I truly appreciate your effort at helping me.
Alas, that's not it.
As ever with such things, I guess it depends who you talk to. There are some who may see the Promotion Zone the way you describe, though these days what
Votes from The Headmaster go to Last Lessons and What The Birds Know - good job everyone!
Perhaps you are looking for Encounter, from the Deathlands series by James Axler?
Oh, I already posted there a couple of days ago :P No, my thought isn't that it is sad, rather I wondered what the community in general thought of it