by Massimo F Marino


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Part One of the Daimones Trilogy Omnibus Edition

Multi-award winning novel

•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 Sci-Fi Series
•Winner of PRG 2012 Reviewer's Choice Award in Sci-Fi

Nothing prepared them for Earth's 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."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781478347101
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/05/2012
Pages: 330
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Massimo Marino is 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. Massimo currently lives in France and crosses the border with Switzerland multiple times daily.

"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.

If interested in more details about Massimo Marino, please see his full profile on Linkedin: http://ch.linkedin.com/in/massimomarino and http://massimomarinoauthor.com

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Daimones 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Drewano More than 1 year ago
Pretty much anything post-apocalyptic I liked, and I tried but I couldn’t like this book, in fact I couldn’t even read the last 25-30 pages once the author reveals what happened. First let me say the book is well written but that’s about all the good I can say for it. The characters aren’t very likable for two reasons. First is they’re not very smart. They go about storing food, water, guns even go about letting penned in animals out since they may need them in the future but do nothing to learn skills they will need to survive once everything modern runs out. Very narrow minded not thinking of the future, it reminded me a lot of “Earth Abides” in that aspect. I’ll explain the second reason after I explain why the story doesn’t work. So for the story it just doesn’t make sense. The apocalypse happens and there is no one around and nothing really happens. Seriously. Nothing. The scariest moment the people have is a tie between being chased by a dog (while Dan is safely in his car driving away) and the internet going down (the horror). Throughout the book whatever the group does turns out rosy. They find dogs and they’re essentially trained, the power and phones keep working for months and months, no one gets sick, it’s the apocalypse feel good story of the year. What’s the crux of the story? Who’s the hero and who’s the villain? Easy to say, the story just didn’t keep my interest. This brings me back to my second complaint about the characters. Despite nothing bad happening to these folks and no sign of anyone else alive they are the biggest bunch of scared cats I have ever seen. I think about 10% of the book is Mary trying to talk Dan out of leaving the house. Then when they finally get the balls to leave they act irrational by spending pages and pages saying and preparing to do things one way only to have something happen and then they change their mind on a dime (and of course it works out for them).
Richard_Bunning More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this book. Some parts of it held my attention like a vice. I can still hear the roar of roller blades, the shatter of glass, the cawing of circling crows. Some passages needed a touch more editing. However, the little stutters in the flow, the very occasional clumsy phrase, certainly didn't spoil the book. I guess it might if you happen to be the sort of grammarian that suffers pain from every linguistic deviation, but then you must often be short of reading. I had the constant nag at the back of my mind that the electricity supply for Geneva should have died, along with 99.9% of the population. Though this continuing availability was never explicitly explained the implicit assumption I eventually made tied the threads together satisfactorily. Another strand that I felt needed earlier enforcement was the childhood experience of Dan, which led to his life of chronic tinnitus. The early avoidance of these issues was I'm sure in part due to a determination to hold the surprise of the ending. I, though, like to see all the main circles of direction earlier in a plot build. We start with reports of animal population crashes that might have come from the culturally shifting writing of Rachel Carson, move through a quiet apocalypse, then delve into the individualistic process of survival. Finally, Marino pulls together an episodic and dystopian past history of mankind, and the promise of a new galactic spirituality for our species. Erich Von Däniken, Philip K Dick and Arthur C Clarke might all have been sitting around a table collectively weaving together the elements of the new start instigated by the Daimones. I can see Marino sitting at the end of the table rapidly scribbling notes. Then finally, he selected a touch of each to colour his vision. Though each of these great authors probably inspired a few sentences, I feel that there is a lot of novel speculation to come in the rest of the planned trilogy. I really found this to be a very enjoyable read. I am sure this is partly because I'm a writer of speculative science fiction of a similar nature. But also it's because this is, even with science fiction discounted, a very entertaining book. The differing psychological profiles and difficulties of the main characters are well drawn, giving very real feeling grist to Marino's speculative ideas. Not every aspect of the book deserves 5 stars, but we are required to use this crude classification. As you will have noted, I gave 5. I thank you for having taken the trouble to read my review.
ToManyBooksNotEnoughTime More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to receive this as an ARC, and found it to be an enjoyable read. The story begins with absolutely zero indication of what is to come. And what is to come is a story of vast dimensions. This book is challenging to review without including spoilers, which I try to avoid whenever possible. Interestingly, the longer I think about the story the more details I discover to have been hidden in plain sight. I was so focused on the 'here and now' of the story that I did not initially 'see' the not so hidden overarching parallels, even when directly mentioned. For a large portion of the story things are mostly believable - yet there are parts that seem to progress much faster than one would expect in real life. Things like that threw the balance off a bit for me, though some do get explained later in the story. Characters are well written, and it reads like a pretty fair representation of our world anytime from the mid-nineties on. There is some interesting 'recycling' of history as we currently understand it to be (until the next big discovery blows all prior theories out if the water that is). Personally I am happy that this is the first in a series. Marino has done a nice job with telling this tale, but I feel that had it ended with this book it would have cut out right before the truly challenging part of the tale.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Christopher Dagg for Readers Favorite "Daimones" by Massimo Marino is an apocalypse book with a difference. One night the world’s population quietly died, except for Dan, his wife Mary and their teenage daughter. The mass extinction was so quiet that it was only on the commute to work in Geneva that Dan noticed that something was amiss. Then with mounting alarm they discover that all the people around them are dead and that all the old certainties in life have vanished. Dan works quickly to protect his family’s short-term and medium-term safety and only then can he start to work out the means to test the premise that everybody else in the world is dead. Finally they get a response though it is a rambling paranoid message which trips Dan and his family into a paranoid survival mode almost sabotaging their first human contact. The new survivor joins the family and the group dynamics change. Dan continues to search for other survivors and makes a key discovery about the mystery of the extinction while searching for survivors with the facilities at CERN. This is a good book. It is attractively written and the language flows well. "Daimones" explores some difficult themes. For instance, what would be your reaction when you find that more and more of the people and structures of your society are gone? At what point will you cross over from respecting the laws and customs of civilization to fending for yourself? The main character in the book had the space to develop as their roles changed in the new world. Yet the plot didn’t tire but shifted gear to an exciting finish. The evocation of the rich and expensive city of Geneva surrounded by commuter towns in France is especially well done. A great read; well done Massimo.
lost_in_pages More than 1 year ago
All talk, no action. Since I purchased this book rather than getting it from a promotion, I'm going to review it even though I can't say much that is positive. Most of the story is told in "then this happened" style, which can work, but only served here to make a dull telling. I skimmed a lot. I kept hoping that the main concept of the novel would coelese; I have a lot of patience with indie books because there can be a tradeoff between stylistic editing and originality of story. Sadly, Daimones doesn't do much with its premise. It's like a giant prologue for the next book, assuming something actually happens in book 2. The one thing I can say that is done reasonably well is the depiction of the formation of a polygynous relationship triangle. The triad is shown as a positive, healthy relationship. However, this doesn't earn the book a higher rating, because there is still too much man-fantasy about it. The  addition to the couple is described as a Laura Croft type: young, sexy, smart, and lusty. Both women are heterosexual. I suppose this is better to a unicorn fantasy? I would have been impressed if the women in the story could have been in the story without being the main characters lovers, child, or dead. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the story and I want to know what happens next. The book ends and leaves the reader with many questions: What happens now to the "Selected", and the "spared ones"? What forces are in play in the reconstruction, and why? I hope the author is at work with a sequel because the story screams for it. The Amazon reviews are very interesting, too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Especially when you know the places of the book in Geneva !
AngelJK More than 1 year ago
A different type of Apocalypse book A powerful and compelling story, full of action and suspense, exploring human nature and paranormal existence. Nothing like I thought it would be at first, it turned out hard to put down.
StarGazer2 More than 1 year ago
Very Intriguing Book Daimones is a very intriguing book. I had a hard time putting it down. I have to say, this book deserves all the praise it’s been getting. The only reason I didn’t give it a 5 star was because of the relationship between Dan and his wife. I must admit, when it comes to my husband, I am selfish. I can’t see myself agreeing with him taking on a second wife just because we are the last humans on earth. I can understand why another woman would do it, but definitely not me. Other than that, I really enjoyed this book and will be reading the second installment.
suteko More than 1 year ago
With the large range of post-apocalyptic novels out there right now you find the world ending in a bloody mess. Disasters and other nasty things that we are to read through. Most are darker than a tomb underground. Massimo has taken us through a different post-apocalyptic. The end of the world came to most of the 7 billion humans suddenly. I won't say it was neat and clean but it was startlingly quick and odd. This novel takes you through the days and months after the end with a family. A man, his wife and daughter somehow survive and go through their days coming to grips with what happened and finding ways to survive. Whether it is that they were in the Geneva area of not it is almost idyllic except for the lack of other survivors. When they finally make contact with a man on the still working internet and then find a young woman the story takes off. This treatment of the end of our world, the introduction of a benevolent alien species and all it entails had me reading this book in one sitting. For the post-apocalyptic style story this was almost light and a read I think would be fine for the YA audience. Yes there is one sex scene but it is incredibly mild, touching and appropriate. A highly recommend this to those who want to read end of the world but are just not up to the blood, gore and danger of other works.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very nice discovery. Waiting for the sequel now!
Chkara More than 1 year ago
What the world could be like This post-apocalyptic sci-fi novel is brilliant. It captured me from the beginning and I could barely put it down. Dan and his wife and daughter wake to seemingly be the only ones left alive in the world. It is a testimony to how one family strives to keep their humanity intact, and yet adapt to their changing world. I felt their joy when they discovered they were not alone. The descriptions were so well presented I found myself ‘there’ with Dan and his family. The incorporation of the aliens was well written and descriptive as to make you wanting more. I look forward with anticipation to the next book.
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Different type of story than the usual PA novel. More sci fi than the others. Almost believable and I wish it was true. This world has become a horrible place
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The story is fast paced and holds your interest. I highly reccomend it. Its very thought provking and enjoyable read. T
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Could't hold my interest long enough to get invested in the story
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Howler More than 1 year ago
I felt as though this was a bad translation of a book written in another language. The writing was oddly stilted, and oddly phrased.  The characters were annoying - I really didn't care what happened to them or whether they survived.  I tried to power-through my dislike of the characters but I eventually just kept getting so annoyed at them that by the time I put the book down for good, it felt personal, like, "I hate you, Dan. F you."
AnnoulaAO More than 1 year ago
Suspense, action with emotions ans love through out the pages. I enjoyed the story very much
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I managed to finish it, but the narrator was smug, self-satisfied, and highly dislikeable. completely unbelievable.