The Thriller Zone

David Temple

Join Podcast Host & Author David Temple as he gives you a front row seat to the best thriller authors from around the world. If you enjoy page-turning thriller fiction in either Books, Movies or Television, you'll love this top-rated show on both TheThrillerZone.com and YouTube.com/TheThrillerZone

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Adam Hamdy, the author of The Other Side of Night
3d ago
Adam Hamdy, the author of The Other Side of Night
On today's 96th Episode of The Thriller Zone, I'm 101% jazzed to welcome THE Adam Hamdy, author of many epic thrillers, and the very latest The Other Side of Night. In this show, Adam and I of course chat about the book, we refer to some of his other books, much different than this one, but we also veer off the beaten path. Several times. And for me? Those "off the beaten path" moments are among my very favorite. Why? Because it's "real conversation" from two "dudes" who greatly admire one another and enjoy a good chat. Adam also took this show a step further for me. How? He introduced me to not one, or two, but THREE other authors, none of whom I'd ever heard of before. They are: Anthony Horowitz, author of kids books, adult books, graphic novels and more. Link: And yes, we're hoping to get him on TheThrillerZone Podcast. Rudolph "Rudy "Vrba, who wrote, "I Escaped from Auschwitz." Link: Dean Buonomano, author of "Your Brain is a Time Machine." Link: you, Adam. I've purchased two of the three, and have the third coming to my library soon. There's more to unbox in this show, as Adam and I travel down the paths of several obscure topics, from our favorite vintage t-shirts, and why dudes like us enjoy buying several copies of a shirt we particularly adore. We chat at length about his new home in Maritius, which is an African island in the Indian Ocean, about as far away from "standard civilization" as one can get. But that's grand, isn't it? Not to mention WAY cheaper to live. Learn more: SO much solid, in-depth conversation that I implore you to lend your ears to the slightly-over-an-hour show. It's worth the time. To learn more about Adam and his mad talents, go to: AdamHamdy.com AS ALWAYS, you can follow us on Twitter & Instagram @thethrillerzone. LISTEN to us on TheThrillerZone.com and ALL major Podcast Channels. WATCH us on YouTube.com/TheThrillerZone. I put a LOT of extra time into the video portion, because I have a background in television production, plus I enjoy the extra benefits it provides. IF you enjoy it, please SUBSCRIBE to the channel. Trust me, it helps me in the long run (doing this on a weekly basis, on both TV and "Radio" (aka Podcasts), isn't cheap. Okay, I've gotta bounce, I've got some readin' to do. Until next time, I'm David Temple your host. Mentioned in this episode: AuthorBytes 92222 You know the nice thing about having a website that works? Is it works! AuthorBytes will sign you up, dial you in, and deliver a secure, handsome website that works, so you don't have to worry about a thing. Sign up today with code: ThrillerZone & get 3-MONTHS FREE with a 1-Year Contract. Warwicks 92222 Warwicks.com is one of my favorite places to shop when I want to purchase a special one-of-a-kind gift for a special someone. With complimentary gift-wrapping & free parking, it makes your next shopping trip simple. Books galore & great Customer Service.
Adam Hamdy, the author of The Other Side of Night
3d ago
Adam Hamdy, the author of The Other Side of Night
On today's 96th Episode of The Thriller Zone, I'm 101% jazzed to welcome THE Adam Hamdy, author of many epic thrillers, and the very latest The Other Side of Night. In this show, Adam and I of course chat about the book, we refer to some of his other books, much different than this one, but we also veer off the beaten path. Several times. And for me? Those "off the beaten path" moments are among my very favorite. Why? Because it's "real conversation" from two "dudes" who greatly admire one another and enjoy a good chat. Adam also took this show a step further for me. How? He introduced me to not one, or two, but THREE other authors, none of whom I'd ever heard of before. They are: Anthony Horowitz, author of kids books, adult books, graphic novels and more. Link: And yes, we're hoping to get him on TheThrillerZone Podcast. Rudolph "Rudy "Vrba, who wrote, "I Escaped from Auschwitz." Link: Dean Buonomano, author of "Your Brain is a Time Machine." Link: you, Adam. I've purchased two of the three, and have the third coming to my library soon. There's more to unbox in this show, as Adam and I travel down the paths of several obscure topics, from our favorite vintage t-shirts, and why dudes like us enjoy buying several copies of a shirt we particularly adore. We chat at length about his new home in Maritius, which is an African island in the Indian Ocean, about as far away from "standard civilization" as one can get. But that's grand, isn't it? Not to mention WAY cheaper to live. Learn more: SO much solid, in-depth conversation that I implore you to lend your ears to the slightly-over-an-hour show. It's worth the time. To learn more about Adam and his mad talents, go to: AdamHamdy.com AS ALWAYS, you can follow us on Twitter & Instagram @thethrillerzone. LISTEN to us on TheThrillerZone.com and ALL major Podcast Channels. WATCH us on YouTube.com/TheThrillerZone. I put a LOT of extra time into the video portion, because I have a background in television production, plus I enjoy the extra benefits it provides. IF you enjoy it, please SUBSCRIBE to the channel. Trust me, it helps me in the long run (doing this on a weekly basis, on both TV and "Radio" (aka Podcasts), isn't cheap. Okay, I've gotta bounce, I've got some readin' to do. Until next time, I'm David Temple your host. Mentioned in this episode: AuthorBytes 92222 You know the nice thing about having a website that works? Is it works! AuthorBytes will sign you up, dial you in, and deliver a secure, handsome website that works, so you don't have to worry about a thing. Sign up today with code: ThrillerZone & get 3-MONTHS FREE with a 1-Year Contract. Warwicks 92222 Warwicks.com is one of my favorite places to shop when I want to purchase a special one-of-a-kind gift for a special someone. With complimentary gift-wrapping & free parking, it makes your next shopping trip simple. Books galore & great Customer Service.
Connor Sullivan, author of Sleeping Bear
6d ago
Connor Sullivan, author of Sleeping Bear
On today's 95th Episode of The Thriller Zone, we welcome debut author Connor Sullivan. His first thriller, Sleeping Bear, has taken the world by storm. And after nearly 5+ years in the making, the public will soon learn the vast amount of talent this guy from Montana has up his sleeve. We talk about Connor's book, what it was like growing up in beautiful Montana, and what it's like having a famous and bestselling author for a father (and perhaps the challenge of living in that shadow), plus much more. In fact, as an added Bonus to today's podcast, I'm premiering of a new feature I call, "POP-IN CO-HOST" featuring my good friend, and fellow author Brian Andrews. If that name sounds familiar, it's because he's one-half of the writing duo, Andrews-Wilson. Okay, let's get into the show, and trust me folks, you'll want to read this page-turner, as it literally has everything you want in a thriller. To learn more, visit: (ConnorSullivanAuthor.com) As always you can follow us on both Twitter & Instagram @thethrillerzone. LISTEN to our podcast at (TheThrillerZone.com) where you'll be taken to any of the other Podcast Channels you're familiar with. WATCH this podcast on (YouTube.com/TheThrillerZone) and be sure to SUBSCRIBE! Thanks for listening, watching, subscribing and sharing The Thriller Zone! David Temple, host Mentioned in this episode: AuthorBytes - Influenced John Authorbytes.com is THE author-centric web host recommended by many. That includes me, a "Podcast Influencer." In fact, my friend John is likely going to hire them after hearing me rave about their service. You can too!
David Pepper, author of A Simple Choice
Sep 15 2022
David Pepper, author of A Simple Choice
On today's 94th episode of The Thriller Zone, stellar author and political specialist David Pepper joins the show to talk about his latest thriller A Simple Choice. Hillary Rodham Clinton says, "David Pepper has written another thriller ripped from the headlines." Her husband, former President Bill Clinton, says, "Pepper comes through again with this clever tale of how cyber sabotage of elections, coupled with highly concentrated ownership of traditional media operations, can undermine American democracy." And I say, come on in, the thrillers are hot and the topics are interesting! As backstory, David Pepper is the author of The Voter File, The People's House, The Wingman, and Laboratories of Autocracy. he earned his BA from Yale University, and his JF from Yale Law School. He has clerked for a judge on the United States Court of Appeals, served in local elected office in Ohio, worked for major law firms, and taught election and voting rights law. David served as Chair of the Ohio Democratic Party from 2015 to 2021. To learn more and David, his background, and most importantly his books, visit: (DavidPepper.com). As always, please follow us on both Twitter and Instagram @thethrillerzone, and on the web at (TheThrillerZone.com) and (YouTube.com/thethrillerzone). Mentioned in this episode: AB-Do Like Me-082522 There was a time when I built my own website. Yeah, that worked out really well. Until it didn't. Talking about hassles. Listen, don't do like the "old me" do like the "new me" and hire AuthorBytes.com for your new website. Warwicks-CraftsmanTools-9822 When I was a kid my Dad only bought Craftsman tools. Why? Because they were dependable, and never broke, but if they did you could return no questions asked. That's Customer Service, built upon Integrity. THAT'S Warwicks.com
Hotel California, a compilation of short stories from today's best authors
Sep 8 2022
Hotel California, a compilation of short stories from today's best authors
Today's 93rd episode of The Thriller Zone is special and slightly off the beaten path. I say this because today we will meet a total of not one, but EIGHT of the world's best mystery & thriller writers. Visiting us today is Andrew Child, Don Bruns, John Gilstrap, Reed Farrel Coleman, Heather Graham, Amanda Flower, Rick Bleiweiss, and Jennifer Graeser Dornbush. Their mystery-thriller short story compilation is themed around one of the most popular bands of all times, and one of their most popular records. The band: The Eagles. The record: Hotel California. Their stories are entitled, in order of the authors just listed, as follows: New Kid in Town, Life in the Fast Lane, Wasted Time, Victim of Love, Pretty Maids all in a Row, Try and Love Again, The Last Resort, and Hotel California. Today's episode is one of the highlights of this show's year. Why? Where else can you get so much talent in one place at one time? They are each amazing talents, with a bevy of books and series to their credit. And perhaps my favorite parts? They're some of the nicest, most approachable people you'll ever meet. And the insights into the writing business? Profound. So, kick back, get comfortable, perhaps even pour yourself a tasty beverage, and get ready to enjoy an hour of lively conversation, terrific insights, and plenty of laughs all around. For more information on the book, visit: (Tinyurl.com/HotelCaliforniaBook), where you can purchase the book or audiobook on Amazon. To learn more about our authors, visit: (JackReacher.com) (DonBrunsBooks.com) (JohnGilstrap.com) (ReedColeman.com) (TheOriginalHeatherGraham.com) (AmandaFlower.com) (RickBleiweiss.com) (JenniferDornbush.com) As always, you can find us at: (TheThrillerZone.com) and (YouTube.com/TheThrillerZone). Follow us on both Twitter & Instagram @thethrillerzone Thanks for listening, and be sure to LIKE, RETWEET & SUBSCRIBE! Your host, David Temple (TheDavidTemple.com) & (TheThrillerZone.com) Mentioned in this episode: AuthorBytes Top 3 Reasons Here are the Top 3 Reasons to choose AuthorBytes.com to build your author website. Warwicks - HotelCA - 9.08 Warwick's Bookstores are simply the best. With "Classic Customer Service" you won't find many other places quite like Warwicks, where your shopping needs are their number one priority.
Faye Kellerman, New York Times Bestselling author of The Hunt
Sep 1 2022
Faye Kellerman, New York Times Bestselling author of The Hunt
Today's special guest on the 91st Episode of The Thriller Zone is none other than New York Times Bestselling Author Faye Kellerman, the mastermind behind nearly three dozen bestselling thriller novels. With oodles of hits, over a span of several decades, Faye Kellerman has become synonymous with page-turning, character-driven, plot-twisting novels that keep avid fans reading deep into the night. On today's show, we discuss: having a prolific husband as a NYT Bestselling author, two children, both of whom have created a nice career for themselves with storytelling, and what it's like being empty-nesters. Faye offers splendid advice for would-be writers, with a few pointers who may have heard before, but the way she shares, you say to yourself, "Of course, that's it!" Join the show, and while today's sound quality will require just an extra bit of patience, try and listen through it to...The Good Stuff. To learn more, visit: (FayeKellerman.net). And as always, Watch, Listen, Follow, Subscribe and Share with your friends; we're pretty much everywhere these days: (TheThrillerZone.com), (YouTube.com/TheThrillerZone) and on Twitter & Instagram @TheThrillerZone Mentioned in this episode: AuthorBytes.com don't make "janky websites" they make killer websites. I was doing a random search the other day for a particular author's website, and he's a big deal in the business, his website kinda sucked... Warwicks for Faye 9.01 Just like Faye Kellerman has been serving her fans for a very long time, so has Warwicks.com been serving their local public in La Jolla, CA, and online, for a very, very long time.
David Ellis, New York Times Bestselling Author of LOOK CLOSER
Aug 25 2022
David Ellis, New York Times Bestselling Author of LOOK CLOSER
Today's 89th Episode of The Thriller Zone welcomes New York Times Bestselling Author, David Ellis. As though that superlative title isn't enough, David is also an Edgar-Award Winner. This podcast will go down in my books as one of my favorites. Why? Call it the sharing of similar interests, two guys enjoying chatting about their favorite things, like Chicago, football, good old-fashioned terrestrial radio, and of course, our mutual appreciation for really good books. David has written a whopper of a page-turner. I'm not kidding. I think I read this book (which reaches nearly 500 pages) in about two days; it's THAT good. Hey, I'll stop typing, so you can stop reading, and instead start LISTENING to the podcast...or WATCHING on our YouTube Channel. But trust me when I say, you will most definitely be running to your local bookstore (please?), or visiting your local library (another superb idea), or more than likely ordering from Amazon. As I mention in the show, I have a Top 10 Fave Reads for Summer '22; however, I'm likely going to extend that to 13...because there are just so many good reads this year. When it comes time to learn more about David, which I might add includes co-writing with the legendary talent James Patterson, you can learn of his other books, one of which is a series, and do so by visiting: DavidEllis.com (a fellow AuthorBytes.com alum, I might add). As always, you can FOLLOW, SUBSCRIBE, LISTEN & WATCH our podcast on (1) TheThrillerZone.com, (2) ANY of the most popular Podcast Channels, and (3) YouTube.com/thethrillerzone. Thank you for listening! Mentioned in this episode: Warwicks-Tell A Friend-81822 When you find a real treasure, something you're excited about, you tell a friend, right? That's what you'll do when you shop at Warwick's Bookstore, either in La Jolla, CA, or online at Warwicks.com. Customer Service like none other!
Nick Petrie, author of The Runaway
Aug 18 2022
Nick Petrie, author of The Runaway
On today's 87th episode of The Thriller Zone, I'm stoked to welcome national bestselling author Nick Petrie to the show. His runaway hit, The Runaway (sorry, I couldn't help myself) is one of those rare books you just have a hard time putting down. Seriously, I devoured it in record time. The only bad thing? I didn't want it to end. Nick is an accomplished writer of the Peter Ash Series, someone who Lee Child has said, "Lots of characters get compared to my own Jack Reacher, but Peter Ash is the real deal." Some mighty high praise coming from the legendary Lee Child. Join us as Nick shares the journey of The Runaway, but it's his deep insights as to what it takes to become a number one bestseller that both impressed me, and will surely leave you thinking. READ THIS BOOK, and then follow him to learn when his next books will be released. You can learn more at NickPetrie.com As always, THANK YOU for listening to this podcast on ALL the favorite podcasts channels, as well as watching on our YT Channel: YouTube.com/TheThrillerZone Until next time, keep reading-if you're a thriller fan, and keep writing-if you're an aspiring writer. Learn more: TheThrillerZone.com and follow on both Twitter & Instagram @thethrillerzone. Mentioned in this episode: Warwicks-Tell A Friend-81822 When you find a real treasure, something you're excited about, you tell a friend, right? That's what you'll do when you shop at Warwick's Bookstore, either in La Jolla, CA, or online at Warwicks.com. Customer Service like none other!
Kelly J. Ford, author of Real Bad Things
Aug 15 2022
Kelly J. Ford, author of Real Bad Things
On today's Bonus Episode of The Thriller Zone, Kelly J. Ford visits to talk about her latest Southern Noir Thriller, Read Bad Things. Since we're both from the South, her from Arkansas and me from North Carolina, we instantly slipped into a comfortable spot behind the mic. What I like best about Kelly is what you see is what you get. I've always been drawn to people who are real and don't put on airs. She's the real deal, and I have a very solid feeling that she'll do just fine in this writing world. Listen to about halfway through, as she allows me to read the opening of her book. It's beautiful, poetic, and although somber, has real visceral feelings inside. Then, along about 3/4 of the way in, we start talking about her influences. And there are many. We also cover her best writing advice; again, something any aspiring writer should hear. In the end, it feels like we'd known one another for decades. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if one day we'll gather around a campfire, along with a few bottles of wine (or a handful of gummies), and tell some tall tales. Take an hour, kick your shoes off, and rest a spell, while you listen to two new friends have a bit of fun chatting. To learn more about Kelly, visit: (KellyJFord.com) and follow her on Twitter @Kelly_J_Ford As always, I invite you to follow our podcast, either on (TheThrillerZone.com), on YouTube.com/TheThrillerZone, or on Twitter & Instagram @thethrillerzone. Until we chat again, keep listening, considering subscribing to our YouTube Channel, leave a 5-star Review on your favorite Podcast Channel, and swing back around every Thursday for another exciting edition of The Thriller Zone.
Meg Gardiner, Edgar-winning author of HEAT 2
Aug 11 2022
Meg Gardiner, Edgar-winning author of HEAT 2
What can I say about a gal who is one of the best thriller writers in the world today? I'll tell you: She's done it again. Topped herself, that is. On today's 84th Episode of The Thriller Zone, Meg Gardiner has teamed up with the legendary filmmaker Michael Mann to craft an epic saga that is part prequel, part sequel, and incorporates references to the original Heat, making it one helluva second effort, while standing strong as a stand-alone. You no doubt know Mann's work in Blackhat, Miami Vice, Collateral, Ali, The Insider, HEAT, The Last of the Mohicans, and Thief, to name a few. Meg and I met a few years ago when she was signing books at Warwick's bookstore in La Jolla. She appeared with Don Winslow. I saw her again at Thrillerfest 2019, and along the way, she's appeared on both of my podcasts, The Thriller Zone, and the former Naked Monday. Each time she sits down behind the microphone with me, I sit in wonder at the depth of her amazing talent. And I should mention that I first discovered he work by reading her Caitlin Hendricks UNSUB series, but soon went back and read much of her earlier work. Suffice it to say that if you love page-turning thrillers that educate and enlighten, while scaring the crap out of you, you MUST read Meg Gardiner. On today's show we discuss a good many things: her home fire, her UNSUB Series, writing conferences and more. She shares terrific insights through her writing advice, and we share more than several good laughs. I hope you enjoy the show today; it's soon to be a favorite. Furthermore, I trust you'll read HEAT 2, a truly electrifying novel that'll keep you glued to your seat...or in my case, to my hammock (a favorite reading spot). To learn more about Meg, visit: (MegGardiner.com), and follow her on Twitter @meggardiner1. As always, please follow us on both Twitter & Instagram @thethrillerzone, and visit our website at (TheThrillerZone.com). Thanks for listening, for watching, for subscribing, and for sharing with your friends. I've got to get back to reading and recording. I'll see you next time on another edition of The Thriller Zone! -David, (bio.link/davidtemple)
Sarah Pearse, NYTimes Bestselling author of The Retreat
Aug 4 2022
Sarah Pearse, NYTimes Bestselling author of The Retreat
On today's 82nd Episode of The Thriller Zone, I'm very happy to welcome the lovely, charming, and mega-talented New York Times Bestselling Author and Reese Witherspoon Book Club Winner, Sarah Pearse. Sarah not only has a unique way to "spin a yarn," but she has an engaging way to twist a story that leads you in one direction, only to redirect you another way. When you meet her, you instantly adore her upbeat personality, while wondering how someone so nice could create such evil. Join us as we chat about writing technique, what makes a propulsive thriller, how we both adore stories that grab us by the neck and drag us along for the ride. Sarah also has terrific answers to my #RapidFireQuestions, which you've learned by now, aren't all that rapid, but are always a lot of fun, as they force the guest to think fast on their feet. I think this is part of the show that Sarah really enjoyed. To learn more about Sarah, and her instant debut hit, The Sanitorium, as well as the follow up, The Retreat, visit: SarahPearse.co.uk, and follow her on Twitter @SarahVPearse, and on both Instagram and Facebook @sarahpearseauthor. As always, please Follow, Like & Subscribe to our YT Channel at YouTube.com/TheThrillerZone and our website at TheThrillerZone.com, and of course, follow us on both Twitter & Instagram @thethrillerzone. Thanks for watching on YT and The TZ, and for listening wherever you get your podcasts. Cheers, David @ TheDavidTemple.com
Tracey Devlyn, USA Today Bestselling Author of Flash Point
Jul 25 2022
Tracey Devlyn, USA Today Bestselling Author of Flash Point
On today's 79th episode of The Thriller Zone, I'm thrilled to welcome USA Today Bestselling Author, Tracey Devlyn. Tracey's hot 'n sassy thriller, FLASH POINT, literally has "something for everyone!" If you like page-turning thrillers...with well-crafted characters...several of whom "turn up the heat with some saucy sex scenes"...and a resolution that'll leave you feeling satisfied, then you'll spend some time with Flash Point. Tracey and I share more than several similarities; she's from Illinois and I had several radio shows there; she's currently living in North Carolina and that's my home state; she's a prolific writer who loves podcasts and I'm a prolific podcaster who loves to write. Get comfortable and settle in for an hour of pure enjoyment, as we discuss her thriller, how to craft a thriller, how to build a stable of characters and their respective worlds, listen and absorb her stellar writing advice, and enjoy a few laughs in both the Rapid Fire Questions game, and our steamy chat about steamy scenes. For more information, visit: (TraceyDevlyn.com) and follow her on both Twitter and Instagram @traceydevlyn. As always, THANK YOU for following, for listening, for watching, for subscribing, and for sharing The Thriller Zone love to your friends, family, and co-workers. And we love it when you take a minute to rate and/or leave us a review; you can do so at Apple, Spotify, and on our website: (TheThrillerZone.com). If you're featured as a reviewer in the coming months, you'll win a custom Thriller Zone branded t-shirt or ball cap. To know more about your host, follow the link at: (bio.link/davidtemple )or go directly to my website: (TheDavidTemple.com). Until next time, keep reading & writing those thrillers!
Dean Koontz, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Big Dark Sky
Jul 21 2022
Dean Koontz, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Big Dark Sky
Today, marks a milestone in the history of this podcast; actually, it's two fold. First, I'm proud to introduce you to Year #2, aka Season 3, and Episode #78 of The Thriller Zone. Second, I am honored to welcome one of the genuine legends in the literary world, Mr. Dean Koontz. I, like you, have been following him for decades, and have been amazed at his prolific output of one terrific suspense thriller after another. For nearly 6 decades, Dean has been crafting suspense novels that incorporate horror, fantasy, science fiction, and mystery, making him one of the most well-known, most prolific, and most highly regarded writers of this generation. And the amazing thing? At 77, he shows absolutely no signs of slowing down. In fact, with a work ethic that plants him in a chair and behind a keyboard for 8 to 10 hours a day, six, and often seven days a week, Koontz is the quintessential example of the "hardest working writer" today. This podcast not only marks our Second Year on the charts, but this episode marks one of the highlights of my interviewing career. And as you'll see in the show, I find myself "geeking out" just a little bit. But then, having admired his body of work from afar for as long as I've been alive, it's not a hard thing to imagine. Please join me as we talk about Dean's "Magic Sauce" to crafting thrillers; listen as he shares stories that date back decades ago, to a time when writing thrillers was just beginning to gain particular traction; and take away some sage advice from a master who has spent his entire career perfecting his craft. As he says early on, he was suffering a bit of laryngitis, so it may be a wee bit hard to hear him from time to time, but trust me when I say I've done pretty much everything in my power to craft and tweak the audio to the best of my ability. Special thanks to: Auphonics.com for their assistance. Don't forget to stay until the end. Why? You get a chance to WIN a FREE copy of his latest thriller: The Big Dark Sky. Just follow the three easy steps, and we'll announce the winner shortly. For more information visit: (DeanKoontz.com) and follow him on Twitter @deankoontz and Instagram @deankoontzofficial. As always, THANK YOU for listening and supporting this podcast, and BIG THANKS to our new sponsor, Warwick's Bookstores; for great gifts, books and more info, visit: (Warwicks.com), and to AuthorBytes.com, the company behind our websites. FOLLOW US: (TheThrillerZone.com) & (YouTube.com/TheThrillerZone) and on both Twitter & Instagram @thethrillerzone