An eloquent and dramatic portrait of a city plagued by mysterious pestilence - as the isolation of the quarantine reveals the darker side of human nature. The year is 1796, and a trading ship arrives in the vibrant trading town of Newburyport, Massachusetts. But it's a ghost ship - her entire crew has been decimated by a virulent fever which sweeps through the harbor town, and Newburyport's residents start to fall ill and die with alarming haste. Something has to be done to stop the virus from spreading further.
When physician Giles Wiggins places the port under quarantine, he earns the ire of his shipbuilder half-brother, the wealthy and powerful Enoch Sumner, and their eccentric mother Miranda. Defiantly, Giles sets up a pest-house, where the afflicted might be cared for and separated from the rest of the populace in an attempt to contain the epidemic. As the epidemic grows, fear, greed, and unhinged obsession threaten the Sumner family - and the future of Newburyport.
The title isn’t misleading. Quarantine, cooly narrated in a smooth baritone by Kevin Stillwell, is a fast-paced, suspenseful listen that is indeed about a quarantine.
Set in a small harbor town in Massachusetts, in 1796, the tense action ensues when a trading ship drifts into port. Soon, the town’s residents make the grisly discovery that almost all of the ship’s inhabitants are dead. And a mysterious and highly contagious disease is to blame.
It is up to local doctor Giles Wiggins to stop the deadly outbreak and keep an entire town from being destroyed. Yes, this includes a quarantine...but also some resourceful guile. A gripping listen.
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Reader too slow and plodding
Neatly written bit of historic fiction