Monday, January 23, 2012

Blog Tour: Invasion (Review)

Life seems pretty normal for Colt McAlister, until that faithful day when his parents are killed in a freak car accident.

Everything changes when he moves to Arizona to live with his grandfather and starts attending classes at a new school.

Suddenly, he finds out his grandfather and his family has connections to a secret organization - and his mother's investigative journalism piece on one of the nation's largest companies is probably why she - and his father - were killed.

Life as a 16-year-old isn't so simple after all.

I picked up Invasion to read after I was given the second book in this series, Alienation. I found as I started reading the second book, I really wanted to know what happened in the first.

I was not disappointed. Invasion is an interesting book. Three friends work together to solve several mysteries - and along the way discover some sinister plots to end the world as we know it.

I wanted to find out more about this series, because I have an 11 year-old  nephew, who is reading books like this with a voracious appetite. I thought this book would interest him for several reasons: the main character is a boy (that has become a new request), the main character is a "surfer/skater" dude; and it does involve a multi-dimensional world. (To say more might spoil the book.)

This book (and series) showcases Jon S. Lewis' experience of writing for DC Comics. I think the plot lines and the writing style will attract young readers - like my nephew.

Written for a Christian publisher, Invasion is not "heavy" on preaching, but rather showcases a "real-life" faith. The first book sets up a Biblical allegory that structures much of book two.

While I'm not the target market for this novel (the target, I suspect is my nephew), I found this book to be an intriguing, suspense-filled and well, simply a great read.

In all, on a scale of one to five, with five as the highest, I give this book a solid four. Reading book one left me wanting to know more (and I'll be honest, I finished book two over the weekend and I really don't want to wait a year for the third installment!)

More About The Book
(From The Publisher)
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 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, an 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 is drawn into a secret world of aliens, shapeshifters, flying motorcycles, and invisible getaways.

The invasion has begun.

About The Author
Jon S. Lewis is the coauthor of the Grey Griffins trilogy and the Grey Griffins Clockwork Chronicles. He also writes for the DC COMICS family of publishers. He resides with his family in Arizona.

Online Resources
Read more about Invasion here.
Buy it at Amazon
Buy it at Barnes & Noble

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Net Galley's blogger program. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.

Stay tuned for the review of book two, coming later this week!

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