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Good sequel of innovative SF/thriller about convincing computer simulation,
This review is from: The Shadow Wars: Book Two in the Demi-Monde Saga (Paperback)
"The Demi-Monde: Spring - Shadow Wars" is second novel in Rod Rees Demi-Monde Saga tetralogy that continues the story of the most advanced computer simulation ever made, created by US government.
In this innovative combination of multiple genres, mostly SF and fantasy, reader will experience continuation of adventures in a virtual reality world called "The Demi-Monde" that was made for soldiers training purpose and populated with some of the most famous tyrannical leaders whose DNA was used to create their virtual copies.
Although this world is constantly evolving and changing itself, the Demi-Monde is in constant conflict due to overpopulation, different cultures and races and of course due to those already mentioned leaders which see this world as the real one, thinking of the outside people (from real world) as "Daemons". And given the danger that lurks for real-life participants in the virtual game in case of death, this game is extremely dangerous.
In the first part readers were following the events that happened after daughter of the US President was kidnapped and as hostage brought to the virtual world, and this sequel continues at the exact spot where the first novel ended, at the outcome of one of three cliff-hangers that left reader wanting for more...
As it was written for the first installment, "The Demi-Monde" saga biggest quality lies in its story which is well-made, innovative, detailed and nicely planned apparently showing that author has given his imaginary world much thought. While reader is going deeply into the adventures of the "real" people in imaginary world, borders gradually would start disappearing, and reader actually begins to question our world's prejudices, social norms and history.
In that way, Demi-Monde story isn't the story about parallel world, but of good and evil in our own world, based on our perception which is sometimes questionable, because the line is very thin. Also, this aga is a good study on chaos and what could happen in our own world under certain circumstances catalyzed by necessary factors.
Though Rod Rees with his novels made an unique mix of genres, his work is mostly good science fiction crossing into many sub-genres in order to attract a wider audience. I'm not entirely sure did I got used to the author's style, or there is an improvement compared to the last novel, but characters presentation which made them sometimes look like cartoon book characters is almost gone.
In fact, the number of characters is large and becoms even larger as the story progresses, and although sometimes it seems like there are too many of them, somehow reader is able to know which of them will sooner or later become important to the story.
As a sequel to an innovative original, "The Demi-Monde: Spring - The Shadow Wars" seems like overcoming the original due to taking of solid foundations and building upon them even better work. It's always tough for some novel to be sequel to one and prequel to another title, due to suffering of scene setting for the rest of the story, but this novel managed to overcome that issue providing a continuation of good story, fast action and good characters.
And same as was the case with previous title, due to its unexpected twists there will be lot of things for readers to be anticipate and await for until we would be able to continue adventures in The Demi-Monde.