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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.
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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 (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,407,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dan Weinstein on September 30, 2009
Format: Paperback
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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When I purchased my copy of Quarantined, I assumed it would be the typical horror novel: Enough thrills to hold my interest, but nothing too spectacular. I was wrong. It was a fantastic book! I've already recommended it to several others. Joe McKinney brought his characters and their city to life, so much that I barely noticed I was reading. The story simply unfolded in my mind's eye. It is the perfect mix of murder mystery and plague horror. The action scenes don't rely on an endless stream of zombies and gore, which has become so popular these days. It's a touching story about the tough decisions one would encounter in the face of total mayhem and destruction of the human race. Loved it!
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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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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 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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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. The story begins with Det Lilly Harris and her partner Reginald, Chunk, Dempsey, police officers in San Antonio, Texas. There are plenty of twist and turns in the story, making it a true detective novel in a post apocalyptic city. A particularly nasty strain of H2N2 has killed thousands in a very short time causing the government to move quickly and quarantine the city when it becomes obvious there is no way they can get ahead of the outbreak. Unable to leave, Lilly and Chunk continue on because really, they cannot do anything else. And the remaining thousands still trapped inside the walls are barely holding on receiving food rations. But the the promise of food and water being delivered to several distribution centers around the city are quickly falling short bringing the tension to already dangerous levels. Add to that the murder of one of the doctors that is trying to find a cure for the virus and you get a feeling of the hopelessness that is felt not only by the survivors but the two detectives. Particularly when looking for answers brings more question. Slowly they begin to uncover a conspiracy that not only threatens the survivors in the city but the entire world. But as they discover more and more of the true nature of the virus, they find their very lives could be in danger. Lilly and Chunk know they have to find a way out of the city and at he same time try to stop the unstoppable before it is too late... but can they? Joe McKinney has shown that he can easily cross over from the Horror genre to the Suspense. Very well done
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