Book Review: Once Humans by Massimo Marino

5 Oct

18138289Title: Once Humans (The Daimones Trilogy, #2)

Author: Massimo Marino

Genre: Science Fiction

Publication Date: January 17, 2014

Book Description (from Goodreads):

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.

From the coldest climes to the deepest ocean floors, a cosmic conspiracy full of betrayal and fear is being hatched with the hope of pushing the world perilously close to the brink of self-destruction.
It is up to Dan Amenta to journey through dark and deadly alleys–even into the depths of the planet–to unlock the shadowy logic of alien minds.

“Once Humans” starts some ten years after the events narrated in “Daimones”, Vol.1 of the homonymous “Daimones Trilogy”. The story is a ‘loss of innocence’ for Dan and for the Selected. The events and the emotional trauma prepare the race of man to reclaim its place in the galaxy.

Review:

I received a free audiobook for an honest review.

I listened to the first book in the Daimones trilogy and found it intriguing so I was looking forward to listening to Once Humans to see how things turned out in this new world run by the Selected and the Moîrai.

Unfortunately, for the most part, I was disappointed (not in the author but in the Selected and the remaining humans). I didn’t like how the first book ended and I was hoping the humans would rebel in the second book. Instead, they allowed themselves to be directed by the Moîrai almost completely. There were times when Dan stood up to them and he was respected for that but the other Selected just rolled over and then complained when the Moîrai weren’t around.

I am not a die-hard science fiction fan but I think die-hard fans would get more out of this book because there are detailed descriptions of some of the aliens’ technology.

Although this isn’t my favorite book I’ve read this year, I think it is well written and that it’s more of a personal preference. I believe that science fiction fans would really like it.

About the Author:

mm-thumbI wrote fantastic stories and science fiction since I was a kid, short stories and novellas, but never had anyone read them. It was a personal thing: My father and my older brother received “Astounding Stories” and other Sci-Fi ‘zines, but I was too little to be allowed to read them, so I looked at the covers…and imagined things for myself. Then, work and life took their toll and I stopped writing those tales.

Slightly over two years ago, in 2011, for various reasons, I started again with some burning inside that needed to come out. On the first weekend I got over 15000 words, then subscribed to critters.org for peer review, lurked a year keeping on writing and getting feedback, and last September my debut novel,Daimones, saw the light. It received the 2012 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Award in Science Fiction. A debut novel among so many established authors in the competition.

In September 2013,Daimoneswon the 2013 Hall of Fame – Best Science Fiction from Quality Reads UK Book Club in collaboration with OrangeBerry Book Tours, shortlisted among thousands of other great candidates. I’m writing now Vol.3 of the Daimones Trilogy,  published the Vol.2Once Humans (Daimones Trilogy)“, a small collection of short horrid stories,Stranded Love, and Vol.3 The Rise of the Phoenix (Daimones Trilogy).

So, what about me now… I’m Italian, and because even in Italy that means everything and nothing at all, I should say, I am Sicilian. I was born in Palermo, and as it happened with countless Sicilians, I left it, back in 1986. I lived more years abroad than in my home country, and I have changed in many and different ways than my old friends there. It is always a pleasure to go back, but it is now 6 long years since my last visit. Saudade? Maybe, a little. I lived in Switzerland, France, and the United States.

I am a scientist as a background, and have spent over 17 years in fundamental research. Most of my writing are then academic stuff, and I always wonder at how much Google is able to find about everyone. I am sure one has to Google oneself so not to forget too much…I worked for many years at CERN—an international lab for particle physics research near Geneva, Switzerland—then in the US at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Fantastic moments and memories from those years. In 2005 I moved to the private sector, worked with Apple Inc., and then for the World Economic Forum. I’m glad for your visit today, explore the various areas with book reviews and authors interviews, the blog, and my writing, too, if there’s time.  I hope we can become friends over the lines…

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