Graham's book "Milijun" is, at its core, the story of a mother trying to keep safe a son who is increasingly thrown in danger, first by others, but later at his own behest and for noble intentions. The expanse of space and the futuristic Australia are both described in wonderful detail, revealing great personal knowledge with both environments. The humanity and motives of every character are questioned, both for their personal interests in the new alien species and the possibility they are being possessed by that invading species. There are themes throughout of motherhood, the moral stakes in scientific exploration, the nature of the afterlife, and the existence of souls - all used to great effect. The ending, which was oddly ambiguous in its instantaneous, unexpected nature, nevertheless intrigues me, especially with many plot threads still left open-ended, and I'm excited to see where the surviving characters go in subsequent works. Hungry Monster.
June 3, 2016: Kaylee *****
Make no mistake, "Milijun" is definitely a compelling read, and one that will appeal to a wide range of readers due to its far-reaching and relevant plotlines in a unique blend of 'otherworldliness' right here on Earth, loaded with action, danger, life, and drama and suspense. We feel like we are a part of the story and I recommend for fans of sci/fi and literary fiction who'd like a new twist on the genre. Indie Book Reviewers.
May 29 2016: D Roberts: ****
Highly recommended for people who have an interest in science fiction ~ especially First Contact storylines. It demonstrates how two intelligent species may misunderstand the motives of the other. In short, it is a different "kind" of alien interaction that what we normally find in sci fi. After all, it's science fiction, Aussie style!!
May 28 2016: Marcella Gonzales ****1/2
Holy moley, this book was terrific! Once I started reading I didn't want to stop until I'd finished the whole thing! It was all I could do not to rush it--this isn't a fast read by any stretch, but more like something you sink back with for a while and let it take over your mind and soul. I enjoyed Clayton Graham's "voice" and style of writing. The interweaving plotlines were intelligent, well-developed and unpredictable. Indie Book Reviewers.
May 27 2016: Brenda Max ****
How to describe this book, other than say it is by far one of the most surprisingly addicting novels I've read in a long time! I have already loaned it to my boyfriend to read, and my brother is after him. The author Clayton Graham pulls us in to the story right from the beginning pages, and skillfully narrates a wide-ranging storyline full of complex and deeply suspenseful issues. Indie Book Reviewers.
May 27 2016: Steph Coleman *****
This book seems to have something of everything ... seriously. Action, drama, mystery, science, humor, suspense, creative and standard sci-fi and fantasy elements ... but I thought Clayton Graham tied it all together nicely in just such compelling, emotionally and intellectually engaging way. This novel will have wide ranging appeal - it is intelligent and complex enough and written with enough substance and finesse to please fans of sci fi, fantasy and suspense thrillers who appreciate classy, polished, literary writing. Recommend. Indie Book Reviewers.
May 27, 2016: Laura Clarke ****
This was a captivating novel and I was stunned to read that this was his debut novel--- it reads like it is written by a seasoned pro who is the master of his craft. There is such strong, vivid writing, and the characters are all fascinating, flawed, and going through their own drama. GREAT character development, and everything just felt "authentic" for lack of a better word - even though it's a sci/fi. Indie Book Reviewers.
May 26 2016: Sam Ryan *****
I think what I liked the most about this book was just the overall feel the author managed to create where it felt intimate, like a close friend was telling me this really awesome story that I didn't want to stop listening to. There are some surprising twists and some parts that really catch you off guard... but that just made the book even more amazing. Totally unlike anything I've read before and I read a lot. I could see this having cross-genre appeal so even if aliens/fantasy isn't your thing, the terrific scene-building, suspenseful and thought-provoking plot, and engaging, authentic characters will appeal to a wide variety of readers. Indie Book Reviewers.
May 26 2016: Elizabeth Brown ****1/2
I was totally hooked, and was caught up in the whole alien experience and felt like I was in Laura's shoes as she fought for her son. I was surprised how completely I felt transported to 'another world' just by experiencing the lives of these incredible characters who are so true to life and authentic-feeling, yet unlike any I've read about before. Like that the plot felt like it had a deeper meaning that we could all relate to, and I love the idea of other "realities" existing alongside our own. The author writes of some really interesting concepts here, and I liked that this felt like it wasn't cliché or predictable at all. I'm really glad I took a chance on this on. Indie Book Reviewers.
May 25 2016: Karen Matthews *****
Mr. Graham's writing style--it is, for lack of a better word, simply beautiful. So effortlessly lovely and I found myself completely lost in this story night after night. And the plot wasn't contrived or predictable, thank goodness, as is often the case in alien sci/fi's (they all seem to follow the same generic formula, it seems). But not here. The characters were genuine and fully fleshed out, and I appreciated that the author took risks and really thought outside the box. The novel was very creative and had almost a philosophical element that made it more intelligent and stand out from the crowd. Indie Book Reviewers.
May 24, 2016: Reviewed By Charity Tober for Readers' Favorite *****
Milijun by Clayton Graham involves an alien invasion, the Australian Outback, and a reluctant but more than capable female lead...what's not to like? I really enjoyed Milijun and thought it was a unique and refreshing take on the alien invasion story line. The author quickly sets up the world and the plot takes off, taking readers on a highly suspenseful and entertaining ride. . The aliens were well done and the author was very descriptive regarding them, so I could really picture in my mind how they looked and sounded. I recommend Milijun by Clayton Graham to all fans of the science fiction genre.
May 24, 2016: Reviewed By Chris Fischer for Readers' Favorite *****
I loved Milijun. This book was surprising, intriguing, and kept me reading obsessively throughout. Author Clayton Graham has done a great job in creating a read that is different from most in the science fiction genre, and even a prolific reader like myself was surprised. Any person who likes science fiction will love Milijun. I can very confidently recommend this book most highly, and I hope that author Clayton Graham is already hard at work on his next novel of this style.
May 19, 2016: Reviewed By Tracy Slowiak for Readers' Favorite *****
In a highly engaging and engrossing new read by author Clayton Graham, Milijun is a story that you simply won't want to put down once you've started reading it! Clayton Graham has done a fantastic job in creating a setting that is both futuristic and realistic, not always an easy task. His characterizations are superb, and readers will find themselves connecting with, relating to, and truly caring about the characters, especially Laura and Jason. I highly recommend this book, and look forward to reading more from author Clayton Graham as soon as I possibly can!
May 19 2016: Jenna *****
Milijun" is an excellent novel that captured my interest from the beginning, pulled me in, and never once let go! Clayton Graham is a hugely talented writer who knows how to grab and keep our attention! I felt like I was genuinely inside the characters' hearts and heads (especially Laura, who I LOVED) experiencing the world through their eyes, for better or worse. I would love to read more from this author in the future. He has a natural gift for creating a well-thought out story and developing deeply memorable characters with a strong, mysterious plot that keeps you guessing and invested throughout, and the world he has created here is unlike anything I've ever read before. Indie Book Reviewers.
May 19 2016: Layla *****
One of the most original and well-crafted sci-fi/thriller novels I've read in a long time! I was completely drawn in from the opening pages, and absolutely loved the author's use of description of the world-building and exotic locales (Australian outback), and his attention to detail, especially with the characters and the aliens. This novel covers so, so much it's impossible to sum and it was interesting to see how it all tied together in the end, and I was surprised at the twist. Would recommend this book with the highest of praise to fans of science fiction/drama/thrillers with philosophical elements. Suitable for mature teens on up. Indie Book Reviewers.
May 17, 2016: Reviewed By Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite *****
The novel is set in the future, our protagonist Laura Sinclair is living in Australia with her son, Jason. This very well written novel is all about female empowerment and tells us that there is a hero within all of us. Clayton Graham portrays the very essence of fear, despair, and dread. Your heart will be racing, your hands will be sweating, and you will get a pure adrenalin rush by just reading this novel and visualizing the story. This is the coolest sci-fi novel I have read in years!
May 11 2016: BellaReadz *****
I definitely enjoyed this book. It was surprisingly complex and visionary and managed to keep me complete engaged from the beginning to the end. I felt a part of the action the entire time, starting with the opening pages where we get right to it. He wastes no time setting the tone for the rest of the book with authentic narrative and dialogue with the characters. In addition, Graham does an amazing job with the believable world-building and for the most part the pacing was spot on and kept me engaged throughout. Was surprised at a few things, and the ending definitely makes me want to read the next one when it is available. Indie Book Reviewers.
May 9 2016: Twisted Book Curmidgeon *****
Page after page flew by and I found myself drawn more and more into the story. The world building is amazing. The story fast paced and well-defined. Although I didn't finish the book in one sitting as I normally do when I fall in love with a story, Milijun is something that needed to be pondered. Stepping away from it helped me figure out a few crucial things only to find myself diving back into the story for more. Lilac Reviews.
Tracy Terry: April 19 2016 ****
Milijun is very readable. Hugely compelling. Just what are these aliens and just what do they want? Are mother and son, Laura and Jason (the 'First Seen'), able to trust Major General Ord of the Australian Defence Force or the mysterious Uriel, enigmatic head of Milijun, a reclusive research facility in the outback?
A well written 'extraterrestrial' novel and yet at its heart is the very human story of a mother whose strength and resolve is tested time and time again as not only the future of her son but indeed everything she knows is turned on its head.
Initially alternating between several different threads, the characters and their stories eventually entwine, coming together to reveal all in a wonderfully thought provoking ending that doesn't disappoint.
Copyright: Tracy Terry @ Pen and Paper.
April 9, 2016: Cold Coffee Press Book Review For milijun by Clayton Graham *****
Mankind has always had a fascination with extraterrestrials which dates from ice-age cave walls, ancient Egyptian carvings all the way to milijun by Clayton Graham. This well written novel explores our deepest darkest fears that as a planet we are not ready for an alien incursion, in fact we pretend our intellect can save us. However, in Australia 2179 AD main character Laura Sinclair is faced with the unimaginable when she and her son Jason witness aliens descending to earth. I invite you to the Australia outback where things are not as you might imagine.
Cold Coffee Press/Cafe Endorses milijun a science fiction debut novel by Clayton Graham. We were given this book in a Kindle/PDF format for review. The review was completed on April 9, 2016. For more information please visit Cold Coffee Café coldcoffeecafe.com and Cold Coffee Press coldcoffeepress.com
From the Author
The book is about more than an alien incursion into the Australian outback. It asks questions about our place in the universe, or multiverses (as we are now led to believe may be a possibility).
The novel explores the relationship between a mother and son. How far can it be stretched before the links break? How far would a mother go to save her son? Would she be prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice, or undertake actions she would never have deemed possible prior to the alien incursion?
Above all, Milijun explores the question what would mankind do when faced with an intelligence it cannot understand? It's a good question, for it may happen someday. We are not currently prepared, of course. We are light years away from understanding how we should behave in such a circumstance. Milijun challenges our mindsets through the eyes of a mother and son, and as such is perhaps more powerful and meaningful than if that challenge was through the eyes of the United Nations or the President of the United States.
In the end, Milijun probably asks more questions than it answers. But it does raise the questions. We cannot relax on Earth forever, ignorant of our cosmic surroundings, idling our time away, creating a mirage of prosperity, which appears to create an equally ferocious misery.
Writing Milijun was a labour of love. It was not easy, but neither was it hard. Science Fiction is a love of mine, has been since I was a teenager, escaping to new worlds in the back streets of Stockport, England, where I grew up as a child. Halcyon days, when education and school milk were free, and summers were real summers. We didn't have much, but we had enough.
Milijun is my debut novel, and for me the realisation of a dream.