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Once Humans

Once Humans, November 2014
Daimones 2
by Massimo Marino

Author Self-Published
Featuring: Dan Amenta; Mary; Laura
329 pages
ISBN: 0985143835
EAN: 9780985143831
Kindle: B00DJL3B9O
e-Book (reprint)
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"Second in the alien invasion series - the action hots up"

Fresh Fiction Review

Once Humans
Massimo Marino

Reviewed by Clare O'Beara
Posted November 12, 2014

Science Fiction Suspense/Thriller | Horror

Part two of the daring trilogy about the Daimones set in modern day Europe, continues the struggle to survive by Dan and his little family. Author Massimo Marino is a physicist who brings his knowledge of technology to aid his imagination in constructing the science fiction story ONCE HUMANS.

Dan was one of few people left alive in the world after a strange event which was later found to be caused by alien beings called the Daimones. Now Dan and his family have moved to a group farm in Italy, where the Mediterranean climate makes living easy. The plan of the Daimones is to genetically alter the breeding stock of humans they have selected. Dan will have longer life and has already been given stronger senses. Other survivors do not intend to be used, and have started to retaliate. When the farm is attacked, Dan puts himself and others in danger as they repel the assault. The rebels are people too, and nobody wants more dead people - there are few enough left.

The Daimone overseers are surprisingly uninvolved, and instead of telling Dan how to resolve the problem, they invite him into a mind-controlled spaceship and take him for a quick spin to Jupiter, just so he'll keep perspective. They refer to Earth as Eridu and tell Dan that his race has been through several destructive cycles in the past. He's not sure if the genetic alteration will stop such occurrences, or cause them. For who knows what the aliens really want, and why they killed off almost all the planet's inhabitants?

Philosophy, production of neurochemicals and frequent discussion of dead bodies make this a work for adult readers, rather than young adults; the story builds up to a major battle amid cloaking devices, tracers and guerrilla warfare. Those readers who enjoy horror and SF warfare stories will be more suited to this second book than its predecessor. Anyone who doesn't enjoy horror may find some scenes distasteful. ONCE HUMANS is followed by The Rise of The Phoenix to complete Massimo Marino's trilogy.

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In a dark future, aliens are regenerating a new, transgenic species of humans called the Selected. But when sabotage and conspiracy threaten -- and a divided humanity risks destroying itself -- can one human save his species in time?

A first contact with aliens led to the apocalypse, and seeded a new theater for space wars with aliens, and galactic empires struggles.

"Even with the best of intentions, cruelty is just around the corner."

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.

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