Daimones (Daimones Trilogy: Massimo Marino
Close your eyes. What do you see? Darkness, night, a bright light or just nothing? Open your eyes and look around you as you view the world through different eyes filled with death, destruction and at first devoid of any humans other than the three in your immediate family. Imagine waking up one morning, going to work, getting fired and finding out that what you thought was a serene and placid world filled with love, hope and joy would soon turn into a living nightmare.
Dan Amenta went to work one morning but not before reading many articles, recounting many television broadcasts related to the untimely deaths of many different animals. The reasons for the deaths under investigation the outcome and results vague. Taking his daughter Annah to school the next morning what they witness would never leave their innermost thoughts or minds as car crashes, dead bodies strewn on the road and no police around. Cell phone reception working but when calling the police or for any emergency help no one answered. Telling Annah to stay down in order to make sure she is safe he called his wife, Mary to alert her that they were returning home. Global annihilation of humans. Fear instilled in Dan, Mary and Annah. Why were they left alive? But, are they and if there are others how will they find out and reach them? Human annihilation but how and why?
Trying to contact his family or even friends proved fruitless and frightening. Deciding on what to do and how they would manage their days and times quite compelling. As Dan ventures out into Geneva, where he lives the sights and lack of sound are stifling. The dead bodies, the rotted food and his worst fears realized as he even ventures across around there area and finds a neighbor’s two dogs Taxi and Tarantula needing food and assurance that they will be safe. Within time they trust Dan and become part of their family as Dan goes to each city and town, takes food, clothing, medical supplies, and even develops are well stocked weapons arsenal if needed. Annah and Mary along with Dan train on each of the weapons, develop a daily routine of going to many different places to restock their supplies, looking for survivors and at first finding no one. But, Dan takes out many facebook ads hoping to reach out to anyone out there. Just when he was about to give up a young man named Michael enlightens him and some harsh and frightening realities need to be faced.
One day on his usual patrol he enters a supermarket and before leaving sees a note stating that he is not alone. Day after day returning and hoping to find out who sent it he finally meets a young girl named Laura who tells him even more. But, something about her is disturbing as she manages to assimilate herself into his family and his life. But, what are her real motives? Who is she? Why did he find her?
As their days settle in something happens and Dan’s past and dreams about his childhood come into play. When Laura questions whether he saw the entities that might have been responsible for what happened, he denies any knowledge. But the author brilliantly relates and shares his childhood nightmares, his memories of his father and mother, their struggles, illusions, the séances his father made him attend and finally the first time he saw these entities in his room. Dan hears whistles and voices all the time.
Then supernatural experiences reported by other survivors force Dan to seek explanations from his own past. Memories of childhood hallucinations strike him with sledgehammer force, bringing him face-to-face with a secret millions of years old. Planet Earth is in the hands of an older power, one Dan never envisioned and dares not disobey… 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. But, Dan receives a message one day while on patrol from the entities that have created what has become of the Earth. Not only that but his relationship with Laura, Mary and even his daughter takes on a new dimension. But, Dan realizes that he will not be with his family much longer as the next message he receives while in his car: It is Time! The ringing in his ears becomes more pronounced he is no longer part of the human race on Earth and as these entities explain why they decided to decimate the Earth of its population, why he is part of a group called The Select you will wonder when you hear their words whether you agree or disagree with what they did and are about to do. The Earth as they call it is Eridu in the Daimones Trilogy. Daimones stands for evil entity or spirit, which they claim they are not. Earth and what is revealed dates back to Mesopotamia and Eridu considered the southernmost of a group of Sumerian cities. Each entity has its own name and own symbolic meaning but the real mystery unfolds as you hear them tell of what they refer to as the First Loss and Second Loss and why humans were responsible. Dan is about to receive what they refer to as the Palladium a “a gift to the sons of man.” The author relates through Alaston one of the entities that everyone on Eridu, those chosen will receive one and will be ready as this will be their source of protection. What Dan undergoes and endures is vividly described as his life, world and past worlds flash through his mind and the only memory is pain. Experiencing what was described to him as both the First and Second Loss he sees the world in a different light and wonders where our selfishness, greed, destruction and crimes took place. Telling him that “our race” scorns all that is around them arrogant, and actions that are brutal and deeds that are wild mistreating and exterminating those who fell in your “hands and crossed your paths.” Interesting as they are doing it to us! Does it make it right? Why do all humans have to pay for those that they say caused their losses?
Envisioning losses, his parents, the rise and fall of those living on Earth, the destruction, declines and deaths, Dan felt a void within his heart that would never be refilled. Dan Amenta thought his life was perfect living in the French countryside until the appearance of a mysterious windstorm that changed it all. From the moment he relates what happened when driving Annah to school, the highways strewn with bodies and dead drivers and now with the arrival of the entities his world collapses as he knew it and now he must make a decision. With his transformation Dan experiences devastation, destruction, “ aches and the afflictions.” He understands madness and the sickness reflecting on what he learns during the Palladium and that he saw nothing of the Third Loss. But, rather than explain they continue by stating that they will be judged in the long run based on how well his race will rebirth. Childhood thoughts, hallucinations come front and center and an older and more powerful power will control the outcome of those that are now called The Select and of humankind. As the author as described puts Dan through a transformation that is quite painful working towards a rebirth of a new human race some whose life span will endure and those called The Spared for 200 years, his choice has to be made, his allegiances decided as the fate of his family is at large.
A story told in the first person narrative for the most part and characters that are authentic, genuine and face decisions that many of us would find challenging and some people hard to grasp, author Massimo Marino brings to light issues of understanding, realization, death, destruction, survival, community spirit, relationships, family and marital values, ethics, cooperation and love. Those called the Selected have been changed for the better but not their minds. An ending so powerful, so filled with many unanswered questions describing a world that most would not understand, fear and need to wonder if they could exist in: Close your eyes: Open them: Look at the world that Dan, Mary, Laura and Annah now live in: Could You? The Daimones Trilogy continues with Once Humans: What’s next for Dan, his family and The Selected: Only author Massimo Marino knows and you will when you read Once Human but first Daimones: You want to be there from the start taking the journey along with Dan and deciding : Are we really responsible for what the entities claim we did? What if some world leaders read this book would they change how they dealt with other countries? What kind of a world would be devoid of hate, wars and destruction? Open you eyes wide? Enter the world that Dan lives in and decide: Diamones: Daimonic: the unrest which forces one into the unknown: leading to self-destruction or self-discovery. You decide which after reading this outstanding novel. ( http://daimon.askdefine.com/)
Fran Lewis: Reviewer