"Second in the alien invasion series - the action hots up"
Reviewed by Clare O'Beara
Posted November 12, 2014
Science Fiction Suspense/Thriller | Horror
Part two of the daring trilogy about the Daimones
modern day Europe, continues the struggle to survive by
and his little family. Author Massimo Marino is a
who brings his knowledge of technology to aid his
imagination in constructing the science fiction story ONCE
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
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.
In a dark future, aliens are regenerating a new,
species of humans called the Selected. But when sabotage
conspiracy threaten -- and a divided humanity risks
destroying itself -- can one human save his species in
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 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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