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Comic Book Characters Come to Life! ...Lewis is a veteran of the comic-book industry, and his plot is a domestic read-alike of Alex Rider. --Kirkus Reviews

"A fun read." --Publishers Weekly

"...Crackling plot twists, cliffhanger chapter endings, cyber attacks, alien invaders, and an undercurrent of teen romance." --BookViews by Alan Caruba

...Draws readers into the action-packed world of Colt and his friends. The narrative presents several well-defined characters who will draw reluctant readers into the sphere of alien conspiracy and espionage. ...Fast-paced and well-defined world will keep readers glued to the pages. --School Library Journal

Action, intrigue, and even a little romance fill every page. The sci-fi and fantasy themes in Invasion are perfect for boys, girls, and parents who'd like to share in the adventure. Superheroes and villains are around every corner. From death-defying flights by jet-pack and flying motorcycles, to shape shifting aliens, readers will enjoy Colt's adventures. --Portland Book Review

About the Author

J. S. Lewis is the co-author of the Grey Griffins trilogy and the upcoming Grey Griffins Clockwork Chronicles. He also writes for the DC COMICS family of publishers. He resides with his family in Arizona.

--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.


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Product Details

  • Series: A C.H.A.O.S. Novel (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (January 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595547533
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595547538
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,187,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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While I was growing up, I moved a lot. I went to 3 elementary schools, 2 junior highs and then 3 high schools in three different states. To cope with it, I wrote stories. Then I went to college, got a job and had a family. I stopped writing. But I couldn't stop forever. I started writing early mornings, late nights and weekends. Now I'm lucky enough to say that I write full-time. I also blog in hope to help other people get published, too. You can visit my blog at

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jason Brown on February 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I'll be frank, I had no idea what to expect of this story. Main reason I went to try it was for thinking the cover was really good, creativity scored big in the style. And though this story does deal with comics, it's only one- exclusive to the storyline, and for very good reason, but if I reveal it, I'll have ruined an integral element of the story itself. That, along with the reluctant hero, his hopes, his friendships and how they play out the events, all the sci-fi talk (that sometimes, for comical reasons, confuses one of the friends), and a few neat twists that I had no chance of predicting made this a real good book to check out. Seriously recommended if you like subtle Christian fiction, sci-fi elements, strong and interesting characters, dynamic stories, and even references to WWII.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Caleb on December 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
It has been a long time since I have read any contemporary fiction where the target audience is people in their early teens and younger. That was something that I had to keep reminding myself of as I read the book Invasion: A C.H.A.O.S. Novel. This book aims to be a launching point for a series of books. The question is, does the book merit a place on the bookshelves of young readers?

Plot Summary

Colt McAlister is a high school student who is the youngest brother in a large family. He's a surfer dude who loves catching waves on the California coast. His entire life is turned upside down when his parents are killed in a head on collision with a drunk driver. Colt ends up in Arizona living with his Grandpa and starting life at a new school. As the plot unfolds, he becomes exposed to a conspiracy that aims to engulf the world in violence and war. His attempts to uncover the story behind the death of his parents plunges him headlong into a world of frightening creatures from other worlds and gadgets that would make James Bond jealous. Along the way he learns that the world he believed he knew only hid incredible worlds of heroes and villains that he thought only existed in comic books and video games.

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* Lewis crafts some truly epic action sequences. The final battle in the book strikes a fine balance between following Colt as he fights for his life and pulling back and revealing the scope of the larger battle. The action sequences are exciting and easy to follow.
* The moments in the book where Colt is dealing with the loss of his parents are powerful and well written. Little things in the narrative will trigger memories in Colt about his parents and these scenes really help the reader feel the loss that Colt must feel.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Maidenfine on May 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
I want to start off by saying that I did enjoy this book. The point where it gripped me and wouldn't let go came pretty late. That's generally how I judge the goodness of a book. How fast the hooks dig in and I can't stop reading. With this one, it was somewhere around Chapter 45 or so, out of 57. So, not the greatest in terms of excitement.

I feel as though this book made promises that it didn't keep. The first six chapters followed the main character through a series of training exercises designed to test candidates for recruitment into a top secret government thing. As I read them, I was expecting a novel about a kid who gets recruited and ends up facing foes he never imagined existed. Instead, the next 20 chapters or so were about the kid (whose memory was wiped after the training exercises) losing his parents and relocating to a new city and school where he lived with his grandfather.

Yes, eventually we got back to the foes he hadn't imagined, but it was slow going and there was a lot of weird teen awkwardness between the two parts. And he didn't get recruited into anything during the book. So I felt like that entire first 6 chapters was a little bit of a rip-off.

Book two, Alienation (A C.H.A.O.S. Novel), should live up to that initial promise, but the first book did not. And because of that, I feel as though the first book might have been better without that first six chapters. They took some of the mystery out of what came later, and they didn't really go along with the bulk of the book.

As far as the rest of the book, it was a good premise. Very interesting. And I sort of liked that the main characters were all comic book nerds.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By brenten gilbert on May 22, 2013
Format: Paperback
In 2010-2011, aliens seemed to be making a huge impression on the pop culture psyche. In the movies, the studios released Skyline, Cowboys and Aliens, Transformers, I Am Number Four, Battle: Los Angeles, and even Mars Needs Moms. On television, shows like Flashforward, The Event, and Falling Skies constantly reminded us that an alien invasion was all but imminent. Given this media attention, the ground was certainly fertile for an Christian alien book series. And that's exactly what we've got here... but is it any good?

Despite some logical flaws, this is a nice introduction to a trilogy filled with emotion, excitement, and energy, one I can't wait to continue reading. Readers obviously sign on to suspend their sense of disbelief and it pays off as you flip through the pages and Colt McCalister's story unfolds. The story begins almost as a dream. Colt is dropped off at a mysterious camp where he tests his ability to fight aliens and save the world. Like the video games he loves playing. Anyway, it's like a dream because after the testing, all the applicants have their memory wiped.

Fast-forward to "regular life" and we find Colt playing the stereotypical surfer kid, floppy bangs and all. And then his world falls apart. While surfing, Colt is attacked by a sea monster (a sea monster?) and, exhausted, falls asleep waiting for his parents to return home to help sort out the day's events. But they never come home. They were both killed in a car accident and Colt is left to face the world alone. He moves off to live with his grandfather, where he's reunited with his closest childhood friend, Danielle.

As Colt adjusts to his new reality, he discovers secrets that he never imagined. Secrets that may have led to his parents' death.
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