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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Invasion, by Jon S. Lewis (a C.H.A.O.S. Novel)

From the publisher's blurb:

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, and 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 gets drawn into a secret world of aliens, shapeshifters, flying motorcycles, and invisible getaways.

The invasion has begun.

I love that line..."The invasion has begun."

Anyone that knows me knows that I'm a big fan of the Marvel Comics movies. As I read this book (which is in no way related to the Marvel series), I was reminded of what it is about those movies that I enjoy. The story line is technically possible, albeit in a far-fetched kind of way, but has that plausibility that can only come with a super hero feel. And then, with the whole semi-government/military agency focused on aliens, there was a "Men in Black" twist.

Colt is a real teenager, living through a real crisis. He has no clue what his family's background has been in, yet he's suddenly thrust in the middle of saving the earth from the bad guys--aliens from another planet that have apparently been sharing ours for decades. There's the cool toys, the alien encounters, a comic book superhero tie-in, AND Colt seems to have natural abilities that impress the big wigs in a big way.

Fast-paced and packed tight, this book almost reads like a movie-novelization. Definitely a good read, and I look forward to the coming books in the series.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this ebook galley from Thomas Nelson Publishers through the netGalley publisher/reader connection 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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