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The second volume of the Daimones Trilogy: the death and rebirth of the human race.The last day has come and gone but the post-apocalyptic saga continues in Once Humans, the gripping sequel to Daimones by Massimo Marino. In utopian communities across the planet, Dan Amenta and his fellow survivors enjoy peace and plenty, closely guided and cared for by ancient aliens knownThe second volume of the Daimones Trilogy: the death and rebirth of the human race.The last day has come and gone but the post-apocalyptic saga continues in Once Humans, the gripping sequel to Daimones by Massimo Marino. In utopian communities across the planet, Dan Amenta and his fellow survivors enjoy peace and plenty, closely guided and cared for by ancient aliens known as Moîrai.A malignant force, though, lurks in the darkness, plotting violent acts of sabotage that threaten to shatter the fragile equilibrium of the human race. Dan discovers betrayal and conspiracy among the trusted Moîrai, and a complex battle ensues to control the scarcest and most powerful of resources.When the line between trust and suspicion blurs, Dan and his people engage in the dangerous hunt for the clandestine predators or the humans will find themselves once again on the brink of destruction....

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  • Sharlene Almond
    2019-04-26 07:34

    The writing captured my attention from the start. It is almost poetic, helping the reader to envision an imaginative picture of an unimaginable universe, seeing what some may think is impossible to see. Yet the writer seems to make it plausible.Although the second instalment, I already got a quick sense of what the characters are like and what they are faced with. A mass genocide that had occurred only left the world with small groups of inhabitants – ones that support the Moîrai, and ones that are convinced they have to destroy the Moîrai.The creative use of language, the way the author sets a scene is riveting. I felt a connection with the characters. The complexity of the characters and the connections they have, the imagery, the structure; creates an image in the mind’s eye of a place forgotten, nearly destroyed. Feeling the sense of abandonment and desperation as separate groups of humans fight against each other for survival. But soon distrust mingles amongst those once trusted.It is easy to get lost in this other world, the aura of the Moîrai and the influence they have. Scenery created by using popular structures and converting them into this desolate city. The raw intensity and desperation of these people makes it hard to fully comprehend what is happening, but in a good way. I wanted to keep on reading to discover more about this intricate plot.It would seem that although the Moîrai are peaceful, it looks like they destroyed the earth, and a selected few were chosen to survive. They have no idea why, or how they were selected. A book hides many secrets. Secrets that led many to their deaths.The main character can be seen to undergo a battle of morals. Having to choose between life and death, his own unique ability enabling him to do things that no other human can do. Making him nearly equal to the Moîrai. His inner emotions reveals the complexity of intense emotions of love, something the Moîrai cannot feel. The incredible power of the palladium, giving him the ability to see what no one else can.Coming to the final climax will reveal the need for greed, power and the will to dominate. That the selected were part of something they could never have imagined.The sadness of loss, the reality of living for eternity, leaves a trail of sorrow, but in that hope. Hope of a better future, hope that things will improve and hope to bring those responsible to justice. Even when you thought they had done enough, there is more to come.I would definitely recommend reading all in this series.4 ½ 5 stars

  • Joy Fanning
    2019-05-20 08:39

    *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.

  • FS Meurinne
    2019-05-10 03:39

    "ARC received for honest review"This was a must read after reading Daimones, the first book in the series, I found this book as enjoyable as the one before. The intrigue of knowing what is happening after the apocalypse was the catch. Now we got aliens instigators and Eridu leaders, all of them trying to prevent humanity from destroying itself.I found Dan again as a strong character, trying to battle for human rights and his destiny. I got myself hanged and couldn’t wait to read the next book.

  • Ida Jansson
    2019-04-23 11:14

    I absolutely loved Daimones, and have looked so much forward to reading this sequel. I was not disappointed. I enjoyed this book so much, it is packed with action, and there was never a boring moment. It is very interesting to see how the main character, Dan has evolved and continues to evolve throughout this book. If you, like me, love the post-apocayptic/dystopian/sci-fi genre, this book (and it`s prequel) is an absolute must! And, I think the Daimones Trilogy would make an amazing movie some day!

  • Jim Murdoch
    2019-05-08 03:22

    Having read part 1, Daimones, getting Once Human was a must. As if waking up to a global human culling and learning to survive with the aid of the alien instigators wasn't bad enough (see Daimones) Dan, our first person narrator and evolving Eridu (Earth) leader, finds out that all wasn't a simple plan to prevent humanity from destroying itself, again! Intrigue and betrayal are the central themes to keep you on the edge of your seat in this volume. Dan learns of another alien race interfering with Eridu's progress and turning many of the spared one's against Dan and his people. Intergalactic espionage makes the success of the human experiment doubtful and Dan is troubled by what that experiment really is.Once Human was not a disappointment. Massimo's clever ability to intertwine many elements of a story together provides the reader with an exciting journey. We are taken on a ride to secret hidden alien bases on Earth, far away alien planets and we are indulged in want-to-have advanced technology. Dan is constantly battling for the rights of humans to master their own destiny and to save the turned spared ones. But there is also a very personal side revealed as Dan has his inner battles and relationships to contend with. I really enjoyed reading this book and I am sure the third volume of the trilogy will be no less a brilliant story. The author leaves a few threads untied and the intrigue is bound to continue. Well worth five stars as a hard-to-put-down book.

  • Ana
    2019-04-25 10:13 rating: 3.5 starsThis second book of the Daimones trilogy delves more seriously into the sci-fi aspect as opposed to the reactions to the apocalyptic events in the first book. These newly improved humans develop strange capabilities, one of the most interesting to sense whether anyone is around and even their heartbeat and feelings. The Palladium device allows all Selected to easily keep in contact with each other and, through council meetings with the Moîrai, progress and peace are maintained constant.Dan is worried about many things, amongst which the fact that he will largely outlive their loved ones (even though he already has a future love interest in check), and the safety of those in his 'colony'.When strange sabotage acts start to occur, Dan and his fellow council members want humans to handle it, but find themselves forced to ask the Moîrai for help, as they find out the acts are not the work of human spared ones alone, as they initially thought. A larger conspiracy is at stake and, more than ever, the Moîrai will need to disclose the full truth behind what is happening and their own intentions.There were a few editorial mistakes, like wrong verb tenses and misspellings (frequently of plurals, for instance). When Dan develops the ability to communicate telepathically, it got extremely difficult to follow when he was doing that and when he was speaking out loud. The telepathic messages should have been all in italic, or some other way to make it clearly distinguishable. As it was, I could not even tell who knew what, since I did not know what was being said aloud.The book is action packed with plenty of twists and turns. While that was positive, I did feel thrown around a bit too much. The narrative felt a bit erratic and things would change abruptly, particularly between chapters. Most of all, I felt very confused all the time.You see, one thing I love about reading a good mystery is that, when I am done with the book and look back, I find there were clues spread throughout the narrative and they now make sense in a way they didn't before.While reading Once Humans, I did feel that way towards some things but ultimately the book left me with more questions than answers and a feeling of unease.One thing I felt was that the information was being provided in less than an intuitive manner. Examples:(view spoiler)[- When Dan is talking to Marina and Manfred about not having been told the whole truth, shortly after the Indiana Jones like adventure, he started asking them whether they noticed that all the bodies had disappeared not long after the event that decimated most of the human race. He said Moîrai sanitized the entire planet of decaying cadavers and not for humanitarian reasons. Then he quotes from the book and then he talks about the drug and how he wants Laura to be treated with it. And only after all that does Marina say We've been the ingredients! Her reaction struck me as a bit out of context and I wondered how she even came to that conclusion, and a later reaction seemed off to me as well, when they are told what part of the human bodies serves to produce the substance. It seemed a bit over the top, considering they already knew the corpses provided the ingredients for the drug. Unless I read the whole thing wrong. *sigh* I am not sure anymore.- A time reversal experience is mentioned on a couple of occasions but I could not tell much about it. If I got a cool power like that, I would have wanted to know all about it, how it works and if it can be controlled. I cannot recall Dan asking about it at all, only that he was told it was an ability the Keepers possessed.- Same thing with Dan's telepathy. I was sad to see we did not get more info on how exactly that skill worked. It seems like Dan developed it out of the blue. Moreover, Alaston said evolved Moîrai posessed the skill, Ekahau amongst them. So I could never tell, for instance, if he could listen in or not, since Dan and Alaston kept talking like that in his presence even though they did not trust him, especially since Dan later picked up on a communication from Algea to Alaston. (hide spoiler)]Other times, I felt like the information was completely missing. Granted, I may have drifted off at times because the telling instead of showing was a bit overwhelming on a few occasions, but the fact is I would see references to passages I did not recall reading at all. I took quite a longer time finishing the book because I actually went back and reread large chunks of text, but still could not find the information.(view spoiler)[- As far as I could tell, I never got to tell who parented the child in Annah's womb. I am 99% sure Federico is spared because I vaguely recall reading it in the last book and I read nothing that made me think he is a Selected - he's around Annah's age anyway, so he was obviously born before the genocide, and we were told in the beginning of this book that all spared men were made sterile and so women had to access the Selected gene pool if they want to get pregnant, so what gives?- I have no idea why Dan's words caused Ekahau to flee and I couldn't even tell if the characters who were as confused as me got any answers about that either. We were told he was obviously angry but I still don't get why Keepers words would cause him to react like that, especially after his innocence was supposedly proved.- Vatus and Xrusé are mentioned right at the end of Risky Business chapter. Even though the characters are obviously confused, the fact is the names seemed to mean something to them, whereas I could not recall hearing them at all, and a search of the book confirmed that. It took me ages to figure out that Vatus was the base in the Atlantic Ocean north of the Bahamas, for instance, as I thought by that point Marina had moved elsewhere.- Dan says at some point that an event is in concurrence with the vision he had on Steven's mind of a shifting Moîrai in a tense discussion with two Kristas, but I do not remember reading any of that before that time, only afterwards when he was at the Council reading Steven. Up until that point, as far as I could tell his experience with reading Steven was related as a whirlpool of sorts, and that was about it.- Manfred accuses Dan of agreeing to send Marina to Vatus. I don't recall that at all. I could not even tell she had been separated from those two until she was contacting them via the Palladium. One minute they were all in a ship, Marina sitting next to Alaston, and the next it's just Dan and Manfred. (hide spoiler)]Then there were things I wished had been addressed differently:One thing that bothered me was that Dan kept commenting that Frederico was shy around him, but never really did anything to change that, not even when prompted by Mary.I was sad that I never got to know anything about Dan's kids. I could not even tell how old they were. I wanted to know, for instance, all the differences between Samuel and Hope, since the former was transgenic but not the latter, and how it was like for each of them to grow up with the other. We got a hint that Samuel was protective towards Hope but that was it.And I wanted Dan to show some sorrow in not being able to be with them - after all, they were his kids.Alas, I am sure the third book will address them in some detail, but I still wanted to watch them grow up in this one.And I would definitely have liked Dan to try and find Michael, the guy he met online in book one.Obviously, there were plenty of good things in this book. I was happy to see that what had bothered me in Daimones, about Laura being included in the relationship, was addressed here. I was very happy with the outcome! It seemed totally fair and that finally some sense got into those people.All the science talk seemed very believable and I enjoyed it, as well as the sceneries described.The descriptions were riveting and I felt right there. I experienced chills when Dan was going through Antarctica landscape and warmth when he was under the bedsheets with Mary, holding her, and my hair on end with the lightning storm. Marino has quite a way with words!All the great powers the Selected in general and Dan in particular developed thoroughly gripped me. I kept imagining what it would be like to sense people's presence and hear their heartbeats, for instance, not to mention being overwhelmed by deep feelings that belong to others.And when some characters started developing mistrust towards the Moîrai, I felt it too. I was so annoyed that they would never give a straight answer! If they would ask me to come, I asked where to, and instead of answering me they just said follow and the next thing I knew I was in space, I would totally freak out!And always, at the back of my mind, I would be wondering... Hmm, is Dan really human anymore? Well, a better person for sure, because it seemed like all the bad feelings and intentions had been filtered out but... Human?While thought-provoking, the fact is all this perfection caused me not to relate to Dan as a character much. I would read that he cared but not actually feel it. Now that I think of it, there are no characters which I actually feel I connected with - well, maybe Mary, but we never heard much about her in this book. But that's okay because most of these character are something else entirely. I did not connect to the Moîrai either, but could appreciate them for what they were. The same with Dan and the others.Once Humans is most definitely a thought provoking book, and an exciting one as well. Just when you think you're settled somewhere, you'll be ripped away and taken elsewhere, and new revelations will be made, new agendas uncovered, and it was such a lovely ride.Had I not been so confused throughout it and had there been more fluidity to the narrative, the rating would most definitely be higher.I still recommend it, though! Marino has created a thrilling, new world, one which you should definitely explore.Disclaimer: I would like to thank the author for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  • Linda Tonis
    2019-05-14 07:28

    Things are not going well on Eridu due to the increase in incidents of sabotage. Plants and live stock are being destroyed and although the Moirai have offered their assistance in stopping these attacks, Dan and the other Selected have decided that human problems should be dealt with by humansThe fate of humans still hangs in the air. Are they worth saving or will the son of man be once again corrupted? No matter how hard they try, humans will find a way to cause trouble when jealousy rules. Dan is getting stronger and although he is not aging, his wife Mary is. He knows she will die before him and it causes him great pain.After seven years, the future is uncertain again and Dan is convinced that the Moirai are not telling the whole story. What happened to the billions of dead bodies after the apocalypse? The Moirai sterilized their entire planet, but what did they do with all the bodies?Dan discovers there is a special drug produced that makes interstellar travel possible.Were all the dead removed to make this drug? Could the Moirai be responsible for the apocalypse? Who can the humans trust?The Selected are genetically more similar to the Moirai now, but what was the reason for making them this way? Are the Moirai using the Selected to keep the spared in line?Fortunately, Dan has some friends with the Moirai and he begins to get answers to his questions, but if the spared and Selected are threatened by an advanced alien civilization what chance do they have?I enjoyed this book, and was able to come back to this world, since the author with use of a prologue updated the reader on what transpired in book one of the series. At times it is very hard to follow a series when books can be months or years apart, so having an author update you is something all authors should do. I read a book a day and so after awhile I lose track of some of the characters and their relationship to each other, but with the prologue I immediately remembered what had transpired in the previous book. My only problem was that there was just too much scientific language, which often left me baffled, but if that doesn't bother you than this book is right up your alley.Reviewed by: Linda TonisMember of the Paranormal Romance Review Team

  • Fran
    2019-04-27 03:22

    Once HumansCreating a new world living on a new planet created new obstacles for those that no longer live on Eridu or Earth. Selected or Spared: Depending on which one you are would determine your life span, your importance as plants and live stock were destroyed and the race called the Moirai, the reason for so many having to leave Earth will now teach those that survived the apocalypse the importance of team work, honesty, loyalty, trust and looking past their position or wealth in life in order to survive. Dan Amenta and his family comprised of Mary, Laura and their children along with other Selected have been chosen to deal with the human problems since they were humans. The survival and the fate of humans are unknown and the son of man as humans are called needs to learn many lessons. Should they be saved or not? Are they so tainted and their ways so unworthy that no matter what is done they will never change? Dan and his wife Mary lead the way as he is no longer considered a human, but Selected whose life span will never end but Mary, Spared, still human, although she will live longer than people do on Earth today, she will still dies way before him. Many people have settled in many different areas and Dan for the past seven since leaving Earth knows that the Moirai have not revealed all that he needs to know and that millions of bodies were left behind. Just what happened to these bodies has yet to be revealed? Just how are they going to protect themselves from the attacks of sabotage when manpower is limited? The Selected resemble the Moirai in physical appearance but the result of this might make you wonder just why? What about the spared? They are working alongside the Selected to create plants, food, harvest and keep the settlements save. So, who can be trusted and who was responsible for the mass destruction of Earth? Could there be a third race?Dan and Mary have been married for a long time a have two children. He has one more child Hope with Laura. But, someone else comes into his focus and leads readers to believe that he will soon find a third. Given unique powers by the Moirai Dan has helped to create his new community and others have been developed but Dan’s is the largest. Humans seem to be headed for a new start but humans that are not selected and have not been transformed pose a threat. The author introduces a third group called The Kritas, a race that is at war with the Moirai and threatens all that Dan and the others have created. Loss, greed, power and the feeling of despair all enter the minds of every character in this novel. Living forever and never having to worry about dying is quite compelling. But, not everyone will benefit from what Dan and many others will experience and be party to. Creating a world where everyone works as a unit, is responsible for keeping the laws and understand their new roles as transgenic beings created by the Moirai is hard for anyone to grasp at first yet they have no choice. Without the support of the Moirai and the peace and the security on Eridu, Earth, it is possible that all humans would perish. Dan is one of the Selected yet his wife Laura is not and what happens to her changes things for not only him but for each colony as another race comes forward and Laura is shot and left for dead when a man’s rage gets the better of him and she is sacrificed. Deceit, lies, sabotage, hate and fear will shake the calm, peace and tranquility that they created. When Dan learns more about what the Book of Fathers reveals he and a group Moirai and Selected are sent to Antarctica one of the coldest places in their known world, searching the ocean floors to uncover a conspiracy that would take their world and point it to self destruct. Can Dan fight and change what is about to happen? Just how powerful are the Krita’s? What is their real agenda and how far will Dan and the rest go to save what they started? How can we as humans understand the mind of an alien? Author Massimo Marino asks leaves readers wondering the answers to these questions while taking them on an emotional ride along with Mary, Laura, Dan and all of the Moirai. Within every society or group there are always those that cannot be trusted and although things appear to be going in the right direction, Dan has to be aware and look long and hard at those around him realizing that some are not what they seem to be. Think about which race will survive and which will not. Think about having your entire life revamped, your appearance changed and your family relocated. Think about knowing that one member will not survive as long as you and think about the future of your children. What would you do if a race developed a drug that controlled your mind and your actions? What would happen if a race came to Earth. Eridu only to harvest humans for their own advantage? The Kritas want to pit humans against humans. Keeping the Kritas in units of four, hoping to extract the implants in the brains of the spared that have been held captive, moral and ethical choices have to be made. Should they leave the implants and try to defuse them or remove them and chance destroying the brains of so many or instant death? As Dan meets someone named Alaston who is part of a secret group called the Keepers, things begin to unfold in a different way and although Dan was told that the other Selected would have had to take care of the spared one sin the transitionalphase, would they and could they succeed? Who can be trusted and are their traitors within the Moirai hiding in plain sight and just what is the final twist? Meet it Chamhez, Katoxos and Ekahau and learn their powers, find out who is behind a devious plot to destroy more than just the spared ones. A plan so intricate, do deadly and dangerous that only Dan and a few can handle. Can they free most of the spared? What happens when traps are set, lives are lost and the people closest to Dan are in danger? Can they free the Spared Ones from the clutches of the Krita’s in time? Will they be able to use the Palladium to communicate? What obstacles will they face and who is placing them in his way? When Laura wakes up wait until you find out what the end result is as Mary confesses her true feelings about Laura and changes are made that will surprise the reader. Placed in danger both Marina and Manfred and read Dan’s thoughts but only one will survive what others have set in motion. Just when Dan and the rest of the team think that the implants have been deactivated and the end is near the author throws us a curve ball, allows readers to enter the cells of the spared and what you will witness you just won’t believe as so many will never be the same ever again. The Kritas look like humans and were able to use this attribute to convince the spared ones or the people we came from to believe in divine intervention and free the Earth from the Moirai, their collaborators and the Selected. Like the cults today and many dictators past and present some are easily swayed and brainwashed. Dan received treatment of a sort of genetic drug, which helped to enhance his brain. Just how this drug comes into play you will learn when you find out just who wants it for themselves and read the explosive face-to-face confrontation that follows. An ending that will allow readers to know that those Once Humans have a long way to go before their race and people find freedom, safety and justice. Deals are made and the final outcome will leave you wondering just what is in store for Dan and his family. Where will they live next and what will be the final fate of everyone? Who will take the final journey with Dan? What happens to those that betrayed them? As the author brilliantly states: Only Time Will Tell. Once Humans: Now and Forever. This is a must read for those that want to believe that the human race is not hopeless and that we just might learn to live in peace together!Fran Lewis: Reviewer

  • Alexander Crommich
    2019-05-23 09:13

    This book had an interesting premise, but a poor English translation completely gutted it. The result was a linguistic jumble that was a chore rather than a pleasure to read through. I expect the author is a far better writer than this book indicates, but all I have to work with is the translation that is in front of me. Were it not for the translation, this book could have been an interesting take on how galactic society could view and deal with the human race.Besides the translation, there are three major issues with this novel. First, the pacing is more of a rambling internal monologue than it is a proper story. Second, the characters are neither interesting nor engaging. Third, the underlying story is presented as something far more complicated than it actually is.First, the pacing. The book veers between Dan’s personal reflections, his relationship with his family, and the larger events going on in the world. This isn’t a problem if done well, but here it turns into a rambling mess. It felt like the author didn’t know what he wanted this book to be about, so he tried to throw everything in instead of drilling down to the essentials.The book drug, it repeatedly and inelegantly jumped between different themes, and the tone and direction of the plot abruptly changed several times. It was a fight to read more than five pages at a time.Second, the characters. Dan can read other people’s emotions, so most of his interactions with other people don’t involve careful observation but rather a news ticker of what each individual feels at any given time. This sucks the passion and mystery out of the characters and transforms them into sterile unites of plot. It’s always a bad idea as a writer to explicitly tell the reader what every single character feels. You can do it here and there, but taken too far, it sucks the joy out of finding out about the characters.Worse, there’s little to Dan that makes him interesting, which is a problem given he’s the only perspective character in the book. He cries, he rages, he broods, but he does all of this in rambling prose that leaves nothing to the imagination. No matter how many times the author told me that Dan cared for his family and friends, no matter how many times he cried over a loss, I couldn’t bring myself to care. When Dan took a passionate stand to save someone he loved, it impacted me less than ordering a bacon cheeseburger.To be fair, I love bacon cheeseburgers, but an airport lunch shouldn’t have more emotional resonance than a novel in which the main character’s wife gets a severe brain injury and nearly dies. I suspect some of the problems stem from the atrocious translation, but the author has a tendency to flatly announce how a character feels. You can write a character crying as much as you want, but if you can’t provoke a sense of sympathy or empathy in the reader, said tears are pointless. Also, characters abruptly shift moods as if the author couldn’t see past the paragraph he was writing to the chapter, or even the page, as a whole.Third, the story presents itself as full of twists in turns, but at its heart it’s about as simple as these things come. A bunch of aliens wipe out most of humanity for our own good, genetically modify a few human beings to be the seeds of a new species/golden era, etc. The big twist: maybe something about the genocide of an entire species wasn’t done on the level. That’s pretty much it. It gets a little clearer towards the end of the book, but not by much.Worse, there’s Dan, a character that suffers from a Chosen One complex. By that, I mean the only reason things seem to happen to him is because they’re supposed to, not because of any skill or intelligence on his part. He’s special. About the only trait he has the stands out is that he’s empathetic, and that doesn’t really count because he can literally use space-powers to read people’s emotional states.At the end of the day, I can’t say how good this book is in its native language because I don’t speak it and was sent an English translation of the text. But based on that translation, there’s nothing here to recommend to any but the most devoted fan of the author’s previous work. I give it a 1/5.

  • Awesome Indies Reviewers
    2019-05-12 10:20

    Once Humans is worthy of Awesome Indies approval. The plot involves surprising revelations, double crosses and unexpected events which make for a good story, and the character of Dan grows as the book progresses. Though I found Marino's style of leaving a lot unsaid unsatisfying - whole scenes sometimes appear to be missing from the story - the book has enough action and interest in the plot to make up for the short fall. There are a few cumbersome sentences and some copy errors but not enough to be of real concern. 4 stars.

  • Clare O'Beara
    2019-05-01 04:09

    Readers who enjoy horror will probably give this book a better rating, as there's too much discussion of dead bodies, producing neurochemicals from brain matter, and malevolent aliens for me to be completely comfortable with the read. If you're still keen, there is plenty of other material in Once Humans. Dan has been genetically altered by an invading alien race which plans to farm a small number of humans. For no reason I can see, in the first book these aliens were called the Daimones by Dan, and the trilogy has that name, yet the name Daimones never appears again within the story. The aliens have another name for their race and that is used. I am going to keep calling them Daimones in my reviews for a sense of connectedness. Dan and his little family are among the survivors of the invasion, now farming a compound in southern Europe. Other people have decided to rebel and attack the co-operating group. Dan risks his own life as he fights them off, but there are few people left and nobody wants more dead people. When he asks the Daimone masters for advice they instead take him off in a mind-controlled spaceship to show him Jupiter... implying that they have issues of bigger scope at hand. Dan is again given a long philosophical lecture on the history of his race and destruction. This is not, to my mind, a book for young adults as the horror imagery and the pitched battles of the later scenes are more suited to adult readers, especially those interested in SF warfare. We are kept guessing as to what the Daimones are really doing on Earth and what the fate of Dan and his family will be... all will be revealed in the third exciting book.

  • Sarah-Jayne Briggs
    2019-04-25 09:36

    (I received this book for free as part of Goodreads First Reads giveaways).(This review may contain spoilers).I have to be honest - I did find this book a bit hard to get into. I didn't realise at first that it was the second in a trilogy - and although I can often read books that aren't the first in a series or trilogy, I found this one particularly hard.The blurb of the book caught my attention really easily. It definitely sounded like the kind of book that I'd like to read. I liked the difference between the aliens and the humans, though there were things that were also quite similar between them, too.I felt that there was quite a bit of telling rather than showing in the book. I wasn't sure what had gone on previously in the book and it seemed strange that the humans were allies with the aliens who were apparently responsible for wiping out a large percentage of the human race.The different kinds of technology in the book were good and I liked some of the hints of relationships between the characters. I wasn't very clear about how Laura fit into everything - it was difficult to understand the relationship with her, Dan and Mary.The writing was mostly good and I could see a lot of the events happening inside my mind. I did notice a few errors in the writing, though nothing really major.I think that, at some point, I'd like to read the first book so that I have a better understanding of the characters and situations. I couldn't properly care about or empathise with the characters in this book until close to the end.

  • Charles Ray
    2019-05-11 08:11

    Massino Marino’s Once Humans: Vol. 2 of the Daimones Trilogy continues the saga of Dan Amenta and his family after the arrival of the Moirai on earth has triggered the culling of the human race and the resurrection of humanity. Dan has been ‘selected’ by the Moirai and given special powers. New communities of the ‘selected’ have cropped up, the largest being that led by Dan. Humanity seems on its way to a new beginning, until raids by the ‘spared,’ humans not selected for transformation, signal the presence of a third entity, the Kritas, a race at war with the Moirai.Dan, with his Moirai allies must deal with the incursions, a task complicated by the possibility of traitors within the Moirai ranks, and doubts about the real intentions of the Moirai.Marino, in this second volume, has found his stride. The suspense that began to build in the first book rises to heights that will make your blood race. At the same time, he explores what it really means to be human, even when given superhuman capabilities.One has to wonder whether Marino will be able to maintain the same level of wonder in the final book of the trilogy – but, I predict that he will not only maintain, but surpass. Once Humans is easily four stars, and for all the right reasons.

  • Dawn
    2019-05-01 07:23

    I received a free audiobook for an honest review.I listened to the first book in the Daimones trilogy and found it intriguing so I was looking forward to listening to Once Humans to see how things turned out in this new world run by the Selected and the Moîrai.Unfortunately, for the most part, I was disappointed (not in the author but in the Selected and the remaining humans). I didn't like how the first book ended and I was hoping the humans would rebel in the second book. Instead, they allowed themselves to be directed by the Moîrai almost completely. There were times when Dan stood up to them and he was respected for that but the other Selected just rolled over and then complained when the Moîrai weren't around.I am not a die-hard science fiction fan but I think die-hard fans would get more out of this book because there are detailed descriptions of some of the aliens' technology.Although this isn't my favorite book I've read this year, I think it is well written and that it's more of a personal preference. I believe that science fiction fans would really like it.

  • Belinda
    2019-04-24 05:24

    A very interesting piece of fiction; it drew me in, made question society in many ways, and kept me wondering what would happen next. I had almost discarded the book after chapter 1, despite the nicely written preface. Beginning chapter 1 I was immediately lost in an unknown world with little discription and confused dialog between unknown parties; many would have given up right there. Luckily chapter 2 brought some clarity and some action to bring the title character and his foriegn world to life, and shortly thereafter I couldn't put the book down. The text is irregular but fitting. I can't wait for the next book. It is just one of those unique stories that will keep you thinking long after you have finished the book. Well done.This book was provided free by Goodreads First Reads.

  • Christoph Fischer
    2019-05-09 04:09

    "Once Humans: Daimones Trilogy, VOl 2" by Massimo Marino is a fascinating and captivating science fiction novel. In a way it is not just action packed science fiction but also a thoughful reflection on what makes society perfect. An alien race / species, the Moirai, have taken over Earth and they have selected some humans to help them establish a new world and have spared other humans, too. The rest are dead. However, there is unrest on the new Earth, the discovery of a different race, battle and a big conspiracy threat.Our hero Dan Amenta has its own personal problems with not ageing himself while his loved ones are while the world seems to be heading for a huge conflict.A gripping read.

  • Randy
    2019-05-23 09:31

    This novel advances the story a number of years. The Moîrai, some of them, help Dan, one of the Selected, and the Spared ones rebuild the human race.But it quickly becomes apparent that something more is going on, Saboteurs are wrecking much of the machinery set uo.That's whem Dan learns the Moîrai have not told him evrything. Another race is operating on Earth. The Kritas want the rest of the human race destroyed. And all the Moîrai are not innocent either. It turns out reasons for the death of most of the human race nay have been unnecessary after all.Dan struggles wih this knowledge even as he believes in the Moîrai actually helping them.I quite enjoyed this second book in the trilogy.

  • Ceecee
    2019-05-12 08:17

    With guidance from the Moirai, man has thrived and created a new civilization. Although some are not entirely human anymore, they have still maintained the common goal of keeping peace on earth. When their bright future is tarnished by horrible acts of sabotage, the Selected are faced with difficult decisions. This novel is the product of a brilliant mind. The narration is precise, informative, interesting, and very in-depth. Each character grows as the story progresses, as does the reader’s attachment to them. Marino’s uncanny ability to describe any situation expertly even made the tension seem tangible. With a steady pace, the story reaches a finale that is both satisfying and emotional. Fantastic addition to the sci-fi world.

  • Hemantkumar Jain
    2019-05-11 06:18

    As simple as part 2 of the trilogy was, the second one has become complex with several shades of suspense in there .. Another alien race is introduced and then later in the book, you briefly come across many other races. Story gets complicated with hidden motives, back-stabbing, deviant behavior, rise of a new unknown villain and tragedy striking our protagonist close at heart ... twice! I am looking forward to the third and final episode .. where the complexity and suspense will be simplified and unraveled.

  • Melissa
    2019-04-24 05:26

    I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.The story is one that pulls you in from the beginning and doesn't let go of you until you are done. The characters are well developed and you see growth of the character. The storyline is flawless and flows perfectly. I am not a huge fan of post-apocalyptic novels but I will be reading the next installment in this series and probably rereading the entire series.

  • J
    2019-05-23 08:35

    I thoroughly enjoyed the 1st book in this series, found it to be very positive and enlightening with everything happening in the story. This one I found darker, the story is just as intriguing as the 1st one but I found it a bit harsher with a lot more action and conflicts. I so far am enjoying the series.

  • InD'tale Magazine
    2019-05-09 11:34

    3.5/5.0A hard-core sci-fi, “Once Humans” continues to follow Dan Amenta and his family as they navigate the new world they live in. Read full review in the November 2013 issue of InD’tale Magazine.

  • kennethh.robinson
    2019-04-24 11:36

    NEW HORIZONS MEET OLD ASPIRATIONSDan, his family, and friends old and new all continue down the long road to a becoming someone different yet recognizably the same. Love and deep concern make the way easier for Dan and all mankind.

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    2019-04-23 09:12


  • Angela(demonsangel) Fitzgerald
    2019-05-12 05:17

    Review posted on Audible

  • Kavita Favelle
    2019-05-12 04:24

    Much more sci-fi in nature than part 1, and reasonably decent plot, but some passages feeling a little contrived. Better pacing than part 1 though and enjoyable overall.

  • Massimo Marino
    2019-05-08 04:37

    5-star from Readers' Favorite Review CritiqueBelow you will find ratings (scale of 1-5) with descriptions for the major parts of your book followed by your Readers' Favorite review. We hope these ratings will give you an insight into how others may view the different components of your book. These are the opinions of your reviewer,and although your reviewer is not an expert literary critic or professional editor, they are at the very least, an avid reader of books just like yours.Title: Once HumansSubtitle: Vol.2 The Daimones Trilogy Author: Massimo MarinoGenre: Fiction - Science FictionAppearance: 5Cover, Construction, Chapter Headings, Illustrations, Table of ContentsThe appearance of a book makes a dramatic difference in the experience of the reader. Appearance includes everything from an enticing cover and intriguing table of contents, to interesting chapter headings and eye-catching illustrations. This book excelled in all of these areas.Plot and Development: 5Concept, Characters, OriginalityThe characters of a book should be well defined, and while they do not have to be likable, the reader does have to be able to form a connection with them. The theme should be consistent and the plot should be original or told from a unique perspective. All of these elements are exceptionally well done in this book.Description, Dialogue, Creativity, Organization, Length, Fluidity, CoherenceBesides the plot, the development of a book is the most critical. The dialogue should be realistic, the descriptions should be vivid, and the material should be concise and flow smoothly. The development of this book is very well done.Formatting:5Editing, Proofreading, LayoutMarketability: 5Overall Opinion: 5Review:Editing and proofreading is where most authors fail. An author should have more than one person proofread their book. The best plot will fail if the reader has to stumble through misspelled words, misused words, bad punctuation, and poor grammar. This book is well edited.Theme, Subject Matter, Size of Target AudienceMarketability refers to how well your book can be marketed and sold. The larger the target audience a book has, the greater the value it will have to publishers and retailers. Although this element is not indicative of the quality of a book, it is important to the success of a book. This book has a wide appeal and can be marketed to many types of readers.Overall Starred Rating: 5This rating takes into account all previous elements and the reader's overall opinion of the book. This is an excellent, very well written book.At first it seems that the world, Eridu (Earth, as it is known by the Moirai), is at peace, in Once Humans by Massimo Marino. But things are not exactly as they appear. Humans are undergoing a transformation into becoming greater beings (transgenic beings that were created by the Moirai, which took over the planet). They are closely watched by a group called the Selected. As long as they are supported by the alien Moirai, the communities of transgenic beings grow, thrive, and are secure.All this is suddenly threatened by saboteurs called Kritas who have been in conflict with the Moirai for millennia. These aliens hope to undermine the work that the Moirai have done and control the new human race themselves. Dan Amenta, a transgenic being, is the only hope for Eridu and the transgenic community. He must pursue the Kritas through the labyrinth of tunnels and prevent them from carrying out their destruction—but first he must successfully complete the maze of logic which exists in the minds of the aliens.The suspenseful, thrilling plot of Massimo Marino at work in Once Humans is very well designed and is presented in great detail. The development of the characters, their emotions, and the way they react to each other makes the story move in a way that appeals to all members of the human race. The reader will find that there are many questions to be answered and many possible answers presented in a very thought-provoking manner, making this novel one to challenge the mind and draw the reader to look deeper. The reader will often feel like they are functioning within Dan's mind and seeing what he sees.This is an excellent sci-fi thriller which is not only well thought out and very imaginative, but thrilling and captivating as well.

  • Massimo Marino
    2019-05-06 09:35

    From the Editor of a subsidiary of San Francisco Book ReviewsThe second in the Daimones Trilogy from Massimo Marino, does a great job of clueing in the reader about the first book with a detailed prologue, making the reading of the first volume not necessary. Once Humans continues the story of the Selected, the transgenic beings created by the Moîrai, who continue to live in peace and security on Planet Earth, known as Eridu by the Moîrai.The future is a somewhat uncertain place for Dan and the Selected now, as question abound about the Moîrai and their supposed intentions. Billions were killed in the apocalypse, but what happened to all the bodies? Dan discovers a special drug that makes interstellar travel possible. Is this how the Moîrai disposed of all the bodies? Are they responsible for the apocalypse? And can the Moîrai be trusted? Are they telling the truth?There are also troubling times on Eridu, as plants and livestock are being destroyed and killed because humanity is a fractured and imperfect being and while there are those always looking to do good and help others and prosper, there are those who look for personal gain and greed, looking to cause other fellow human beings pain and suffering at whatever cost. The Moîrai offer to help with these growing problems, but Dan and the other Selected decide that this is a human problem that should be dealt with and corrected by human beings, without alien support.Dan is also dealing with an inevitability as a Selected, which is that his wife Mary will eventually die, while he with his special abilities is becoming stronger and not aging at all. But he knows he should not take his chosen gifts and abilities lightly, that they happened for a reason and it is up to him to get to the route of this conspiracy that has grown to a cosmic level. He will need to travel far and wide, even deep into Eridu, to find some of the answers he needs about the Moîrai and what is really going one here.Once Humans continues the complexity of the Daimones Trilogy, plunging the reader deeper and deeper into the inferno of a story, giving some answers, but also posing more questions and wonders, which can only be solved by reading to the very end.

  • Koeur
    2019-05-20 11:19 BooktropePublishing Date: September 2015ISBN: 9781513702926Genre: SciFiRating: 2.3/5Publisher Description: The last day has come and gone, but the saga continues in Once Human as Massimo Marino continues to explore the future of humanity. When you’re surrounded by peace and plenty, think of a malignant power lurking from the depth of the darkness. Review: This was boring with a capital “B”. Aliens kill off our race but make some humans better than they used to be while leaving the majority as worker bees with no ability to reproduce. Yet somehow Lieutenant Dan is grateful to the aliens for all that they do or maybe it is a sense of morbid acceptance. Either way the story line was not believable. And yes, it kind of has to be plausible for our ordered minds to follow. The novel mostly follows the growing development of a “New Race” of humans as they farm, cavort and mince around the hills of Europe. The End. Nah, Dan gets to ride in a spaceship and have halting, innuendo laden conversations with aliens. Oh, and he has powers that are growing so he’s gaining in coolness. The End. No, I kid. Everything is perfect, then a bad race of aliens start destroying their hydroponics but Dan can sense their deep evil and knows when to duck. The End. No, really, Dan can now mind meld and shjt but you don’t know when he is doing it because of all the grammatical errors that run rampant throughout. Read this while grappling for change in a smelly bar.

  • Carly Kirk
    2019-05-10 03:25

    While I enjoyed this second book in the series well enough there were a lot of times that I was confused by the author's word choices. I would have to read and reread passages to try to figure out what was going on or being said. And I was really frustrated too because in the first book every thought that Dan had was articulated, so I always knew what he thought was going on... but in this book there were a lot of times where whatever he was thinking wasn't conveyed except in vague terms. I'm guessing the author did this to keep the reader interested, but it just made me aggravated.I'm not sure if I'll read the last book or not.