Invasion (C.H.A.O.S. Series #1)

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He didn't ask to be a hero, but now all that stands between us and chaos . . . is Colt.

Colt McAlister was having the summer of his life. He spent his days surfing and his nights playing guitar on the beach with friends. He even met a girl and got his first car. But everything changes when his parents are killed in a freak accident.

He's forced to leave his old life behind and move to Arizona with his grandfather. The only person he knows at ...

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He didn't ask to be a hero, but now all that stands between us and chaos . . . is Colt.

Colt McAlister was having the summer of his life. He spent his days surfing and his nights playing guitar on the beach with friends. He even met a girl and got his first car. But everything changes when his parents are killed in a freak accident.

He's forced to leave his old life behind and move to Arizona with his grandfather. The only person he knows at the new high school is a childhood friend named Dani. And Oz, a guy he's sure he's never met but who is strangely familiar.

But what if his parents' death wasn't an accident? His mother, an investigative reporter, was going to expose a secret mind-control program run by one of the world's largest companies. Before she could release the story, what if agents from Trident Biotech made sure she couldn't go public?

Vowing to uncover truth, Colt is drawn into a secret world of aliens, shapeshifters, flying motorcycles, and invisible getaways.

The invasion has begun.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Flying motorcycles, shape-shifting aliens, comic book superscience, and mind-control technology all have their parts to play in this sometimes convoluted thriller from Lewis (coauthor of the Grey Griffins books), which launches the CHAOS series. After a drunk driver kills his parents, 16-year-old Colt McAlister is sent to live with his grandfather, who was the adventurer/comic book star known as the Phantom Flyer back in the '40s. After learning that his parents were murdered for digging into the secrets of Trident, a company specializing in biotechnology, Colt and his friends do some investigating of their own. Soon, they're caught in the middle of a secret war, fighting things they thought only existed in comics and teaming up with the secret Men in Black–style organization of CHAOS to thwart an alien invasion. While it's a fun read, this action-packed story suffers from awkward pacing, uneven secondary character development, and a "kitchen sink" feeling, leading to a sense of overload along the way. Ages 12–up. (Jan.)
VOYA - Jennifer Rummel
Colt has been invited to tour a prestigious prep school, where he learns that the world is not as it appears. The fictional world and his world blend when he discovers that WWII comic books are actually based in truth. Aliens exist and even walk among us. They come from other worlds with portals to the earth. When his parents die in a suspicious car crash, someone informs Colt that they were murdered. His mother was in the process of writing an article exposing a very powerful and influential business and its shady dealings. As Colt pokes around, it is not long before he and his two friends become targets of the company themselves. Lewis starts a new series featuring a character similar to Alex Rider, but older. Invasion incorporates aliens and advanced technology, giving the book a science fiction twist. Colt seeks justice for the murders of his family. He overcomes danger, hacks into computer systems, and battles strange creatures and robot machines. The technology, in the form of jet packs and robotic spiders that double as killing machines, will remind readers of Iron Man. The unique plot device, mixing comic books with reality, will attract teen readers. Reviewer: Jennifer Rummel
VOYA - Sabrina Bedford
One theme of Invasion is courage—the courage to overcome grief and the courage to help your friends. This shows throughout Colt's adventures, keeping the reader engaged. Many scenarios, particularly the ending, are disappointing. There is a collision of otherworldly monsters and monsters of this world, making it a novel of dystopia and history. Aliens and wonderful humor will grip the minds of young readers, invoking respect for history and understanding of courage. 4Q,4P. Reviewer: Sabrina Bedford, Teen Reviewer
Kirkus Reviews

Comic Book Characters Come to Life! Really: Events told in comic books are found to have been based on real events and people in this game but improbable series opener. Colt has recently moved in with his World War II–hero grandfather in Arizona following his parents' sudden death in a suspicious car accident. This neatly lays the groundwork for a light romance with country-music aficionado Lily, but it just so happens that this is also the home of evil Trident Industries! And aliens are trying to take over the earth! Teen heroes Colt, Oz and Dani research the comics for clues on how to proceed against the alien threat rather than ask Colt's Grandpa, who is the stories' inspiration and should know. But really, given what narrator Colt is reporting on, logic is not required.Brisk pace, aliens and jet-packs and other cool-but-unlikely gizmos provide appeal if not coherence. Lewis is a veteran of the comic-book industry, and his plot is a domestic read-alike of Alex Rider. Fine for breakneck-adventure addicts but not so wonderful if readers expect real characters and emotion.(Thriller. 10-15)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401685423
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/15/2011
  • Series: A C.H.A.O.S. Novel Series , #1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 543,386
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jon S. Lewis is the coauthor of the Grey Griffins Trilogy and the Grey Griffins Clockwork Chronicles. He also writes for the DC COMICS family of publishers. He lives with his family in Arizona.
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  • Posted December 15, 2011

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    Invasion- a tween,sci-fi loving book

    I really didn¿t care for this book very much. It¿s not what I expected. I thought is would be alien invasion or something related to that theme.It was rather a disappointment.
    I mean it would be okay for those who are tweens and young teens and are into comic books and science fiction, but I don¿t believe anyone who is not of this age or into these types of books would care for it much.
    The book deals with a boy who loses his family and he gets caught up in a comic book world of heroes and villains. Almost to much fake fiction for me. It¿s really not even imaginary believable in the fiction world.
    After the first chapter I pretty much lost interest as it was obvious that it was for the younger crowd and filled with way to much comedic alien goobldy goop. (Nice words huh?)
    If you have a pre-teen or teenager who is into sci-fi this is probably right up their alley and they would also enjoy some of the pictures in the book,but it clearly is not an adult book by all means.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2012

    Really Good-Read this if you're a 10-14 year old boy!

    Epic book. Just epic. A bit sad with the deaths, and the hurts, but there's romance, and there's goodness, and it's a genuinely good book! Really enjoyed it!

    It's more for the 10-14 boy set, with action, and a boy narrator, but it can still be read by pretty much anybody because it has action, mystery, paranormal/supernatural, and aliens, and if you liked any Stargate movie or show, or Doctor Who, then you'll enjoy this book! It was really good!

    Loved the romance, and how it was maybe developing there, which is appropriate given the ages of the characters, and yeah, it was really cute!

    There was a lot of heroics, and heroes, and the mentions of WW11 was really nice, and in a way, helped to get used to the horror of the war. The one character survived it, and his missions were made pretty much public knowledge. So I really enjoyed that!

    This was a really good book, if a bit boyish for me. Oh, well. I can deal, and I can't wait to read Alienation!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 1, 2011

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    Who can save the world?

    The Phantom Flyer, aliens of all types, people with red eyes, jet packs, flying motorcycles and more await the reader of this wonderful science fiction book! CHAOS is a secret government agency dedicated to closing the holes between our world and others, all the while dealing with threats as they develop. Colt is sixteen when everything in his world crashes around him. When he moves to Arizona to live with his grandfather, he comes to face to face with alien life forms. He steadily works to find out the reason behind his parent's deaths with the aid of his friends Dani and Oz, and what he uncovers could destroy the world as we know it. Will they uncover the plot in time? How does Hitler fit into the story? Who was the real Phantom Flyer? Who will survive the battle?

    I really enjoyed this book. It is fast paced, and while geared for the young adult crowd, can be enjoyed by all. (It will remind many readers of times we would sit and read/imagine comic books with their heroes and villains.) There were moments of tenderness, suspense, thrill, and fear throughout the story that will keep you glued to the pages. Thank you to Net Galley for my copy. I read it on my Nook and thank them very much!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 30, 2011

    A review of Invasion, book one of the C.H.A.O.S series.

    This book is great. I'm in my teens and I loved every minute of reading Invasion by Jon s.lewis. It was very exciting and clean. I can't wait tell the second one comes out. I highly recommend this book for people of all ages.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2011

    A must read!

    In a a galaxy far far awa-wait a minute, its hapenning right here and right now,and there will be an Invasion. Giant robots, aliens, flying motorcycles,this book has it all! Colt McAlister thinks he is a regular teenage boy, but is he? Colts parents are killed in an "accident" or so he thinks untill he gets a phone call that will send him on an adventure full of action and aliens,and his grandpa maybe the Phantom Flyer!Oh and he might have more in common with the girl of his dreams than he thinks...This book is full of CHAOS!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2011


    After reading "I AM NUMBER FOUR" I immediately wanted to find another book that satisfied my need for more....INVASION was IT!!! This book is on your edge exciting. You really get into the characters and after I read this I want more C.H.A.O.S. novels in my library! I'll be watching for them for sure.....I highly recommend this book.

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  • Posted January 7, 2011

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    Invasion, by Jon S. Lewis

    A blurb about shapeshifting aliens and flying motorcycles made Jon S. Lewis's Invasion sound like a fun read. I requested this book from Thomas Nelson as part of their BookSneeze program, but soon I was struggling to finish it. YA speculative fiction is popular these days, but a book needs good worldbuilding, realistic action and well-written prose to stand out from that crowd.

    The story begins when Colt McAlister's father drops him off for a day at a top-secret military training school - which has a mildly "Ender's Game" feel - and he competes against other cadets while learning about an organization that protects Earth from aggressive extraterrestials. This part was enjoyable, but there was a moment during the combat practice that didn't ring true, when Colt manages to defeat a far more practised opponent without even realizing what he's doing.

    I thought this anomaly would be explained later. Sadly, it's par for the course. Throughout the story, Colt and his friends go up enemies of every kind and in every case, they escape or win. Usually very easily, because the robots have the worst aim ever, but with a little more difficulty in Colt's mano a alieno showdown with the chief villain at the end. There was no suspense.

    Part of the problem was that they faced down so many different assassins, robots, aliens and mind-controlled humans that I lost count. In Terminator 2, there was only one evil Terminator. Only one was necessary. Invasion, on the other hand, opts for quantity over quality, and the story suffers as a result. The aliens, for instance, are furred or scaled cliches who talk and behave exactly like humans, with the evil ones being six-armed lizard men. As for the human puppets, when they're being mind-controlled, their eyes glow red.

    The book may have been aiming for a pulp-SF feel - hence the jet packs, lizard men and a claim that the Nazis used technological mind control. This sadly never got recorded in the history books, but is the basis for a set of comic books which everyone in the story constantly refers to. Sixteen-year-old surfer/guitarist Colt - who is no Alex Rider, let alone Ender Wiggin - also also gets the best scores in the military program's history and is considered for the position of its director.

    It was impossible to take this as serious fiction, but it might still have succeeded as campy space opera if not for the style.

    "Colt looked at Koenig's bodyguard, then at Danielle. He hit the ignition switch on his jet pack, and it roared to life. He leapt. His shoulder rammed into Rainer's midsection."

    That's a representative sample. Action scenes are reminiscent of a chess game - first one player moves a piece, then the other responds by moving another piece. During it all, the other pieces stand and patiently wait their turn. The descriptions are flat and minimal, though I did smile at the line where Colt's grandfather mentions his friends Dale and Hank. Finally, on page 95 "two more Trident assassin repelled down through the debris". I can't tell whether there were more mistakes in the second half of the book, because I was skimming at that point.

    This book may have a few interesting concepts, but I can't recommend it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 8, 2013

     I love books that are like this. That hold so much promise for

     I love books that are like this. That hold so much promise for the future of the series and yet keep the reader wanting for more. The author has completed a well-written novel and well fleshed out characters that capture the reader from the beginning. It starts out in the middle of the action which enchanting in so many ways. Often when books have a lull in the first chapter or two, it loses readers almost immediately and so I was happy to see that this wasn't the case at all. The plot is very interesting, entwining a lot of qualities and items that fascinate a lot of people which only makes it that much more interesting. I really liked this book.¿Colt was a character that I wasn't too sure about in the beginning as I was trying to grasp how his character would be in this story. His voice as a character grew a lot within the first chapter and I began to really like him as a character. I felt like I could relate to his original feeling about monsters because he really wasn't too certain about it at first, which is something that I could truthfully relate to. I feel like I would claim that there is no way possible for this to happen. Yet after he is introduced and acquainted to the idea, he seems to flourish in the situation, proving that he is not only knowledgeable about things but also that he is a strong fighter. In that chapter he proved to be more than a surfer and continues to throughout the story. But sadly he forgets everything that occurs and all that remains is a vague ideal of everything he did. That certainly didn't make his life any easier though once everything begins to get worse.¿I found Danielle to be an adorable character. She was the type of friend that Colt needed with out all the emotional complication that comes with most friendships in this genre of literature. It is good that she is there when he faces the loss that no one wants to experience, for sure. They have been friends since they were toddlers, so I suppose that isn't any surprise. Once problems begin to arise though, she proves to be more than just a friend. She proves to be an expert hacker, just the type of person that Colt needs. I liked her character a lot. ¿Oz is the type of character I think I would have expected to be the main character, simply because of his background. He is the son of the leader of C.H.A.O.S. which makes him the type of person that could either help or hinder the plot as well as the organization. However, he proves to be a worthwhile friend to Colt and perhaps something more for another main character. He is flirty and sarcastic, something that makes his scenes even more entertaining. He was pretty awesome.¿It's a good book, so definitely check it out and see if it's the type of book you would like to read! 

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  • Posted September 7, 2013


    This was a fun read that I would let my kids read. There wasn't any foul language and the romance was minimal. The action was high keeping the reader engaged.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Best book ever

    This book it the best book ever! It has things both girls and boys alike could want. It has action, adventure, romance and aliens. You're sure to love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2012

    Invasion by Jon S. Lewis is a book about a 16-year old named Col

    Invasion by Jon S. Lewis is a book about a 16-year old named Colt. His dad drives him to a top secret military academy while they’re on vacation in Washington D.C. He wonders if it is run by Trident Industries, a global leader in biotechnolgy, of which the academy has a lot of. Turns out the military academy is training teenagers to fight alien invaders. The only problem is, he has his memory erased after leaving because no one is supposed to know. Then, Colt’s parents are killed in a car “accident”. They were killed because his mom was writing an exposing article about… well I won’t say who (or what). Now, the only one Colt knows that knew about his experience and can tell him what happened is dead.

    The book turned out to be very interesting. It had a main character I could relate to, an interesting plot, and realistic non-main characters. I liked the character Danielle. I liked her interest in technology, something I share with her. Now onto the things I didn’t like. Though the list may be longer, it doesn’t mean it outweighs the good. One, though it’s from a Christian publisher, God is not mentioned at all that I remember, and church is only mentioned a few times. There may be a whole lot more spiritual factors in the second book as there was in Sneak (the second book in the Swipe Series by Evan Angler). Two, it involves aliens and, while it’s a cool element of the plot, it’s unrealistic and, in some aspects, unbiblical. The Bible, in words inspired by God himself (what words in it aren’t?), says Jesus died for all creation. If aliens exist, then they were created. Why would they need dying for? They don’t live on Earth, corrupted by sin. Three, (SPOILER ALERT)

    When Danielle hacks the Frontier agents computer, it’s a simple tower-and-monitor desktop. You would think a futuristic/high-tech company would have upgraded their systems. Four, it takes a long time until Colt is be told what happened.
    I give it 3.5 stars.
    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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    Posted July 27, 2012



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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

    Loved it

    I loved this book so much,i reread it a couple times

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2012

    When I first picked up Invasion by Jon S. Lewis, I was very hesi

    When I first picked up Invasion by Jon S. Lewis, I was very hesitant because I have been warned that it is very out there and hard to follow for such reasons. I thought this may be the cases with the flying motorcycles described on the back of the book, but I still took a shock and glad I had.

    Colt was a normal child until his life changed with an “Accident” that took the life of his parents. When deaths occur many say that you life has ended and others say it is just the beginning and for Colt, it was just the beginning as he was forced to start over knowing a single soul, but meeting another he couldn’t shake off the feeling that he knew. Everything changes with the discovery that life was more than what was seen and his parents were agents that fought to keep it that way. They were a group that fought to prevent the invasion of aliens. In this discovery he discovers different realities, weapons that are unable to be comprehended by our human minds and of course other life that have been impacting human’s without our knowledge.
    This book brings comic books to life in an imaginative and quite different piece of literature (maybe it is just different because I don’t do comic books) that keeps you intrigued during the whole book. I would recommend picking it up. I am happy that Booksneaze had put this story in the books that I could get a free copy from. This is a good way to find new writers.

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  • Posted February 11, 2012

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    Mixing teenagers, sci-fi and evil corporations trying to take over the world one book at a time

    Colt McAlister has always been a fan of the Phantom Flyer comics, on his spare time he likes to think about the aliens and C.H.A.O.S. agents from the comic books. After McAlister's parents are killed in what seemed like a car accident his life changes radically, from moving from sweet California to the hot hot times of Arizona, learning the truth about why his parents where killed and learning that all those comics he has been reading may be more true then he thought.
    Now Colt with the help of his friends Oz and Danielle will have to fight against the Trident a million dollar company that is taking us to the next age in technology and may want to obliterate all of man kind in the process.

    This is one of those books that you say "I liked it but..." I mean the story is original and it plays around with history, more specifically world war II, the characters are entertaining and I must confess I grew rather fond of Danielle because she is smart and doesn't really play the part of the victim, she takes the bull by the horns.
    But it just seemed like the Jon S. Lewis left some ideas unfinished around the book, parts that you would expect to read more, for example this training scene that promises to be harder and more kick-ass the next time around, but we never get to see it or read from it again in the book. Maybe it was because the author had so many ideas he liked to share with us, but that left a hole in the story and we where left with few hooks to catch the reader and make him/her not want to be teared apart from the book.
    Overall the book leaves us with a promise for redemption and a great message, I would like to see the growth in Jon S. writing and so I will be reading the second book from this series, I'll be telling you how that goes.

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  • Posted January 28, 2012

    Awesome Sci-Fi Series!!

    This is the first book of a trilogy and I really enjoyed reading it! C.H.A.O.S. is a government agency that has been around since before WWI to deal with and stop the invasion of Earth by aliens. Colt McAlister is a typical California teen until his parents are killed in a car accident and he is sent to live with his grandfather in Arizona. It is there that he learns that the aliens and government agents from his favorite comic book, “The Phantom Flyer and the agents from CHAOS”, really exist, and his family is smack dab in the middle of it. Colt, with the help of his friends Danielle and Oz, set out to find the person responsible for killing his parents, and possibly bring down Trident Industries in the process.

    There is so much action in this book that I read it in one day! The kids in the book are very likable and the book reads very quickly. I really liked this book and I'm looking forward to reading the second book in the series, Alienation :D

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  • Posted December 21, 2011

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    I - WANT - PART- TWO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is one o the best books ive ever read! But now i have to wait till january to buy part two! no fair! I bought this book when it first came out and ive been waiting ever since then for part 2! I can't wait for a whole month i want part 2 now! DO YOU HEAR ME?! NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! P.s. I asked for it where is it? NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! please? p.p.s. don't buy this book until part two comes out unless you want to be tortured and plagued by what happens next. p.p.p.s. NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted November 30, 2011

    Amazing with a capital A.

    My Review Of Invasion By Jon C. Lewis

    Wow is all I have to say.
    Very very rarely does a book latch onto me like a leech and not stop sucking my blood, or, in the case of books, my mind/eyes, and this book was just wow.
    I don't like comic books that much, and so I didn't have a high expectance for this book- it just seemed fun, with a plot that intrigued me. But it blew me away.
    It's about a boy named Colt(I can never take that name seriously, which sort of made me prejudiced about the character, because whenever I thought of him I compared him to a bambi- like colt- for those who don't know, a colt is a baby male horse.) who has to, well, basically, save the world from Trident Industries.
    I reccomend this to all comic-book readers and action book lovers.
    Great job, Mr. Lewis- I can't wait for the sequel!

    I received a copy of this book free for the purpose of this review from the booksneeze book program

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  • Posted November 2, 2011

    Great read for a teenage science fiction fan!

    Thrill, suspense and flying motorcycles will captivate you while immersed in the pages of Invasion by Jon. S. Lewis. The first of the C.H.A.O.S. Trilogy, this exciting story delves into a world beyond our reach. After suffering through the traumatic loss of his parents, 16-year-old Colt McAlister is transplanted from sunny, ocean front San Diego to his childhood home of Arizona. McAlister must learn not only to live without his friends and frequent surfing trips, but with his grandfather and an amazing secret that is not his own to share with the world. Attending a new school, and having no car, are the challenges one would expect for McAlister to face. However, he is suddenly thrown into a life of comic book heroes, robotic assassins and shape shifting aliens. McAlister, along with a childhood friend and a new friend he hopes he can trust, must navigate a possibly fatal line between what he once considered truth and fiction. They are, after all, the only things standing between us and CHAOS. Somewhat reminiscent of Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis, Invasion is a wonderful story for a young science fiction fan. Although the dialogue can be a bit difficult to follow in the first few chapters, the overall flow is smooth. The constant suspense helps make this a quick and enjoyable read.

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  • Posted November 1, 2011

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    "Invasion" by Jon S. Lewis :: The C.H.A.O.S. Trilogy

    Invasion. was. crazy/mind-blowing/awesome/spectacular/fantasmal/bombastic/etc. I can't really come up with words for this novel. Honestly, I said to my mom, "This is AWESOME." I was on page two. :-)

    Colt McAlister is the average California kid. Blond, mop-headed, blue eyes, fair skin- and he loves to surf. When on a vacation in Washington, his dad takes him to a military academy which turns out to be a training camp for potential cadets for CHAOS, a organization that protects Earth from anything not from Earth, i.e. Aliens. Six armed, fur covered, two-headed, robot melded Aliens.

    But an accident makes it necessary for Colt to move, and the precious few things he learned at the academy are forgotten. Now living in Arizona, Colt struggles to fit in. But, after overhearing a conversation that, by all logical standards, did not make any sense, Colt starts to research, looking for answers. And as he soon finds, those "answers" are looking for him, too.

    Nothing could prepare him for his coming discovery- Aliens are on Earth. In fact, they've been on Earth for quite a while, and they have gained enough control to bring the Earth to its knees. All that stands between the Aliens and world domination is McAlister. (And, perhaps, a computer hacker, a jock, and a jetpack or two.)


    Classic Scifi, brilliant plot, and the characters were amazing. McAlister was 100% real, and the plot was engaging enough that I was up until midnight reading. It was simply wonderous, and if I go on any longer I think I might tarnish its glory. The only thing I have left to say is "Go and buy it. And tip the cashier." Happy reading!

    I was provided with a complimentary copy of "Invasion" through Booksneeze, a book-for-review program. This in no way affected my views or opinions of the book.

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