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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Very good biological thriller

"Quarantined" was a very good scientific and political thriller book. It starts with a murder mystery which serves as the backbone for this novella. It was only 162 Nook Tablet pages, but moved at the right pace for me. The science discussed in the book is plausible and...
"Quarantined" was a very good scientific and political thriller book. It starts with a murder mystery which serves as the backbone for this novella. It was only 162 Nook Tablet pages, but moved at the right pace for me. The science discussed in the book is plausible and possible, and that is what makes it a really scary scenario. However, a quarantine, as described in the book, would not work. And, that is the reason for 4 out of 5 stars rating.

A city-wide quarantine of this variety (the walled-in kind) has not been used since the Black Death ravaged Europe. Even then, it was a voluntary form of seclusion for one city/town/village, to my knowledge. Outsiders left food and water for the townsfolk in exchange for coins soaked in vinegar.

It would not be a practical containment solution here and now. First, no American would agree to live in seclusion and squallor (including poverty and near starvation) for an indeterminate period of time, while dependent on others for food, water, and other basic needs. Meanwhile, an involuntary quarantine would breed discontentment, anger, fear, and riots just like the author described in the story.

I really enjoyed this book. My favorite parts were the murder mystery and the scientific explanations regarding the disease, possible vectors/carriers, and clear symptomology. How do you deal with an enemy that you cannot see? What would I do in a situation like the one that Lily and her family faced? This book caused me to think deeply about these questions and more.

Character development was mostly adequate, except for Lily and Chunk. The story is told from the point of view of the female cop/mother/wife, Detective Lily Harris. She really got under my skin, in a good way. Her cop partner and good friend, Chunk, was a really cool character. The interactions between these two, and the relationship that they was very detailed and interesting. However, the descriptions of Lily's husband and child, the W.H.O. scientists, and Lt. Treager were sketchy, at best.

The writing was good. The plot was interesting. And, the characters were mostly likeable. But, the ending seemed rushed and a little weak. The epilogue was a nice touch, though.

What I learned: 1. Do not trust the government to save you when a major epidemic happens in your town. 2. You and your family can only depend on each other when bad "stuff" happens. 3. Count on a cover up by the government when the problem is really bad. And, expect one, especially, when they decide "that we are all goners".

I highly recommend this book to older readers, because there is one graphic sex scene, a lot of death, and bad language is used throughout.

-AvidReader

posted by AvidReader0 on May 10, 2012

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2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

not bad, interesting concept.

Okay, I totally got this at first because the authors last name is the same as mine, and the story takes place in San Antonio, Texas, where I used to live. It's a quick murder mystery set during a horrible flu epidemic that has the entire city in quarantine. Interesti...
Okay, I totally got this at first because the authors last name is the same as mine, and the story takes place in San Antonio, Texas, where I used to live. It's a quick murder mystery set during a horrible flu epidemic that has the entire city in quarantine. Interesting story, characters were a little flat, but it was worth the money for a quick read while waiting at the dentist or downtime at work or something.

posted by kmeghan on October 16, 2010

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  • Posted October 16, 2010

    not bad, interesting concept.

    Okay, I totally got this at first because the authors last name is the same as mine, and the story takes place in San Antonio, Texas, where I used to live. It's a quick murder mystery set during a horrible flu epidemic that has the entire city in quarantine. Interesting story, characters were a little flat, but it was worth the money for a quick read while waiting at the dentist or downtime at work or something.

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