Saturday, April 20, 2013

Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway!! Domination by Jon S. Lewis

Rating: ★★★★
Series: C.H.A.O.S. #3
Genre: Science Fiction, Action, Adventure
Format: E-Book
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: April 16, 2013
Copy Provided By: Publisher



THEIR GOAL IS SIMPLE: TOTAL DOMINATION.
With six arms and jaws that can snap a man in two, the warmongering race of aliens known as the Thule has conquered every planet they’ve attacked.
And now their invasion of Earth has begun.
Humanity’s only hope springs from a mysterious Thule legend about a Betrayer, who they believe will rise up and destroy their people. The American government tried to manufacture their own Betrayer by injecting children with Thule blood but time after time the experiment failed . . . until Colt McAlister.
A decade later, Colt is a 16-year-old cadet at the CHAOS Military Academy where he’s training to defend mankind. But he’s afraid that the alien blood may be turning him into a Thule—and he’s beginning to suspect that fulfilling his role as the Betrayer may cost him everything.
Experience a cosmic battle filled with high-tech gear, gateways to other planets, and ultimate stakes. Not everyone will survive. But heroes will rise up and step into their destiny in this earth-shaking conclusion to the C.H.A.O.S trilogy.

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Review:

Domination Book 3 in the C.H.A.O.S. trilogy picks up shortly after Alienation ends. The Thule have started coming through  and several towns on the Eastern seaboard have been hit heavily. Domination like those before it wastes no time in getting the reader up to speed. Not that I suggest skipping to the third book in the series but if you did, I don't think it would be hard following along.

While I really loved Domination, I was a bit disappointed. The action in the beginning of the book is intense. Thousands have died in the ensuing chaos and the agency has Colt and his friends out in the field to help. Well everyone except OZ that is, he's been kicked out due to his Father's actions. Did not see that coming. Don't worry though OZ still has Colt's back just as any good "brother" should. Which you know is good since Colt's actual brothers are still M.I.A.

However, after the agents return to the academy the book takes a weird turn and then suddenly Colt is being thrust into a musical? Which I get to an extent people need hope and all that. However, to be perfectly blunt this should've been done in Book 2 not you know when the Thule have started slaughtering people en masse and your newly appointed Junior agents only have weeks not months to prepare before the entire Thule army arrives.

While I remained completely glued to the story, I do feel Domination lacked a bit in consistency. I expected some amazingly epic battles and when it finally came down to the climax it lasted barely 2 pages. A huge letdown unfortunately. I also didn't like that the book set up all these extras characters and then just dropped them midway through never to be heard from again. If the characters had died off fine but they were just forgotten and that made me sad. At the very least they could of been shown at the end as the President is speaking to the public. A montage is better than the nothing we get.

My only other real gripe with Domination was it became a bit preachy. Thomas Nelson is a Christian publisher so of course I expect religious references but the first two books did it subtly, whereas in Domination it was much more obvious. I only mention this because it seemed thrown in after the fact. Only one or two places did Colt's sudden spirituality make sense.

Overall, I still really enjoyed Domination. The action, writing and characters are what make this series so good. Would I recommend it? Heck yeah! The C.H.A.O.S. trilogy is a new favorite of mine and I really hope the author considers adding to the series down the road. I need more C.H.A.O.S. in my life!! With that being said, I will be rating Domination by Jon S. Lewis ★★★★.



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Check out the other books in the series!!
It started with an Invasion

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 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 the truth, Colt gets drawn into a secret world of aliens, shapeshifters, flying motorcycles, and invisible gateways.

The Invasion has begun.

The Series Continues With Alienation

 Earth's last line of defense against the coming alien invasion is 16-year-old surfer Colt McAlister.

But before he can save the world, he has to survive the day.

All Colt wants to do is return to his old life . . . where aliens don't exist . . . where mankind hasn't been targeted for destruction . . . and where his parents are still alive. Unfortunately life doesn't work that way.

The United States government believes Colt holds the key to our survival, so they're sending him to the CHAOS Military Academy along with his best friends Oz and Danielle. There they'll be trained to defend Earth against a swarm of alien shape shifters known as the Thule. But someone is trying to eliminate Colt before he can lead that charge. Shocked to learn about key events in his past and unsure who he can trust, he is alienated and on the run.

In a world of high-tech gear, shape-shifting aliens, simulated reality, and hover boards, Colt must step into his true destiny before our world falls into chaos.

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