THE DEMI-MONDE: WINTER
Author Rees makes his debut with the first novel in a series that mixes two kinds of punk — cyber and steam — to provide readers an entirely new experience. Readers who love Victorian-era technology and virtual worlds alike will rejoice at the arrival of the Demi-Monde, a place that is part Matrix, part Star Trek holodeck and highly entertaining. Give this one a try!
The president’s daughter Norma has been kidnapped into the Demi-Monde, a virtual environment created to train soldiers in the realities of urban warfare. Ella Thomas, a down-on-her-luck jazz singer, is offered what is for her a staggering amount of money for to bring Norma back into the real world. But what lies between here and there is something neither woman can fully comprehend. The Demi-Monde is populated by some of history’s foulest villains, and Nazi butcher Reinhard Heydrich remains intent on creating a world that doesn’t include women like Ella or Norma. Their paths will cross and collide, as Heydrich has plans for both, plans which reach far beyond the Demi-Monde. (MORROW, Jan., 528 pp., $26.99)