Book Brief: Daimones

by Massimo Marino
Genre: Science Fiction, post-apocalypse
Word count: 93000

Dan Amenta wakes up one morning to discover the world has changed…the Apocalypse has arrived.

Death, destruction, and disaster are spreading around the globe. Yet Dan and his family remain untouched. He begins to fear they are the only three people left alive on Earth.

They are not.

Efforts to survive and make contact with others reveal disturbing truths about the human extermination. Dan finds Laura who discloses ever more. Her presence – a young, sexy, disruptive girl – adds questions about what is moral and ethical in this new reality.

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…

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Massimo, how did you come up with the title for your book? Does it have any special meaning?
Daimones is an evocative term in ancient greek. It is root to ‘gods’ and ‘demons’ at same time. A little research of “daimones” on internet, or Wikipedia, will give any reader lots of clues.

Who was your favorite character and why?
All of them are favorite ones, in a sense. But if I had to choose one, I’d say the one for which I have to write about. He or she is in there, waiting to come out, and I am intrigued and fascinated because—my experience—all of my characters come to an independent life and do and say things that surprise me. Sometimes negatively so.

Does your book have any underlying theme, message, or moral?
Daimones is an ongoing mystery and suspense till the end, where all “dots connect”, especially with Dan’s past—the main character—and leaves the reader, as one reviewer put it, “with lots to ponder”. Dan and his family struggle to keep a thin crust of sanity in their tragic new world. They succeed thanks to the love bonds that keep them together. Crying with someone you love and loves you back is more healing than crying alone.

What would/could a reader or reviewer say about this book that shows they “get” you as an author?
That the authors is using his story to share emotions, feelings, and he cares about his readers. That the book made them cry, laugh, sad, frustrated, scare at times but—most importantly—made them think “what would I do if I were there too”, loot at their inner self.

Give us an excerpted quote from your favorite review of this book:
I’ll give you an excerpt not from my favorite review, some are making me blush, but from a 3-star one:

“I loved the early part of this book and thought it brilliantly conceived, well thought out and the plot wonderfully structured. What I didn’t like was the authors need to try and explain everything that comes in the final chapters of the book!”

Where can people learn more about your writing?
At the moment, my fan page on FB might be the best spot:


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10 thoughts on “Book Brief: Daimones”

    1. Thank you, Yvonne. It relates to the story well. I’d say when getting to the end, looking back at the cover will give you one of those “ah ha” moments 🙂

    1. Thanks, Linton. I hesitated on that issue as well…but then, because of the reasons I’ve hinted to in my reply to Yvonne, I decided to have the picture the main role in the cover.

  1. Congratulations to Massimo! English is not even his native language and he’s written an award-winning book. He persevered, took criticism and learned from it, had Daimones edited again, and now has a jewel. PRG Best Sci/Fi novel for 2012 and recently added to the Awesome Indies list. But don’t get him started on wine 🙂

    1. Susan 🙂 Thank you. And I just bought ‘Self-editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne & Dave King’ as I’ll never stop learning 🙂

      But yes, don’t get me started on wine, red, and Bordeaux 🙂

    1. Thank you, Ester. It was an amazing exposition in Geneva from a modern artists. For the sequel I chose another wonderful picture, again perfect for the themes that are treated in the WIP, “Once Humans” which takes place some 10 years after Daimones ends.

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