Book Review- Invasion by J. S. Lewis
By J.S. Lewis
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published December 28, 2010
by Thomas Nelson
series C.H.A.O.S. #1
He didn’t ask for the job, 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 the truth, Colt gets drawn into a secret world of aliens, shapeshifters, flying motorcycles, and invisible gateways.
The Invasion has begun.
“…An unstoppable cyborg mix of Fringe meets The X-Files. Read Invasion with your eyes wide open. No blinking or you might miss a shapeshifting alien as it blows past you en route to a total planetary take-over.” -Frank Beddor, New York Times best-selling author of The Looking Glass Wars
Colt McAlister was an every day teen, tan with blue eyes and shaggy blond hair. His life consisted of school and surfing until the summer of his 16th year. Sent to Washington D.C. for a summer tour for a military academy he has no idea how his life is about to change. There he meets Lt. Lohr, otherwise known as sasquatch and his soon to be partner in CHAOS, Oz. The difficult detail is that Colt has no memory of his training once he walks out the academy doors. And things get more complicated when Colt’s parents are both killed in an automobile accident that really isn’t an accident at all. The question is who would want them dead and why?
Following his parent’s death, Colt is forced to move from San Diego to live with his grandfather in Arizona. The plus is that he has his childhood friend Dani there- a computer whiz and girl who loves to challenge him at video games. The negative is that strange things are happening all around him. People are getting hurt, his grandfather has secrets of his own, and it seems Colt and his friends Oz and Dani are the targets. Do the three of them have what it takes to fight off the forces that seek to take over the world?
Invasion is an action packed sci-fi trip into things you’ve never seen on earth before. Flying motorcycles, jet packs, and advanced alien life forms that appear to be ordinary men. It took me way outside of my ordinary genre, but surprisingly I loved it! J.S. Lewis is a talented writer who held my interest. The original pull for me came with the eery cover and later I was sucked in to Basil’s party in between our world and a whole other dimension. The vivid details and suspense made for an entertaining adventure.
I would recommend the CHAOS series to readers 14 and older since there is some violence. It’s another book with appeal for both genders. I was completely surprised by Invasion, and happy to learn that it’s a series. Watch for our interview with author J.S. Lewis coming soon! And in the mean time, beware of others with red glowing eyes…