“Elegantly constructed, skillfully written, and absolutely impossible to stop reading.” – Booklist (starred review)



In the near future, the government has created a virtual-reality military training ground called the Demi-Monde, where troops prepare for urban warfare. To train them for the worst imaginable scenarios, the virtual war zone is led by tyrants who are modeled on some of history’s most evil characters. It’s truly a chamber of horrors.


Now the President’s daughter has been drawn into the Demo-Monde, and the dangers of the effective but circumspect program are brought to light. As a rescue effort ensues, it's clear that the boundary between this powerful virtual world and the real world is breaking down, putting civilization at great risk.


The highly-anticipated book in this remarkable series, The Shadow Wars, is available for pre-order now.


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by Sueso on ‎02-01-2013 10:38 PM

Wonderful choice of books again this week.  Please don't anyone tell the foolish people complaining that the free book lists are here! They don't deserve it with all their mewling...gah I'm so glad there were a few my husband will like I think.  We are retirees and this is one of our greatest pleasures...Thank you all of you! 

by Specticulus on ‎02-01-2013 10:44 PM

Thanks, MrsSnail.  I'll check that one out.

by ChynasMommy on ‎02-02-2013 10:35 AM

I have never been charged a single cent for a "free book" from the Barnes and Noble site! I've downloaded over 400 books from this site and all but a handful have been FREE FREE FREE!!! Free is free or the ebook book price would be listed as $.01. Specticulus, thank you for the complaining comment..giggle giggle :smileywink:

by fluffy3 on ‎02-02-2013 02:24 PM

i checked my credit card after reading the post about being charged a penny for the books.  i downloaded the demimonde winter yesterday.   today when i checked my credit card there is a penny charge for the book.  i then looked at my order from b&n.  it does say a penny for the book.   HOWEVER, when you go to to the website the book is still listed as being free.  nothing about being charged a penny for the book.  

by JfroJeff on ‎02-03-2013 08:03 AM

I have no .01 cent fee's on my card and I get alot of free books. I honstly think you got a dumb customer service rep.

It is illegal to tell you something is free but then charge you for it, even if it is 1 cent.


by fluffy3 on ‎02-03-2013 02:10 PM

i use a discover card.  i called customer service.  they told me that on some cards they do this.  the charge is supposed to go off the pending charge after 7 to 10 days.  we should not be charged anything.   if not, they said to call back and they would remove it.    i will let you know what happens. 

by just1morepgplz on ‎02-03-2013 04:53 PM

A huge thanks to all for their words of wisdom:-). I am approaching the 10 day mark for the free books I ordered last week that had a .01 charge attached.  I plan on checking  again then.  I will post any new information I receive.

by RunningWithScalpels on ‎02-03-2013 07:09 PM

I have never been charged for free books - it may be something your bank does as a hold.


Mine will put a $0.00 charge in, and if I am overdrawn, it will decline the charge (harhar WTF is up with that?) but I've never been charged a penny for a free book. I have however seen books listed as a penny...so maybe you need to pay attention to what you're clicking.

by Sparrow1976 on ‎02-03-2013 09:05 PM

i just checked my account to see if i was charged $.01, because if i was going to start getting charged, i would've had about $2.00 worth of charges over the past week! 

by fluffy3 on ‎02-07-2013 04:01 PM

hi, when i checked my credit card today the $0.01 charge for the demi monde book  was removed.   so far so good.