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Free eBook: “The Demi-Monde: Winter” by Rod Rees

For a limited time, you can get a free ebook version of The Demi-Monde: Winter by Rod Rees, part of his The Demi-Monde Saga.

Here’s what the book is about:

The Demi-Monde:

  1. A subclass of society whose members embrace a decadent lifestyle and evince loose morals.
  2. A shadow world where the norms of civilized behavior have been abandoned.
  3. A massive multiple-player simulation technology that re-creates in a wholly realistic cyber-milieu the threat-ambiance and no-warning aspects of a hi-intensity, deep-density, urban Asymmetric Warfare Environment.
  4. Hell.

Welcome to the Demi-Monde, the ultimate in virtual reality—a military training ground and vivid, simulated world of cruelty and chaos run by psychopaths, madmen and fanatics.

If you die here, you die in the Real World . . .

In the year 2018, the Demi-Monde is the most sophisticated, complex and unpredictable computer simulation ever created, devised specifically to train soldiers for the nightmarish reality of urban warfare. A virtual world of eternal civil conflict, its thirty million inhabitants—“Dupes”—are ruled by cyber-duplicates of some of history’s cruelest tyrants: the fanatical Nazi butcher Reinhard Heydrich; Stalin’s arch executioner Lavrentii Beria; the torture-loving Grand Inquisitor TomÁs de Torquemada; the Reign of Terror’s bloodthirsty mastermind Maximilien Robespierre.

But something has gone horribly wrong inside the Demi-Monde, and the U.S. president’s daughter, Norma, has been lured into this terrifying shadow world, only to be trapped there. Her last hope of rescue is Ella Thomas, an eighteen-year-old jazz singer and very reluctant heroine. But when Ella infiltrates the Demi-Monde and begins her hunt for Norma, she soon discovers the walls containing the evils of this simulated environment are dissolving—and the Real World is in far more danger than anyone knows. With the help of resistors determined to understand their world, Ella must race to save Norma and stop an apocalypse . . . but the clock is ticking.

Blending fact and fantasy, history and religion, military and existential themes, epic adventure and dark wit, dystopia and steampunk in a wholly original and driving narrative stream, The Demi-Monde: Winter is inventive fiction at its finest.

The ebook version is free on Amazon , B&N

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5 Comments on Free eBook: “The Demi-Monde: Winter” by Rod Rees

  1. It’s a pity the further books in the series have not been released in the US. I remember buying this, waiting for the series to be picked up here, to no avail. So I haven’t read the copy I paid for…

  2. Worst book I’ve read in a long, long time! This review says it all so much better than I ever could:

  3. Ya know, this looks like it would be the greatest book of all time for many people! Unfortunately, I don’t like fighting in sci fi (at least not this intesnively), otherwise this would be amazing! I wish I’d like the fighting, there would be a lot more great books I’d find!,

  4. Dan Geiser // February 5, 2013 at 1:14 pm //

    Great book both in concept and execution in spite of what Grumpy McGrumplestein says.

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