Zone 2

Fiction - Fantasy - General
206 Pages
Reviewed on 04/13/2011
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Author Biography

S. Alan Schweitzer resides in Avon, Ohio with his wife, Barbara. They have one son, Matthew, who lives in Columbus. Schweitzer loves to read science fiction works and play the piano. One day he hopes to play Scriabin, Debussy, and Arnold Bax fluently.

Schweitzer, a Philadelphia native, worked for the Lorain Public Library System for 25 years before retirement. He received a bachelor's degree in Spanish from South Centre College in Danville, KY; a master's degree in Spanish from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; and a doctorate in romance languages, also from Rutgers. Before coming to Lorain, he taught Spanish at Rutgers, at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania, and at Texas A & M University. Eventually, he decided to change fields and received a Master of Library Science degree from The University of Pittsburgh School of Library and Information Science.

Schweitzer has published five novels to date: "The Carradine Legacy;" "In search of Neva;" "The Bracelet;" "Zone 2;" and "Questor." Each work deals with various science fiction themes like parallel universes, cloning, and extra-terrestrial presence within mankind's history.

    Book Review

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!

S. Alan Schweitzer

This is a fine review. I don't knw what to replace. Information is available on various interet sources, but is the book selling? I am in the process of writing my fifth novel and haven't kept up with my former titles.