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The Demi-Monde: Winter: A Novel (The Demi-Monde Saga) Kindle Edition
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To train soldiers for different high-stress combat scenarios, the U.S. military has developed a virtual reality game called The Demi-Monde. The game world is divided into different sections with boundaries like spokes on a wheel. These adjacent sections are overpopulated and made up of different mixtures of races and cultures that should clash and create wars. In addition, scientists have used the DNA of real historical people to create "Dupes" (duplicates) of actual historical tyrants and other bad guys to populate the Demi-Monde with the kinds of people who are likely to initiate conflicts. These dupes think they are real people and that the people who come in from the real world are "Daemons." To make it as realistic as possible, when U.S. soldiers are in training in the Demi-Monde, their brains are completely immersed -- they are not aware that they're only playing a game. However, this leaves their consciousness separated from their bodies so that if they are killed in the game, they slip into a vegetative state in real life.
When Norma Williams, the U.S. President's daughter, is kidnapped and held hostage in the Demi-Monde, the government must figure out how to rescue her. They hire Ella Thomas, a black jazz singer, to go into the game and bring Norma out.
The Demi-Monde: Winter has an entertaining premise and I've been looking forward to reading it since I heard about it more than a year ago. Unfortunately, I could not finish it. I worked on it for 6 weeks and I had to keep starting over. It was the only print book I was reading at the time and I dreaded picking it up -- I just couldn't get into it.Read more ›
The Demi-Monde: Winter, which is the first of four books set there, is an interesting read. Luckily, there is a glossary available, but the language takes a bit getting used to. The author worked hard to make the book as `punny' as possible with repetitive plays on names and words. Of course, there is a large amount of world and character building in the first chapters leading up to the action. It can be difficult to give as much information as possible without bogging down your readers. I wish it had been a bit tighter on that aspect. We do need to suspend belief to gloss over a few of the plot holes, but overall it is a good read and a short escape from real life for the reader.
The basic premise is one that has been seen before- the military has created a virtual reality training program that has gone rogue. Fortunately, beyond that overdone premise, there is nothing basic about this story. Rees has created an intricate world populated with engaging characters who move the story along at breakneck speed.
At times you feel like you know where the story is headed- after all, it is based on real people and events in history, but a turn of the page reminds you that this story belongs to Rees, not history. You can predict, prognosticate and just plain old guess- but you will not know where this is going until you reach the final page.
My verdict: Read it! The Demi-Monde Winter has the potential to be the next big thing in publishing, so get in on the front end and be tragically hip at your next book club meeting.
The concept at the heart of "The Demi-Monde: Winter" is easily its most salient selling point. The Demi-Monde is an artificially constructed, fully immersive simulation model used to train soldiers for impending combat missions. The virtual environment has been stacked to make it extremely volatile and unpredictable with a global climate of racial, cultural, and sexist inequality and hatred. To further complicate matters, the world is filled with accurate replications of some very evil, unscrupulous, and/or notorious historical figures.Read more ›
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Ah, I have my summer read! Much has been done with futuristic cyber thrillers but none has blurred the lines of the digital and biological worlds like this one! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Steve
The concept was quite original and very creative. Fascinating mix of characters and a unique plot line. It was dark exciting and suspenseful.I certainly would recommend it.Published 5 months ago by Jule Laudisio
I thoroughly enjoyed the creative genius of creating a "new world" that used so many familiar names from history. Read morePublished 5 months ago by T. Sanford
I can see this turned into a television series, an a very good one at that. Think sci fi, history, and religion all wrapped in one.Published 6 months ago by Deb S
I tried but could not stick it through with this bleak world.Published 10 months ago by Cindy Rinaman Marsch
I love this book! This book got me hooked on The Demi Monde series! I love how they incorporate real historical figures and information with this scifi book. Great detailing.Published 11 months ago by Uschir21
I thoroughly enjoyed the first book, The Demi Monde. I liked this one, also....just not quite as much. It's still a fun and interesting read. Read morePublished 11 months ago by WEEN
When I first opened this book, it was on a whim because I read the jacket. Normally, if a book doesn't pick me up on the first paragraph, I'm a little forgiving, so when it started... Read morePublished 13 months ago by VStrawmier
If I could give this more than five stars, I would. I absolutely loved this book. It drew me in from the first page and never let me go. Read morePublished 16 months ago by K
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