Milijun

Milijun

by Clayton Graham

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BN ID: 2940154910207
Publisher: Clayton Graham
Publication date: 01/03/2016
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,049,089
File size: 584 KB

About the Author

Clayton Graham was born & raised in the cobbled streets of Stockport, near Manchester UK. He settled in Victoria, Australia, in 1982.

He is a retired aerospace engineer who has always had an interest in Science Fiction and where it places humankind within a universe we are only just starting to understand.

When he is not writing, walking, travelling, or gardening, Clayton enjoys fine food with family, friends and five energetic grandchildren.

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milijun 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Clabe More than 1 year ago
When Simon Cordell’s drill rig broke through the crust on the Moon’s dark side opening the hidden lunar cave system, he had no clue what his discovery would mean to Earth. A swarm...leaving the cave like bees leaving a hive. But what were they? Where were they going? Where had they come from? Most importantly, what were they doing? Laura and her son, Jason, were on a camping vacation. They’re in the wrong place at the wrong time when things begin to get truly crazy and they’re caught squarely in the middle…between the police, the military, a mysterious and secretive group of scientists and, oh yes…a group of alien entities dedicated single-mindedly to a mission. Their mission becomes the guiding force for Laura and Jason’s life for some time as they are battered back and forth between competing agendas. Imagine their surprise when they find that Jason’s fate may well have been genetically bound to the fate of mankind in future generations. Jason, a young man of fourteen, steps up into a role that very few adult males would fulfill in the same circumstances. His character displays maturity and initiative so far beyond his years that his performance was not believable to me. Nevertheless, this lack of believability did not detract from the story; rather, his initiative enhanced it…in a way similar to otherwise unbelievable superheroes with specific vulnerabilities. His mother, Laura, is very believable, however, displaying the type of behavior that would be expected of her character. The other characters are sufficiently developed and fit their roles as expected. The aliens display abilities and a lack of vulnerability that might keep some readers up at night. The story is extremely entertaining, well written and full of twists and turns. It is a masterpiece of imagination that takes us from the immediate danger and fear of alien invasion to a startling vision of the future. Milijun would appeal to any action oriented sci-fi reader and to anyone else that loves a good action cliff-hanger. This book was provided free by the author in hopes of receiving an honest review. The above review represents my honest opinion of the book.
Barnseys_Books More than 1 year ago
After a subterranean chamber of hibernating aliens is accidentally unearthed on the moon; Laura and teenage son Jason unwittingly become embroiled in plot to breed hybrid alien-human children. Laura and Jason flee to the safety of Milijun, a secretive facility in the Australian outback. Laura soon becomes aware that all is not what it seems.... One thing is certain - Laura will stop at nothing to save her son from the extraterrestrials' grasp. WOW, what an amazing book from author Clayton Graham. It was excellent and genuinely captured my imagination. The writing was superb and it hurtled along at a thrilling pace. This is a prime example of how to write an outstanding debut novel and I can't wait to read more. Thanks to author Clayton Graham for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
TheHungryMonster More than 1 year ago
On a distant moon, a miner stumbles upon an apparent catacomb of an alien species, but when one is brought to the surface for study, it sparks a strange and violent invasion as the species wakes and makes their way to Earth. While on vacation in southern Australia, Laura and Jason Sinclair are the first to view the aliens’ arrival, but while trying to put the strange sighting behind them, their vacation turns into a nightmare as Jason’s sudden abduction and physical interaction with the aliens sparks a journey across the desert in search of answers. As the mother and son are pursued by law enforcement, military personnel, and the otherworldly beings, they’ll have to discover who is friend and who is foe in a world where any human may harbor an alien within. Graham’s book Milijun is, at its core, the story of a mother trying to keep safe a son who is increasingly thrown in danger, first by others, but later at his own behest and for noble intentions. Her panicked determination and fierce protection of her teenage son are entirely relatable and hold the emotional center of the book. Around that, the sci-fi plot swirls, much like the pressurized vortex the aliens create, occasionally landing in moments of sincere character development, but otherwise surrounding the reader in the universe Graham has created. Modern technologies are newly interpreted in this year of 2179 AD, with fantastical ideas like phasing, instantaneous teleporting, and corporeal possession given plausible, scientific grounding. As with many sci-fi works, the focus is the world, the background against which the plot occurs. The expanse of space and the futuristic Australia are both described in wonderful detail, revealing great personal knowledge with both environments. The humanity and motives of every character is questioned, both for their personal interests in the new alien species and the possibility they are being possessed by that invading species. There are themes throughout of motherhood, the moral stakes in scientific exploration, the nature of the afterlife, and the existence of souls – all used to great effect. Beyond Laura’s motivation to keep her son safe, however, the other interactions between the human characters seems plot-driven, as opposed to true connection. However, because of this, the reveals and surprises in the final third are true surprises, but I wish I could have been let in on the secret with half-hidden hints about our character’s motivations throughout the first two-thirds. As it stands, people seem to realize they’re being deceived or supported because of sudden gut intuition, not conveyed from the character but from the plot’s necessity. One of the character devices that stuck out the most was the supposed romances – I say supposed because they either come out of nowhere, or aren’t supported by the involved character’s actions. They don’t interfere with the basic story, but they don’t add much either, many because they are unbelievable, or they aren’t necessary to the story’s development. These romantic pairings are supposed to make us feel more for the characters, but if they had been executed as well as the mother-son relationship, I would have cared more about the outcome, instead of seen them as odd personality traits thrown out to garner affection for one particular character. In the end, these character flaws didn’t keep me from enjoying the story presented, and the eventual abolishment of the classic “good vs. evil” dichotomy
KayleeeKS More than 1 year ago
Make no mistake, “Milijun” is definitely a compelling read, and one that will appeal to a wide range of readers due to its far-reaching and relevant plotlines in a unique blend of ‘otherworldliness’ right here on Earth, loaded with action, danger, life, and drama and suspense. The story itself was fairly even-paced, but I thought the beginning was a bit slow but then it picked up and flowed well. One thing I particularly liked was how we really felt like we were part of the story as it unfolded, instead of it just being “told” to us, on the outside looking in.. Great supporting characters who really added a layer of depth to the story and I felt that even though there were some familiar tropes here (necessary for a sci/fi like this), Graham does a wonderful job of keeping it fresh and profound. We feel like we are a part of the story and I recommend for fans of sci/fi and literary fiction who’d like a new twist on the genre.
ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite Milijun by Clayton Graham is the story of a mother who is fighting for her son and for all the lost women. The novel is set in the future, our protagonist Laura Sinclair is living in Australia with her son, Jason. Their life is not perfect, but it is not bad either. Their lives were changed when they witnessed an alien race land on earth. The aliens come in peace, or so it seems. They want to have a good relationship with the humans; however, things change dramatically when Laura’s son Jason is chosen to be the genetic link between the two races. Even more horrific, many human females are chosen to be impregnated with alien embryos to create a hybrid species. When the aliens kidnap Jason, things go downhill for everyone. No one was expecting a revolt, especially from Laura. She was just a woman, but when her son’s life was threatened, she rose above it all and fought for her son and the women who were the target of cruel men and aliens. This very well written novel is all about female empowerment and tells us that there is a hero within us. We are the fairer sex and yet we are just as strong as our male counterparts. What is horrifying is the fact that I can clearly see something like this happening. Clayton Graham portrayed the very essence of fear, despair, and dread. Your heart will be racing, your hands will be sweating, and you will get a pure adrenalin rush by just reading this novel and visualizing the story. This is the coolest sci-fi novel I have read in years!
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Tracy Slowiak for Readers' Favorite In a highly engaging and engrossing new read by author Clayton Graham, Milijun is a story that you simply won't want to put down once you've started reading it! Taking place in Australia in the year 2179, the story follows the lives of mother and son, Laura and Jason Sinclair. One moonlit night, they witness aliens descend to Earth, and become part of what appears to be the first real interaction between human and alien lives. A rather intimate part of the relationship is that Jason is chosen to be a genetic link in a test of impregnating human women with alien/human hybrid embryos. Jason is eventually kidnapped, and Laura is tried as far as any human could be in the effort to rescue her son. Will she get her son back, and will the interactions between aliens and humans be positive or negative? You'll need to read Milijun to find out! I very much enjoyed Milijun, other than the fact that it kept me reading way past my bedtime! Author Clayton Graham has done a fantastic job in creating a setting that is both futuristic and realistic, not always an easy task. His characterizations are superb, and readers will find themselves connecting with, relating to, and truly caring about the characters, especially Laura and Jason. If those aren't hallmarks of a great author, I'm not sure what are. Any reader who enjoys a good work of science fiction, or who is looking for a great read in general, should absolutely read Milijun. I highly recommend this book, and look forward to reading more from author Clayton Graham as soon as I possibly can!
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Charity Tober for Readers' Favorite Milijun by Clayton Graham involves an alien invasion, the Australian Outback, and a reluctant but more than capable female lead...what's not to like? The story is set in the future (the year 2179, to be exact) and follows Laura Sinclair and her son, Jason, who are living in the Australian Outback. On one fateful evening, they witness a once-in-a-lifetime event, aliens coming to Earth! At first, it seems like this might be a peaceful encounter, the aliens don't seem hostile, and the Australian Defense Force, lead by Major General Sebastian Ord, is taking it in their stride. The aliens want to forge a link with mankind and it involves Laura's son, Jason. Things soon get dicey though, and the aliens and the military collide. Laura's son is taken and she must summon the courage and fight that she never thought possible. She must become a survivor and rescue her son against all odds. She proves, without a doubt, that a mother's love knows no bounds. I really enjoyed Milijun and thought it was a unique and refreshing take on the alien invasion story line. The author quickly sets up the world and the plot takes off, taking readers on a highly suspenseful and entertaining ride. I really like Laura and, being a mother myself, I identified with her on her relentless quest to save her son. The aliens were well done and the author was very descriptive regarding them, so I could really picture in my mind how they looked and sounded. I recommend Milijun by Clayton Graham to all fans of the science fiction genre.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Chris Fischer for Readers' Favorite In a creatively written new book with a very unique premise, Milijun by author Clayton Graham explores a world in which true alien contact has been made with humans and the repercussions of just such contact. Protagonists Laura and Jason Sinclair, a mother and son duo, witness aliens coming to earth one night in Australia in 2179. After an experimental trial is begun in which hybrid embryos are implanted in human women, and in which Jason has become a genetic link, the continued involvement of humans and aliens seems inevitable. But when Jason is abducted by an alien swarm, and both the Australian Defence Force, and the head of the reclusive research facility, Milijun, seem to have ulterior motives for both him and the pregnant women, Laura realizes that it might be up to her to save them all, and maybe mankind as a whole. I loved Milijun. This book was surprising, intriguing, and kept me reading obsessively throughout. Author Clayton Graham has done a great job in creating a read that is different from most in the science fiction genre, and even a prolific reader like myself was surprised. Any person who likes science fiction will love Milijun. I can very confidently recommend this book most highly, and I hope that author Clayton Graham is already hard at work on his next novel of this style. I will be keeping my eyes peeled for it, and am certain that any reader who picks up Milijun will do the same!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Holey moley, this book was terrific! Once I started reading I didn’t want to stop until I’d finished the whole thing! It was all I could do not to rush it—this isn’t a fast read by any stretch, but more like something you sink back with for a while and let it take over your mind and soul. I enjoyed Clayton Graham’s “voice” and style of writing. The interweaving plotlines were intelligent, well-developed and unpredictable, and even though there were so many characters it seemed hard to keep track of them all (and some I didn’t think were necessary at all) I really enjoyed it! They were all genuine and interesting in their own right and well-written, and my only real complaint was that at times the pacing felt too erratic… too many long stretches where nothing really happens (just a lot of ‘setup” and then bam everything happens). But it really didn’t lessen my enjoyment any, and I loved that I never knew where the story was going and I love it kept me on my toes. I’d love to read more from Clayton Graham and would recommend this to fans of extraterrestrial sciFi/ suspense/action thrillers. Oh and I really liked the little ‘blurbs’ at the beginning of each chapter. Nice touch :-)
BrendaMax More than 1 year ago
how to describe this book, other than say it is by far one of the most surprisingly addicting novels I’ve read in a long time! I have already loaned it to my boyfriend to read, and my brother is after him. The author Clayton Graham pulls us in to the story right from the beginning pages, and skillfully narrates a wide-ranging storyline full of complex and deeply suspenseful issues. In my opinion it really are the characters who do a great job of pulling this story forward at a good pace and keeping is engaged even during the slower parts. Terrific world-building which is absolutely key in selling a fantasy/sci-fi, and while there are some familiar themes and tropes here necessary for the genre, Graham does a great job of making the story feel original and wholly his own. Doesn’t feel like something I’ve read a million times before, and I’d be happy to read more from Mr. Graham in the future, especially because this one has an open ending that has whetted my appetite for more…..
Darla_Ortiz More than 1 year ago
I am of somewhat mixed feelings on this novel, “Milijun” by Clayton Graham. On one hand it is beautifully and brilliantly written with some of the most interesting and compelling characters I’ve read in a long time (human and non), and I liked how each of them had their own unique set of circumstances and motives, secret or otherwise. But on the other, at times I felt almost like this book was too much at once, and seemed to lose focus of the arc and kept going off in different directions. I feel like it would have been better if it were shorter and more focused, with fewer subplots. It seemed to take a long time for any real inciting incident to happen, and sometimes the pacing slowed down too much where we should have more engagement and action. But that is just my opinion, other people may disagree. I felt it needed more tension to pull us forward as for too long things felt too safe for too long (this changes) but there weren’t the high stakes that I like to see that makes me just *have* to keep reading. But it does get better as it goes along, and I’d say overall is a good story with an original plot and interesting characters, and I can see people liking it.
SteffyC More than 1 year ago
this book seems to have something of everything…… seriously. Action, drama, mystery, science, humor, suspense, creative and standard sci-fi and fantasy elements…… but I thought Clayton Graham tied it all together nicely in just such compelling, emotionally and intellectually engaging way. I was impressed by the seamless narrative transitions, and while I’m not usually a fan of so much ‘tech-speak’, it didn’t bother me here much as I liked Mr. Graham’s creative word-play and liked how he was showing us the tech he refers to as opposed to just giving an annoying telling-info dump (so prevalent in science fiction I have found!). The characters’ conversations really helped to advance the storyline (wasn’t just needless filler chit chat). Always found myself reading for longer than I planned to, as there was never a good place to just “stop”, especially the last quarter or so. Fun characters, enjoyed the leads (especially Laura, Jason and Janice, but Ord was great in his way too) but thought the others were great as well (even the ‘bad’ ones). This novel will have wide ranging appeal– it is intelligent and complex enough and written with enough substance and finesse to please fans of sci fi, fantasy and suspense thrillers who appreciate classy, polished, literary writing. Recommend.
LauraClarke More than 1 year ago
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SamRyan More than 1 year ago
Just a heads up…when starting “Milijun” make sure you don’t have anywhere you need to be or anything you need to do because you won’t want to stop reading until you’ve finished it all!! Trust me on this! (and it’s a pretty long book!)The book starts off with an intriguing beginning that established the ‘sci/fi-other-worldly’ existence, and the solid world building just keeps going from there. The main characters are so well-developed and fully realized, I feel like I know them personally. I think what I liked the most about this book was just the overall feel the author managed to create where it felt intimate, like a close friend was telling me this really awesome story that I didn’t want to stop listening to. There are some surprising twists and some parts that really catch you off guard… but that just made the book even more amazing. Totally unlike anything I’ve read before and I read a lot. I could see this having cross-genre appeal so even if aliens/fantasy isn’t your thing, the terrific scene-building, suspenseful and thought-provoking plot, and engaging, authentic characters will appeal to a wide variety of readers. Recommend.
ElizaBEB More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars At first I admit I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into in deciding to read this book. Because admittedly I do tend to lean towards more contemporary adult literature because I enjoy the messages and life lessons. But I was intrigued by the description and the writing sample and the way that I felt an almost immediate connection to not only the interesting characters and their alternative reality, but with the way that Clayton Graham was writing them, (I thought the narrative in the beginning was great and set the atmosphere and tone for the rest of the book perfectly) and I found myself just wanting to read more… and more… and more… and I couldn’t believe it when I realized I was totally hooked, and was caught up in the whole alien experience and felt like I was in Laura’s shoes as she fought for her son. I was surprised how completely I felt transported to ‘another world’ just by experiencing the lives of these incredible characters who are so true to life and authentic-feeling, yet unlike any I’ve read about before. Like that the plot felt like it had a deeper meaning that we could all relate to, and I love the idea of other “realities” existing alongside our own. The author writes of some really interesting concepts here, and I liked that this felt like it wasn’t cliché or predictable at all. I’m really glad I took a chance on this one…Recommend.
KMatthews More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book, “Milijun” by Clayton Graham. I thought it was excellently-written with flawless editing (so rare!!) and pulled me in with interesting opening to the satisfying, bittersweet ending… for now (there is a sequel book coming, thank goodness!) It is a pretty long book and not a ‘quick and easy beach read’ – nor would you want it to be. There are too many interesting and important concepts at play here that a lesser author would have glossed over, but Graham takes his time in carefully developing these complex plotlines in such a way that we just do not want to stop reading, even late into the night. I have to comment on Mr. Graham’s writing style—it is, for lack of a better word, simply beautiful. So effortlessly lovely and I found myself completely lost in this story night after night. And the plot wasn’t contrived or predictable, thank goodness, as is often the case in alien sci/fi’s (they all seem to follow the same generic formula, it seems). But not here. The characters were genuine and fully fleshed out, and I appreciated that the author took risks and really thought outside the box here. Was very creative and had almost a philosophical element that made it more intelligent and stand out from the crowd … Was almost disappointed when I was done, but the ending gave the emotional satisfaction I look for in a great book and I can’t wait to read the next one!
JennaBrewster More than 1 year ago
"Milijun” is an excellent novel that captured my interest from the beginning, pulled me in, and never once let go! Clayton Graham is a hugely talented writer who knows how to grab and keep our attention! Each scene was riveting, imaginative, and flowed smoothly from one to the next… never a “dull part” where you get bored or want to skip ahead… in fact almost the opposite with the various interweaving plotlines and going from one character and bizarre event to the next. The descriptions were very strong, and I mean with the author’s word choice… unique and powerful…. Had a very ‘literary’ quality, especially for a sci-fi book, which may or may not work for some readers, but I absolutely loved it. I felt like I was genuinely inside the characters’ hearts and heads (especially Laura, who I LOVED) experiencing the world through their eyes, for better or worse. I would love to read more from this author in the future…He has a natural gift for creating a well-thought out story and developing deeply memorable characters with a strong, mysterious plot that keeps you guessing and invested throughout, and this world he has created here is unlike anything I’ve ever read before. Happy to see there is a follow up in the works!
LaylaM1 More than 1 year ago
okay, wow. “Milijun” by Clayton Graham is hands down one of the most original and well-crafted sci-fi/thriller novels I’ve read in a long time! I was completely drawn in from the opening pages, and absolutely loved the author’s use of description of the world-building and exotic locales (Australian outback), and his attention to detail, especially with the characters and the aliens. We feel transported not only into the various characters’ minds but the places they are, and it was a fun, addicting escape from reality. This novel covers so, so much it’s impossible to sum and it was interesting to see how it all tied together in the end, and I was surprised at the twist. Really enjoyed watching the maternal relationship with Laura and Jason play out, and thought the rest of the supporting cast was terrific as well – especially Janice and Naomi. Enjoyed the landscape of Australia (and Milijun) and felt like I was watching a movie most of the time, the descriptions were so vivid and clear. An epic literary feat, to be certain, well written and with quick paced prose and a believable plot, for being so fantastical. It makes you think, and maybe in ways you don’t want to! Lol. But honestly I was really impressed and would recommend this book with the highest of praise to fans of science fiction/drama/thrillers with philosophical elements. Suitable for mature teens on up.
BellaReadz More than 1 year ago
I definitely enjoyed this book. I’m not exactly sure how you would describe it (mystery? Science fiction? Suspense? Action? Thriller? Drama? All the above??), but it was very good. I won’t rehash the plot (that is what the book description is for), but in my opinion this is one of those books that really is so much more than what the blurb can convey. It was surprisingly complex and visionary and managed to keep me complete engaged from the beginning to the end. I noticed that Graham avoided the common rookie mistake of “telling” instead of “showing” which was a huge relief (especially in Fantasy/sci-fi where authors so often feel the need to ‘describe’ everything to death), and I felt a part of the action the entire time, starting with the opening pages where we get right to it. He wastes no time setting the tone for the rest of the book with authentic narrative and dialogue with the characters. In addition, Graham does an amazing job with the believable world-building and for the most part the pacing was spot on and kept me engaged throughout. Was surprised at a few things, and the ending definitely makes me want to read the next one when it is available (hurry, 2017!) Recommend to mature readers of Sci-Fi, mystery and suspense.