Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Book Review of Once Humans by Massimo Marino

Vol.2 of the "Daimones Trilogy"

Mankind is undergoing rebirth, the new arrivals closely watched by the Selected: the transgenic beings created by the Moîrai. The new communities thrive with the aliens' support and peace and security reign on Eridu, as the planet Earth is known by the Moîrai and in the galaxy.
But peace and security of the cradle are suddenly shattered by acts of sabotage set to disrupt the fragile balance of the fledgling communities.

From the coldest climes to the deepest ocean floors, a cosmic conspiracy full of betrayal and fear is being hatched with the hope of pushing the world perilously close to the brink of self-destruction.
It is up to Dan Amenta to journey through dark and deadly alleys--even into the depths of the planet--to unlock the shadowy logic of alien minds.

"Once Humans" starts some ten years after the events narrated in "Daimones", Vol.1 of the homonymous "Daimones Trilogy". The story is a 'loss of innocence' for Dan and for the Selected. The events and the emotional trauma prepare the race of man to reclaim its place in the galaxy. 

My Review:

*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*

This book went right into the action just like the first one did. For whatever reason this book took me a little longer to read than the first one, but was no less enjoyable. Learning more about the Moirai was quite interesting and fun to read about. Dan, the main character grows in his leadership roles and in turn has more things to deal with. This story transitions nicely from the first, which was more focused on family and morals. Here we are dealing more with ensuring mans survival in the universe and getting to the bottom of what the plan for mankind is. 

I feel this book was a nice continuation of the first story and things flowed well. The pace set in Daimones continues on in Once Humans. We still follow Dan and his rise into the leadership thus allowing the reader a first hand view of what is really going on in the world Marino created. 



Massimo Marino
Author of the "Daimones Trilogy"
2012 PRG Reviewer's Choice Award Winner in Science Fiction
2013 Hall of Fame - Best in Science Fiction, Quality Reads UK Book Club
2013 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Award Winner in Science Fiction Series
2014 Finalist - Science Fiction - National Indie Excellence Awards L.A.