Daimones by Massimo Marino

Publisher: CreateSpace

Book rating as per the author: PG-13 (questionable content for children under 13)

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BookBios.com (BB.com): What is your book about?

Massimo Marino (MM): Daimones is a post-apocalyptic novel and volume one of a Trilogy. Once Humans is the second volume and being written now.

Dan and his family awake one day in a world where everyone is dead but no evidence points to a cause. Initial searches for survivors yield nothing and, in panic, the family turns their house into a stronghold. Eventually, they find Laura, a survivor who manages to win their hearts…and leads Dan to temptation. Laura reveals her panicking encounter with strange entities which Dan recognizes in his childhood hallucinations. He forces himself to find and confront them: An older power controls the fate of men. A few selected will face the ultimate quest: a painful genetic transformation and work toward the rebirth of a new human race, or oblivion and death in isolation.

BB.com: How did you pick the topic for Daimones?

MM: It was a combination of things, real life strange death of animals around the globe, the Arab Spring, war and destruction, people killing each other, economic crisis… It didn’t take much to think if someone could pull the plug on all this madness this might be the moment.

The germ of idea started that way, what if we had wasted all our chances, what if we had reached a ‘third-strike’ and receive an ultimate, harsher sentence, no matter the crime committed…

BB.com: How is Daimones different from other books that cover the same or similar information?

MM: PA novels are often about cataclysmic events, survivors fending off dangers at every page, zombie attacks, aliens destroying everything for inscrutable reasons, or as a fulfillment of a religious prophecy. Daimones is nothing of the sort.

The novel places a few survivors in a world having experienced a planetary culling of humankind, one with no immediate or apparent cause. The Apocalypse has arrived yet the ‘why’ and ‘how’ remain unknown in a frustrating – and fearful – reality for Dan Amenta and his family.

The exploration of human relationships and their importance, of personalities and memories, moral and emotional issues, as well as the mechanics of everyday survival for this family, are at the heart of the tale.

We are led to feel the disbelief, the anguish, the grief, the frantic search for other survivors through Dan’s first-person narration.

Massimo Marino

Massimo Marino

BB.com: What did you like most about writing this book?

MM: That the premises and what happens is realistic and that a post-apocalyptic world is not far from being real for many people nowadays. What difference there is between Dan, the main character in “Daimones” to look for another human being who could ease his struggle and prevent him to fall prey to madness and the countless fellow men and women who live—invisible—at the margin of our society. What difference there is between walking alone in a modern metropolis or being a pariah of our society, a ghost living among spectres.

Isn’t the world already apocalyptic for some? Oh yes, it is so for many fellow humans.

An excerpt from Daimones:

The streets were deserted, and plants had started to grow wild. Weeds made their appearances in pavement cracks, finding the smallest possible fertile spots where to grip the earth with their roots. Like cat claws on a doomed prey, indifferent to their pain and destiny.

The previously neat and trimmed green areas, flowerbeds, and urban decorations had grown naturally but in a chaotic way, at least to our civilized eyes. Dead leaves bunched together where wind had collected them along with papers, plastic bags and everything else not securely fixed in place.

We caught glimpses of cats and small dogs which must have escaped from their masters’ apartments—now tombs—and we resisted Annah’s pleas of starting an animal shelter business. Besides, we had two dogs already.

A few cars were around, those of early commuters culled that watershed day when human civilization had been cut short. I don’t know who the ghosts were now, us or those unlucky drivers locked in their vehicles, their path interrupted by a fatal destiny in the shape of a wall, a curb or a street light post. Some seemed to have parked in impossible locations, left there to rot by an uncaring fate disposing of garbage.

Pigeons and seagulls, from the Lemano lake, had left their mark and there was no one around to clean up after them.

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