Wednesday, December 28, 2011

THE DEMI-MONDE: WINTER by Rod Rees — Contest!

A bit beyond the paranormal, this story, it combines science fiction, gaming, and a touch of steampunk in a fascinating world peopled with the baddest of the bad.  But are they real?  This book is a great beginning to what promises to be a new series.  If you're a Neal Stephenson fan, you'll like this read.  Pages turned quickly and ideas and the plot grow even darker and more foreboding.  Bite Club has a hardcover copy to give away of THE DEMI-MONDE: WINTER to one lucky commenter!

Blurb:

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.

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4 comments:

Rain Maiden said...

This story sounds good! Thanks for the giveaway, I'll be adding this to my want list.

Angela G. said...

Sounds amazing! I'm adding it to my nook wish list!

tetewa said...

Sounds good, count me in! tWarner419@aol.com

Vickie said...

Holey Schmokes! What a premise for a story, let alone a series! Dark and fast turning pages with such an intriguing combo of genres.

Color me IN!

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