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#1: Invasion: A C.H.A.O.S. Novel

Thomas Nelson / 2011 / Paperback

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After a car wreck takes the lives of Colt's parents, he's drawn into a world he thought only existed in comic books. When an informant tells him his mom and dad were actually murdered, Colt teams up with his high school buddies to uncover the truth---and stumbles on flying motorcycles, jet packs, and mind control!

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1401685420
ISBN-13: 9781401685423
Availability: In Stock
Ages: 9-12
Series: C.H.A.O.S.

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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.

Author Bio

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.

Reviews

With its mix of high school, space aliens, and conspiracy theories, Lewis' first book in the C.H.A.O.S. series is I Am Number Four (2010) for a slightly younger set. The details are fantastic and feed straight to the brain of the target audience: comic books, video games, and action figures are all revealed to be not time-wasters but valuable training tools for the budding alien hunter. Mechanical spiders, jet packs, Nazi/alien alliances, and characters with names like Borog and Zandarr will render certain readers putty in Lewis' capable hands. - Booklist

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  1. bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    great science fiction for teens
    January 11, 2012
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    What if those comics from the 1940s were true? What if there really were aliens from other planets helping the Nazis? What if there really was a secret organization, C.H.A.O.S., aimed at protecting the world from alien invasion?

    This is exactly the world into which teenager Colt McAlister is thrust. His parents had recently died in an automobile accident so he is sent to live with his grandfather.

    Bit by bit Colt discovers the truth. His parents were killed because his mother was writing an expose on Trident Biotech. Trident had been implanting chips into human brains, chips supposedly to control epilepsy, Parkinson's, etc. But these chips were really used by the alien owners of Trident to control the humans. And his grandfather. Colt finds out his grandfather was the real Phantom Flyer of comic book fame. In fact, the comic books were just a way to take away the attention from the real situation at the time.

    Trident Biotech is getting ready to complete their plan to wipe out all the humans on earth. Will Colt and his teen friends be able to foil the aliens before it is too late?

    This is science fiction the way I remember it as a teen! Reptilian aliens with six arms. Heroes with jet packs. Bad aliens wanting to take over earth. Good humans willing to sacrifice their lives to keep that from happening. Even though this book is for teens, I thoroughly enjoyed it! I look forward to reading the next in the series.

    A discussion guide at the end makes this book a great choice for teen reading groups.
  2. brownies9798
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Book review - Invasion by Jon S. Lewis
    December 10, 2011
    brownies9798
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Book review - Invasion by Jon S. Lewis

    Invasion by Jon S. Lewis

    This book is packed with all the Sci-Fi goodies; action, adventure, monsters, aliens, bad guys and your handsome hero! Perfect easy read for teens and adults alike.

    Colt McAlister is a happy, typical teenage boy living the dream in California, when his life changes forever. His parents are killed in a car crash, leaving him in his Grandfather's care. As if moving to Arizona wasn't enough; he over hears a conversation about his parents being murdered. As he adjusts to a new school and new friends he starts to see the world in a different way.

    To most of the world, Trident Biotech is the world's largest corporation who sells miracle drugs. But when Colt is drawn into the truth that the owners are actually aliens and the miracle drugs come with mind control chips; Colt has to make a choice. Take over for his mom's job of exposing the truth or lay down and pretend it isn't happening. Will Colt make the right decision and can he and his friends out wit the Earth's toughest enemies? Will Colt embrace his destiny? Stay tuned!

    This book was very good. It was easy to read and entertaining. This is the first book in a continuing series that Jon Lewis writes called the CHAOS Trilogy. It was more on the level of a young adult read though. And though I felt it was packed with action, it was lacking on the deeper level. I did really like the how the characters romantically liked each other and yet there was no intimacy. The book is pure enough for Joslyn to read someday. I think it was well written though and I enjoyed it enough to want to read the second book.

    I was provided a copy of this book by www.booksneeze.com for the purpose of a review. All opinions are mine and are real thoughts of mine only.
  3. Bern
    California
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Fast paced action and lots of fun
    December 9, 2011
    Bern
    California
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    What a great and fun read. For all those comic book fans, Invasion does not disappoint! It was a fast-paced exciting read filled with flying motorcycles and monsters from space.

    After his parents die in a accidental car crash, Colt McAllister goes to live with his grandfather. While there, he comes to find out that his parents' death probably wasn't an accident. He's determined to find out for sure and along the way, he realizes that his family has always been a part of a secret group of soldiers that sound more like comic book heroes.

    If you like adventure and fun, this book is definitely for you! It's an easy read and a fun science fiction novel.
  4. EA West
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    An excellent beginning to the series
    December 2, 2011
    EA West
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Sixteen-year-old Colt McAlister is enjoying a summer of surfing and freedom in his first car. Then his parents die in a head-on collision and everything changes. He moves to Arizona with his grandpa, hangs out with his childhood friend Danielle, and makes a new friend in Oz, who seems oddly familiar. As Colt works to find his way around school and his new life, he stumbles into a deadly plot involving the largest company in the world. With Dani and Oz by his side, he learns there may be more to comic books and conspiracy theories than he had always believed. Is it possible that they are based on reality and shapeshifting aliens are planning to invade Earth?

    The ups and downs in Colt McAlister's life ring true, even when he's in the midst of an unrealistic situation. Readers can easily suspend disbelief, however, as they follow along on the adventure of a lifetime and cheer on the good guys. This is a classic story of good versus evil, although there are a few instances where the line between good and evil must be blurred for the sake of saving the world. These instances bring out Colt's conscience, which is remarkably strong in the face of the challenges he stumbles or runs headlong into at every turn.

    Jon Lewis has written an amazing tale of science fiction with just enough truth mixed in to make it frighteningly realistic. The possibilities suggested throughout the book add a chilling glimpse into what could be, while also including alien species that leave one hoping the UFO fanatics are wrong. Colt is a character anyone can look up to and sympathize with, which makes him a great role model for adolescent readers. This book was written for teens, but it is one that is easily enjoyed by adults as well.

    I highly recommend Invasion to anyone who loves science fiction, action/adventure, or stories of the supernatural. This book is a keeper, and I look forward to reading the next book in the C.H.A.O.S. series.

    Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. This review and the opinions expressed in it are my own and based solely on the contents of the book and my experience reading it.
  5. Meg Verity
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    A clean superhero adventure
    November 19, 2011
    Meg Verity
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 2
    Value: 2
    Meets Expectations: 1
    This review was written for <TitleText>Invasion</TitleText> - eBook.
    Shortly after Colt McAlister turns 16, his carefree teenage life ends when his parents are killed in a car accident and he is forced to move in with his grandfather in a different state. There he learns that his parents were actually murdered to stop his mother from exposing a major corporation's involvement in mind control. And worst of all, the corporation is now after Colt.

    As Colt struggles to evade his pursuers and uncover the truth, he discovers that the world is being covertly invaded by aliens, who are using the corporation to assist them with their nefarious plans for humanity. In the race to stop his enemies before it's too late, Colt battles strange otherworldly beings, experiences intergalactic travel, and learns that some superheroes really do exist in real life.

    This is one book I anticipate teenagers will enjoy because it is full of action, monsters, and superheroes. However, even though I usually like science fiction, I personally did not enjoy this novel. As an action-driven book, I struggled to stay engaged with the story because the plot really dragged at times, leaving me uninterested in both the story and the characters' lives.

    In addition, with almost non-existent Christian content, the storyline leaves readers with the impression that God is irrelevant and that humanity alone can solve all of life's problems (earth is being invaded and no one thinks about God or asks for His help?). That is the basis of humanism, not Christianity, so it troubles me that this message is being promoted to a Christian audience. In fact, I would not have realized this was Christian fiction had I not been told otherwise.

    Despite my criticisms, though, my 13-year-old says she will definitely read this book!

    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.
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