With his novel Exchange Dale R. Cozort's presents an exciting mix of science-fiction and alternate history. At the core this is an adventure set in a world where places of Earth will occasionally be "exchanged" with parts of another world. Sharon Mack, a computer expert, is one of those who remain in what's called Bear Country until places are changed back into their respective worlds. Faced not only with a strange and dangerous world, where convicts stayed behind in a previous exchange and a cult who wants to permanently remain here, she desperately searches for her daughter who's been abducted by her ex-husband.
The fascinating premise got me hooked right away. The idea and especially the descriptions of the “exchanged” world are well written and devised and a fair amount of heroes and villains have been thrown into the mix too. Unfortunately though most characters remained rather two-dimensional and I had a hard time relating to Sharon, because some of her actions were just not believable. Especially the romance part seemed superfluous, or at least overdone in this case, as I highly doubt a mother looking for her child will fall in love with a handsome stranger that easily, or fast, for that matter. If it weren't for the, in some cases, weak characterizations, this could have been more than just an average read.
In short: An entertaining novel with twists and turns for science-fiction fans!
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