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Daimones: Daimones Trilogy, Vol.1 [Kindle Edition]

Massimo Marino , Lyn Horner
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Book Description

"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 old roots, and the survivors have to agree to a future that has no past, or remain in a past with no future.
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"Even with the best of intentions, cruelty is just around the corner."


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Brand New revised Edition - Part One of the Daimones Trilogy Omnibus Edition
  • 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
  • 5-stars Review from NYT international best seller Author Jennifer Blake 
  • 5-stars Review from NYT international best seller Author Luba Brezhnev
5-stars Review by Christopher Dagg for Readers' Favorite
"Daimones" by Massimo Marino is an apocalypse book with a difference. 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."

Greenleaf Book Group, LLC
"Daimones Trilogy." "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. 

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." 
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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.
Grammar: 5 stars
Production Quality and Cover Design: 5 stars
Character Development: 5 stars.
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From the Author

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

The Daimones Trilogy deals with many themes, from survival and the rebirth of the race of man after an alien apocalypse, to love and romance in a dying world, and the rise of new ethics and morals. 
The Prologue starts with a list of events happened in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Excerpts are from newspapers articles around the world. 

You can search for each of the news articles on google. Also, comments from "officials" are verbatim. Similar strange animal deaths continue unresolved.

The story, on purpose, starts with the confusing life--and manifest lack of information--of characters that, as with the vast majority of us, live their life focusing on a very little world around themselves. Then something happens, and the "heros" arch starts.
The novel, to the more shrewd reader, describes what our world is: we focus on money, we are not looking at what happens around us, we already live in the apocalypse, our real life world tells us we live in a spiritual apocalypse.

Why on earth does Earth become Eridu in the "Daimones Trilogy"?

Every name in the trilogy bears a symbolic meaning.

Eridu was long considered the earliest city in southern Mesopotamia, and is still today argued to be the oldest city in the world. Located 12 km southwest of Ur, Eridu was the southernmost of a conglomeration of Sumerian cities that grew about temples, almost in sight of one another. In Sumerian mythology, Eridu was originally the home of Enki, who was considered to have founded the city, later known by the Akkadians as Ea. His temple was called E-Abzu, as Enki was believed to live in Abzu, an aquifer from which all life was believed to stem.

Eridu, also transliterated as Eridug, means "mighty place" or "guidance place".
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  • File Size: 888 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Publisher: FoS; 4 edition (January 17, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083IHV5I
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65 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What A Jewel August 24, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is quite simply a brilliant sci-fi novel and story.

It is a post-apocalyptic vision that is stunning in its breadth and complexity. It easily rivals the power of Stephen King's THE STAND and Neville Shute's ON THE BEACH.

Animals are suddenly and mysteriously dying by the thousands and soon the people follow. Only Dan Amenta and his wife and daughter seem to have survived. They find themselves alone on the planet in Switzerland and begin the search for other survivors.

Massimo Marino has crafted a powerful and entertaining novel that has suspense, action and plenty of anxious moments about the future. It is difficult to stop reading until you find the answer and whether or not they are in fact alone on the planet. The ending is also one of new hope and could easily make for a sequel.

The first edition I read suffered from some significant editorial issues which hampered the reader's enjoyment. The author, to his credit, recognized this and the book underwent some serious revision and line editing by a professional. The newly edited version is stellar. Anyone who loves post apocalyptic sci-fi should read this book. I think now it is even better than Stephen King's The Stand.

I now revoke my earlier conditional 5-star review and give it an unconditional one. The book is so much better. What a jewel!
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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great post-apocalyptic guided tour of Geneva August 20, 2012
By Nicolas
Format:Kindle Edition
It was a real pleasure to read that book! Suspense, action and anxiety, they make it very difficult to stop reading until you reach the end, and then make you ask for more! On the other hand, you read emotions, doubts, and love in every page with modesty, very simple and touching words, which makes the story even more concrete and "true". I rediscovered Geneva in a way that I am almost surprised to see living people in the streets now :)
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71 of 76 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I could see myself in Dan's shoes, finding out that all is the same while nothing is the same anymore... The richness of details about the real Geneva, CERN and surroundings - where I actually live - made me have difficulties to split fiction from reality. What if... crazy world. Are we not the Daimones of all other animals on this planet?!
Brilliant, very well written!
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
That's exactly what happens to Dan, his wife Mary, and their daughter Annah, in this debut novel by Massimo Marino. This book gives the reader a different view of the apocalypse.

Dan and his family had the almost-perfect life in the French countryside until a mysterious windstorm in February. Nobody realized that anything unusual had happened until it was time to drive Annah to school. Vehicles of every type littered the highway, their dead drivers still behind the wheel. Dan decided to return home and instructed Mary to stay put instead of going to her teaching job. No one was answering the phone at any of the emergency departments. The family didn't know what happened, so decided to go check on their friends next door only to find more death.

Once they discovered that they were the only survivors of some catastrophe, Dan decided it was best to stock up on emergency supplies. Therefore, instead of looking for a new job, which was the plan, he went to the mall and began to collect food, medical supplies and other things the family may need, not knowing what was coming later.

Luckily the internet still worked, so Dan decided to launch a massive campaign to find any other survivors in hopes of learning more about what they were facing. While they waited for a response, not expecting any, they continued to collect supplies, even going as far as befriending some neighborhood dogs and arming themselves with survival gear.

At first, it was hard to simply go into the stores and take things without paying for them, but of course, there was no one to pay. The whole world had become a ghost town. After awhile that got easier and Dan even allowed himself a few luxuries, as well as the needed supplies.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sci-fi with Heart September 28, 2012
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In this post-apocalyptic story for the thinking person, Marino explores a myriad of moral and emotional issues as well as the mechanics of everyday survival. The timeline is natural, unforced and the European setting adds a fresh perspective. The exploration of human relationships and their importance, of personalities and memories, provide real heart for the tale. Though sci-fi is not my usual genre, I enjoyed Daimones, and look forward to the next two books in this intriguing trilogy.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking January 23, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
To be honest, I wasn't sure what to expect with Marino's book. I've read a few apocalyptic novels before but this one was very different. I liked how Marino made me feel like I was actually there. The beginning took a while to get into but once I got past the statistics of birds dying (which later helped build the story), I was hooked. I was left wondering 'What would I do?' and found myself sympathizing with Dan and the plight he was thrown into. Although as a reader I was able to grasp what Dan was dealing with I enjoyed how Marino also made the characters sound inconsequential. They were one small piece in a gigantic world. "It did not matter, we did not matter. We had become inconsequential matters to the rest of the world." I could see this book becoming a movie. And contrary to a statement below, I did not find Dan insensitive with women and love.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Period. So intriguing, great characters, page turner(!!!!!!!!!), doesn't let you down with the ending. Overall great story telling, best 'apocalypse style novel' I've ever read! Read more
Published 7 days ago by Rick
5.0 out of 5 stars Daimines is a Winner!
This trilogy starts off hauntingly brilliant, with Dan narrating the ending of the world as he knew it. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Dennis Waller
4.0 out of 5 stars not a bad read
Good book , but I guess all books that are Post Apocalyptic will read in the same manner. Good ending .
Published 15 days ago by Louis J. Rossi
5.0 out of 5 stars What happened to the human race?
Daimones is the story of a man named Dan and his wife and daughter living near Geneva Switzerland. The story does a good job introducing them and their lives as they read about... Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. Merritt
4.0 out of 5 stars This book desperately needs a better translation. The copy I received...
I was given a free copy for an honest review.

This book desperately needs a better translation. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Anastacia Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Read in the morning light, not at bedtime
REVIEW: DAIMONES (DAIMONES TRILOGY BOOK ONE) by Massimo Marino

A really scary apocalyptic novel which interleaves metaphysics, science, and science fiction, with... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mallory Anne-Marie Forbes Haws
4.0 out of 5 stars We cannot hide from humanities' past.
This subtly science fiction novel united real events with an interesting presumption. Many stories have been written about the destruction of mankind. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Leanne Hoagland Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Found it a great read, I was totally immersed in the story ...
Found it a great read, I was totally immersed in the story by the 2nd chapter. Good Stuff.
Published 3 months ago by Jorge
4.0 out of 5 stars Daimones
I'm more keen on this first book than on the other two, but that is because I don't like horror and the others go more that direction. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Clare O'Beara
4.0 out of 5 stars Fresh Perspective
How would you feel if you went to sleep one night then awoke to discover you and your family were the only survivors in a now-silent world? Read more
Published 4 months ago by Pen
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More About the Author

Massimo Marino is a scientist envisioning science fiction. He spent years at CERN and The Lawrence Berkeley Lab followed by leading positions at Apple, Inc. and at the World Economic Forum. He is also co-founder of "Squares on Blue", a Big Data Analytics service company.
Massimo currently lives in France and crosses the border with Switzerland multiple times daily, although he is no smuggler.

"Daimones" is the first volume of the homonymous "Daimones Trilogy" and 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. Watch the book trailer at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROnM9qPRXJU

"Daimones" is the recipient of the 2012 PRG Award Reviewers' Choice in Science Fiction, and the Seal of Excellence in Quality Writing from both the Awesome Indies (awesomeindies.net) and the indiePENdents.org association.
In September 2013 "Daimones" won the Hall of Fame - Best in Science Fiction Award, shortlisted by the Quality Reads UK Book Club. http://www.orangeberrybooktours.com/expo/2013/08/best-science-fiction/

With the second volume, "Once Humans", the series is the 2013 Winner of the PRG Reviewer's Choice Award Best in Science Fiction Series, and Honorable Mention at 2014 Readers' Favorite International Book Awards in Science Fiction.

In May 2014, the Jury of the National Indie Excellence Awards in LA, selected "Daimones" as FINALIST in Science Fiction. http://www.wireservice.ca/index.php?module=News&func=display&sid=11921

"Once Humans" starts seven years after the events narrated in "Daimones". The Communities led by the Selected are about to thrive and peace and security reigns on Eridu...not for long.

In Vol.3 "The Rise of the Phoenix", things change as they must. A new order and a new course will put in place the events the Moîrai have sewn and destined to rip apart the foundations of the galaxy.

He also writes short chilling, twisted, horror stories, oftentimes while having breakfast. Go figure why.

5-stars Reviewed by Christopher Dagg for Readers' Favorite
"Daimones" by Massimo Marino is an apocalypse book with a difference
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."

"Daimones Trilogy" book one. "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.
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. I like the packaging of this book. The front cover is definitely eye catching and compelling. The story blurb on the back offers just enough to whet a prospective reader's desire to open the book and start reading. The quality of the materials rivals that of the most successful books on the market. The prologue is masterfully crafted. First person narrative enables readers to get into the skin of the characters. Marino does an excellent job of making the people in the story sympathetic. Dialogue rings true to each character."

Grammar: 5 stars
Production Quality and Cover Design: 5 stars
Character Development: 5 stars.

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

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