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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A C.H.A.O.S. Novel
By Jon S. Lewis
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It's a military academy."
Colt McAlister looked at his dad sideways. They were in Washington, D.C., on what was supposed to be a summer vacation, but this didn't look like the kind of place tourists would visit—especially a sixteen-year-old tourist like Colt. "I thought you said this was a camp."
"It's more like a prep school."
"Are you thinking about sending me away?"
"Don't worry," Dad said, and reached over to tousle Colt's hair. "You're just taking a tour, that's all. Besides, they won't admit you until you're eighteen."
"So why am I here?"
"Because you were invited."
"The same people who invited your brothers. This is an elite school. You can't even apply—it's strictly invitation-only."
"What if I don't want to go into the military?"
"That's up to you." As Colt's dad rolled his window down, a panel opened up on one of the brick columns. A mechanical arm unfolded with a sphere like an eyeball attached to the end. Then a green light flared to life before it scanned Colt and his father. Moments later a buzzer sounded, and the gate opened up.
"Is this place owned by Trident Industries or something?" Colt asked as the red beam shone in his eyes. He was referring to the multinational conglomerate that had its hand in everything from weapons manufacturing and robotics to capital investment and biotechnology.
"I doubt it. Why?"
"You know what they say, Trident is watching," Colt said with a shrug. "I mean, if scanners like this exist, I wonder what kind of spy equipment is out there."
"You've been listening to too many conspiracy theories."
"Maybe, but I want one of those for my room," Colt said as they drove through the opening and down the winding drive.
"It might be a little out of your price range."
"I was thinking you could buy it for me."
"I'll have to talk to your mother." Dad didn't hide the sarcasm in his tone.
It wasn't long before they pulled up to the front steps, but when his dad didn't get out of the car, Colt frowned.
"Sorry, but this tour is for potential cadets only," Dad said. "Trust me, it's more fun that way."
"Is there something you're not telling me?"
"I'll be back to pick you up this afternoon."
Colt hesitated before he opened the car door. He stepped onto the sidewalk, shut the door, and then stood there until his dad rolled down the window. "Why aren't there any signs?"
"It's a top-secret facility."
"What kind of school is top secret?"
"You'll be fine, son, I promise."
Colt looked over his shoulder at the massive building and felt his chest tighten.
"Look, if this is anything like the tour your brothers took, you're going to spend most of the day playing video games," Dad said. "I hear you even get to watch a movie."
"Have I ever lied to you?"
"When I was six you told me it wouldn't hurt when you pulled my tooth out."
"That was different."
"Pain is relative."
"What does that mean?"
"You're just stalling."
"You're coming back, right?" Colt knew that didn't sound very macho, but something felt off.
"Of course. And make sure you say hello to Lieutenant Lohr for me." Dad rolled up the window and pulled away.
After the car disappeared behind a bank of trees, Colt took a deep breath and walked up the front steps. Another buzzer sounded, followed by a click that released the lock. Colt pulled on the handle and walked inside.
The foyer was stark, reminding him of an office building or maybe a bank. There was no art on the walls, the floor was covered in large marble tiles, and a man in a military uniform stood behind the reception area.
"Name?" he asked, his voice monotone as though the answer didn't matter.
The man pushed a button, activating a metal sphere that rose from the countertop. It flew over Colt's head, where it hovered. There were no strings holding it in the air, and once again, he was distracted by thoughts of Trident Industries spying on the entire world with their top secret network. The Internet was filled with rumors about how they were using it to gather intelligence so they could become the most powerful entity in the world. Sure, Colt thought it was ridiculous. Still, if technology like this hovering scanner existed, then anything was possible.
"What is that?"
"Stand still, please," the man said as he looked at a monitor.
An aperture opened beneath the belly of the sphere, bathing Colt in a green spotlight as the sphere spun slowly in place. A dimensional replica of Colt flickered to life next to him. It reminded Colt of an X-ray. He could see his skeleton, as well as the change in his front pocket.
"How is it doing that?"
The man ignored Colt's question. "Do you have a phone, camera, or any other type of recording device?" he asked.
Colt shook his head.
The man pushed the button once more, and the holographic image of Colt disappeared. The aperture closed and the sphere returned to the desk as the man picked up a duffel bag from the floor and handed it to Colt. "You can change in the locker room at the end of the hall."
"Thanks." Colt paused, looking at the sphere, then at the man, who didn't return his gaze. He had all the warmth of a robot, and there was clearly no point in asking more questions.
Colt walked down a long corridor before reaching the boys' locker room. He was expecting more science-fiction gadgetry, but there was nothing extraordinary—at least nothing that stood out. There were walls of stacked lockers, hooks filled with towels next to open shower stalls, and long benches. A dozen boys about his age were in various states of undress as they changed into black T-shirts with matching cargo pants and combat boots.
Colt was strong, but most of them looked like professional athletes. They were tall, their shoulders were broad, their chests thick, and their stomachs taut. Without a word, Colt walked over to a quiet corner and unzipped his bag to find the same uniform.
He dressed quickly, embarrassed to find the bag even had new underwear. Since there was no belt, Colt had to use his own to keep his pants from falling down.
"Where are you from?"
Colt turned around to find a tall boy with dark skin and black hair smiling at him.
"So that explains it."
"What's that supposed to mean?"
"You're a surfer dude, right? You have the tan, the blue eyes, and the shaggy blond hair. All you need is a set of puka shells and you could be the poster boy for southern California."
"I guess," Colt said before stuffing his old clothes into his duffel bag. He wanted the kid to go away but he decided to be polite. "Where are you from?"
"I was born in Virginia, but I've lived in Germany, Japan, Washington, Texas, and a few other places. Right now I live in Arizona."
"My grandpa lives there."
"Yeah, I get that a lot. By the way, I'm Romero," the boy said, offering Colt his enormous hand.
"So you're a gunslinger or something?"
As the boys shook hands, another man in uniform walked into the locker room. "Put your personal items in one of the lockers and follow me."
"I didn't bring a padlock," Colt said.
"You don't need one," Romero said. "Just put your thumb on that sensor."
Colt raised his thumb to a small black pad next to one of the lockers, but he paused when he saw a Trident Security logo.
"Nothing," Colt said, thinking his dad was right. Maybe reading all those conspiracy blogs was getting to him. He pressed against the sensor and a green light glowed as the door clicked open. Romero took Colt's duffel bag, stuffed it inside, and shut the door. Then Colt placed his thumb back on the sensor, but this time a red light flashed three times. The door didn't open.
"Now you try it," Romero said.
Colt put his thumb on the sensor, and just like before, the door clicked open. "How does it work?"
"It's a biometric scanner," Romero said. "They reset them every night, but for today that's your locker. The only way someone could break in is if they cut your thumb off."
Colt shut the door before trying to open it again.
"We'd better get going," Romero said. "Lohr is going to make us run laps until we throw up if we're late for orientation."
"How do you know so much about this place?"
"My dad is kind of in charge."
"He's the principal?"
"Not exactly. He's the director of the entire agency."
"Wait," Colt said. "As in the CHAOS Agency that protects the world from alien invasions?"
Colt hesitated. "I don't get it. I mean, isn't that just in comic books and movies?"
Romero led Colt through a series of corridors before they came to a set of double doors that slid open like an elevator, revealing a room that looked like an amphitheater. Six rows of desks were filled with quiet boys all dressed in the same gear. Nobody was talking, and Colt could see why.
In the front of the room, standing on a small stage, was a monster at least seven feet tall.CHAPTER 2
Is that a ... I mean ..."
"Technically he's a Tharik from the planet Nemus," Romero said, "but yeah. It's Bigfoot."
From head to foot the creature was covered in fur the color of a sunrise, and it looked like a mad scientist had performed strange experiments on it. There was a second head made out of iron bolted over its left shoulder, and a mechanical arm that connected to a series of metal plates covered its rib cage.
Colt was having a difficult time forming coherent thoughts. Advanced technology like biometric scanners was one thing, but living cryptids that were straight out of his comic books? "It's a guy in a costume, right?"
Romero shook his head.
"It has to be," Colt said.
"Because Bigfoot isn't real."
"If you think it's just a mask, I'll give you a thousand bucks if you walk up there and take it off."
Colt looked at Bigfoot. "How?"
Romero shrugged. "He came through one of the gateways, the same as all the other aliens."
"There are more?"
"Look," Romero said. "There's an entire world hidden in the shadows. Most people don't know things like Lohr exist, and they never will. It's our job to keep it that way."
"So you're a CHAOS agent?"
"But ..." Colt's voice trailed off as the giant beast with the robotic head turned to look at him.
"Trust me, this is only the beginning," Romero said.
"Nice of you to show up," the Bigfoot said. Its voice was so deep that it sounded like two boulders scraping together. "Why don't you two find a seat? There's space in the front row waiting for you."
"Did you brush your teeth this morning?" Romero asked.
"What does it matter? It's not like I'm going to kiss you."
A smattering of nervous laughter told Colt that he wasn't the only one in the room who was uncomfortable.
"That's a relief," Romero said before leaning over to whisper to Colt. "Thariks don't like to bathe, so you might want to plug your nose."
"I heard that," the Bigfoot said.
Romero bounded down the stairs to take his front row seat. Colt hesitated, caught between fear and excitement, and then followed, each step slow and deliberate.
"My name is Lieutenant Lohr," the monster said, "and yes, I'm a living, breathing Sasquatch—or if you prefer, Bigfoot. So now that we have that out of the way, who can tell me why I'm stuck babysitting a bunch of humans?"
"You got a promotion?" Romero said. There was more nervous laughter.
"I realize you think that you're special, Romero, but from here on out you'll address me as Lieutenant."
"Yes, Lieutenant," Romero said with a salute that didn't look terribly sincere.
"Most of you have grown up believing that the monsters in your closets were part of your imagination, but I'm living proof that they're real," Lohr said. "The CHAOS Agency exists to protect the world from creatures that make me look like a teddy bear—and believe me, there are more of them roaming around than you know."
"Where are they, Lieutenant?" asked a boy with a thick Texas accent. "I mean, if there're so many, shouldn't we be able to see them?"
"What's your name?"
"Lawson, sir. Tyrese Lawson."
"Well, Lawson, if we do our job, you never will," Lohr said. "It's up to CHAOS to hunt those monsters down before they crawl through your windows in the middle of the night."
"Where do they come from, Lieutenant?"
"Care to guess where they come from, DiMaggio?"
"Anyone?" Lohr's robotic head scanned the room looking for someone to respond, but no one did. "Come on, don't any of you read comic books anymore?"
Colt raised his hand, though only high enough for Lohr to see. The mechanical eye on the monster's second head spun left, then right, and left again, like a camera lens trying to focus.
"You're one of the McAlister boys, right?"
"Yes, sir. My name is Colt."
"Did you know that I served with your grandfather in the Second World War?"
Colt frowned as he tried to do the math in his head.
"I'm older than I look. Besides, why do you think I have all this fancy machinery?" Lohr wiggled his mechanical fingers and rotated his robotic head. "The Nazis bombed our position, and I took a direct hit. Your grandpa was part of the team that saved my hide. Without him, I wouldn't be here today."
"I had no idea."
"That's the way it's supposed to be," Lohr said. "All of our missions during the war were classified. Your grandpa was lucky, though. He made it to retirement, but I've been stuck here long enough to train your father and all seven of your brothers too. With hair like that, are you sure you're a McAlister?"
"People say I take after my mom."
A few of the boys snickered.
"Hey, he's from California; cut him some slack," Romero said. "Everyone looks like that out there."
"Is that so?" Lohr smiled. "You're the one they call Runt?"
There was more laughter.
"I guess so," Colt said as he shrank down in his chair.
"You had some fairly impressive test scores," Lohr said. The laughter stopped, and all eyes focused on Colt. "Then again, so did everyone sitting in this room."
"What test scores?" Colt asked.
"You've all taken them, you just didn't know what they were for," Lohr said. "Your score is a culmination of everything from the standardized tests you take at the end of the school year to the fitness tests you take in your gym classes. We even ran samples of your DNA that were taken moments after you were born."
"Is that legal?" a boy with a shaved head asked.
"Excuse me ...?"
"The name's Simon Fletcher."
"Would you like to rephrase that, Fletcher?"
"Is that legal, Lieutenant?"
"We have certain privileges that other government agencies don't share," Lohr said. "In fact, today we're going to put you through a few more tests to determine if you have what it takes to save the world. If you pass, you'll be admitted into the CHAOS Military Academy."
Colt raised his hand. "What if we don't want to go, Lieutenant?"
Lohr smiled, revealing a set of incisors that looked like they could puncture steel. "Over the next few weeks more than a thousand young men and women will come through these doors. We'll be lucky if a dozen qualify, so I wouldn't worry about that just yet."
There was a murmur through the room, but it quieted when Lohr raised his hand. "Those who qualify will get to pick a specialty from things like space exploration, counterintelligence, weapons systems, piloting, and espionage. We even have teams of scientists and engineers, so there's room for everyone. Well, everyone except Romero, anyway."
"You should really leave the comedy to the professionals," Romero said.
Lohr smiled again before he turned his attention back to Colt. "You were going to tell us where all the creepy crawlies that go bump in the night come from."
For a moment Colt lost his train of thought, but he recovered. "I have a question first," he finally managed to say.
"Is this the same CHAOS agency as the one in the comic book?"
"You mean Phantom Flyer and the Agents of CHAOS?" Lohr asked. He held up his hand to show Colt a Phantom Flyer signet ring that would have been big enough to fit around Colt's neck. "Yeah, you could say that."
"In that case," Colt answered, "according to the official CHAOS Guidebook, monsters and aliens come to Earth through invisible gateways that connect us to other worlds. They're kind of like bridges, I guess, and they allow us to go places we couldn't reach by spacecraft."
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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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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
A light, fun read with likable characters.
It was an okay book. Not too much character development. Lots of action, but nothing sustained.
I've become quite a fan of young adult literature lately. The fast-pace of most of the stories in this genre are appealing to me. Invasion (A C.H.A.O.S.) was not quite as gripping as I had hoped, but it was still a fun read. The character development of Colt, the main character, was a little lacking, and while I understood Colt to be sad about his parents death, he certainly didn't spend much time dwelling on their demise. I would have liked to understand a bit more about what Colt was thinking and/or feeling in the bizarre situations that he found himself in, but I doubt a young reader would be as picky as I am.
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!
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.
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!
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. (END SPOILER) 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.”
I loved this book so much,i reread it a couple times
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.
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.
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
Invasion was three hundred and nineteen pages of Christian science fiction. It was geared, I felt, more towards the young adult set and in that vein it is fast paced. It offers new thrills that you likely won¿t find within the Christian fiction set. The first in the C.H.A.O.S. Trilogy it introduces us to young Colt McCallister, a sixteen year old boy who has just lost his parents. In the midst of grieving over the loss of his parents he discovers that their deaths may not be an accident and this sends him on a journey for justice, complete with twists and turns, new friendships and ultimately leaves him wondering who can really be trusted. Along the way he finds out that things are not always what they seem and he learns that age is not nearly as important as using your head. As a mom in her late 20¿s this book was not really my cup of tea, however it was well written, fantastical and would be a GREAT read for young adults looking for wholesome reading material. Overall, Invasion gets an A in my book, just the right mix of science fiction, a little romance and a lot of mystery!