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3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  602 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews
The citizens of San Antonio, Texas are threatened with extermination by a terrifying outbreak of the flu. Quarantined by the military to contain the virus, the city is in a desperate struggle to survive. Inside the quarantine walls, Detective Lily Harris is working burial statistics duty at the Scar, San Antonio's mass graveyard, when she finds a murder victim hidden among ...more
Kindle Edition, 218 pages
Published June 30th 2011 by Permuted Press (first published March 30th 2009)
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There are no zombies in this book. It seems like there should be, considering that this is a book about a plague, and the author writes other zombie books, but this is just your normal super bird-flu outbreak that goes apocalyptic... or at least it does in San Antonio, Texas.

As I was reading this, I couldn't help but think about two other books which have some similarities.

First, of course, is The Stand. There we have a superflu outbreak, though with a much, much higher mortality rate (99.4% i
William M.
Jun 29, 2011 William M. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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 te ...more
Melinda Elizabeth
It started off well, I like realistic doomsday plots, and the thought of a city being cut off from the rest of the nation to stem an outbreak of a deadly flu seems just plausible enough to suck you in.

All was going well until I noticed how short the novel was. Then the wild goose chases and the riot scenes started to worry me.

An unexpected proposition from a character sealed the books fate- it felt like the author had run out of time and needed to make a hasty end chapter to finish the book. T
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I really enjoyed this book, despite the Dystopian framework which I found very depressing. The condition of San Antonio during this time period reminded me of what I’d read about Beirut. It’s terrifying that such a situation is potentially very possible, as many novelists and short-story writers have suggested in regard to plagues.
Author Joe McKinney has a special touch (witness, for example, “Inheritance”) and her
Good novel combining the hard-nosed detective tale with a nail-biting science fiction thriller. I liked the realistic overtones. I could imagine this sort of scenario if an uncontrollable epidemic did break out in a major city. I was not so thrilled with the mystery aspect which was too simple and too easily solved for my taste. Nonetheless it was an enjoyable read and good enough to check out other novels by the author.
Feb 02, 2015 Jackie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started this book with the thought that it was going to be a zombie novel. I read on and on waiting for the zombies to rise and take over. They never did... Instead, I was thrown into a world with murder, mystery, corruption and an epidemic. It didn't lay to much into the ground work that got me a little confused halfway in the book. it made me question their environment, their situation, the issur but never got the answers. The mystery was intriguing and the theme and the way people responded ...more
Nov 27, 2016 Justin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quarantined is something of a departure for author Joe McKinney, who is best known for his series of zombie novels starting with Dead City, but some of the themes remain the same. McKinney tells the story of a flu pandemic outbreak in a major American city and the government's attempts to contain the disease, which will resonate with fans of the zombie genre.

More than just an "outbreak" novel, Quarantined has a Law & Order aspect, focusing on a pair of homicide detectives in a walled-off San
Tim Mercer
Feb 15, 2017 Tim Mercer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.3 stars great but not perfect.
I honestly can't remember the last time I read a non-post-apocalyptic book. I think it might have been last summer, but it may have been the summer before that. It's not that I hate anything that doesn't involve the end of the world, far from it, but I just have so many PA books in my collection, with more being sent to me all the time, that I feel like I have to get through those first.

So when I checked my email the other day and found that the folks at Permuted Press had sent me a copy of Quar
Chip Fehd
Nov 27, 2011 Chip Fehd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Take equal parts contagion thriller, police procedural, and murder mystery. Toss in some interesting social commentary and what you get is "Quarantined" a highly entertaining and delicious page turner from Joe McKinney.This is his second novel, written after his stunning zombie novel "Dead City". While not zombie related, I found "Quarantined" to be riveting and hard to put down. It was like James Ellroy and Michael Crichton got together and wrote a book. McKinney, a cop, writes in a honest and ...more
Quarantined is one of those rare few books that starts at five stars from the moment you pick it up and then shoots itself in the foot as it goes on.

The premise, a murder mystery set in a very believable dystopian San Antonio, is brilliant. When a large scale emergency happens, people don't stop being people. There's still crime to deal with. The premise is extremely believable and from the very beginning, you are instantly transported into that world.

McKinney has a very good ear for dialogue. I
R.L. Blalock
Jan 07, 2015 R.L. Blalock rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I loved this story. The characters were compelling. The details were one hundred percent on point. The emotions were raw.

But before we get into all the great aspects of Quarantined, I had one huge issue. Mr. McKinney has written two zombie series. Quarantined does not have any zombies in it and that’s fine. But my problem is that I don’t know where this story goes. Is it part of one of the series? It certainly seems set up that way. A prezombie virus look at what actually caused the creation of
I read this as one of the stories in the Ultimate Undead Collection: The Zombie Apocalypse Best Sellers Boxed Set. There is no Zombies in this story. At all. It's more a murder mystery. The H2N2 virus is so deadly and contagious, that the president decided to quarantine a whole city, ie. build a wall and never allow anyone to ever leave. Lily Harris's job is working burial statistics and she comes across a woman who was clearly murdered. In her investigation, she discovers a larger problem that ...more
Jordan Anderson
Jun 02, 2012 Jordan Anderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 in
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Semi-interesting murder mystery

Quarantined is an interesting science fiction tale about a dangerous flu pandemic, that didn’t feel as interesting as it could have been. The story follows Lily and Chunk, detective partners who discovered a murdered woman in a cart that was supposed to contain only flu victims. They start an investigation, questioning the scientists studying the flu strain and trying to create a vaccine. There is
Jeremy W
After finishing the Dead World series a couple months ago I decided to jump into another Joe McKinne book. I wasn't terribly disappointed but I wasn't wow'd either, the feel of a post-apocalyptic Law and order episode for the first half of the book made me smile, the characters were likable enough to worry about what was going to happen next, and the main murder plot was interesting.
However ,in my opinion, the book fell flat on many other levels. One of my biggest complaints throught was the fa
Jun 20, 2015 Grw rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an interesting concept. What you have here is a good detective / murder drama, all played out in a city that whilst suffering from a terminal flu outbreak has been sealed off from the rest of the USA. So two cops are investigating a death in the middle of millions of other deaths. However that isn't all there is too it.

A nice change from the usual cop book, other than the city of death thing, is that the lead investigator isn't a cliche depressed loner, with a maverick streak, and some s
Todd Russell
Being ranked #1 in Amazon Kindle Horror, I expected this might be some sort of bio-threat story (maybe even a quasi medical thriller), but it's actually more of a police procedural, mystery tale about two police officers who investigate a murder in the quarantined zone of San Antonio, Texas. The H2N2 flu has resulted in a massive quarantined area in the city, with giant walls keeping everybody inside and police roaming around wearing hermetically-sealed bio-spacesuits.

The police investigation, p
Dec 15, 2016 Jordyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
Book #1 - Ultimate Undead Collection.

About as average as I expected a zombie book to be.
Sheila DeChantal
The book is dark and gives you the feeling of being on the inside of a quarantined wall. You do not hear much about what is going on beyond the wall with the rest of the world. Food is dropped in, but as the story goes on, supplies become low. As if that is not frightening enough, finding bodies from the flu is an every chapter occurrence.

What was unique about this read was that Lily tries to maintain a somewhat normal life for kids throughout it all. I enjoyed reading about her trying to find c
Dec 07, 2015 Eric rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
More of a 3.5 stars read. Quarantined is a decent story about life inside the quarantine zone: an enormous wall around San Antonio to prevent the infection "H2N2" from spreading to the rest of the country. If you buy that, the rest is a breeze. This book was included in a compilation of zombie stories, but fair warning: there are no undead here. It's a cop story/murder mystery set against unusual and difficult circumstances: a city trying to maintain control under a staggering death rate and sca ...more
Oct 30, 2016 Misti rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So disappointing. This was the first book in my recently purchased (for 99 cents!) Ultimate Undead Collection: Zombie Apocalypse Best Sellers (set of 10 books), and there were no Zombies in it! Instead it was a small scale flu-related post-apocalyptic crime novel. The story follows a pair of detectives trying to solve a murder in a quarantined town. Initially I thought the main character was male based on the inner dialogue and was totally surprised when I realized she was actually female. I was ...more

This novel screamed volumes of harsh truths to me. I couldn't stop listening. I was so intent on knowing what happened next.

This was a surprise for me. Lily & Chunk are a great team, and I enjoy them and their relationship so much.
I also really enjoyed the contrast between Lily's work and home life and how devoted she was to her family. The self-doubt if everything she is doing is right, if she's making the right choice and those choices being fueled by her desire to
Lindsey Goddard
May 16, 2012 Lindsey Goddard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Jonathan Pettit
Feb 09, 2015 Jonathan Pettit rated it really liked it
Audible version. Really good story about a flu pandemic outbreak in San Antonio, TX, with a murder mystery. For some reason, I kept expecting a zombie outbreak, but to no avail. Not your typical mystery due to the environment. The main character is a San Antonio homicide detective. She with her partner attempt to solve a mystery of a strange woman found on one of the trucks bringing in dead flu victims. Resources get scarce in the city during the story and times get tough. Purchased the book dur ...more
Jul 14, 2016 Gerard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book as it had good pace and I found myself reading this one rather quickly. I realy felt concern at stages of this book and it feels like a while since a book has made me feel anything.
Until almost the end I was expecting the virus to produce zombies as I brought this book as part of the "Ultimate Undead Collection" a zombie anthology and I've just finished my search confirming that this book wasn't book 1 of a series.
Apr 11, 2015 Patti rated it really liked it
I'm not a fan of McKinney's "Dead" series because he doesn't seem to follow his own rules. But this one was pretty damn good.

A murder mystery set in a city quarantined from a virulent influenza outbreak, that maybe possibly be getting worse. Most characters aren't sketches, but fully realized. The little bit of levity in a very dire situation was good.

I wouldn't class this as a zombie book, as it was classed when I purchased it from Amazon, but it was a good PA.
Feb 21, 2013 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Initially thought this was a zombie story.....and's not.....however this was still an engaging story about the the repercussions of an entire city being blocked off from the rest of the country and slowly being abandoned ....the story focused on murder investigation and the 2 detectives from SAPD and the impact on them. Not a horror story but as usual a good ad as is most of Joe Mckinneys stories.
Darren ZombieKebab Dilnott
Joe McKinney is an incredible talent with a gift of transporting readers into his stories. Apocalyptic tales is a genre that seems to be a market that has been done to death and plucking out a quality book is simply good luck or keeping faith with consistently reliable authors. Joe McKinney is more than consistent and this story of a deadly flu and the San Antonio quarantine zone is as expected highly entertaining read with high quality characters and a fluid storyline.
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Joe McKinney has been a patrol officer for the San Antonio Police Department, a homicide detective, a disaster mitigation specialist, a patrol commander, and a successful novelist. His books include the four part Dead World series, Quarantined and Dodging Bullets. His short fiction has been collected in The Red Empire and Other Stories and Dating in Dead World and Other Stories. For more informati ...more
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