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Daimones: Daimones Trilogy, Vol.1 (English Edition) Kindle版
Murder, genocide, the Apocalypse.
Explore the future of humanity in Massimo Marino's sci-fi debut, Daimones, an apocalyptic tale that feels like it could happen tomorrow. You may never sleep through a windstorm again.
Nothing could have prepared them for the last day. Death swept away the lives of billions, but spared Dan Amenta and his family, leading them to an uncertain future. When merely surviving isn't enough and the hunt for answers begins, memories from the past and troubling encounters lead Dan to the truth about the extermination of the human race. Distressing revelations will give new meaning to their very existence.
Early humans shaped the future and seeded a plan millions of years in the making. Now survivors must choose: Endure a future with no past or fade away into a past with no future?
- ASIN : B0083IHV5I
- 出版社 : already published by Booktrope LCC; 第5版 (2014/1/17)
- 発売日 : 2014/1/17
- 言語 : 英語
- ファイルサイズ : 471 KB
- Text-to-Speech（テキスト読み上げ機能） : 有効
- X-Ray : 有効
- Word Wise : 有効
- 本の長さ : 232ページ
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.
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.
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.