Lucy Ramsey - the PR guru at Quercus - sent one of the Demi-Monde bookproofs to Stephen Baxter and - amazingly - he not only found the time to read it but also offered an endorsement:
'Rod Rees' first novel is your portal to the Demi-Monde, a steampunk horror-pit crowded with avatars and ruled by history's choice psychos. The writing is state of the art, from the depiction of the quantum supercomputer that underlies the prison-world to Rees's expert manipulation of red-hot genre trends. And it's all exquisitely worked out and told at a cracking pace. the Demi-Monde: Discworld's savage noir cousin. Welcome to holo-hell.'
So Steve - wherever you are - if you should ever stumble across this blog may I extend my humble thanks. It's enough to make a grown man blush.