Book Review-Gone Girl

Gone GirlGone Girl goes far and beyond the limits, pushing the envelope in exploring the remote possibilities of what can happen in a very messed up marriage.

Amy Elliott comes off as a girl who is viewed as a ‘Tomboy’. She’s a vulgar, down to earth, tell it like it is without sugar-coating a word type girl. Nick Dunne is a handsome, semi-hard-working, likes to hang with the guys, mostly without the wife kind of guy. Who just happens to be best friends with his twin sister, Margo or ‘Go’.

The first section of the book draws the reader a picture of the marriage in the beginning. Both Nick and Amy are writers; Amy the center of a book series about ‘herself’ called Amazing Amy. Nick is a newspaper columnist. Happy, romantic, healthy newlyweds they are until the bottom drops out and unexpected things happen.

First, they both lose their jobs, then Nick’s mother develops terminal cancer, forcing them to relocate in order to help his sister Go care for her. Finally, adding insult to injury, Amy’s trust fund from Amazing Amy is suddenly relinquished to her parents, who have run into serious and irreversible financial despair.

Before the Elliott’s money troubles come into light, Amy fronts the money for Nick and Go to open a bar, leaving Amy with nothing but their cat Bleecker and too much time on her hands.

While Nick is at The Bar, teaching part-time and hanging with his friends, Amy remains holed up in their house, seemingly obsessing over the little things; Nick didn’t pay enough attention to me this morning, Nick didn’t take out the trash, Nick didn’t do this, Nick didn’t do that…..until one day Nick gets a phone call from a neighbour, reporting that their house has been abandoned, and the door is left wide open.

At first it would seem that she just left him, given her plethora of reasons to. But when the supposed crime scene is revealed, many eyebrows lift.

In the second section of the book, the reader learns….and subsequently learns to hate…..Nick. We’ve already discovered he’s an imperfect husband. Although, one would also point out that Amy seems to be a drama queen and severely nit-picky. But we soon discover all the other things that he’s done that he thinks his wife didn’t know about.

The twists and turns in this book were incredibly well laid out. Nick’s character is, as he admits himself, indifferent. He doesn’t fit the part of being a victimized husband, who is grieving over his missing and presumed dead wife. Cold, inconvenienced and pasting on a frown is more what he is. But we start to ask ourselves: does that make him a killer?

The author does a tremendous job pacing this story and giving the characters the voices they need to elaborate their plight. Done in first person, both Amy and Nick tell their sides of the story in diary-like formation that captivates, manipulates and keeps the reader guessing until the end.

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Hello, I’m a physicist. I worked at the CERN laboratory in Switzerland for 10 years, then moved to the US to join the Lawrence Berkeley Lab in California. I then moved to the private sector with Apple Inc. at the European Head Quarters in London, and then with the World Economic Forum in Geneva/Cologne. I’m self-published and I have refused twice to sign a contract with a publisher:

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Today I’d like to introduce Kindlemojo’s Books and Bacon readers and followers to my award winners novels of “The Daimones Trilogy,” and to the holiday ongoing PROMOTION for Vol. 1,

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The trilogy is a post-apocalyptic story where one of the dominant races in the galaxy culls the human race for inscrutable reasons.

Vol.1, “Daimones”, introduces readers to a silent but deadly invasion that leaves the few survivors befuddled, wary, and broken.

51XqWB3lsvL._SL250_Dan Amenta 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 young, sexy, and disruptive girl who have seen…things. Her presence adds questions about what is moral and ethical in this new reality. She 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.

Vol.2, “Once Humans”,

OHMankind is undergoing rebirth, the spared ones are closely watched by the Selected: the transgenic beings created by the Moîrai. People 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 shattered by acts of sabotage set to disrupt the fragile balance of the fledgling communities.

The events reveal a cosmic conspiracy—and involving other races—full of betrayal and fear, being hatched with the hope of pushing the world perilously close to the brink of self-destruction.

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“Vol 3, “The Rise of the Phoenix”, sees the death of the last spared human on Earth.

TRotPThe new race of man—the Selected and their progeny—has no more moral obligations, and its leadership can now prepare for revenge. Confusion, sadness, and fear mix into Dan’s mind, and doubts accompany him as he becomes the leader of transgenic humans. A new neurological drug, Fusion, is heavily produced on Eridu and has created the path for a rapid evolution of the new humans, richness and good fortune.

The past events–Daimones Trilogy Vol.2–revealed the crucial role the humans have in the galaxy organization…and made them aware of their strength.

Once Hope, the last surviving daughter of Dan Amenta leaves this life, a moral obligation suddenly is no more. Things can change, and they must. A new order and a new course will put in place the events the Moîrai have sewn and destined to rip apart the foundations of the galaxy.

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 different. The novel places a few survivors in a world that 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. They will grow, and the Selected will part more and more from the ‘spared ones.’ in subtle ways.

Daimones Trilogy is a sci-fi for the thinking person and who loves to envision a story through a growing, and complex character personality. Written as a journey into what makes humans what they are.

Readers not accustomed to sci-fi have received the story well, too, as romance and love haunt Dan at every page.

I’m present online with thousands of followers in both FB and Twitter and my blog posts are regularly retweeted many times. (http://massimomarinoauthor.com)

While Vol.1 targets a more mature audience (not exactly teens), Vol.2 and Vol.3 feature more action scenes and faster paces as the direct confrontation with the aliens unfolds, thus they both can attract younger readers, too.

Oh – and it would be great if you left your review.

With best regards,

Massimo Marino

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Interview with Creator of Amber and Blue

Interview with the Creator of Amber and BlueToday I have the privilege of speaking with (Karen) K.R. Rowe, author of the Amber and Blue series. Being a fan of romantic suspense myself, I have read and reviewed the first book, and I’ll use an excerpt from my review to give the audience a little background.

“K. R. Rowe does an amazing job weaving two stories together in this romantic mystery. Amber and Blue begins with some back story, setting the stage for the mystery portion of the novel. Afterward, we are knee deep in an enthralling romance.

The second story is what throws the reader for a loop, but it’s a good loop. Without any spoilers, I’ll simply tell you that the main character, Grace, finds herself falling in love with another, Lucien….having ‘forgotten’ her first love, Alex.

When Alex and Lucien began competing for Grace’s love, I found myself rooting for Alex, and desperately wondered if other readers felt the same. K. R. Rowe pulled the storylines together very well and left the ending without a subtle cliff hanger, which I really felt was clever. I personally think there is much more impact when a series draws the reader to the next novel with a strong story alone, and the author does this very successfully.”

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The Birth of a Novel

A few days ago, I was asked to share the truth about the birth of a novel, my novel. The interviewer suspected that what is narrated in the novel came from real life experiences. She said, “there are things that are difficult to invent.” She’s not wrong. They must be suffered first to become a fiction later, the truth within the many lies that make up a story.

Daimones was born as autobiographical notes to throw out what hurt inside. The novel was born, in fact, it came off as a rash during a weekend in which I found myself on a Sunday night — or rather a Monday morning — staring at more than 15,000 words written on over forty pages on my Word document. After that, it has become a novel, first, and a trilogy along the way.

I’ve always written stories since childhood, but I didn’t allow anyone to read them. With my studies in Physics, writing has suffered, diminished, then professional work arrived and I thought everything had died off, until the day I started to invent bedtime stories for my daughter. Always a different one every night, about the boy who becomes a dolphin, the mouse whose tail’s too long, or the flower that was a girl, and she fell asleep happy.

In 2011 I suffered from what happens to Dan. I found myself having too much time to think, to doubt, to hope. It is said that you can’t write when comforts and satisfactions surround you. I think it’s true. Something must be missing inside before something can grow to fill the void and worth to share.


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Massimo Marino has a scientific background: He spent years at CERN and The Lawrence Berkeley Lab followed by lead positions with Apple, Inc. and the World Economic Forum. He is also co-founder of “Squares on Blue”, a Big Data Analytics service company.
Massimo currently lives in France and crosses the border with Switzerland multiple times daily, although he is no smuggler.

As a Scientist, he envisions Science Fiction and went from smashing particles at accelerators at SLAC and CERN to smashing words on a computer screen.

He’s the author of multi-awarded Daimones Trilogy. Daimones Postcard Front

• 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 – Indie Excellence Awards L.A.
• 2014 Award Winner – Science Fiction Honorable Mention – Readers’ Favorite Annual Awards
His novels are available from AmazonBarnes & Noble (Nook), iTunes Apple Store, and many other retailers around the world.
Join his mailing list for new releases, or follow him on FacebookGoogle+, and Twitter.

 

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“Christians Beware” – Ban This Book

WEIRD AND TROUBLING – “Aliens. A new super human race? Twisting Biblical scriptures? Totally not what I thought it would be! Plus an adulturous affair resulting in a new species. Christians beware! This book is not what it seems.”

Actual, verbatim review for Daimones, Vol.1 of the Daimones Trilogy appeared on Barnes & Noble on the 30th of August 2014.

Reviews, good and bad alike, are feedbacks from readers who have very specific expectations from the stories they want to read. Mind, readers are entitled to express what they feel, whether they liked a book or not. Sometimes, they also express the reasons behind that, and there’s nothing – on the surface – wrong on any review.

The review cited above, though, is worth to look at. When I first read it, I admit I thought of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I never comment on any review, not even to say thank you because the reader didn’t write the review for me, but for herself and her fellow readers. I’m not supposed to be in the loop, nor I need to be. But why did I think of Ray Bradbury’s novel?

The internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 is set in a bleak, dystopian future. In that world, television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction. Firemen start fires rather than put them out and destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book. Books were dangerous, they made people think. The Authority in Fahrenheit 451 dispersed its truth via televised messages, it told its story and it had to remain the only story being told. Firemen destroyed books not based on whether the book was well written or not, had grammar errors, not properly edited, or if its story didn’t flow, not even whether the story was good or not. The problem with the books was that they told a different story and shook the established truth and certitudes in readers.

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But, wait a second. We’re talking here of a Science Fiction trilogy. Aliens? Well, yes, guilty as charged, Daimones has aliens. A new super human race. Yes yet again. Transgenic humans are created by aliens. Twisting Biblical scriptures? Biblical scriptures are cited, verbatim. Aliens cite them. Adulterous affair is there too, and the way it comes to reality alters what is considered ethical and moral in our society, but the characters lived a world where the society was no more. The Apocalypse had struck with unimaginable cruelty.

The  words in the review tell us that the read was weird and troubling. I’d say for a Science Fiction novel this is already worth an Award. So,  Daimones was too much to bear and shook certitudes at their roots, or the characters did hateful things, or the scriptures had been challenged: not really. How could the writer let this happen?

When that happens, to me it is the tell sign that I  found a great book. When that happens, the reader had in his hands a book that has been able to stir deeply inside the deepest emotions. Yes, the book disturbed, but it spoke an unknown language and challenged the reader. Challenge was also the theme in Fahrenheit 451, challenge the authority, challenge the status-quo, challenge the society imposed with force, violence, and threats.

“’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

Good books are those that mark their readers, had them ‘feel’ the struggles, the internal fights, the craziness the characters went through, and make them stop: “How would I have reacted if I lived through the same events?” Whether the readers agree or not with the characters’ choices (and if they are plausible in the fictional world the character live in), those are reasons to like a good story, and readers can agree to disagree with the characters, but should also grant characters the same courtesy, to disagree with readers’ choices. After all, who would put down a killer drama because the killer… kills his victims, and sometimes in the most atrocious ways? Would you say “Beware, in this killer drama the killer kills people?”

A reader should expect to hear a different story every time, a believable one, one that makes her sad, mad, laugh, and sometimes even cry. That is the ideal, and if only one of these feelings happen, the story has not betrayed the readers, it has shaken up their firm beliefs but sometimes—oftentimes—we don’t want anyone to wake-up us from our steady, immutable dream and certitudes. But why “Christians” should beware of the Daimones? Time Danaos et Dona Ferentes comes to mind. Is the Daimones Trilogy like a Trojan Horse hiding its true motives disguised as a Science Fiction novel? (you know, it portrays Aliens).

I think the rule for a writer is to surprise and tell a different story each time, one than stirs up inside and raises more questions than it gives answers. So, again, “Christians beware! This book is not what it seems.” Don’t read Daimones if you are a Christian… but, wait a second, I, the writer, went to a catholic school, served mass, and am a Christian, too. But beware, Daimones doesn’t speak about Jesus nor about religion, I’m a scientist but not a scientologist.

Reading is difficult because it makes you think. You have to have a mind and a heart ready for it, and minds and hearts do work like umbrellas: they function at their best when they are open!


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Massimo Marino is a scientist envisioning science fiction. He spent years at CERN and The Lawrence Berkeley Lab followed by lead positions with Apple, Inc. and the World Economic Forum. He is also co-founder of “Squares on Blue”, a Big Data Analytics service company.
Massimo currently lives in France and crosses the border with Switzerland multiple times daily, although he is no smuggler.

As a Scientist, he envisions Science Fiction and went from smashing particles at accelerators at SLAC and CERN to smashing words on a computer screen.

He’s the author of multi-awarded Daimones Trilogy. Daimones Postcard Front

• 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 – Indie Excellence Awards L.A.
• 2014 Award Winner – Science Fiction Honorable Mention – Readers’ Favorite Annual Awards
His novels are available from AmazonBarnes & Noble (Nook), iTunes Apple Store, and many other retailers around the world.
Join his mailing list for new releases, or follow him on FacebookGoogle+, and Twitter.
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eBook Amazon Review: The Man by Abraham Lopez

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5.0 out of 5 stars A blast from the past, November 6, 2014

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It takes skill to write a short story in 25 pages and keep the reader intrigued. I’m more than happy to recommend this book.
I used a 5-point scale to rate it..Entertainment– 5 out of 5 I enjoyed the book
Originality– 5 out of 5 The plot was original
Writing Style– 5 out of 5 Unique writing style
Flow and easy to read- 5 out of 5 Easy read in one hour or less
Characters- 3 out of 5

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