January 27, 2011

Review : Invasion by Jon S. Lewis

Title : Invasion
Author : Jon S. Lewis
Reading Dates : 1 Jan - 6 Jan 2010
Invasion (A C.H.A.O.S. Novel)
Invasion is the first book in the series. Updates on books in the series can be found here.
From Amazon :
Colt McAlister is drawn into a war against things he thought only existed in comic books.

After a car wreck takes the lives of his parents, Colt moves to Arizona to stay with his grandfather. There, an informant tells him that his parents were actually murdered because his mom, a journalist, was getting ready to write a story exposing Trident Industries.

Along with Oz and Danielle, his new comrades at Chandler High, Colt vows to uncover the truth. But the more they learn, the more bizarre reality becomes. Mind control, jet packs, and flying motorcycles only scratch the surface of what they discover.

Colt is recruited by a secret organization called the Central Headquarters Against the Occult and Supernatural. But the battle isn't just against an out-of-control giant corporation. A gateway to another world is opening, and the invasion has already begun.

Book Review of Invasion.
I am of 2 minds about Invasion.

While the main characters are extremely likable, some of their behaviour or achievements just seems to stretch the limits of my credulity. For instance, Colt seemed way too young for a 16-year old. But then again, this could be a prejudice formed from reading too many books where kids are incredibly mature for their age. And it is that very “good kid” aura of Colt and his friends that forms a major part of Invasion’s charms.

And while Invasion wasn’t boring or slow, nothing really important occurs until near the story’s end. Even the death of Colt’s parents feels like nothing more than a footnote. But it does do a good job of building up the secret world Colt suddenly finds himself in, with all the legendary monsters and cool gadgets any superhero could want. We’re also given plenty of hints of an existing internal conflict and the maybe not so noble war that humanity is waging. All of which seems to be building up to some epic conflict.

Then again while the story was good enough to whet my curiosity, the pacing as well as the lack of that extra something to set this story apart from others, isn’t motivating me to put the next book on my wish list. All in all, Invasion makes for some nice, light reading.

My conclusions :
  • Would I re-read the book ? Maybe, but not anytime soon.
  • Would I want to read the next book in the series ? Maybe, but it would not be at the top of my reading list.
  • Would I want to own my personal copy if I didn’t already own it ? No.
  • Who would I recommend this too? Readers looking for a light, fun read.
  • For those looking to read the book, would I recommend buying or borrowing the book? Borrow it.

Books alluded to :
Peter Pan (100th Anniversary Edition)Lost World & Other Stories (Wordsworth Classics) (Wordsworth Collection)


  1. The organization is called CHAOS??? I probably would have made an *eye roll* and a sarcastic look, probably after either skipping through sections of the book.
    Absurd NOT = Fantasy.

  2. HaHa! Well, reading the book did remind me of watching cartoons in my much younger days :-)


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