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Once Humans: Daimones Trilogy, Vol.2 by [Marino, Massimo]
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Multiple times Best Seller in top SF categories.
Massimo Marino is a Booktrope Publishing LCC author. Member of SF & F Writers of America
  • 2014 Award Winner Readers' Favourite International Book Awards in SF
  • Winner of PRG 2013 Reviewer's Choice Award in SF Series
5-stars. Bill Howard for Readers' Favorite
The suspenseful, thrilling plot of Massimo Marino's work in Once Humans is very well designed and is presented in great detail. The development of the characters, their emotions and the way they react, makes the story move in a way that appeals to all members of the human race. This is an excellent sci-fi thriller which is not only well thought out and very imaginative, but thrilling and captivating as well.
4-stars. Linda Tonis for the Paranormal Romance Guild group - I enjoyed this book, and was able to come back to this world, since the author with use of a prologue updated the reader on what transpired in book one of the series. At times it is very hard to follow a series when books can be months or years apart, so having an author update you is something all authors should do.
4-stars. San Francisco Book Review Magazine - "Once Humans" continues the complexity of the "Daimones Trilogy", plunging the reader deeper and deeper into the inferno of a story, giving some answers, but also posing more questions and wonders.
3.5 Ind'tale stars - 3 Kettles, Sarah Bradley for Ind'tale Magazine - This book has a solid story and interesting development. Fans of books like "Ender's Game" will enjoy this story,  as much of the ideas behind it are similar, making choices that balance the need for advancement with the ideals of the human race. Overall, a good read!

From the Author

Why on earth Earth becomes 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: 705 KB
  • Print Length: 317 pages
  • Publisher: already published by Booktrope, LCC; 4 edition (January 17, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 17, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DJL3B9O
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Author Massimo Marino has clearly not put character development on hold in between Once Humans and the previous book, Daimones. Both the characters and the world around them have undergone a literal evolution over the elapsed time between the two books, and it goes to show just how thoughtful Marino has been in crafting the universe of this trilogy.

While this may not be another pop culture phenomenon with a confusing expanded universe, the world of Eridu and the history of the Moirai appears to be expansive enough that such a phenomenon would be easily possible. The story and characters are compelling enough that fans of movies, television, and comics might wonder if there are any plans for an adaptation of the series. In some ways, this gem of science fiction literature appears to be above that. This is in no small part due to the complexity of the themes presented regarding human nature, which make the themes in a thought-provoking series such as The Walking Dead seem almost trite.

One of the most fantastic feats of this novel is that it appears the average reader could pick this up with no knowledge of the previous book and still enjoy it for what it is. With the seven-year time lapse and the immense amount of development on the world of Eridu in that time, this story reads as less of a post-apocalyptic adventure and more as an exploration of a burgeoning civilization still in its infancy. Rarely does a sequel shine so well both on its own and as part of an epic trilogy that any reader who’s made it this far will be itching to finish (yet secretly hoping that it never ends).
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Things are not going well on Eridu due to the increase in incidents of sabotage. Plants and live stock are being destroyed and although the Moirai have offered their assistance in stopping these attacks, Dan and the other Selected have decided that human problems should be dealt with by humans
The fate of humans still hangs in the air. Are they worth saving or will the son of man be once again corrupted? No matter how hard they try, humans will find a way to cause trouble when jealousy rules. Dan is getting stronger and although he is not aging, his wife Mary is. He knows she will die before him and it causes him great pain.
After seven years, the future is uncertain again and Dan is convinced that the Moirai are not telling the whole story. What happened to the billions of dead bodies after the apocalypse? The Moirai sterilized their entire planet, but what did they do with all the bodies?
Dan discovers there is a special drug produced that makes interstellar travel possible.Were all the dead removed to make this drug? Could the Moirai be responsible for the apocalypse? Who can the humans trust?
The Selected are genetically more similar to the Moirai now, but what was the reason for making them this way? Are the Moirai using the Selected to keep the spared in line?
Fortunately, Dan has some friends with the Moirai and he begins to get answers to his questions, but if the spared and Selected are threatened by an advanced alien civilization what chance do they have?
I enjoyed this book, and was able to come back to this world, since the author with use of a prologue updated the reader on what transpired in book one of the series.
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This novel advances the story a number of years. The Moîrai, some of them, help Dan, one of the Selected, and the Spared ones rebuild the human race.

But it quickly becomes apparent that something more is going on, Saboteurs are wrecking much of the machinery set uo.

That's whem Dan learns the Moîrai have not told him evrything. Another race is operating on Earth. The Kritas want the rest of the human race destroyed. And all the Moîrai are not innocent either. It turns out reasons for the death of most of the human race nay have been unnecessary after all.

Dan struggles wih this knowledge even as he believes in the Moîrai actually helping them.

I quite enjoyed this second book in the trilogy.
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Massimo Marino has a distinct advantage over other science fiction writers: he comes form the inside of scientific studies to bring an intrinsic flair for the realities that can either make or break a truly fine science fiction novel. He has a PhD in physics and is a computer scientist who has worked at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Switzerland and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California in research involving particle physics (`smashing those poor particles head-on and analyze their decay products of annihilation') and then worked with Apple Inc and the World Economic Forum. He is also the co-founder of a Big Data Analytics service company called `Squares on Blue". Well prepared scientifically, but where did he learn to create such elegant prose? Perhaps from his home environment in France and Switzerland!

How does one summarize a story about science fiction without stepping all over the surprises and incidents that make it work? ONCE HUMANS is the second volume of the DIAMONES TRILOGY and begins seven years after the end of the first novel. The author's summary is best, especially if this is the first book of the series for the reader: `Mankind is undergoing rebirth, the new arrivals closely watched by the Selected: the transgenic beings created by the Moîrai. The new communities thrive with the aliens' support and peace and security reign on Eridu, as the planet Earth is known by the Moîrai and in the galaxy. But peace and security of the cradle are suddenly shattered by acts of sabotage set to disrupt the fragile balance of the fledgling communities.
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