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3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  577 Ratings  ·  66 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
Paperback, 216 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Lachesis Publishing
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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
Shelves: thriller
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
Aug 10, 2011 Melinda Elizabeth rated it liked it
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
Mallory Heart Reviews
Dec 24, 2012 Mallory Heart Reviews rated it it was amazing
This is what "apocalyptic" really signifies:(

Review of Quarantined by Joe McKinney

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
May 27, 2011 Marvin rated it liked it
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
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
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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
Jun 26, 2015 Grw rated it really liked it
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
Sheila DeChantal
Nov 13, 2014 Sheila DeChantal rated it it was ok
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

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
Jonathan Pettit
Feb 09, 2015 Jonathan Pettit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
R.L. Blalock
Jan 19, 2016 R.L. Blalock rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Aug 16, 2015 Shannon rated it liked it
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
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
Chip Fehd
Nov 27, 2011 Chip Fehd rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 15, 2012 MegaDude rated it liked it
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
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
Jeremy W
Dec 06, 2012 Jeremy W rated it liked it
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
Jan 07, 2016 Eric rated it liked it
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
Apr 11, 2015 Patti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 14, 2016 Gerard rated it really liked it
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.
Dec 29, 2014 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Quarantined by Joe McKinney is a good, solid, detective story set in the shambles of a quarantined San Antonio, Texas. Lily, a homicide detective, and her tough partner Chunk doggedly struggle to solve a murder in a plague-infested San Antonio, while the city falls apart around them. Part human interest, part mystery, and part apocalyptic survival tale, Quarantined is well worth reading.
B. Hale
Mar 03, 2015 B. Hale rated it it was ok
In a 10 book collection of Undead books, there were no freaking zombies! More like a warped version of the movie Contagion mixed with an episode of law and order. I hate both. There were a bunch of negative stereotypes I don't know and then republicans were taken up for in this book...who in their right mind. Last but not least the word faggish? Really?
May 18, 2014 Dawna rated it it was amazing
I like Joe Mckinney's work, and Quarantined is no exception. The story is really fleshed out and the characters are believable and sympathetic. Theres nothing over the top about the subject matter, which makes the story a little more frightening, since you can see these events possibly taking place in todays world. all in all a really good read!
May 19, 2014 Deana rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
The H2N2 flu has decimated San Antonio. The city has been contained with a giant wall, and chaos reigns inside as scientists race to find a cure. In the meantime, a WHO doctor is murdered, her body stuck on a corpse truck in the hopes of hiding it. Great writing and story!
Lindsey Goddard
May 16, 2012 Lindsey Goddard rated it it was amazing
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
Tracey Mclaurin
Nov 01, 2014 Tracey Mclaurin rated it liked it
Now bad but I was hoping for a little more to it. The plot is set up well in the beginning but the book was too short to get into more detail.
Sep 15, 2014 Mark rated it really liked it
Detective story, eh. Murder mystery, meh. Set in a major months after our was locked down due to a outbreak of the world's most deadly flu strain, very interesting.
Mar 28, 2014 Danielle rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Super short book. It seemed to be going along just fine and then all of a sudden it seems the author got bored and just rushed through the ending. Meh.
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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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