of dreams and the things that kill dreams." - Thomas Ligotti, author of MY WORK IS NOT YET DONE and TEATRO GROTTESCO

"Kealan Patrick Burke's 'The Turtle Boy' is a tale of dark secrets that combines skillfully etched characters with rich, evocative prose to create a haunting depiction of relationships shredded by violence and the supernatural. A highly memorable and disquieting work." - Chet Williamson, author of SECOND CHANCE and ASH WEDNESDAY

"Strange and out-of-kilter, a cold breeze come from nowhere on a sultry day; The Turtle Boy is a tale that takes your hand and leads you to a creepy, unforgiving place, a place you can never leave." - Michael Marshall, author of THE STRAW MEN & BAD THINGS

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Kealan Patrick Burke's disturbing coming-of-age story, The Turtle Boy, 11-year-old Ohio native Timmy Quinn encounters an awfully odd-looking kid sitting by Myers Pond one hot summer day in 1979. Burke has edited a number of horror anthologies, including Taverns of the Dead. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011151644
  • Publisher: Kealan Patrick Burke
  • Publication date: 12/17/2010
  • Series: Timmy Quinn , #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 8,929
  • File size: 424 KB

Meet the Author

Born and raised in Dungarvan, Ireland, Kealan Patrick Burke is an award-winning author described as "a newcomer worth watching" (Publishers Weekly) and "one of the most original authors in contemporary horror" (Booklist).Some of his works include the novels KIN, MASTER OF THE MOORS, CURRENCY OF SOULS and THE HIDES, the novellas THE TURTLE BOY (Bram Stoker Award Winner, 2004), VESSELS, MIDLISTERS, and JACK & JILL, and the collections RAVENOUS GHOSTS and THE NUMBER 121 TO PENNSYLVANIA & OTHERS (Bram Stoker Award-Nominee, 2009).Kealan also edited the anthologies: TAVERNS OF THE DEAD (starred review, Publishers Weekly), BRIMSTONE TURNPIKE, QUIETLY NOW (International Horror Guild Award Nominee, 2004), the charity anthology TALES FROM THE GOREZONE and NIGHT VISIONS 12 (starred review, Publishers Weekly, British Fantasy Award & International Horror Guild Award nominee).A movie based on his short story "Peekers", directed by Mark Steensland (DEAD @ 17), and scripted by veteran novelist Rick Hautala (Bedbugs, The Mountain King), screened at a variety of international film festivals and won a number of awards. You can view the film at the author's website.As actor, Burke played the male lead in Greg Lamberson's film SLIME CITY MASSACRE, the long-awaited sequel to the cult classic SLIME CITY, which will be released on DVD, Blu-ray, and Video On Demand in 2011.Visit Kealan on the web at kealanpatrickburke.com
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2004

    THE TURTLE BOY

    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.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 29, 2012

    Good stuff, but what did I miss??

    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.

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 7, 2011

    Turtels

    I like turtels

    3 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2012

    This story started out a little slow and then WHAM. I couldn't r

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2012

    @God what did I miss

    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!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 1, 2011

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    Very Enjoyable!

    Nicely atmospheric little story. Characters were well developed, had some nice creepy moments. Looking forward to more from this author.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2011

    A beautiful, and haunting work. An absolute must read!

    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."

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2012

    Yeyeyeyeye live action

    Remines me of turtle man case i'm his biggest fan if you think i'm not your dumb

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2012

    THIS IS A PAGE TURNER!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2012

    Good

    Very relatable.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2012

    Med den

    Med den

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2012

    Read this!

    A wonderful free book, this story is well written and kept me captivated throughout. I look forward to reading more about Timmy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2012

    This is not a complete story

    Leaves you hanging - but well written.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    Great read!!

    Very well written, a riveting story

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2012

    Short and shivery

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 26, 2011

    Not a page turner.

    Mildly interesting. Glad it wasn't any longer than it was or wouldn't have finished it. Leaves you hanging at end.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2014

    SUCKY BOOK #$%&*!!!!

    Way can`t I buy this book even if i try to buy it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    Good book

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2012

    Unexpectedly good

    One damn good short. I'm looking forward to more.

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  • Posted April 6, 2012

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    I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars What a great read! I got so ca

    I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars
    What a great read! I got so caught up in the story that I read the whole book far too quickly and I wanted more!

    What starts out as a lazy tale of two friend's summer holiday ends up whacking you upside the head and scaring the wits out of you in the blink of an eye. Once Kealan Patrick Burke has your attention he doesn't for one minute let up.

    "The Turtle Boy" is an absolute must read for anyone who loves horror. And I have to say after reading the "teaser" of "The Hides" I'll be purchasing it as well.

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