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Quarantined Paperback – March 30, 2009

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About the Author

Joe McKinney is a homicide detective for the San Antonio Police Department and a full time writer. He has also served on the SAPD’s Critical Incident Management Team, where he helped coordinate San Antonio’s responses to large scale flooding, hazardous materials spills, and the mass evacuations of New Orleans and Houston following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. He has a Master’s degree in Medieval Literature from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and currently writes in a wide range of genres, including horror, mystery, and science fiction. Author of the novels Dead City and Peacekeepers, he has been nominated for the Horror Writers Association’s Bram Stoker Award. He has also published nonfiction articles on Texas history and his various culinary interests. It is rumored he makes the best batch of chili in Texas.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Lachesis Publishing (March 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897370652
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897370650
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,790,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joe McKinney has his feet in several different worlds. In his day job, he has worked as a patrol officer for the San Antonio Police Department, a DWI Enforcement officer, a disaster mitigation specialist, a homicide detective, the director of the City of San Antonio's 911 Call Center, and a patrol supervisor. He played college baseball for Trinity University, where he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in American History, and went on to earn a Master's Degree in English Literature from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He was the manager of a Barnes & Noble for a while, where he indulged a lifelong obsession with books. He published his first novel, Dead City, in 2006, a book that has since been recognized as a seminal work in the zombie genre. Since then, he has gone on to win two Bram Stoker Awards and expanded his oeuvre to cover everything from true crime and writings on police procedure to science fiction to cooking to Texas history. The author of more than twenty books, he is a frequent guest at horror and mystery conventions. Joe and his wife Tina have two lovely daughters and make their home in a little town just outside of San Antonio, where he pursues his passion for cooking and makes what some consider to be the finest batch of chili in Texas. You can keep up with all of Joe's latest releases by friending him on Facebook.

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After reading DEAD CITY, I knew Joe McKinney was a writer to watch - he has a terrific ear for dialogue, a knack for creating very human characters, and a major talent for putting those characters into white-knuckle situations. QUARANTINED, however, is even better than his earlier book, as he follows Lily, a homicide detective, and her partner Chunk through the nightmarish scenario of solving a murder in a plague-infested San Antonio.

Ultra-realistic, ultra-violent, and yet ultimately full of hope, QUARANTINED is that rarest of books: A thriller with a heart.
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I foolishly assumed this would be a zombie book but that's my fault and I was pleasantly surprised at what I found. This ended up being a book about a potentially devastating virus mutating into something much worse. The virus is barely held inside a quarantined zone where a murder takes place setting off a police investigation.

Entertaining story that weaved together quite a few elements and I wish Joe had made it longer. That's no complaint mind you, I simply wanted it to carry on. Pretty scary concept that this book is based on and a lot of this book is very probable.

The only negative is I wish Joe had addressed what was going outside the walls more clearly. Even a basic paragraph would have been ok with me. I fully understand the narrow focus of the story being isolated but it became an issue for me when supplies from air drops were becoming low. I was thinking , "why are they becoming low and what does the rest of the world think about this?"

That aside it was a great read. Joe has a lot of great work out there...make sure you check out some of his other work.
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This book is an intriguing mix of mystery, action, family drama and apocalyptic tale, and, amazingly, McKinney pulls it all off. Not only that, but he makes it look easy.

As much as I enjoyed the action sequences and the mystery plot, it was the human angle that fully captivated me while reading this novel. The main character's attempts to keep her family together and lead a normal life in the face of a deadly virus that has wiped out most of the surrounding population was both gripping and quite touching. For me, this aspect is what truly set this book apart from the hordes of apocalyptic novels on the market today.

If you're anything like me, you'll plow through QUARANTINED in record speed and be eagerly awaiting the next McKinney novel. Highly recommended!
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Did I like "Quarantined"? Yes and no.

I realize I have used that phrase quite a bit when describing books that neither amaze, nor disappoint me, but when you read as many books a year as I do, then it's quite easy to sit comfortably in the middle between love and hate.

As is typical with the McKinney style, there is a good story within a story here, and just like in his "dead world" series (Dead City, Apocalypse of the Dead and Flesh Eaters), the author makes it work. Again we are thrust into the life of the SAPD and again it's a femme fatale kind of character (in similarity with the hero of "Flesh Eaters") who has to make tough decisions in order to save her family, although this time its from a deadly strain of influenza virus and the quarantine (hence the title) that surrounds the city of San Antonio. But what makes this one stand out is the mixture of horror and mystery that keeps the reader guessing to this short novella's conclusion.

Unfortunately all the things that make this a decent and well paced book are the same things that make it fall short of great. I love McKinney and have loved all of his previously published novels, so I'm not a new fan just starting out, but what that's saying: "familiarity brings contempt." Anyone who reads my other reviews knows I love horror and thrillers, therefore this is far from a new genre to me, but as an avid reader of this kind of theme, I want new things, new ideas, and new locales.
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This dark drama/thriller by author Joe McKinney is an exceptional read. The book's plague-infested environment, filled with danger and chaos, and with such striking emotion, has never been told quite like this before. The author's law enforcement background gives the writing a realistic authenticity to the language and details without bogging it down with overly technical descriptions and police procedures. McKinney uses a wonderful balance between character and story, constantly building the tension to unbearable heights. There are moments so suspenseful, I actually caught myself holding my breath on a few occasions, especially towards the end.

Perhaps even more impressive than this story is the fact that this is only McKinney's second novel, his first being the zombie book, Dead City. If this is any indication of this author's learning curve, I absolutely can't wait to see what he writes next. Horror fans should be cautioned, however, that this is more a drama/thriller with an element of mystery, so be prepared. That being said, this book should please any reader looking for a fresh and original story involving an extremely deadly plague in America. Deeply drawn characters, tight meaningful dialogue, and well-paced suspense is what you're guaranteed to find with Quarantined.
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