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3.56  ·  Rating details ·  1,291 ratings  ·  254 reviews
The Demi-Monde is the most advanced computer simulation ever devised. Created to prepare soldiers for the nightmarish reality of urban warfare, it is a virtual world locked in eternal civil war. Its thirty million digital inhabitants are ruled by duplicates of some of history's cruellest tyrants: Reinhard Heydrich, the architect of the Holocaust; Beria, Stalin's arch execu ...more
Hardcover, 522 pages
Published January 1st 2011 by Quercus Publishing Plc
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Krysztyna It's not a story about war, but about alternative world with war threads. I'd classify this book as urban sci-fi with historical threads. It's a good…moreIt's not a story about war, but about alternative world with war threads. I'd classify this book as urban sci-fi with historical threads. It's a good read, I really enjoyed it. And if you ask "why"... Only the author knows that ;)(less)

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Kat  Hooper
Oct 10, 2011 rated it it was ok
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

"One more acronym and murder will be done."

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 hist
Sam Reader
Aug 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
"Whatever happened to 'Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law'?"
- Norma Williams

I will at the very least give Rod Rees this about his book The Demi-Monde: Winter. He is an ambitious son of a bitch*. In his debut novel, he takes cyberpunk, melds it with a certain post-steampunk sensibility, adds some nasty historical tones, some outright horror elements, and flings it all headlong into our laps without so much as a casual "look out". He tries, and he tries very, very hard. You can tell
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
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Ambitious is the word best used to describe this melange of various genres, alternate realities, and mishmash of famous, reviled persons from across history. Rod Rees has indeed created something very unique and quite wonderfully different with The Demi-Monde: Winter. As the first published part in a four-book saga about an alternate reality populated with "Dupes" or a cyber duplicate, of such nasties and reprobates as Henry VIII, Robespierre, Luc
May 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Straight away I'll state that I'm intimidated by doorstop books. They look like they'll take forever to read, but in the case of The Demi-Monde I zipped through it at a blistering pace (at least it was blistering for me and I have the papercuts to prove it). Rod Rees has constructed a well thought out world populated with characters that you'll love and hate, some purely fictitious, others based on the most vicious and brutal characters out of the pages of history. Blending fact with fiction and ...more
Susan Tunis
Jan 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Now, this is a Winter I can get on board with!

I started reading this novel on Christmas Day, and what a gift to me! I enjoyed it way more than expected—to the point that I could barely drag myself away to celebrate with friends. Why the limited expectations? Well, I was unfamiliar with the author, but even more I was wary of a science fictiony-sounding premise. The novel does indeed intersect the genres of science fiction, fantasy, and thriller, making it a bit difficult to pigeonhole, but it al
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
This might be my biggest reader-ly booboo as I totally thought this was some kind of steampunk-y novel set during the historical demimonde (late 1800s, France) although to be fair, other than the title, nothing about this book should have lead me to that conclusion. Nope, I own this mistake and fortunately, it ended pretty well.

The actual premise is that it is 2018 and the Demi-Monde is an online training 'game' for US soldiers to experience immersive extreme combat situations in foreign locales
Julie G
Jan 31, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: science-fiction
The basic premise is that in the future the US military created a virtual reality simulation of our world using major cities and randomly inserted the personalities of major criminal figures (Mengele, Heydrich, Robespierre, and Torquemada to name a few) as well as overpopulating the world. The program insures that there will be constant political strife and war amongst the four major populations groups, as they are led by evil masterminds and programmed to have wide variations in political, reli ...more
Ben Babcock
Let me explain the Demi-Monde to you. Basically you get plugged into a virtual reality, like in the Matrix, except instead of being in a shitty reproduction of office life, you’re plunged into an urban warfare environment where you basically have to fend for yourself. Oh, and you have no memory of who you were, because that makes it more authentic, see? But it’s all designed to help the US Army train its soldiers in guerrilla tactics. To make things even worse, the creators of the Demi-Monde pop ...more
Dec 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2012
Two days, and I want more. I read this book in two days flat and I cannot wait to get my hands on Spring. Left at an excellent stopping point, both in keeping you wanting more, but not in that frustrating way where someone is on the edge of a cliff about to jump off and leaving you at a point where the story will certainly take a turn. Don’t get me wrong, this is not an easy read, nor at 500+ pages is it a short book. But it will drag you into Rees’ well-thought out and impressive world that is ...more
Apr 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
Thank goodness that's over.

The Demi-Monde is a computer simulation modelled on real life and history (Matrix-style, full immersion), used for training purposes. As a starting premise, it's a minefield. When you want to condense the world into microcosm and rejig it, the question isn't whether it will be problematic, it's how and to what degree. Now, as rendered in the book, I found it appalling Euro-centric. There are five sectors, and three of them are Euro (Anglo, Russian/Slav, and Romantic) w
Gabriela Kozhuharova
Съвършеният ад „Деми-монд: Зима“:

Ако искате да създадете отвратителен свят, от който да се получи страшно добра книга, какви съставки ще използвате? Първо, ще подберете завидно количество психопати от всички периоди на човешката история, като по възможност се стремите избраниците ви до един да са мегаломани, расисти и садисти. Второ, ще ги натъпчете на минимална площ, така че мигновено да се намразят и да влязат във война за контрол над силно ограничената
Abigail Ainley
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Just to put my opinion on everyone's issue with the capitals in words:
They're not random, as people are suggesting. They are used because the Demi-Monde is a different place to the real world. In the Demi-Monde, they do capitalise a letter in the middle of words such as "HerEticalism", "LessBiens", "UnFundamentalist" etc. It's a thing they do to their words regarding beliefs. I personally found it easy to read, and I thought it worked really well. xD Anyhow...

One of the best books I've ever read
Nov 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I got this book as a free read from Amazon, not looking much beyond the little blurb. Then I started reading it. HOLY CRAP. This is a book about what happens in an artificial world where conditions are artificially created to cause strife between groups of people and highly motivated evil leaders are thrown into the mix to drive that strife to warfare--all so real world soldiers can learn to fight in the kinds of wars we have now.

There were things that were hard about it--the language of oppres
When I saw The Demi-Monde: Winter being publicized as a winter release, I had no idea what it was about but the title kept capturing my eye. Little did I know what a treat I had in store for me. The Demi-Monde: Winter by Rod Rees is Book #1 in the Demi-Monde Saga series. Although it could probably best be described as near-future sci-fi, I believe it has a much broader reach than that. This is one genre-bending novel. It’s a thriller, it’s dystopian, it’s got steampunk elements, it’s an action a ...more
Jan 17, 2015 rated it liked it
I'm just going to quote from the book and let the rest of you figure out why the book left me with a bad taste in my mouth:

"nuJuism is the religion practiced by the Demi-Monde’s Sectorless nuJu community. nuJuism is an unrelentingly pessimistic religion which teaches that suffering and hardship is life-affirming and necessary to prepare nuJus for the rigors to be experienced during the Time of Tribulation (a.k.a. the End of Days). It is a central tenet of nuJuism that there will arise a Messiah
Mar 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Velmi poutavé čtení, které se zkrátka čte jedním dechem. Celý příběh je dosti propracovaný, na začátku jsem si myslel, že "něco takového jako tetralogie není možné", ale nyní si říkám, že to možné docela je. Jsem velmi natěšený na druhý díl, musím si zažádat co nejdříve o recenzák :)
"Ein gefühlter Naziabklatsch …"

Ella Thomas ist 18 Jahre jung und hat schon unglaubliche Geldprobleme. Gerade aus diesem Grund lässt sie sich von einem Auftrag überzeugen, der vor allem ihr Leben in Gefahr bringt. Sie soll die Tochter des Präsidenten aus der Computersimulation „Demi Monde“ retten. Doch als Ella in die Computersimulation eintaucht wird ihr schnell klar, dass die „Demi Monde“ mehr als nur ein Spiel sind. Sie sind bittere Realität, wenn auch auf eine andere Art und Weise. Ell

PoloSvět je místo, které by neměl spatřit žádný žijící člověk, ani voják, který by se měl v této simulaci cvičit. Dokáže si představit svět, ve kterém by Reinhard Heydrich žil a byl na vrcholu moci místo Hitlera? Už jenom to jméno vyvolává husí kůži. To zarážející je ale to, že Hitler byl pouze slabým odvarem toho, co chystá Heydrich. Takovýto svět by neměl existovat. Jenže nám lidem nehrozí žádné nebezpečí. PoloSvět® je naprosto bezpečný a simulové o své osobě v naší historii neví nic. Co by
LeAnn Suchy
Mar 13, 2012 added it
Shelves: dnf, sci-fi
DNF, so no rating.

I stopped reading this one. I even made it halfway through, but I couldn't handle all the inconsistencies and the stupid premise any longer. I really wanted to love it, but I didn't want to continue turning the pages.

The Demi-Monde is a computer simulation training program for the military. The program runs completely on its own, like a highly intelligent and super creepy Sims. It's super creepy because they populated the Demi-Monde with history's biggest war criminals, like hi
Andy Angel
Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Demi-Monde - a computer simulation designed for the US military, peopled by some of the most dangerous and psychopathic characters from history, for training the US military in Asymmetric Warfare Enviroments. It is "the first simulation product ever to be platformed on and operated by the ABBA quantum computer" This computer has enough processing power to simulate sentience in the Dupes (the 'characters in the simulation') and herein lies the root of the problem. The US military want to shut ...more
Oct 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Винаги съм имала слабост съм изданията на Артлайн, те са така красиви, очевидно създадени с внимание към детайлите, но този път въпреки голямото ми въодушевление за "Деми-монд" бях разочарована. Самата идея за книгата е много оригинална и бих казала даже много подходяща за времето, в което живеем, където всичко е виртуално, най-лесният начин да се научиш да боравиш с компютър е да играеш някаква игра. Това е една от причините въпреки всичко да дам на книгата 3 звезди, другата е че в самата идея ...more
Mar 15, 2013 rated it liked it
The Demi-Monde: Winter: Book I of the Demi-Monde Oh The Demi Monde: Winter, what do I say about you first? It's pretty obvious straight away that this is a very lengthy read. I'm a fan of Science Fiction and therefore I'm used to reading books that border on tomes. Still, I'm certain that many people are going to be scared off immediately by the hefty weight of this book. At 522 pages, this is definitely not a light read.
That being said, the book actually starts out very well. From the first pa
Mar 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, steampunk
This is sort of a steampunk (though not really) fantasy (kind of) mash up. The premise is quite intriguing - the US military has built a gaming platform that simulates modern asymmetric warfare environments. Soldiers enter the "Demi-monde" as characters (kind of like the movie Avatar) to train in this Victorian-esque world full of duplicates (dupes) of actual historical persons (cue lots of evil baddies). Unfortunately, the demi-monde seems to be taking on a life of its own and the President's d ...more
Robert Williams
I just really couldn't get into it, so not for me.
Jeff Raymond
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-sci-fi
I've probably had this book on my to-read list since it came out. A longish plane ride and finding this on a library shelf on a lark later and it turns out that I tripped up on a great read similar to Tad Williams's Otherland.

In the near future, the US military has developed a computer program to help train soldiers against a more insurgent style of warfare. To provide leadership, they uploaded the personality profiles of some of history's greatest psychopaths to help round things out and make t
Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Those who took the Red Pill
Recommended to Corey by: B&N Free Book Friday
This was free on my Nook one wintry Friday... and oh how glad I am! I loved this book so much. It was really hard to stop reading it once I got started. So many elements that I love, a computer generated world, a strong female character, historical bits, and even some jazz!

The Demi-Monde is a very interesting idea, a super computer built by the military to train soldiers better. You jack into it like in the Matrix. Neither of those are spoilers, you get as much from the book description, and The
Feb 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A monumental effort. Rees creates a shadow world representative of the worst of recent human history, gives it a rationale based on the worst of current human politics, and sets it spinning to wreck chaos on its characters. The resulting heavily researched and written tome might work better if his touch had been lighter.

The story successes or fails based on the reader's acceptance of the premise that human consciousness is independent of the human body. (It's that same idea exploited in the Matr
4.5 Stars

If you can get through the first bit of this, the plot really gets complex and deep. It's so unique and bizarre, and at first I thought I was reading another mediocre, Nook-freebie, but I hung in there because the premise was so interesting. This book is one of the best books I've read in a really long time, barring a few logic flaws. As of this review, 50% of raters gave the book a four or five-star rating.

I'm partial to stories with full immersion virtual realities so your mileage ma
Sep 10, 2013 marked it as unfinished  ·  review of another edition
I read about 50 pages and just couldn't get into it.

I usually like books that take place half in the real world and half in some kind of VR but this one didn't work for me. It may have just been too cute. It's not the Third Reich it's something that sounds very similar. (The Fourth something or other that sounds like Reich). There's random capitalization of letters within words and I think too many different concepts trying to fit into one world. Let's take notorious people from history and ele
May 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
A very clever universe, and an interesting story. The setup ended up better than the story. I like the main characters, but the overarching plot seems weak. Still, I was enjoying the book until the end. Every character ended the story in a situation of peril that should have been wrapped up in this book. Yes, there is obviously a sequel, but the plot should be sufficient to keep me wanting to read more, not "does the character survive the next two minutes?".
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