Saturday, August 1, 2015

Book Review and Trailer: Daimones by Massimo Marino

Daimones: Daimones Trilogy, Vol.1
By Massimo Marino
Publisher: Massimo Marino
Published: Jan. 17, 2014

Amazon Synopsis:

·         Finalist in Science Fiction for National Indie Excellence Awards 2014
·         Hall of Fame in Science Fiction 2013 - Quality Reads UK Book Club
·         Winner of PRG 2013 Reviewer's Choice Award in SF Series
·         Winner of PRG 2012 Reviewer's Choice Award in SF

"Nothing prepared us for the last day." 

Could Dan Amenta be the last man alive on the planet? Death has swept away the lives of billions of people, but Dan and his family were spared. By whom, and why? 

Surviving, to give meaning to their lives, and looking for other survivors lead Dan to discover the truth about the extermination of the human race. 

The encounter with Laura, a young and sexy girl of Italian origin, raises ethical and moral questions that had never touched the Amentas family before. 
Other survivors force Dan to confront his past to find answers to the many questions. 

The past and the present come together and upset the fragile balance, physical and mental, which allowed the Amentas to find a new meaning to their existence. 
Dan discovers his final role in a plan with million years roots. Planet Earth is in the hands of an ancient power, and the survivors have to choose a future that has no past, or remain in a past with no future. 


"Even with the best of intentions, cruelty is just around the corner."

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My Thoughts:

Imagine waking up one morning as usual, heading to work, and discovering along the way that everyone around you was dead – in their cars, waiting for the bus, walking along the street, wherever they were. Only you and your little family were alive. That was Dan Amenta’s experience.

Daimones is a book about survival in a harsh new reality where survivors, if there are any, are few and far between. On a planet of seven billion people, how can so many have been instantly, or near instantly been killed? What (or who?) did it? How? Why?

Dan and his wife Mary, his 12-year-old daughter Annah pull together and learn skills they need to survive in this new era and bond together even more closely as a family than ever before since they have no one else to rely on. We see the Annah’s despair and fear as she realizes that if they are the only ones left, that she will never fall in love, and that eventually she will be the last person left on the planet, entirely alone.

Dan’s search for other survivors leads to quite a number of twists and turns in the plot including having his little family adapt in new ways that even he would never have predicted.

Even more unexpected is when an event from his past proves important to the events to the present and future.

I would have to say that the twists and turns in the plot of Daimones were most unexpected and took me, as the reader, to places I was totally not expecting to go. The book was moderately paced at the beginning as it built in intensity, building the scene of desolation around the world. Then the pace picked up towards the second half of the book.

I thought that Daimones was a very interesting science fiction read. I gave it a rate of 4 stars out of 5.

Thank you to the publishers for providing a copy of the book via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

Massimo Marino is an author with Booktrope Publishing LCC and the Author of multi-awarded Daimones Trilogy: Daimones, Once Humans, The Rise of the Phoenix: The Daimones Trilogy, Vol. 3

He's a scientist envisioning science fiction. He spent years at CERN and The Lawrence Berkeley Lab followed by lead positions with Apple, Inc. and the World Economic Forum. In December 2013 he co-founded "SquaresonBlue",, a consultant service company on Big Data and Analytics.

Co-founder of BookGarage - 
the ultimate ecosystem for assisted self-publishing. It’s a place where committed authors, top-notch freelancers and selective readers come together to create and enjoy exceptional books.

Massimo currently lives in France and crosses the border with Switzerland mutlitple times daily. But, no, he is not a smuggler...he plays golf.

With family, he lived on both sides of the Ocean Pond and they speak three languages at home, sometimes in the very same sentence even! They feel home where loved ones and friends are and have friends in Italy, Spain, France, UK, Switzerland, Germany and the US.

"Daimones" is based on personal experience and facts with an added "what if" to provide an explanation to current and past events. It is his first novel.

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