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Quarantined Paperback – March 30, 2009
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Ultra-realistic, ultra-violent, and yet ultimately full of hope, QUARANTINED is that rarest of books: A thriller with a heart.
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.
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!
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.Read more ›
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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Another well written book by Joe Mckenny which keeps you on your toes...enjoyed reading.Published 1 month ago by Hilda G Caballero
This is the first Joe McKinney book I have read and my first book review. I just wish it was longer because I didn't want it to end. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Keep me entertained the entire book through. I wish there was more to read now that I've turned the last page. Left me wanting more.Published 9 months ago by Melissa Bridges
Very good book. Not a zombie novel like Joe's other series. You still do get the perspective of a San Antonio cop. The writer is not a fan of the government. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Brett Grossmann
A good story with believable storyline. A killer flu is transmitted by chicken and spread by birds. A sort of government cover-ups.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you are a fan of Joe McKinney, you will like this book even though it is not a Zombie book and is stand alone novel. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amanda Felix