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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
"Zone 2" by S. Alan Schweitzer explores the concept of parallel worlds. This tale began with a severely beaten Brad Cole regaining consciousness in a hospital. The setting was 2059. Brad worked for Rydal Industries as an IT specialist. The company was conducting research on the possibility of parallel worlds, Skylark. Rydal had found a parallel world, Terra/Zone 2. In Zone 2, Cyberlink Industries was doing research of the same type only they were farther along. Terra was very different than Earth. The Germans won WWII and controlled most of Zone 2. The government polluted the air with fallout. The people at Cyberlink had the ability to transfer from one world to the other. "It was only a matter of time before the world leadership vacates (Zone 2)." The government of Zone 2 planned to run the government of Earth. Brad had stumbled onto a plot to overthrow the government of Earth.
Zone 2 is well written and developed. The theory of parallel worlds is not unbelievable. It is interesting watching Brad as he learns some shocking things about himself. I was never sure who to trust until the end. I distrusted both Karleen and Shelley. I questioned the motives of each.
This book has it all, intrigue, action, drama, parallel worlds, and a touch of romance. The author has included twists and turns that kept me eagerly turning pages. I am usually a fast reader but I savored this book. I read slower to absorb the words and concepts. This book is intelligently written and filled with challenging ideas and circumstances.
This is the second book I’ve read by this author. He set a high bar with The Bracelet. He not only met the bar but raised it with Zone 2. I look forward to reading more of his art. This is my kind of science fiction!