"The Demi-Monde: Winter" is the first in what will likely be a quartet of science fiction novels by Rod Rees. (William Morrow, 517 pages)
The "Demi-Monde" is the brainchild of the American military who created an ultra-sophisticated and realistic computer simulation to prepare soldiers for fighting the asymmetrical warfare in an urban environment.
In this artificial world of thirty million dupes, twenty of the greatest sociopaths in history have been released. Among these villains is Reinhard Heydrich, the terror of Czechoslovakia and author of Hitler's final solution who is waging war to control the Demi-Monde.
Somehow this computer experiment has gone terribly awry, as the President's daughter, Norma, becomes trapped in the Demi-Monde.
Ella Thomas, a young African-American jazz singer, is sent to rescue the president's daughter who is trapped in a racist totalitarian state.
Though a computer program, the danger is all too real for those who enter the Demi-Monde.
In this very imaginative and original work, Rees has blended science fiction with wry socio-political commentary as he introduces his readers to the ultra-Right Wing ideology of the Forth Right, UnFunDaMentalism, and their antagonists the femininist HerEtical sisters of Suffer-O-Gettism or, more fully known as Make-Men-Suffer-O-Gettism and the LessBiens.
If there is one good element to our highly polarized society, it may be that it will generate a few more seasons of dystopic tales from this modern day Jonathan Swift, Rod Rees.