The Demi-Monde by Rod Rees
Winter ( Saga)

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“You can’t help getting caught up in the smartly-paced story…which is served up with lashings of steampunk relish.”
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“Rees makes the book work: the world he’s created is a psychopathic nightmare.”
The Guardian

In the Demi-Monde, author Rod Rees has conjured up a terrifying virtual reality, a world dominated by history’s most ruthless and bloodthirsty psychopaths—from Holocaust architect Reinhard Heydrich to Torquemada, the Spanish Inquisition’s pitiless torturer, to Josef Stalin’s bloodthirsty right-hand man/monster, the infamous Beria. The Demi-Monde: Winter kicks off a brilliant, high concept series that blends science fiction and thriller, steampunk and dystopian vision. If Neil Gaiman, Neal Stephenson, James Rollins, and Clive Cussler participated in Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games, the result might be something akin to the dark and ingenious madness of Rees’s The Demi-Monde: Winter.

 

About Rod Rees

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Rod Rees has spent his life traveling throughout Africa, the Middle East, Bangladesh, and Russia, and consequently found himself living in Qatar, Tehran, and Moscow. He has built pharmaceutical factories in Dhaka, set up a satellite communication network in Moscow, and conceived and designed a jazz-themed hotel in the UK. Now a full-time writer, he lives near Derby, England, with his wife, Nelli, and their two children.
 
Published December 27, 2011 by William Morrow. 533 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, War, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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It is a story in which three girls hold the fate of two worlds — one of which is ruled unequivocally by men — in their hands.

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The prologue begins with Norma, the President of the United States trapped inside the Demi-Monde and running for her life.

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The problem is that if a player dies in the Demi-Monde, that player also either dies or becomes a comatose vegetable in the real world.

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The dated term of demi-monde betrays the opulent steam punk setting of Rod Rees’ first book under his real name.

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Examiner

When author Michael Crichton passed away, he left some rather large shoes to fill in the world of science fiction.

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Barnes & Noble, Amazon and Apple iTunes are currently running a special $1.99 ebook promotion for the E- book Incomporating elements of cyberpunk, steampunk, early 21st century American military planning, and time-honored verities of science fiction, (former insider?) Rod Rees has crafted an e...

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"The Demi-Monde: Winter" by Rod Rees follows Ella as she rescues another girl, Norma, the daughter of the U.S. president, from a computer-generated alternate reality.

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Imagine that, in order to train soldiers, the most advanced computer in the world is given the task of developing a world-sized simulation area, to train for all eventualities.

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Chamber Four

You’re not just blowing me shit… winding me up?’” and she thinks like this, “Jazz was so unhip it had a limp,” and also like this, “I ain’t got a ‘racial aspect.’ I’ve got a black skin.” And then sometimes she talks like this, “I don’t wish to seem brutal,” and sometimes she thinks like this, “H...

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The Trades

As Ella forges an alliance with the mysterious Colonel Vanka -- a Dupe that not even her encylopedic implant of all things Demi-Mondian knows about -- Ella finds herself pitted against the forces of the ForthRight, headed up by Comrade Leader Reinhard Heydrich (the man behind Adolph Hitler's "Fin...

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