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100 Reviews on Amazon Celebration month

Dear all,

 

Daimones, Vol.1 of the "Daimones Trilogy", has passed the cap of 100 reviews on Amazon with a 4.0 stars average.

 

To celebrate, and in all countries, Daimones is now at the promotional price of $0.99 down from $2.99

 

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  • Hall of Fame in Science Fiction 2013 - Quality Reads UK Book Club
  • Winner of PRG 2013 Reviewer's Choice Award in Sci-Fi Series
  • Winner of PRG 2012 Reviewer's Choice Award in Sci-Fi
  • 5-stars Review from NYT international best seller Author Jennifer Blake 
  • 5-stars Review from NYT international best seller Author Luba Brezhnev
 
 
 
 
 
5-stars Review by Christopher Dagg for Readers' Favorite 
"Daimones" by Massimo Marino is an apocalypse book with a difference. It is attractively written and the language flows well. "Daimones" explores some difficult themes. Yet the plot didn't tire but shifted gear to an exciting finish. A great read."
 
 

Greenleaf Book Group, LLC
"Daimones Trilogy." "A story that is compelling and offers a glimpse into a realistic world that soon becomes something more. The elements of the plot allow the reader to explore human condition as well as a paranormal existence. 

The story offers a consistent flow, continuity in scene purpose, and progression of events. The characters are well developed and Dan is a solid, yet complex, main character that anchors the story." 
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Judge, Writer's Digest 21st Annual Self-Publishing Book Awards
 
"Massimo Marino's Daimones is a compelling story that shows the full range of the human condition through otherworldly examples. The what-ifs in this story will leave readers with bone-chilling concerns. This book is sure to have readers yearning for more from this author.
 
 
Grammar: 5 stars
Production Quality and Cover Design: 5 stars
Character Development: 5 stars.
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A New World Order - Only $0.99

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Daimones  - Massimo Marino
 
 
4.0 out of 5 stars A NEW WORLD ORDER, September 24, 2013
This review is from: Daimones (Daimones Trilogy) (Kindle Edition)

Dan Amenta and his family wake up one morning, just like every other that had come before it. To their surprise, the world as they knew it was no longer. Venturing out to find out the extent of the catastrophic event that has taken place, they realize that no one else had made it through the night alive but them. With no knowledge of any other survivors, their entire way of life changes as they acclimate themselves to what he later understands is a world order that humans were not aware of. With no indication of what took place, who caused it and why, Dan must take the helm and find a way for he and his family to survive under the circumstances. In the midst of this transition, Dan stumbles upon supernatural beings, who he eventually remembers encountering in his youth. Although afraid and unsure of their origin, he cannot contain his curiosity and seeks to uncover the purpose of these mysterious creatures. Learning how their presence and authority influences the earth changes his life forever.

Diamones by Massimo Marino was my first sci-fi read and I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. It was nothing like what I expected from this genre. The events that took place in this title were not too animated or supernatural that I was turned off. I could actually picture everything as I read because of the detailed descriptions. For instance, I could see the trauma to the area around them as they searched for signs of life. There was one portion that seemed a little too "scientific" with details of what had taken place on various planets in the past, but other than that, I was able to remain engrossed in the storyline. What I loved about this book is that it addressed so many issues related to the human existence - fear, love, loyalty, survival, various dynamics of relationships, isolation, the need for security and so many others. I would definitely suggest this title for sci-fi lovers and those who want to give this genre a try.

 

from http://www.amazon.com/review/R20B1TGU62BOFP/

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A New World Order

Daimones  - Massimo Marino
 
 
4.0 out of 5 stars A NEW WORLD ORDER, September 24, 2013
This review is from: Daimones (Daimones Trilogy) (Kindle Edition)

Dan Amenta and his family wake up one morning, just like every other that had come before it. To their surprise, the world as they knew it was no longer. Venturing out to find out the extent of the catastrophic event that has taken place, they realize that no one else had made it through the night alive but them. With no knowledge of any other survivors, their entire way of life changes as they acclimate themselves to what he later understands is a world order that humans were not aware of. With no indication of what took place, who caused it and why, Dan must take the helm and find a way for he and his family to survive under the circumstances. In the midst of this transition, Dan stumbles upon supernatural beings, who he eventually remembers encountering in his youth. Although afraid and unsure of their origin, he cannot contain his curiosity and seeks to uncover the purpose of these mysterious creatures. Learning how their presence and authority influences the earth changes his life forever.

Diamones by Massimo Marino was my first sci-fi read and I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. It was nothing like what I expected from this genre. The events that took place in this title were not too animated or supernatural that I was turned off. I could actually picture everything as I read because of the detailed descriptions. For instance, I could see the trauma to the area around them as they searched for signs of life. There was one portion that seemed a little too "scientific" with details of what had taken place on various planets in the past, but other than that, I was able to remain engrossed in the storyline. What I loved about this book is that it addressed so many issues related to the human existence - fear, love, loyalty, survival, various dynamics of relationships, isolation, the need for security and so many others. I would definitely suggest this title for sci-fi lovers and those who want to give this genre a try.

 

from http://www.amazon.com/review/R20B1TGU62BOFP/

Daimones  - Massimo Marino
Dan Amenta wakes up one morning to discover the world has changed...the Apocalypse has arrived.
 
Death, destruction, and disaster are spreading around the globe. Yet Dan and his family remain untouched. He begins to fear they are the only three people left alive on Earth. They are not.
 

Efforts to survive and make contact with others reveal disturbing truths about the human extermination. Dan finds Laura who discloses even more. Her presence - a young, sexy, disruptive girl - adds questions about what is moral and ethical in this new reality.

 

Then supernatural experiences reported by other survivors force Dan to seek explanations from his own past. Memories of childhood hallucinations strike him with sledgehammer force, bringing him face-to-face with a secret millions of years old.

 

Planet Earth is in the hands of an older power, one Dan never envisioned and dares not disobey...

 

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

The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition - William Strunk Jr., E. B. White, Roger Angell The Elements of Style travels the decades without showing a single wrinkle. What impressed me most is the attention to the reader, here and there hinting at the "contract" between writers and their readers: "you must sympathize with the reader's plight".

A final admonition to all writers aims at being truthful: "never seek to know the reader's wants [...] glance at the Trend Machine and you are as good as dead, although you may make a nice living."

No one can write decently who is distrustful and untrue.

An anonymous once remarked, "Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar." The Elements of Style says that on every page.
Daimones (Daimones Trilogy, #1) - Massimo Marino “'Tis the good reader that makes the good book; in every book he finds passages which seem to be confidences or sides hidden from all else and unmistakably meant for his ear; the profit of books is according to the sensibility of the reader; the profound thought or passion sleeps as in a mine, until it is discovered by an equal mind and heart.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson


EDITORIAL REVIEWS
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HARO Review: Massimo Marino— Daimones Trilogy: Volume 1 Genre: Fiction

Section 1: Title
The title for your book, Daimones, is strong. Using the term “daimones’ instead of the English term ‘demons’ makes the title more intriguing and unique. It also adds an element of sophistication that may not otherwise be achieved with ‘demon’.

Section 2: Structure
You’ve done a great job of putting together a story that is compelling and offers a glimpse into a realistic world that soon becomes something more. The elements of your plot allow the reader to explore human condition as well as a paranormal existence.
It’s clear that the book has been professionally edited. The story offers a consistent flow, continuity in scene purpose, and progression of events. The characters are well developed and Dan is a solid, yet complex, main character that anchors the story.

Section 3: Style
You have a clear writing style that will largely appeal to fiction readers. You have a knack for developing characters and also taking your time in building a world that readers will slowly become more invested in as the story progresses. Your tone is a great match for this genre.

You’re off to a great start with having the book available on Amazon and your involvement with social media channels such as Facebook and Goodreads. Both vehicles offer great opportunities for you to connect with your audience. You’ve made it very easy for fans to access multiple types of information about your background and future plans for the book.

Greenleaf Book Group, LLC

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5-star Reviewed by Christopher Dagg for Readers' Favorite
"Daimones" explores difficult themes. Yet the plot didn't tire but shifted gear to an exciting finish. The evocation of the rich and expensive city of Geneva surrounded by commuter towns in France is especially well done. A great read.

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5-star
In this post-apocalyptic story for the thinking person, Marino explores a myriad of moral and emotional issues as well as the mechanics of everyday survival. [...] The exploration of human relationships [...] provide real heart for the tale. - NYT international best seller Author Jennifer Blake (Patricia A. Maxwell)
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft - Stephen King I enjoyed On Writing for multiple reasons.

Stephen King covers various aspects of being a writer, the mechanics, what to expect, what could word—and works for him—and he is not keeping secrets. I felt very much like having been allowed in his room and chat with him. The style he chose is that of an informal discussion with his reader.

A lot of what he says resonated with me, and with my experience as a writer of my novel, Daimones. I liked a lot some of his closing remarks about writing: "Writing isn't about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it's about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It's about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay?"

In an interview appeared on the blog Lauries' thoughts—http://lauriethoughts-reviews.blogspot.fr/2012/08/daimones-by-massimo-marino-interview.html—I said, "People talk about the "page turner" to describe a good story, something were conflict appear at every page, almost. There's truth in there but it is not the end of it. I think a good story has to make you feel you are part of it, you turn the pages because you care and want to be reassured that something bad is not going to happen (or it is if you hate the character). A good story should make you laugh, cry, feel sadness and happiness, move you to tears, and losing track of time. It will not happen with every reader or at the same places in the story, but if it happens here and there, to some, even one, then the story has reached its goal to please a reader, allow him to escape and live in the same lucid-dream the writer used to create a different world." You will never do with everyone, and never in the same places for different people. You will do sometimes, for some people, and when that happens, it should make you happy.

"On Writing", again using Stephen King's words, is "a permission slip: you can, you should, and if you're brave enough to start, you will. Writing is magic, as much the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink."

Be brave enough, you can.
Worlds of Wonder: How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy - David Gerrold I liked the book all over, and there are pearls for everyone in most pages.

What struck me is that Gerrold advices are very practical and take you hand to hand on what is important and essential about writing and storytelling.
One, among the ones he lists at the end says:

"You can't write what you don't know. If you don't know, find out"

Readers want to immerse themselves in the world—of wonder—created by the writer, and it is to be credible, and shown by the author as if he comes from there, he has been there, he felt, smelled the air, tasted the dust of that world.

Gerrold also discusses distinctions and communications. I thought of Mercury-Hermes, god of communication, mediations, and announcements, i.e., revelations. Mercury represents the pricipium individuationis. With his winged feet, he travels fast and agile to establish relationships and connections between gods and men, between universal laws and each individual story. When the communication works and the connection is established, the relationship works.

The essential nature of writing is communication and sharing, we transmit ideas, thoughts, feelings and emotions. And we have to know them, first.
The Silmarillion - J.R.R. Tolkien, Ted Nasmith,  Christopher Tolkien

I wanted to read it after the trilogy. I had to.
It was not like reading the trilogy. It was a clumsy, galumphing dirigible of an epilogue. Something every Lord of the Rings fan wants to have read it but not one fan wants to read.
To be read--but only after you "lived" Middle Earth.