This series begins with the sudden death of most of humanity in 2012. At first, it seems that Dan Amenta and his family are the only survivors left to adapt to living in an empty world – and they get used to it, until their search for other survivors slowly turns up small pockets of people that lived through the culling and report sightings of strange, energy beings roaming around at night.
The story takes some time to pick up in Daimones, but once it does, it flies full speed ahead. Soon, we discover that aliens called the Moirai are amongst humanity, and have come to help some of “the selected,” humans specially selected by these aliens, to evolve into a higher form of humanity. The selection leads to more questions about the aliens, their origins, their purpose on Earth, and most disturbing of all, are they responsible for the mass deaths?
The search for answers takes nearly a century through Once Human and The Rise of the Phoenix as survivors rebuild society and establish a relationship with the alien race. Once Human focuses largely on the rebuilding of humanity through the evolution process and on unlocking the mystery of another alien race that came to Earth shortly after the mysterious deaths and performed their own form of “mental enhancements” on other humans fleeing the Moirai, which results in acts of sabotage and violence.
Everything comes together in several epic battles both on Earth and in space at the end of Once Human and through The Rise of the Phoenix, where the answers to the questions of why the culling and evolution happened in the first place are answered. The Rise of the Phoenix is largely focused on the military. While there’s nothing wrong with this, I found it slightly shocking to jump forward several decades and take the story into space and away from Earth in this final installment. It was satisfying to have the truth revealed, and to find out what the real plan was behind the culling of Earth, the selection process, and the evolution of humanity.
Overall, I give The Daimones Trilogy a three and a half star rating. It has a solid plot and good characters, and I enjoyed the story. My only complaints are the slow movement of the plot in Daimones to find survivors, the switch of focus from Earth to military in space inThe Rise of the Phoenix, and the sudden time jumps between each book . It is a fine trilogy, and I recommend it to fans of epic science fiction. The Daimones Trilogy is available through Amazon.
Science fiction is fun, but reading two trilogies has been intense, especially while working on writing my own scifi trilogy! I plan to turn my focus for “indie author summer” to mystery and suspense novels now. Next on my reading list is Dying for a Living, by Kory M. Shrum.
Here’s hoping you’re enjoying some good books this summer, and that this review inspires you to check out this trilogy and other indie authors in genres you enjoy.
That’s all today. Take care, and have a great rest of the weekend.