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Vessels (The Timmy Quinn Series Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Kealan Patrick Burke
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Book Description

The Third book in the award-winning Timmy Quinn series.

On a remote island off the coast of Ireland, an unpiloted boat drifts ashore, watched by a man to whom the dead are something to be feared…

In a small stone chapel that stands hunkered against the vicious island winds, a woman whispers a frantic prayer to the gathering dark as something pale and dreadful scratches at the window.

A young girl races to the shore to meet her lover and finds something monstrous instead…

And in a confessional, a dead man waits to tell his sins…

A gunshot in a church in Los Angeles leads Tim Quinn halfway around the world and into a nightmare, for on Blackrock Island, he will find love, murder and madness, and discover an earth-shattering truth about the Curtain, and those who hide behind it.

Editorial Reviews


"Burke's style is reminiscent of Stephen King" - Green Man Review

"...a newcomer worth watching" - Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Born and raised in Dungarvan, Ireland, Kealan Patrick Burke is a Bram Stoker 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, THE LIVING, and THE HIDES, the novellas THE TURTLE BOY (Bram Stoker Award Winner, 2004), VESSELS, MIDLISTERS, JACK & JILL, and the collections RAVENOUS GHOSTS, THE NUMBER 121 TO PENNSYLVANIA & OTHERS (Bram Stoker Award-Nominee, 2009), and THEATER MACABRE.

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, NIGHT VISIONS 12 (starred review, Publishers Weekly, British Fantasy Award & International Horror Guild Award nominee), and DUST & SHADOW.

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), is currently available to watch on YouTube.

He recently played the male lead in Greg Lamberson's film SLIME CITY MASSACRE, the long-awaited sequel to the cult classic SLIME CITY. The film is available on DVD, Blu-Ray, and is scheduled for limited theatrical release this summer.

Visit Kealan on the web at, or visit his blog at

Product Details

  • File Size: 587 KB
  • Print Length: 137 pages
  • Publisher: Elderlemon Press (September 9, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042JT2IG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #271,307 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars I see dead people! February 8, 2011
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Timmy Quinn is back again with another soul to help he sees the dead and they need his help to put things right. Hes older now and has matters to sort out closer to home and dreams to understand love this series hope there will be full novel soon. Kealan is good writer and really has way to describe things.
"Life was but a cocoon, he knew, but sometimes rather than becoming a creature of beauty and light, the silken butterfly emerged malformed, a withered, crooked thing, trapped in a bell jar waiting to be let out, waiting to hurt those responsible for its condition."
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well written, fast-paced, exciting June 20, 2012
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Great series. Timmy Quinn is a believable character who has been "blessed" with a not-so-great gift. These books are a fast read, suspenseful, and make you want to get to the next one. Watch out Stephen King.

The only reason I gave it 4 stars is that the books have been published in an overlapping manner so I find I have purchased the same material multiple times...a bit irritating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a page Turner March 19, 2012
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I got this book because it looked interesting and it was free. Wow!!!! What a ride. it was a book I could not put down and then to find there was a book 2, 3, and 4. To think I might have never heard of this book without my Kindle. I just do not spend enough time in bookstores. So far 4 other members of my family have read the series and we are all eagerly awaiting the final chapter in book 5. Kealan knows how to put a twist in a book and did he ever twist it in book 4. Cant wait for book 5 to see where everything goes. If you want a series that keeps getting better and better with each book, do not hesitate to download the Turtle boy series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read! January 30, 2014
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Ten years after the terrifying events portrayed in "The Hides" Tim Quinn visited a church in Los Angeles – the results did not go the way he wanted them to go, but his attitude was that he shouldn’t expect anything else. Arriving on Blackrock Island where he hoped to live out his days in peace, within a sanctuary that had been denied him until now, he spent the beginning of his time there quietly, not encountering any of the islanders. But the day he saw a vessel which drifted ashore, seemingly unpiloted, was the day his life descended into hell once again.

Tim Quinn had become the vessel for the dead to return, bringing revenge and retribution to their killers – but the horror of what he had to do never left him. He had sent his beloved away ten years earlier, so she wouldn’t have to be a part of his terrible life – but the night he was drawn into the small chapel in the dark and the rain, seeing the monstrosity hanging before him, feeling the pain of the dead – was the night he saw her again.

The villagers made him uneasy – they were suddenly menacing. What happened on Blackrock Island? Why was his sanctuary now so suddenly not? The danger ebbed and flowed around him – he had to get away, he had to finish the Curtain and its inhabitants once and for all.

This is the third in the Timmy Quinn series and I enjoyed it as much as I did the previous two. It’s an unusual concept but one that works well. Tim is a great character and the horror he feels deep inside is portrayed well. There is mystery threaded through the story along with the horror, and a touch of romance to even things out (a little!) This is a series I have no hesitation in recommending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good book January 2, 2014
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I enjoyed reading this book, but book reviews ended after I left high school. Stop asking for them, please! Thank you!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Again, fast-paced. December 6, 2013
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I have so enjoyed this story. I lost my love of reading when my Dad died, we shared authors and books. Three years later, Timmy has revived me. Thanks so much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vessels July 29, 2013
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Didn't want this book to end! Tim is a endearing character who wants to right all the wrongs done to and by people. Be sure to be prepared to read straight through.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Series so far June 28, 2013
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I read the first in this series via a freebie (thank you Keelan) after receiving a Kindle for Christmas. I was hooked. It's a good story with characters that you quickly become endeared to and therefore simply must read on and on!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good fast read
Published 2 months ago by Susan M. Reese
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book but not the best of Timmy Quinn series
I really like the Timmy Quinn series of books. Vessels was not my favorite. Better than Hides but not as good as Turtle Boy. It seems to be missing the suspense of the other books.
Published 24 months ago by Keena M
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Story
The first book in the series was a little odd for me, but I enjoyed the writing style. The second book I thought was was awesome, it was engaging and fun to read. Read more
Published on May 17, 2013 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Solitude is not always peaceful
Timmy Quinn is almost convinced that he can never escape the torture, but is willing to try anything for even a few moments of peace. Read more
Published on March 24, 2013 by Kenneth W Brown
1.0 out of 5 stars Vessels
Did not care for this series at all. Wish I would of never bought the books. I have deleted them from my KIndle
Published on March 20, 2013 by Christine J. Kiddoo
3.0 out of 5 stars It was ok
I did not like it nearly as well as the first book, but it was a continuation of the series. I enjoyed the series overall.
Published on March 20, 2013 by James Mactavish
5.0 out of 5 stars Wrong book reviewed
Sorry, my review is for the 2nd book, couldn't figure out how to delet quickly so I just edited. Sorry.
Published on March 6, 2013 by Pseudopal
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Absolutely riveting. Hard to put down book, just have to know what happens next. I can't wait to read another book by this author.
Published on February 25, 2013 by Amazon Reader
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More About the Author

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, four collections (Ravenous Ghosts, The Number 121 to Pennsylvania & Others, Theater Macabre, and The Novellas), 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.

A movie based on his short story "Peekers" is currently in development through Lionsgate Entertainment.

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