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Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Demi-Monde: Winter - Giveaway and Review

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 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 Tomas de Torquemade; 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.

I received The Demi-Monde Winter by Rod Rees compliments of William Morrow, a division of Harper Collins for my honest review and what I discovered between the pages was a very intense novel combining fantasy and science fiction coupled with an epic adventure that holds a very real possibility considering where our gaming industry is headed. Blending a darker version of an Avatar like environment set in the mid 1870's, the world worst criminal minds now run one of five different districts in order to recreate the world most chaotic training environment for the military. Only when those men are captured along with the president's daughter and the last remaining portal remains the only way in, an unlikely heroine is offered 5 million dollars to go on a search and rescue mission to bring her back no matter the cost. I rate this novel a 4.5 out of 5 stars for some strong language used by the characters.

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Here's the best part, thanks to the folks at William Morrow/Harper Collins, they are offering a giveaway copy to one lucky follower of this blog. Here are your details:

1. Must be a follower of my blog, Reviews From The Heart.

2. Leave a comment on my Facebook page, Reviews From The Heart.

3. Be a resident of the US or Canada or have a shipping address in the US or Canada. Please No P.O. Boxes.

4. Leave me a comment telling me why you'd love to win a copy of this book. Along with the comment, please include your email address so I can contact you if you're the lucky winner. You can use the words (at) or (dot) instead of the symbols.

The giveaway will end on January 23rd and I will notify the winner at that time.


  1. I am a follower and email subscriber.Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book.

  2. I am waiting on this book to become available at my library. I would love to add it to my personal collection as that would eliminate the need to have to give this wonderful read back.
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  3. There seems to be so much going on in this story. I'm expecting some intense moments and a great fantasy world. I like how it sounds so dark.

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