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  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Company; Reprint edition (27 Dec. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062070347
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062070340
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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'State of the art... Discworld's savage noir cousin' Stephen Baxter.

'Delectably dark ... A feisty and nightmarishly enjoyable debut' Sunday Times.

'The world he's created is a psychopathic nightmare, while Ella, by contrast, is a touchingly vulnerable heroine whose quest is fraught with both physical and psychological dangers' Guardian.

'An amazingly quick and enjoyable read … and a beautifully designed cover' British Fantasy Society.

'Part Matrix, part Escape from New York, with a dash of Film Noir and a whole host of imagination. Beautifully written' Falcata Times.

'Explosively creative barely defines Ross Rees's The Demi-Monde: Winter. It blew me away' James Rollins, New York Times bestseller of The Devil Colony. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Experience the ultimate in virtual reality. The Demi-Monde is the most advanced computer simulation ever devised. Created to prepare soldiers for the nightmarish reality of urban warfare, it is a virtual world locked in eternal civil war. Its thirty million digital inhabitants are ruled by duplicates of some of history's cruellest tyrants: Reinhard Heydrich, the architect of the Holocaust; Beria, Stalin's arch executioner; Torquemada, the pitiless Inquisitor General; Robespierre, the face of the Reign of Terror. But something has gone badly wrong inside the Demi-Monde, and the US President's daughter has become trapped in this terrible world. It falls to eighteen-year-old Ella Thomas to rescue her, yet once Ella has entered the Demi-Monde she finds that everything is not as it seems, that its cyber-walls are struggling to contain the evil within and that the Real World is in more danger than anyone realises.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 April 2011
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The Demi-Monde is a lovely surprise. It's a book packed full of playful language, great ideas, and interesting characters, both historical and fictional.

From the premise (artificial hell populated with scum like Heydrich and Beria, used to train US soldiers) I expected it to either take itself too seriously, or embrace the insanity. Fortunately, it does the latter. Rees' exposition and world building has a light touch that makes me think of a nerdier Pratchett. Every faction name appears to be a pun or joke - the Fascist Northern European section of the demi-monde is known as the Forth-Right (Fourth Reich?) and their religion is UnFunDaMentalism (because nothing's less fun than Fundamentalism), while the militant wing of Empress Wu's radically feminist faction (branded with the derogatory term - LessBiens) is the Suffer-o-gettes.

I don't know about you, but I love this sort of thing. It serves as an excellent juxtaposition to the doom and gloom that constant warfare, racism, sexism, everythingism engenders. Whoever created the Demi-Monde has a sick sense of humour. Rees has a sick sense of humour.

Ella Thomas, a student with a penchant for dance and jazz, and Vanka, a charlatan psychic are ostensibly the main protagonists in the book. They are both interesting and their personalities clash well with the world and the characters around them. Yet Trixie Dashwood is the real scene-stealer throughout the book. Her transformation - without giving much away, since it is rather surprising - is fascinating.

Highly recommended for its explosion of ideas and sense of humour. I eagerly await the turning of the season.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Sutherland VINE VOICE on 7 April 2011
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The Demi-Monde seems to have a terrible, cliched premise, but actually delivers a completely compelling read. A virtual reality experiment gone wrong, the US military is at a loss as to what to do when their pseudo-world, aimed at training soldiers, not only loses soldiers, but also manages to entice the daughter of the president - and then can't retrieve her. Enter Ella, our heroine and onetime jazz singer, who goes into the Demi-Monde with the intent of retrieving her - for a sum.

It sounds like a terrible plot, but it's utterly compelling after a bit of a slow start. The characters are tightly written, the desperate plot of good guys against some of the nastiest figures from history eminently believable. After a while, despite the size of the book, I didn't want to put it down. I won't try to compare it to any film genres, and the assurance that it's comparable to Iain M Banks simply isn't right. Rod Rees' style is accessible and straightforward without being simplistic, and his world well-created.

Excellent and well worth a read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Jan. 2011
Format: Hardcover
2011 is going to be a year of top quality reads if, the recent selection I've read is a cross section of releases is anything to go by. So far, there has been some great crime tales, some serious fantasy and now a science fiction story that just blew me away.

Contained within the pages of this tale by Rod Rees is a tale that has multiple storylines. Part Matrix, part Escape from New York, with a dash of Film Noir and a whole host of imagination. Beautifully written, this title also has a whole host of unforgettable characters which, when blended with a serious kick ass plot alongside a great sense of pace made this book a seriously guilty pleasure to enjoy. So much so that I wouldn't be surprised to find out that others have hit the "One more chapter" phrase during reading. With over 500 pages the pace hardly lets up and flies by in a flash, so much so I expect a few jobs to have workers taking a day or two off due to lack of sleep. Just don't hold us accountable if the boss catches you out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Denis Vukosav on 16 Nov. 2013
Format: Paperback
"The Demi-Monde: Winter" by Rod Rees is first novel in author's Demi-Monde Saga tetralogy about the most advanced computer simulation ever made, combination of SF, fantasy and thriller with innovative idea.

A reader is introduced to an interesting premise that US military developed a virtual reality game called "The Demi-Monde" in order to train soldiers for different kind of dangerous combat scenarios. To provoke wars in this virtual world, the game is divided into sections separated with boundaries that makes whole world resembling spokes of a wheel.

As self-teaching application, The Demi-Monde is constantly evolving and changing itself, and due to the fact that neighboring sections are overpopulated, made of different cultures and races which makes excellent boiling pot for the outbreak of the conflict, always at least two of five sections will be at war. In order to catalyze the reaction that will lead to the monumental conflicts, DNA from real tyrannical figures like Reinhard Heydrich, Lavrentiy Beria, Henry VIII, Lucrezia Borgia or Shaka Zulu was taken to produce their copies in this virtual world. These duplicates see this fictional world as the real one and think of themselves as the only real things while calling people from outside world "Daemons".

To make game as realistic is possible, the soldiers which play the game won't be aware that this isn't the real world, their supervisors will separate their consciousness from their bodies, and if they lose their lives while playing, they would be only one step from death in real world, slipping into a vegetative state. US President's daughter, Norma Williams, will be kidnapped and took as hostage in the Demi-Monde, and the officials must think about the way of saving her alive and unharmed...
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