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Invasion (C.H.A.O.S. #1)

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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 m
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published January 3rd 2011 by Thomas Nelson (first published December 8th 2010)
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Feb 17, 2012 Nicole rated it it was ok
This book had potential at the beginning, and really kind of drew me in despite some of the weak writing. It didn't maintain the momentum, though. About the time I hit the halfway point, I was getting bored. It was pretty cliched and cheesy, and to a point that's inevitable in most fantasy, but a good fantasy novel puts a twist on things. This one didn't have a twist. It was just a compilation of everything you might expect. I also struggled with how unbelievable it was. I'm pretty good as suspe ...more
Jan 06, 2011 Tina rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks, arc, did-not-finish, ya
Original post at One More Page

I wasn't sure what to expect when I requested Invasion by J.S. Lewis from Booksneeze, so I had zero expectations when I started reading the book, too. Invasion is the first book in the C.H.A.O.S. series, and the first book tells the story of Colt McAlister, orphaned at 16 after his parents died in a car crash. Soon after he moved with his grandfather in Arizona, weird things start happening such as weird creatures chasing him, and random people trying to kill him fo
Apr 07, 2011 Scoot rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, arc
Colt is the youngest son in a family full of brothers. He is the smallest, but has the wit and personality to stand out above the crowd. Colt doesn’t know it, but his is entire world is shrouded in mystery and lies. The wool is pulled from his eyes when his parents are killed in a tragic accident and he is sent to live in a new state with his grandfather. Colt learns quickly that the world around him is not what it seems and he is pulled into action with his friends Oz & Dani to solve a myst ...more
It's been a while since I've read such a powerful science-fiction book. Invasion is a surprisingly gripping read. The second an alien that looked like Bigfoot came up, I was hooked.

When his parents die in a strange car accident, Colt has to live with his WW2 veteran grandfather. Yet he cannot get the idea out of his head that something about his parents' death isn't right. He suspects that one of the worlds largest companies, Trident Biotech, has something to do with it. While trying to uncover
Hector Romero
Dec 02, 2015 Hector Romero rated it really liked it

In the book Invasion it talked about how the
boy named Colt goes to this Area 51 kind of camp that his dad doesn't even know what it really is. He thinks it was just a tour of the camp. He left his son in but it's a trading military camp for alien invasions. In the first fire pages you meet Bigfoot, but not the Normal one, he has a robotic leg and arm and a robot head in his shoulder so it could talk for him. And he is like the leader, but he just showed you around.
So bigfoot se
Apr 16, 2015 Lou rated it really liked it
Slow in some parts but I did like it, now I NEED the next book!
Amy Jacobs
Jan 03, 2011 Amy Jacobs rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
What originally attracted me to this novel for review was the cover. It has the eerie and sci-fi look to it. Granted, I am not a huge fan of science fiction but the cover kept calling to me.

In the first book of a series, Colt McAlister is a surfer, youngest of seven brothers, and has a crush on a girl like any normal 16 year old boy. Unfortunately, he is far from normal whether he knows yet or not. When his parents die in an accident he is forced to move in with his Grandfather in a different s
Before I got this book, I read the Kindle sample and really loved it. I was completely drawn in by the fast paced writing and just had to know what was going to happen next! So I got the rest of the book and was pretty interested in reading it. While it was good, it wasn't good the whole way through.

I really enjoyed the first half. I loved getting to know Colt and watching him slowly learn things and figure out what was going on. The writing makes it very easy to read and it's quite exciting. It
Kristin (Blood,Sweat and Books)
Apr 19, 2013 Kristin (Blood,Sweat and Books) rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review

In a nutshell Invasion is Men In Black with a young adult twist. Yep, Aliens are real and like the movie mentioned above some are good, some are bad and its up to a secret organization to make sure they all remain hidden. That being said, I am totally impressed by how the Author made Invasion feel unique.

I love the alternative history told brilliantly through the use of Comic books. Letting the reader know about Colt's love for the Phantom Flyer early on and then later reintroducing the c
Lianne Burwell
Aug 05, 2011 Lianne Burwell rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, ya
I really liked the concept of this book. A 16 year-old boy loses his parents, finds out that his family has a history of fighting other-dimensional invaders, and ends up going against the conspiracy that killed his parents because of an article his mother was writing.

Concept good, execution lousy.

I know this is aimed at younger readers, but I still expect it to make some internal sense. For example, you have the scientist working for the conspiracy who was feeding the mother the information that
Review on Lili Lost in a Book

After the death of his parents, 16-year-old Colt moves from California to Arizona to live with his grandfather. In no time, Colt's life is turned upside down. Suspicions arise dealing with the death of his parents. Colt was told that they died in a car accident, but this car crash may not be just an "accident." You see, Colt's mom found out about a mind control program being run by a large company. Her goal was to publish an article about this for everyone to read. U
Vanya D.
Feb 04, 2012 Vanya D. rated it it was amazing
When I requested from NetGalley "Alienation" to read and review, I had no idea it was the second installment to a series. Well, it turned out that there was book one that I had to read beforehand and that book was "Invasion". I honestly don't regret starting on this series because it was absolutely amazing. I'm already into book two because I just can't get enough of high school students Colt, Oz and Danielle and their adventures with the extra terrestrials and the biomedical Trident facilities. ...more
Jan 01, 2016 Cindy rated it really liked it
I am by far not a fan of sci-fi. But something drew me to this book. I am so glad I read it. While it has a sci-fi element it also have a bit of a government/adventure plot to it that makes it fun.

This does set up for a series of books. There isn't too much aliens/sci-fi and it really is only gleamed over. But I cannot WAIT to read more aliens in the next few books.

Another element that I liked was the bit of history/take on history that was given. I think it fit nicely in the book and really ad
Oct 14, 2010 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Colt just wants a normal life, hanging out with friends and the girl he has a crush on. But first he has to save the world... literally! This is the first book in an exciting new series that introduces sixteen-year-old surfer Colt McAllister. Colt's life changes when his parents are murdered to prevent exposing a secret: aliens from another world are running major corporations and want to invade our planet. The aliens and technology that Colt grew up reading about in comic books are real! There ...more
Conan Tigard
Nov 13, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it really liked it
Right from the first chapter, I knew that I was really going to get a kick out of Invasion. The main character was instantly likable and the premise of the story really grabbed my attention. After all, who wouldn't want to become a recruit in a secret government agency that fights off alien invasions? I'd sign up for that in a heartbeat!

The story by Jon S. Lewis is fast-paced, full of danger, and extremely entertaining. Sure, there were a couple of things that seemed a little far-fetched, but th
Sep 28, 2015 Connor rated it it was amazing
Connor H.
Author:Jon S. Lewis

This book was about how a 16 year old Colt's whole life is turned around. Colt thinks that his life is great. He has loving parents, and several older brothers. He goes out to the beach every day and surfs the waves. Then an odd chain of events start to occur. While he is surfing, an odd looking creature with tentacles grabs him and almost kills him. Colt gets out alive but is spooked. Then, his parents are killed in a car crash that doesn't seem like an
This series is almost pretty much exactly what I thought James Patterson's "Daniel X" series would be... if you also threw in some "Captain America" haha

This was a really quick and enjoyable read. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens. I don't doubt that Colt ends up at The Academy, but what about Dani and Lily?? I know things work out with those two as well somehow, but I'm just not too sure how the two points get reconciled at the moment.

Also: I totally do not trust Oz. I don't know why,
Abdol-Rahman Ali
May 26, 2015 Abdol-Rahman Ali rated it really liked it
Invasion by Jon S. Lewis is a book about a teenage boy name Colt McAlister. Colt was having the best summer of his life, then one day he came home and found out his parents were in a dangerous car accident. After the accident Colt moved across the United States to live with his uncle in Arizona. In Arizona colt went to a training camp to fight against the coming alien attack.

There are a few things I like about this book. The main thing I like about the book is the mysterious things that happens
Forrest Williams
Mar 02, 2015 Forrest Williams rated it it was amazing
Invasion by Jon S. Lewis is a book about one teenager with his friends on the journey to fight aliens and get revenge from his parents death.Colt the teenager had been battling aliens and monsters along side with his friends Danielle and Oz.Danielle is the tech of the group hacking companies.While Oz is the muscle and wise one.Colt is the brain,muscle and wise.

The things I like about the book is the action.The action in this novel is like watching a super packed action version of the book.Also
Miz Lizzie
Apr 10, 2014 Miz Lizzie rated it did not like it
This book definitely has its audience; I'm just not it. I would recommend it to boys, reluctant readers, comic fans, those wanting a "clean" and/or Christian book with an emphasis on action rather than relationships. There are so many fights and action scenes that it's hard to keep track of the plot, such as it is, and forget about any character development. This, of course, is likely to appeal to one of the readers above but is the kind of stuff I tend to skim over. The writing is servicable bu ...more
Mar 18, 2015 Duncan rated it liked it
This was a novel about a boy named Colt. Colt's parents died, and many believed that they were murdered. Then all of a sudden, Colt is being tracked down and people are trying to kill him. He finds out that he has special talents, and that his grandpa has a comic book based on him, so those are the two reasons people are trying to murder him. Throughout the book, Colt fights them off and ends up getting away every time. This was a book for people who enjoy Science Fiction. The book had a good t ...more
Aug 26, 2015 Ruthie rated it it was ok
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Maryam Dinzly
Dec 15, 2015 Maryam Dinzly rated it really liked it
Imagine if whatever you read in those comic books actually do happen in real life? Bigfoot, Atlanta, all those superspy gadgets. Cool huh? Well, this book is something like that. Colt McAlister was one of those surfer dude who loved reading comics. His life was absolutely perfect, until his parents died in a freak accident. When he suddenly received information that his mother might have been purposely assassinated to prevent her from exposing a top-secret information, Colt found himself being p ...more
After being lazy for a few days, I finally decided to do my review for Invasion. I wasn't really sure what to think about Invasion when I first got it. I'm closer to the age that this book targets, so my review can be pretty trustworthy. This review doesn't want to be written, but bear with me.

Invasion begins with Colt McAlister, a normal teen in California who loves surfing, the beach, and his friends. His life changes when his parents are supposedly killed in a head-on collision. Forced to mo
Megan  Nicole
Jan 25, 2014 Megan Nicole rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Originally reviewed on Books i View.
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

Invasion by Jon S. Lewis is the first book in the YA science fiction C.H.A.O.S. series. If you loved Men in Black then you will love this book.

Colt is our main character. After losing both his parents in a car accident he moves in with his Grandfather where he abruptly finds himself in the midst of an alien invasion. He is your average teen and can be shy and awkward. The only probl
Jul 24, 2011 Kellee rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kellee by: Provided by NetGalley for review
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Invasion is a mixture of tragedy, romance, adventure, and sci fi. Though I did have trouble at the beginning of the novel- I felt like the idea of Invasion was so cool (Men in Black + Alex Rider!), but it started off with such little pizzazz; however, do not worry! the rest of the novel makes up for it. After the initial exposition where we learn about CHAOS (a government organization that protects us from aliens) and Colt being considered as
Mar 28, 2011 Tiffiane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I don't typically read sci-fi, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this one. I was actually pleasantly surprised! It really gripped me from the get-go and I had a hard time putting it down. The story pulls you in very quickly and keeps you interested from the first page. It is a very quick read.

Colt is a well-written character, but I had some problems with his maturity level. He is supposed to have just turned 16 in this novel, yet, the tone of his personality made me feel as though he w
Feb 10, 2012 Berenice rated it liked it
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 hi
Jan 18, 2011 Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-i-own
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 whe ...more
Feb 11, 2012 Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Invasion (A C.H.A.O.S. Novel)
By Jon S. Lewis


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
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“I'm actually supposed to meet someone."
Oz smiled. "A lady friend? I don't know why I'm surprised. Every girl on campus is talking about you."
"Why does it sound creepy when you say it like that?”
“Will you say something?" he asked.
"Like what? Congratulations on almost getting yourself killed? I mean, you just told me that you flew here on some kind of winged motorcycle while masked men in jet packs tried to shoot you with ray guns. Forgive me if I don't do cartwheels through the restaurant while I try to decide if you've lost your mind.”
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