Hall of Fame in Science Fiction 2013 - Quality Reads UK Book Club
Winner of PRG 2012 Reviewers' Choice Awards in Sci-Fi.
Dan Amenta wakes up one morning to discover the world has changed...the Apocalypse has arrived.
Death, destruction, and disaster are spreading around the globe. Yet Dan and his family remain untouched. He begins to fear they are the only three people left alive on Earth. They are not.Efforts to survive and make contact with others reveal disturbing truths about the human extermination. Dan finds Laura who discloses even more. Her presence - a young, sexy, disruptive girl - adds questions about what is moral and ethical in this new reality.
Then supernatural experiences reported by other survivors force Dan to seek explanations from his own past. Memories of childhood hallucinations strike him with sledgehammer force, bringing him face-to-face with a secret millions of years old. Planet Earth is in the hands of an older power, one Dan never envisioned and dares not disobey...
"Even with the best of intentions, cruelty is just around the corner."
PA novels are often about cataclysmic events, survivors fending off dangers at every page, zombie attacks, aliens destroying everything for inscrutable reasons, or as a fulfillment of the latest religious prophecies. "Daimones" is nothing of the sort.
The novel puts a few survivors in a world having experienced a planetary culling of the human race but there is no immediate cause to be pointed at for the survivors. The Apocalypse has arrived, but why and how remains unknown in a frustrating and fearful reality for the family around which the story evolves.
"Daimones" explores moral and emotional issues as well as the mechanics of everyday survival for this family: all evidences point for them to be the only people left alive on Earth. The exploration of human relationships and their importance, of personalities and memories, are at the heart of the tale. Confusion, sadness, and fear start to mix into the main character's mind, Dan Amenta. We are led to feel the disbelief, the anguish, the grief, the frantic search for other survivors through his eyes and the 1st person narration.
Finally, when Dan and his family do find other survivors...they experience the absolute terror of first contact. The ending brings some closure about the catastrophe to this family, but also lays a heavy burden and responsibility on Dan, and opens up the novel to the sequel in the trilogy.
5 stars - NYT international best seller Author Jennifer Blake
5-star Reviewed by Christopher Dagg for Readers' Favorite
"Daimones" by Massimo Marino is an apocalypse book with a difference
This is a good book. It is attractively written and the language flows well. "Daimones" explores some difficult themes. [...] Yet the plot didn't tire but shifted gear to an exciting finish. A great read; well done Massimo.
"Daimones Trilogy" book one. Marino has "done a great job of putting together a story that is compelling and offers a glimpse into a realistic world that soon becomes something more. The elements of the plot allow the reader to explore human condition as well as a paranormal existence.
It's clear that the book has been professionally edited. The story offers a consistent flow, continuity in scene purpose, and progression of events. The characters are well developed and Dan is a solid, yet complex, main character that anchors the story." -- Greenleaf Book Group, LLC
Judge, Writer's Digest 21st Annual Self-Publishing Book Awards
"Massimo Marino's Daimones is a compelling story that shows the full range of the human condition through otherworldly examples. [...] The what-ifs in this story will leave readers with bone-chilling concerns. This book is sure to have readers yearning for more from this author. [...] The quality of the materials rivals that of the most successful books on the market. [...]"