- File Size: 471 KB
- Print Length: 248 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 151370124X
- Publisher: already published by Booktrope LCC; 5 edition (January 17, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 17, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0083IHV5I
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,000,783 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Daimones: Daimones Trilogy, Vol.1 Kindle Edition
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- 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
- 5-stars Review from NYT international best seller Author Jennifer Blake
- 5-stars Review from NYT international best seller Author Luba Brezhnev
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
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.
From the Author
The Daimones Trilogy deals with many themes, from survival and the rebirthof the race of man after an alien apocalypse, to love and romance in adying world, and the rise of new ethics and morals.
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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.
Every name in the trilogy bears a symbolic meaning.
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Eridu, also transliterated as Eridug, means "mighty place" or "guidance place".
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Let me start by saying I really enjoyed Jeff Hayes' narration. Finally, someone who can read a book and keep me interested in the story without unnecessary flourishes to the voice. The only times I found the inflexion odd was when Hayes would read a foreign name, like a Swiss street name, for instance.
His voices were impeccable, to the point where I often wondered if he was actually doing the female ones or whether it was all computer generated. They were all very clearly different from one another, even the ones in the third part, where there were many more characters. I could always tell who was talking which, to me, was a breath of fresh air.
There were a few glitches production-wise though, like words cut out or repeated.
Regarding the story, the premise was very interesting. The book is narrated by Dan, our main character, and in the end we find out just why.
There are no zombies here, or other overdone takes on post-apocalyptic literature. This is a regular man, who has a regular family, faced with the entire annihilation of the human race. He is from the USA but the action takes place in Switzerland and France, which was also very refreshing.
While at times I felt the protagonist handled the situation with too much ease, the fact that he kept thinking stuff like he is being driven by all the blockbusters depicting post-apocalyptic scenarios helped.
I did think a couple of things were a bit too rushed, like (view spoiler)
Using the internet, and more specifically facebook, as a message as a bottle as the character says, to try and reach out to people, especially the way it was done, was nothing short but a strike of genius.
For the most part, this is not a fast-paced book. It is a story which could feature any of us common folks, so it mostly deals with how you would handle such a situation. The main character and his family are proactive folks who do the best to ensure the survival of their family for a while, while trying to figure out if there are any other people out there. They basically become pack rats, and one other thing that distinguishes this book amongst its peers was that the technology did not immediately fail. They had internet access for months I think, and electricity never failed. Not sure how believable that is, although a lot in our world is automated, so it's not completely implausible, I think.
I felt completely enthralled during some specific scenes, like the one with the dogs dominance conflict, or when nature is described as taking over the landscape. I especially treasured the normalcy of it all, as if it could happen to anyone.
Some descriptions were too thorough though, slowing down the pace, like when it came to guns - both at the armoury and then the training at home -, which did not even make much sense since we are told the main character does not know much about them.
And some passages were a bit repetitive.
I also have a problem with perfect characters. Dan and Mary's relationship seemed flawless, which is especially odd since they are high school sweethearts and have been married for 22 years.
Mary is practically portrayed as the perfect woman and wife, and I did not much care for that. Other than that, there were a few things I wished would have been addressed differently:
(view spoiler) So, in a nutshell, I felt that the change in the family dynamics, which was such an important part of the book, could have been better and more thoroughly approached.
In the third part, things took an abrupt change. A lot happened in a short amount of time and many characters were introduced at once. The information of what had happened was basically dumped. I did not find that very appealing but was ok with it for the most part. The biggest thing I wanted to have seen was a bit more connection to the events of previous years and more foreshadowing to the events later developed, other than the brief experience Dan had as a child.
(view spoiler) Hopefully all that will be addressed in the second book.
Overall, I had a great time listening to Daimones. The author managed to take a theme which has been extremely explored and make it new because everyone can relate to bits and pieces of the world and characters. They may not be the most exciting ones but, hey, neither are most of the people I know, myself included.
Both the story and the narration were a great experience, and I thoroughly recommend it.
Disclaimer: I won this audiobook in a Rafflecopter giveaway hosted by Audiobookreviewer.
For a full review with spoilers, please check my blog post at Ana's Lair.
Not only was the suspense palpable, it sucked me into a world that in some ways was too familiar. All quality fiction transports the reader to another place and/or time, but it's usually relatively easy (at least for me) to separate the story from reality. Not so with this one.
Apocalyptic/dystopian fiction has been extremely popular the last few years, which isn't surprising given the state of the world. Things have gone crazy and have been heading that way for several decades. There are end-of-world prophecies from various religions and cultures with the signs that they are near clearly upon us. The world has ended before and will again. It's just a matter of time. Things can change dramatically overnight, as we witnessed with the events of September 11, 2001. As pervasive as that influence was, however, life did manage to go on, at least for those who weren't directly affected. I think most of us suspect that we'll have some warning, if no more than a bad feeling, before, as the preppers say, TSHTF.
But will we?
This story begins in the here and now. A somewhat normal but bad day for the protagonist, Dan, who loses his job. The next day a predawn windstorm comes through, doing what amounts to moderate damage. Except for the fact that as far as Dan can tell, he, his wife and daughter are the only ones left alive. Vehicles of all descriptions are askew on the roadways, their drivers dead. The neighbors are dead in their bed. Animals mysteriously seem to have been spared. Unlike most dystopian stories, the world itself is unharmed. The power is still on as well as the internet but there's nothing to be found in any media source that even hints at anyone else on the entire planet being alive. Unlike other apocalyptic stories where some sort of natural or man-made catastrophe sets things off, in this case there is no known cause.
So now what?
Dan and his family live in Switzerland on what could most easily be described as a comfortable homestead. They have a large home with a guesthouse surrounded by a well cared for yard and a garden. He and his wife are educated people with some idea how to take care of themselves. Since there is no massive destruction other than the pervasive loss of life, they can go to the store and get whatever they need, which they do. Their actions under the circumstances reflect what most of us would do and reflect today's world. For example, he ran a Facebook ad looking for others.
The story depicts how the world changes with the people gone. The skies are clear and blue, wildlife, packs of dogs, and vegetation start to take over. After a while they get paranoid as they wonder if any other survivors might be hostile. Dan's young daughter goes into a depression as she realizes she will never share her life with anyone besides her parents. The realism and level of detail in this first person account are chilling and too easy to imagine. But why has everyone died? Or conversely, why has Dan and his family survived?
I don't want to get into spoiler territory so will leave it at that. There are numerous interesting plot developments and a few more surprises. I will say that the majority of questions are answered by the conclusion and the explanations are not as far-fetched as you might expect, again adding to the rather alarming message underlying this brilliant novel.
The human species remains barbaric in spite of our technological achievements. We are not taking care of our planet as we should. Wars are everywhere and violence in the name of religion has got to be the ultimate travesty. Different animal species care for each other better than too many humans. They have evolved more than we have.
If you had the power to do something about the status quo what would you do? "Diamones" describes one scenario that is real enough to give considerable pause to the next predawn windstorm. The next volumes in this trilogy are definitely on my list and are bound to be extremely gripping as well.
Top international reviews
by Massimo Marino
Reviewed by J Bryden Lloyd
Writing Style – 4.5/5.0 (Excellent)
I liked the flow of the read and the obvious work that went into it, especially as it becomes very clear, very quickly, that English is not this author’s primary written language.
Although this does throw up a handful of anomalies in some of the terms used, it is not entirely unexpected but, equally, is not a major influence on the readability.
The overall structure is excellent, though I did have one issue with the central plot and another toward the end of the book, which I shall return to later in this review.
I thought the dialogue, for the most part, was excellent. Perhaps a little wooden from time-to-time but it was always more than adequate.
Character Development – 4.5/5.0 (Excellent)
Dan, Mary and Annah are excellent characters and all three develop very nicely throughout the book. Laura is introduced a little way in and, although she is a strong, solid character and develops very well, I felt unable to relate to her. This may be due to the speed of her actions within the plot, but this is a personal observation and does not take anything away from the strength of the character.
Once the story unfolds, every character has a purpose. Toward the end, when the number of characters increases, this works well, but the offset is that the additional character group has no time to build or develop, which does make them a little forgettable.
Descriptive – 4.5/5.0 (Excellent)
The descriptive was very well built throughout. The scene building and atmospheric work was excellent, though at times I felt the dialogue was a little distant from the events.
Nevertheless, the locations, characters, sights, sounds and smells were beautifully created, pulling the reader in and bringing the tale to life.
Language & Grammar – 4.0/5.0 (Very Good)
The editing is of a pretty good standard, though it is clear the editor – like the author – did not have a firm, first-user knowledge of written English.
‘Millenniums’ and ‘Palladiums’, instead of ‘Millennia’ and ‘Palladia’ felt awkward, especially when coupled with a number of slightly incorrect common phrases and idioms used in English.
Having said that, we are not talking about page-after-page of glaring errors and issues. The word selection and usage is excellent with the exception of these minor flaws, but I find it easy to put these down to ‘use in translation’.
A simple solution exists, where writers who would normally have English as a second or third language, should employ a good, English speaking proof reader.
Plot – 4.5/5.0 (Excellent) – VERY MINOR SPOILERS
This is a truly excellent premise, though I did feel the opening was a little slow to build any momentum into the read.
The powerful, post-apocalyptic central plot is finely balanced with the sub-plot of a small family trying to come to terms with their ‘new world’, but as the story progresses, the underlying current moves into the realms of science fiction. Again, this is nicely achieved, but the climax to this comes very late on in the book, which brings me to my big issues as a reader…
Firstly, we have Laura, who comes into the story as a young survivor.
Her arrival is superbly dealt with, but the speed and almost nonchalant nature of her becoming part of the ‘family’, just felt a little off to me.
Admittedly this is a personal preference thing, but it seemed like the whole scenario really wasn’t given the time and attention it required.
Toward the end, once Dan is made party to the revelation from the Daimones, we don’t see the progression of the family; how he reveals their plan, or their reaction to the news. For me, this was a big loss to the read.
The shift into the future, where the survivors are beginning to gather and organise, is (again) very well done, but I found it impossible to relate to the ‘new’ characters, primarily due to the brief time I had at the end of the book.
Should this have been a longer and more considered close to the book? Very likely. And this would have greatly enhanced the read.
These are just observations within a plot which I felt worked very well and was cleverly driven.
General – 4.5/5.0 (Excellent)
The new generation of cover is very nice, but does not have the sci-fi impact of the original. Whether this is an issue for those potential readers looking for a strong, post-apocalyptic sci-fi is not clear. Only the sales charts would clarify that.
The read itself is both engaging and very good. Okay, yes, there were a few things I (personally) would have liked to see done differently, but I’m sure that is the case with every book I read.
This is an excellent, well defined tale which (I have to be honest) does not need to be the opening to a trilogy. It is quite strong enough that a slightly more defined ending would create a great ‘and they all lived happily ever after’ feeling.
This is not quite the case here, with enough open endings to push the need for another story.
I heartily recommend this to genre fans. Excellent read and a superb story.
Since the author is a CERN Scientist, it’s no surprise to discover that CERN and the surrounding area and towns, in France and Switzerland, are where the action is based.
I was so glad to discover that Zombies play absolutely no part and I’m looking forward to reading the other two books of the series.
Setting off the next morning to take his daughter to school, they soon discover that 'something' has happened. The roads are littered with crashed vehicles containing corpses. Animals seem to have escaped the phenomenon and there is no explanation as to how Dan's family could have escaped this apocalypse.
The story unfolds with Dan having to think for his family and whatever possible future they may have in this isolated existence. It is tense yet well-told as if it is something which could happen to any of us.
Discovering that a few other humans have also survived, the focus changes to discovering what has caused the event and what lies ahead.
I don't wish to spoil the ending for anyone. The story is well-structured and believably narrated. A pleasant change from other novels of its type which play on the violent side of such a future.
But - it's a very big but - about two thirds of the way through, for me, the story went downhill fast into the realms of silliness. I was very disappointed as it had started off so well, but I just couldn't get to grips with the last third. It was ridiculous and totally spoilt the book.
I won't be buying any other stories by this author.
Whilst they try to find a way to live with it, there's also a question to solve: what happened to the rest of the people? Why everybody's died?
A fast paced dystopian thriller that can be also read as a stand alone book, although it's the first episode of a three books saga.
Look forward to buying the #2
I read a great deal of sci fi and this was a refreshing change to the usual offerings..
No surprise that it won an award, well deserved I say.
I will not spoil your read by giving detail - just read it and enjoy!