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Quarantine by John Brinling

When Paul Henry decides to emigrate to Uhuru, he knows that he can never return once exposed to the deadly fever, that Oneida, his love, is scheduled to join him in two weeks, and that his life is pretty damn good. Everything changes even before the unmanned Uhuruan Airways Flight lands in Mombasa, when he sees things out the plane’s window that challenge his sanity and threaten his future.

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BN ID: 2940011080043
Publisher: John Brinling
Publication date: 08/16/2010
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Author Bio: John Brinling

I was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. on June 8, 1936. I grew up in Pittsburgh and didn’t leave home until I was 21 and heading off to graduate school at the University of Illinois in Chicago. I’ve attended multiple universities: Duquesne, U. of Illinois, U. of Pittsburgh, Columbia. And I have a B.S. in Pharmacy and an M.S. in Pharmacology. I was married in 1975 and have one daughter.

I have been writing all of my life. I wrote my first novel when I was sixteen. “Black Dawn.” It dealt with segregation and the KKK. Whatever happened to it I don’t know.

Since then, earning a living has preempted long periods of my life when I wrote very little. My wife and I are both in data processing (IT nowadays) and we usually work long hours when we are on a contract, which meant I spent little time writing fiction when gainfully employed. The birth of my daughter offered me another excuse for not writing, but that’s what it was: an excuse. Writing is hard. But it’s in my DNA and I keep returning to it, despite some part of me that prefers the lazy life. However, not writing is unthinkable, and I am constantly exploring ideas even when I’m not committing them to paper.

I lived and worked in Europe for seven years. I met my wife In Italy where we both worked for the same company, and were married in 1975. The contract we were working on ended that year and we took two years off to live in England, in a 300 year old farmhouse in Wiltshire. It was in that farmhouse that I wrote “The Ghost Of A Flea,” as well as another book titled “Quarantine,” which is a science fiction thriller.

“The Ghost” has a strong autobiographical component. I was a programmer/analyst. The office ambience in the novel is similar to life in my New York office, although the intrigues were of an entirely different nature. I had a good friend who lived in Sparta. I lived for a time near the George Washington Bridge. The building manager was an Irishman, who became a good friend, and an integral character in the book.

“Quarantine” is set in East Africa, where my wife and I vacationed, and I drew liberally on what we read, saw, and experienced.

I had an agent back then who marketed both books, and came very close to selling them to both Doubleday and St. Martins. Unfortunately he died before completing the sale and I put the books on a shelf and forgot about them for 35 years. Only this year did I resurrect them and publish them on Amazon’s Kindle and Smashwords.

In 1977, my wife and I returned to the states and founded our IT consulting firm, Brinling Associates. For the next fifteen years we worked hard building our business. I wrote one novel during that time, a book titled “Alone,” which dealt with a man in an irreversible coma who is aware of what is happening around him, but is unable to communicate with the real world. I thought the book was lost, but have just recently found a hardcopy of the book and have begun reworking it..

In 1990, during a down period in our business activities, I wrote several other novels which I am attempting to bring out of retirement. These novels were also put on the shelf when circumstances re-ignited our business opportunities. One book – “The Watcher,” an occult horror thriller – is already self-published. The other is a much larger work, a rural mystery series tentatively titled “The Valley Mysteries” set in Vermont, that I’m still working on.

As you can see, writing books is one thing, marketing quite another. I am perhaps the world’s worst marketer, which helps explain why my writings have spent most of their lives on a shelf in my home in Vermont staring out at me asking “Why am I here?”

For the past few years I have been writing screenplays, which are more bite-sized writing efforts. I have done fairly well in some contests, but am still waiting to be discovered. The small royalty checks I earned from Amazon this year are the only money I’ve ever earned from my fiction writing.

My writing is pure escapism. When I sit down to write, I embark on an adventure. I let things happen and I let the characters be who they are. Since I strongly avoid outlines, I am as surprised by events as I hope the reader is. Pulling together loose ends is a subject for revision, which I do endlessly. This undoubtedly makes for more work and takes me longer to “finish” something, but it seems to be the best, the only, way for me. It is the candy bar just out of reach that keeps me at the keyboard.

My background illustrates my chaotic approach to life. I have been at different stages a pharmacist, a pharmacologist, a tech writer, a programmer/analyst, a business consultant, a business owner, a teacher, a novelist and a screenwriter. At one time I thought it perfectly acceptable, if not desirable, to change jobs/professions every year or so. I didn’t worry about the future, assuming I would always find a way to muddle through.

I’m still muddling through.

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Quarantine 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Deb64 More than 1 year ago
Even though I have read and really enjoyed the authors other books, I had held off reading "Quarantine" because I saw in the description the words, science fiction, aliens, and mutants. Sci-Fi is not a genre that I enjoyed, that is until now! I loved this book, in fact this may very well be my favorite book of his! I was hooked within the first few pages, there is so much packed into this book, all of the descriptions of the area, the various characters, etc.. are incredibly vivid, it's like you are right there seeing, hearing and smelling it all. It has been a true page turner, I found it very difficult to stop reading it, my dishes need washed and I told myself just one more page, that one page then turned into 2 pages, then 3 pages. Needless to say, my dishes didn't get done that night! So even if you don't think this is a genre that you will enjoy, give it a try. I think you will be pleasantly surprised like I was. What a gem of a book!
MKRB More than 1 year ago
Excellent, startling storyline! As with each of John's work, it is a thrilling page-turner with well-defined, vividly-pictured characters. The underlying theme of global doom rings true, is new in it's approach and holds together the many twists. A book to read & read again. Especially wonderful as a digital version to easily integrate into the events of a day! I encourage you to enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Edge of the seat surprise. Sophisticated plotting. Totally unique locales. Riveting characters. Time: 1990. East Africa. When Paul Henry decides to emigrate to Uhuru, he knows only that he can never return once exposed to the deadly fever, that Oneida, the love of his life, is scheduled to join him in two weeks, and that his life is pretty damn good. That all changes even before the unmanned Uhuruan Airways Flight lands in Mombasa, when he sees things out the plane's window that challenge his sanity.
sandystarr28 More than 1 year ago
Writing was so good, I could overlook the fact I was actually reading about mutant bugs ruling an isolated country. Characters were intense, scary, and oddly believable. The writing flows constantly building the suspense level to new heights. When a book can give you goosebumps, the writer has done his job well. 990 pages of fear
AVID-JT More than 1 year ago
In the first couple of pages of Quarantine two aliens are bickering back and forth, making me think that this wasn't going to be my kind of book. Then suddenly I'm reading about a guy in NY planning to move to a country in Africa. Soon after the man reaches his destination I'm a shadow hovering over his shoulder, experiencing every strange and confusing thing he's going through. As things escalate my shadow slinks lower and lower behind him, hoping no one will notice me because I'm scared spitless. Quarantine is like a spy novel where you can't tell the good guys from the bad and you don't know who to trust, not even yourself. Download this book and strap into your seat as it takes you on a wild adventure. The book is awesome!
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amberghini More than 1 year ago
Started out with potential, but fizzled out. It's a long book and I couldn't wait for it to be over. I guess if you like sci-fi, you might enjoy it. I skipped over several pages many times, because I just didn't care about some of the boring details.
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