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This review is from: The Demi-Monde: Winter: Book I of the Demi-Monde (Hardcover)
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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.