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Mr. Wysquers by Larry Auerbach

Pemberton N. Wysquers is a very dignified old English gentleman who own a very old package delivery business that operates on a worldwide scale. Once a year, usually at year end, he leaves the confines of his work environment to travel around in order to visit some of his most special and deserving customers. He selects a town and spends a week mingling with the residents, helping out where he can and bringing both hope and encouragement to those he interacts with. He leaves a permanent imprint on all of those with whom he meets, and he truly leaves his hosts in a much better state than he found them.

Book Review: I love this book and invite you to read the most intriguing story about an English gentleman named Pemberton N. Wysquers. While you read I believe you find yourself relating in some way to the characters who have in one way or another come to the end of their emotional life. When all seems lost, in one moment in time, as if by coincidence or magic, they brush shoulders with Mr. Wysquers.

As a young child you were probably taught about Santa Clause. As time moved on, your innocence was shaken by unspoken reality. While young you believed that time is infinite and you are invisible. When time marched on reality dulled your senses, the magic you found in childhood was buried in life experiences. This book will remind you that in a few fleeting moments, magic can stir. If you open your mind to the possibility, Mr. Wysquers might just pay you a visit.

Let me quote what Melody said: “I know this is going to sound strange, but I owe my life to a corned beef sandwich. The really weird thing is, I never liked corned beef. I would have one now and then, but it was never my favorite sandwich. But now? I smile every time I eat one, and that’s usually once a week, normally on Thursday. Why Thursday, you ask. Because that’s the day all the magic happened. Of course, I didn’t know it was going to be a magical day when I woke up. After all, you never see the magic coming.”

Each person in this book has their own story to tell. Here is how Ivan’s story begins: “I don’t have a lot of time to give you this story, I have somewhere to be and I can’t get out of it. I guess you first have to know a little bit about me to understand what I’m going to tell you, and why I’m telling you.

My story begins about twenty years ago, when I was a teenager and hanging out with my friends. We were the usual gang, looking for girls, driving around at night, and sneaking our drinking when our parents weren’t watching or around. The night that changed my life didn’t start out as anything significant, other than it was a Saturday.”

Which one of these stories mirror your own and where would Mr. Wysquers accidently or on purpose walk into your story?

This book is heartwarming and a must have gift item for your friends and family any time of year. I am giving this book as a Christmas gift this year.

I (Theodocia McLean) endorse Mr. Wysquers by Larry Auerbach as a story for all time and begins when a Candy-Apply Red Vintage Cadillac comes your way. Other books by Larry Auerbach include A Matter Of Honor, A Matter Of Justice, Common Threads, The Spirit of Redd Mountain and The Troll Bridge. I read and reviewed this book from a print format. This review was completed on November 12, 2017.

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy

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The Troll Bridge by Larry Auerbach

In 1935 west Texas, two teenagers — Duane McCathern and Tony Picano — decide to go search for a lost treasure of Confederate gold based on an old tale told by a retired Texas Ranger, involving Indians and a mysterious spirit. As their hunt starts, another boy, a long-time rival, finds them in a cave and they must reluctantly include him in their hunt, It doesn’t take them long before they realize they need more help so their new partner brings in someone, an A. B. Conway, that he says has the expertise and the skills they need to get the gold they believe is hidden in that cave. The only problem is that A. B. Conway is Abbie. Tony is at once smitten and Duane is clearly annoyed.

Once they get the hunt underway, Abbie proves her skill at fabricating machinery is beyond their expectations. And that is a good thing as the hunt suddenly takes an unexpected turn as all of them begin to have out of body experiences and they run into other supernatural problems. As they get closer to the gold, the problems mount and Duane and Tony start showing signs of stress. Then things really start getting strange as all four start having visions of the past. A spirit from the past begins influencing their actions, leading Duane in one direction and Tony in another. As both the distant and the recent past begin to reveal themselves, all of them must make decisions that will have long lasting results. Abbie has to choose between Duane and Tony, and Duane must choose between Tony and Abbie. Who, if any, will make it out of the cave and who will make a deal with the Devil.

Genre: Genre: Paranormal (Supernatural), YA, Teen, Tween

Book Review: Raised in Vermont I have always been fascinated with covered bridges, railroad bridges and river bridges. So the title ‘The Troll Bridge’ by Larry Auerbach caught my attention right away. The prologue hooked me and it was very hard to put this book down for any reason.

Larry Auerbach is a master story teller and if you ever loved exploration as a kid and dreamed of finding something of value while exploring the farm yards, local woods, railroad tracks, old buildings, river banks etc. around your town, this book will draw you into this teen adventure that involves a hidden cave in West Texas.

Well-developed characters like Duane McCathern, Tony Picano find they need some help when the old town’s folklore about a hidden cave may have more merit than just to spook kids. Here is a quote from the book to peak your interest.

“We’re here, we’re a team, and we’re all going to watch each other’s back. We all share the risk, we all share the rewards—equally,” Duane told him. He put out his hand to Ron, who took it and held it in affirm grip. Tony put his hand over theirs, and all three of them put their other hand on the pile of hands. It was done. Tomorrow they would go to school, and come Friday, the adventure would begin for real. Fame and fortune awaited them in that hole. It was a sure thing, they were all certain. What could possibly go wrong?”

Eleven fast paced chapters will take you on an adventure of paranormal (supernatural) intrigue written for Tweens, Teens and Young Adults along with you if you are young at heart, spirit and mind.

I invite you cross over ‘The Troll Bridge’, feels the spray from the raging water below, walk the river banks if you dare as “Trolls” are known to live under bridges where people and things go missing. Join these teens as they use every creative bone in their bodies and life skills to explore a hidden cave in the hopes they will all make it out alive with treasure worth dying for.

I (Theodocia McLean) endorse ‘The Troll Bridge’ by Larry Auerbach as an adventure worth taking. Other books by Larry Auerbach include Common Threads, The Spirit Of Redd Mountain, A Matter Of Justice, and A Matter Of Honor. I read and reviewed this book from a Kindle format. This review was completed on 02/20/2017.

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A Matter Of Honor by Larry Auerbach

Set in 1877, in New Mexico Territory, former Union sniper Jonah Berryman is presently working as a bounty hunter who is known for bringing his man in alive, but Jonah is here on personal business and is hunting someone on his own time. He has some unfinished business with a doctor who saved his life but left his cousin to die. He has been looking for this doctor ever since the War ended, but not knowing what the doctor looked like has been a big problem.

Now he is here in the town of Willow Springs because someone sent him a wire saying the man was here. But as soon as he arrived in town someone started shooting at him. Now he is the middle of another war, and Jonah can’t tell which side is which…or even who is one what side. All he knows for sure is that he is in the middle. As the lead continues to fly his way, Jonah realizes someone has set him up to be the next casualty of their own private war. He has to figure out who it is that is behind all of this, if he has any hope of getting out of town alive. And he still has to find out who put him in the middle of this and why.

Genre: Traditional Western

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A Matter Of Justice by Larry Auerbach

This is a story of justice delayed, and how each person’s life can intersect with another, with a varying degree of impact.

Jonah Berryman is a former Union sniper, who is hunting for someone out of his past. He has some unfinished business with the doctor who saved his life and allowed his cousin to die. When he went to find the doctor later, he learned he had never even existed…except for saving his life and his sight.

After the War, Jonah became a bounty hunter, and whenever he rides into a town, anyone who has something to hide gets nervous and lead begins to fly. Willow Springs was no exception. In A MATTER OF HONOR, after receiving wire saying he was in Willow Springs, Jonah rode in looking for the doctor but he found a whole lot more than he was bargaining for. People began dropping like flies from the moment he hit town, and most of the lead that was flying through the air appeared to be coming his way. It didn’t take long for him to discover there were a lot of players in this game, and that there were more than two sides in this war. In the exciting conclusion of this story, Jonah has already figured out that nobody is who they appear to be. Now he has to end someone else’s war if he is going to save his own skin. That’s going to be hard, since he can’t really be sure who is a friend and who isn’t.

There are hidden players in this game, and they all have their own agenda for how this will end. Jonah didn’t realize it at the time, but he was actually lured here because of his reputation. Someone wanted him to be the catalyst to bring A MATTER OF JUSTICE to this town for a lot of people.

Genre: A traditional western, and the conclusion of the story started in “Matter of Honor”.

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Common Threads by Larry Auerbach

The town of Pinetar, Alabama was almost ruined and burned out of existence during a protracted siege during the War Between The States. Twelve years later, it is still just barely hanging on, but good times may be coming. A large financial investment is coming to Pinetar, to help newly enfranchised former slaves, and former Rebels build new lives in what is now their war ravaged home, if they can all learn to work together. The government is also sending a teacher to start a school to help them all learn to read, write, and do their sums. The own desperately needs this financial assistance, as there is no industry and no work for anyone, and the dreaded carpet-baggers are coming to town.

The new Klu Klux Klan has become a force in the south and is threatening the stability of the community by using threats, intimidation and terrorism to drive the new citizens out of the area. A U S Marshal is ordered to take a team to the town and drive the Klan out of the area and protect the financial rebirth of the community, all but wiped out by the devastation of the war only the South wanted and only the North could hope to win.

Pinetar has its own secrets, however. Twenty years ago a black man was murdered to hide a scandal that would have ruined a very important man. Some people in Pinetar are seeking to rebuild their fortunes, while some are seeking to return to the old lost order. Others are coming to Pinetar for a variety of reasons. One is seeking redemption for a ruined military career, while another is coming to make an un-scheduled withdrawal from the bank. One man is coming to seek revenge for an old injury, and another will clear his conscience. The connection between all of these issues, and the key to the resolution of that twenty year old murder mystery is on the way. All of these people will meet in Pinetar and they will discover they all share COMMON THREADS.

Genre: Traditional Western

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The Spirit Of Redd Mountain by Larry Auerbach

Redd Mountain is a famous multi-mountain resort in western Montana, that boasts skiing on one side and hunting on the other, with a wide neutral zone between the two mountains.

Thirty years ago, Warner Barney, a world class big game hunter, came to Redd Mountain on a hunting trip. His narcissistic belief that rules of safety did not apply to him led to the death of several people, as a result of his reckless behavior in the pursuit of his single-minded goal. When Warner barney left the mountain, he left death and chaos for many in his wake.

In the months after he left, two legends began to grow. One is the story of a magnificent elk who is possessed of a singularly reddish color coat. No hunters have been able to take him, although many have seen him, because he always seems to be just out of range or behind a tree. The locals have dubbed him the protector of the forest, as hunters pass on the other animals in their efforts to bring him down, all of them failing.

There is also a legend of a mysterious red-jacketed skier who has been sighted for years, intervening in the activities of other skiers who are in danger of losing their lives, due to their recklessness or the unpredictable whims of nature. No one knows who he is, or where he comes from, or where he goes, but all are very grateful for his unexpected appearance whenever it comes. Every year, both of them are seen by skiers and hunters alike, and their legends grow bigger each year with every drink in the resort lodge.

Now Warner Barney is back, supremely confident in his belief that he is the one to claim the legendary trophy elk that has been a part of this mountain for almost as long. He has not changed at all, he still believes that rules do not apply to him. He wants this elk for his trophy wall, but there are forces standing in his way, including the chief ranger and safety supervisor for the resort, a party of conservationists and wildlife experts who are determined to rescue the elk and take him to a preserve. Also on this expedition is Warner’s old guide from his previous hunt, who has a debt to pay and hopes to find some answers of his own on the mountain. Some of these people have their own reasons for being on this hunt, to resolve old wounds and out an end to old debts.

This party also includes a newspaper journalist who is determined to use this hunt to advance her own career, regardless of the cost to others. After agreeing to follow the rules of the non-lethal hunt, Warner breaks away on his own to follow his own path to claim this magnificent animal. His blind obsession leads Warner to find his destiny, and to discover the truth of the old saying that time heals all wounds, and wounds all heels. Warner Barney, and these two local legends, have a date with destiny to resolve some old wounds, and they will do this on Redd Mountain.

Genre: Supernatural Tale Of Revenge and Resolution

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Cold Coffee Press Spotlight Interview With Author Larry Auerbach

Larry Auerbach is a practicing psychotherapist of twenty-five years, in Pt. St. Lucie, Fla, where he lives with his wife of 32 years. He earned his Master’s in Social Work form Barry University in Miami Shores, FL in 1991 and has maintained a busy practice since. He has traveled out west for numerous pack trips and re-enactment rides and his interests include chess, horseback riding and the American West. He is a member of the Western Writers of America and this is his fifth novel. He is a collector of frontier memorabilia, and maintains an extensive library of the people, places and events of that period.

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What or who inspired you to become a writer? My English teacher in high school, Mrs. Jackson. And my wife, Chari, encouraged me to write the stories I was telling her.

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? I was always given books as a child and encouraged to read extensively. I have always enjoyed reading and hearing a well-told story. I have learned to appreciate character development more than mindless actions.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? In 2010 my wife and I were playing word games on our way to a conference and the story line for “Common Threads” came to me as we were talking, and she said I should write it. I finished it in six months and decided it was so much fun to do, I wanted to do another…and another….

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? Seeing it in print, knowing I created something that will live on. Something that I created out of my own consciousness and imagination.

What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? Seeing the copyright notice from the Library of Congress on each title.

Do you come up with your title(s) before or after you write the manuscript? I work in a different manner than most other writers I know. I start with the reveal at the end and then develop a story to support it. I am much more interested in meaningful character development than I am in routine action. For me, the action has to be a natural flow from the character.

Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? Although I want to write westerns, I seem to have more of a leaning to the supernatural story. I suspect that it has to do with some drive I have to see justice and resolution for those who have been wronged, and to see them have an opportunity to rebuild their lives. I am, after all, a clinical psychotherapist.

Published Books:
A Matter Of Honor
A Matter Of Justice
Common Threads
Mr. Wysquers
The Spirit of Redd Mountain
The Toll Bridge

Which book title would you like featured in this interview? Mr. Wysquers is a very charming old English gentleman who is involved with a shipping business up north somewhere. He comes down for a visit to some old friends and interacts with several people who are at the end of their emotional rope, depressed and alone, with no future or hope of having one. He comes into their lives at their lowest point and with a few words of encouragement and a new perspective, he puts them back on the path to a brighter life. But he doesn’t do it for them, he only shows them how they can do it for themselves.

I am a therapist, my goal is to offer people, trapped in a personal myth about themselves that isn’t working, a new way of looking at their options so they can create a new story for their lives to follow. Pemberton does that for the people he meets. His favorite mode of transportation is a candy-apple red vintage Cadillac with a gleaming white leather interior that runs as quiet as a whisper.

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Write about what you know best, and have fun doing it. If the reader doesn’t care about the characters, hero or the villain, they won’t get involved in your story. Good character development drives the story, mindless action is just visual eye candy.

Who is your favorite author and why? Clive Cussler (I like his characters); Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (I love his famous character and his methodology; William Johnston (his plots move along), Robin Cook (his use of modern science and medicine as a foundation for his stories).

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Clayton Graham

Clayton Graham was born and raised in Stockport, near Manchester UK. He graduated with a degree in Aerospace Engineering from Salford University in 1966 having attained a Student Apprenticeship with English Electric Aviation.

He settled in Victoria, Australia in 1982. He is a retired aerospace engineer who enjoyed working in the field of efficient lightweight structures and watching them fly around the world. He has always had an interest in Science Fiction and where it places humankind within the universe we know and love. He loves the ‘old school’ science fiction written by authors such as HG Wells, Jules Verne and John Wyndham.

Milijun is his debut novel, but there are further adventures to come.

Clayton loves animals, including well behaved pets, and all the natural world and is a member of Australian Geographic.

When he is not writing, walking, travelling, or gardening, Clayton enjoys fine food with family, friends and five energetic grandchildren.

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It is Australia in 2179.

On a moonlit Nullarbor night, Laura Sinclair and son, Jason, witness aliens descend to Earth. The extraterrestrials endeavour to form a symbiotic relationship with humankind, and Jason is chosen as a genetic link in a bizarre trial involving the impregnation of human females with hybrid embryos and exploration of spiritual compatibility.

Laura crosses swords with Major General Sebastian Ord from the Australian Defence Force, Eucla and Uriel, the enigmatic head of Milijun, a reclusive research facility in the outback. Following a disastrous armed attempt to capture aliens at Cocklebiddy Cave and a fierce confrontation at Eucla, Jason is abducted by an alien swarm.

What follows tests the resolve of Laura to the core. Caught in a relentless web of frightening new technologies and alien mystery, spurred by the undying love of her son, she gains a strength of character she never thought possible.

All she has to do is save herself, Jason and several women and unborn children from the scheming plans of man and alien alike …

Some would call Laura a reluctant heroine, but she is a heroine, nonetheless.

How It Came to Be: Milijun actually started as a short story. The birth of the alien RNasia occurred in the short story, and when they decided to wing their way to Earth I knew it could not end there. They seemed to want their universal journey to be worth something; they wanted their mission fulfilled. So I decided to oblige them.

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 theUnited 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 my debut novel, and for me the realisation of a dream.

Book Review: 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.

It is earth’s exploration and mining on the lunar surface that begins the conflict that ultimately results in the alien incursion into the Australian outback. Laura and her son Jason are faced with alien-driven technology that severely tests a mother’s love and resolve to protect her offspring at whatever cost.

It is my intent to share a quote to show you the author’s writing style without spoiling the story. “It was almost 6:30 pm when Laura came across what would later be called the Rawlinna nest. The sun was dropping in the western sky as she staggered wearily to the top of a modest incline and surveyed the collection of old aluminium shacks spread out before her.

She dropped to the ground, partly to avoid detection but also from sheer fatigue. Her face was covered with sweat and there were several dirt marks down both cheeks where she had attempted to clear bothersome flies from her face. Closing her eyes briefly, she sat in silence, not wanting to act in haste but acutely aware that time was crucial. Earlier, she had made a brief stop to drink water from the choppa’s emergency rations but now felt the need for more. She quenched her thirst then nibbled at a foul tasting energy bar as she thought through her next move.”

I invite you to the Australia outback where things are not as you might imagine.

Milijun is a striking name for this novel. I dare you to find its meaning. It is an Australian aboriginal word which also has a Serb-Croatian context.

I, Theodocia McLean (Cold Coffee Press) endorse ‘milijun’ a science fiction debut novel by Clayton Graham. I reviewed this book from a Kindle format and my review was completed on April 9, 2016.

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By MayMoggie on September 29, 2017

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This exciting science fiction book started off action packed, and stayed that way right through to the end. It reminded me somehow of the writings of Michael Crichton, whose work I love. I could see this story on a big screen in my mind throughout. The aliens were really unusual and believable, and the characters were well developed and captivating. At all times, I was never entirely sure where this book was going until it got there. A powerful read.

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By LaylaM1

“Milijun” by Clayton Graham is hands down 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. We feel transported not only into the various characters’ minds but the places they are, and it was a fun, addicting escape from reality. 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. Really enjoyed watching the maternal relationship with Laura and Jason play out, and thought the rest of the supporting cast was terrific as well – especially Janice and Naomi. Enjoyed the landscape of Australia (and Milijun) and felt like I was watching a movie most of the time, the descriptions were so vivid and clear. An epic literary feat, to be certain, well written and with quick paced prose and a believable plot, for being so fantastical. It makes you think, and maybe in ways you don’t want to! Lol. But honestly I was really impressed and 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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Whole new meaning to the term bats in the belfry
By Cold Coffee on April 9, 2016
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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.
It is earth’s exploration and mining on the lunar surface that begins the conflict that ultimately results in the alien incursion into the Australian outback. Laura and her son Jason are faced with alien-driven technology that severely tests a mother’s love and resolve to protect her offspring at whatever cost.

It is my intent to share a quote to show you the author’s writing style without spoiling the story.
“It was almost 6:30 pm when Laura came across what would later be called the Rawlinna nest. The sun was dropping in the western sky as she staggered wearily to the top of a modest incline and surveyed the collection of old aluminium shacks spread out before her.
She dropped to the ground, partly to avoid detection but also from sheer fatigue. Her face was covered with sweat and there were several dirt marks down both cheeks where she had attempted to clear bothersome flies from her face. Closing her eyes briefly, she sat in silence, not wanting to act in haste but acutely aware that time was crucial. Earlier, she had made a brief stop to drink water from the choppa’s emergency rations but now felt the need for more. She quenched her thirst then nibbled at a foul tasting energy bar as she thought through her next move.”

I invite you to the Australia outback where things are not as you might imagine.
Milijun is a striking name for this novel. I dare you to find its meaning. It is an Australian aboriginal word which also has a Serb-Croatian context.
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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Alien Book
By Ross Davis on December 1, 2016
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We’ve all read or watched the story about how the aliens come to Earth, invade, and because they are just like the humans in too many ways, lose. This one, though it hasn’t ended because it is only the first book, seems to take a different position. This is the first alien species that comes to Earth and has powers or abilities beyond what humans can do or protect themselves from. As someone who doesn’t read science fiction too often and also doesn’t enjoy them too often either, I was intrigued the entire story and couldn’t put it down once I started it. I wouldn’t only recommend this for science fiction fans but also for any reader of any genre.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
By emily carpenter on September 22, 2017
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Creative and thrilling.

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5.0 out of 5 stars ‘He had seen nothing like it on Earth. And this was his discovery, his stamp on lunar exploration!‘
By Grady Harp HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 20, 2016
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Australian author Clayton Graham, born and raised in Stockport, near Manchester UK, earned a degree in Aerospace Engineering from Salford University attaining a Student Apprenticeship with English Electric Aviation. He moved to Victoria, Australia in 1982 and worked as an aerospace engineer, working in the field of efficient lightweight structures and watching them fly around the world. He interest in Science Fiction and where it places humankind within the universe we know and love gave entrance to his debut novel MILIJUN. Clayton offers his thoughts about his new book, thoughts that aid the reader in full enjoyment of the story – ‘Milijun actually started as a short story. The birth of the alien RNasia occurred in the short story, and when they decided to wing their way to Earth I knew it could not end there. They seemed to want their universal journey to be worth something; they wanted their mission fulfilled. So I decided to oblige them. 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.’

For this reader this is one of the more sensitive, caring and penetrating Sci-Fi novels before the public – less interested in the bizarre psychedelic manifestations of thinking beyond our galaxy and instead encouraging us to expand our concepts of what will doubtless one day be discovery.

The synopsis is inviting – ‘It is Australia in 2179. On a moonlit Nullarbor night, Laura Sinclair and son, Jason, witness aliens descend to Earth. The extraterrestrials endeavour to form a symbiotic relationship with humankind, and Jason is chosen as a genetic link in a bizarre trial involving the impregnation of human females with hybrid embryos and exploration of spiritual compatibility. Laura crosses swords with Major General Sebastian Ord from the Australian Defence Force, Eucla and Uriel, the enigmatic head of Milijun, a reclusive research facility in the outback. Following a disastrous armed attempt to capture aliens at Cocklebiddy Cave and a fierce confrontation at Eucla, Jason is abducted by an alien swarm. What follows tests the resolve of Laura to the core. Caught in a relentless web of frightening new technologies and alien mystery, spurred by the undying love of her son, she gains a strength of character she never thought possible. All she has to do is save herself, Jason and several women and unborn children from the scheming plans of man and alien alike. Some would call Laura a reluctant heroine, but she is a heroine, nonetheless.’

Clayton’s way with words and his descriptions of both place and characters in this distant and strange encounter and world are painted with elegance and authority. He leaves us with not a ‘what if’ attitude but with a ‘when?’, and that is the make of a fine science fiction author. Grady Harp, November 16

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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerfully Exciting Sci-Fi Adventure!!
By Cheri Clay on December 6, 2016
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“Dust settled and the moon bathed the scene in quietude as if wishing not to remember the violence and invasion that had so abruptly occurred and just as swiftly vanished.”

Aliens have invaded earth as Laura and her fourteen-year-old son, Jason are embarking on a relaxing camping trip. As lights flash in the distance only within seconds seem to be upon the mother and son. Demanding that Jason doesn’t share with anyone the pictures that he took of the invasion, as she just wishes to forget it ever happened. However, that all changes when the next day Jason goes to the camp tourist center and uses the workstations to get a better look at his photos, he is abducted by an alien who has taken control of a ranger’s body. Laura rescues her son only to find themselves on the run from the police, military and aliens, not knowing whose body has been invaded and just who can they trust…

Alien invasion stories are nothing new, however, this one is unique by keeping the story fresh, fast-paced and exciting without the usual predictability of most sci-fi fantasies. The amazing plot has not only blown me away, but the characters are outstanding in depth and realism. I was captivated by Laura’s strength, as she had to dig deep within herself to find the courage and fortitude to not only save herself and Jason, but others who are depending on her too. Powerfully exciting sci-fi adventure that is sure to quicken the heart more than once. Excellent read.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Not your typical alien invasion story
By Sanjin on November 26, 2016
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There are not many sci-fi books that I can recommend to those who love sci-fi and to those who have no interest in it whatsoever. This book threads the line between sci-fi and thought-provoking story about humanity and love masterfully so I can recommend it to anyone with clean conscience.
Alien invasion in this book is not typical like we often see in movies, the aliens are actually really interesting here and their method of infiltrating Earth is both original and frightening. I love that the focus of the story is on female character, and also a mother, there are not many strong mother figures in sci-fi literature. The spiritual tones here are also well done, they are excellently nuanced so they are not preachy at all, just another welcome layer to the story.
I am positively surprised by Milijun, I expected some by-the-numbers story about alien invasion that has been told a million times, but I actually love what the author did with it. Excellent.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Original Idea – Alien Sci-fi
By Archie on November 22, 2016
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“Milijun”, is a great enlightening a different angle to alien invasion on earth. The plot is new and shows author’s creativity and imagination at its height. The setting is in the future in Australia in 2179, when Laura Sinclair and son, Jason, witness aliens descend to Earth with the goal to form a symbiotic relationship with humankind. Jason is chosen by the alien and abducted by the swarm and Laura, her mother goes above and beyond to save her son, herself and several women and unborn children from the scheming plans of man and alien alike.
A story of “mother and son”, the believable characters, their personal struggle, advanced technology, action and danger are all elements that make this interesting plot. The story idea is fresh, intriguing and not it’s different than any other sci-fi fictions out there simply because it’s new and not just based on the legacy theme of describing aliens as fantasy or cruel invaders. All in all a great original idea!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging, not your typical alien story!
By Chelsey McQuitty on November 29, 2016
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Ever since I was a kid, I have loved stories about aliens. Wondering about what it would be like to experience guests from another planet has always inspired me to pick up stories on invasions and what-not. However, more recently, it seems like all of the alien books seem to only have action in mind. Aliens invade, a fight ensues, one side blows up the other. This novel isn’t run of the mill like this though. The aliens are very clever in their invasion and they don’t rely on guns or explosions to make their presence known in our little world. The human characters are also quite fascinating too. I think anyone who wants a story that is a little bit different will love this book. The writing flows well and the development of the plot and characters are excellent. I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a book that is both smart and entertaining.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Milijun- A Fresh Concept on Alien Story
By Sheryl on November 22, 2016
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Milijun is a fantastic alien story with a totally fresh concept. After reading many alien novels I have more or less come to accept the standard format that any alien book would follow, but the book managed to surprise me. Of course the aliens were not very different from humans and they have been creatively portrayed, but there are many new concepts explored such as interbreeding, and the manner the aliens come to earth. Milijun in Italian means one million, and, in the story it is the name of a city where the central characters Laura and her son Jason take refuge from the aliens.
The story is faced paced and filled with action. Each page is a dread as well as a delight to read. The climax is in the ending with scope for a sequel. Milijun is a very interesting book and every science fiction lover must have it.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic futuristic tale of alien invasion
By horrorgirldonna on December 16, 2016
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This book was highly addictive! Set Australia in the year 2179, we meet Laura and her son, Jason who witness an alien visitation. These otherworldly visitors have a plan and that is to impregnate human females with a strange hybrid human / alien creature, with Jason serving as a type of genetic go-between. After a string of failed attempts to apprehend this alien interlopers, Jason is then abducted by the aliens—who have turned out not to be nearly as friendly as initially thought. But then again, neither are their human counterparts.

This was a fast-paced book with terrific characters. I especially appreciated the mother and son relationship and Laura’s determination to save her child. Plus, I thought author Clayton Graham did a great job creating a futuristic Australia. He offered us a fantastic new world, while at the same time managing to retain some familiarity which kept me from becoming distanced from the story and the characters. The technology and science fiction aspect of the novel was also written in a way that kept me engrossed (I’m not a reader of overly technical science fiction). Great storytelling, overall and an ending that could lead to another installment (*fingers crossed)

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5.0 out of 5 stars  Surprisingly Insightful and Prophetic
By Veritas Vincit on December 19, 2016
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A book that digs deep into the human psyche and comes out on the other side with exceptional insight…. that is a sci-fi, futuristic, alien-packed book that I can get behind. I think the most interesting thing about this tale of interstellar contact in the Australian outback is the amount of world-building that was required. By couching the plot about 150 years in the future, author Clayton Graham had to essentially create the future of our species. Oddly enough, the same fears and failings that we struggle with now are present in these characters. The timelessness of this book hinges on the philosophical aspects; this is more than a book about aliens trying to experiment on humans and seeing whether inter-species contact will be peaceful… it is a book about human nature, our behavior to one another, and our ambitions for the future. Traveling to other stars is now a reality, and in the next century, we could see many of the projected organizations and events that are detailed in this book from Graham. It was clever from start to finish, and no detail was left overlooked. A thoroughly impressive contribution to the genre, and a mind-bending experience for those already eager for the future.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A New Take On Alien Invasion
By Cassandra on December 1, 2016
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The idea of aliens is always such a fascinating concept, partly because we have no frame of reference for what reality could possibly be. Perhaps what fascinated me the most about this particular story was that it doesn’t conform to the normal rules of the genre. Yes, it is a story of alien invasion and with that comes some clichés. But, despite that, the story is also very unique and there are some interesting angles and implications that aren’t normally considered in this genre.

The end result is a fascinating and engaging story, one that forces readers to think about the implications of life beyond this planet.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Alien interaction at its best
By Amazon Customer on September 4, 2016
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Milijun is a science fiction novel with a difference. This tale of the love between a mother and son, Laura and Jason Sinclair, which is severely challenged by witnessing aliens infiltrating Earth defences is full of action and surprising twists. In addition to the conventional mother and son relationship, the concepts of life as we know it are seriously challenged. Whilst the reactions of the authorities are instantly recognisable, and unfortunately parallel those taken with international conflicts on our own planet, the flow of the story concentrates on the more mystical aspects of the universe, and the possibilities which may be present if only we had a more spiritual mindset.
Don’t get me wrong, this is a rollicking good adventure, a roller-coaster of the hunted and the prey, parry and thrust among the increasingly hostile Australian Outback. It smoothly switches between moments of jeopardy and quiet moments of contemplation. But above all, it is a tale of survival in a world which has been turned upside down by the influx of technologies which are definitely not in the public domain. A good read and one to set you thinking.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced sci-fi adventure
By Sdan12 on November 26, 2016
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The year is 2179 and Laura Sinclair is on holiday with her 14 year old son, Jason. The Australia they are living in is very different from the Australia of today and I enjoyed the changes. Their peaceful holiday is interrupted by the arrival of an alien race. The consequences of this are devastating, and the story revolves around Laura and Jason simply trying to survive as they discover more about the aliens. This is a well-conceived plot, with credible characters. It will keep you gripped from the very first page.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Invasion from Outerspace
By Kingston levin on June 21, 2017
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Milijun Review by Mark Kingston Levin, PhD
Milijun, written by Clayton Graham, is a thrilling imaginative science fiction story that takes place in Australia in 2179, many years after a catastrophic war. This novel is very well written with many back-stabbing characters and aliens everywhere the lovable Sinclair family turns. Mother Laura and her teenage son Jason go on vacation in their recreational vehicle (RV) to explore the Australian outback. They both witness aliens descending to Earth as they approach the RV campsite.
The extraterrestrials attempt to form a relationship with humankind, and Jason is chosen as an unwilling genetic link in a grotesque inter-species experiment involving the impregnation of human females with hybrid embryos to determine the potential species compatibility. Laura is hopeful she can forget the conflict and return to her vacation with her son.
Unabashed conflicts continue in a mysterious suspense filled adventure between the covert Australian Milijun researchers and the military that severely tests Jason and his mother. Laura rises-up with immense courage to rescue her son. The events that follow change the future of both worlds.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great futuristic science fiction novel
By JC in GA on February 3, 2017
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A great sci-fi read! It draws the reader in right away with the discovery of alien life hiding in a cave on the moon. There is a considerable amount of suspense and I instantly found myself rooting for Simon Cordell, hoping he would survive his ordeal. Does he? Read the book to find out.

The main draw for me, however, when we’re talking science fiction, is the world-building. I love this, especially in futuristic fiction. It was fascinating to read about Australia in the wake of what nearly turned out to be humanity’s final war. I was intensely curious to find out what life was like in Northern Australia, and wanted to know more of the history of how the country split into two parts. And the Milijun compound was so full of mysteries I just had to keep reading to find out what was going on.

Oh, and there are aliens. Did I mention that? So on top of everything else we add in the mystery of how they arrived on earth and what they want now that they are here. And does Milijun have something to do with all of it? Again, read the book to find out. It’s a fascinating story with lots of suspense and surprising twists and turns.

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5.0 out of 5 stars where love prevails, to modern technology in such an interesting …
By King Macachoron August 28, 2017
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Milijun was masterfully crafted by an ingenious writer. Graham Clayton blends family matters, where love prevails, to modern technology in such an interesting way that makes you continue reading it from chapter to chapter. You will love Laura, the main character for her tenacity and will power to face all the challenges that she was confronted with. I enjoyed it myself. Buy it and you will enjoy it, too.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great science fiction
By JD on August 24, 2017
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The standout feature of this book for me is the author’s descriptive abilities, even when tackling strange beings. The story was involving from the first page and, as a fan of science fiction, I enjoyed this book a great deal. The book has some nice twists and turns, and is easy to follow. There is a nice sense of adventure, and Clayton Graham gives the reader a nice dose of characterization, as well.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Well-imagined, thought-provoking tale
By R Coulson on August 14, 2017
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This story began a bit slowly, and I’d thought a 4-star rating would ensue, but the tale gathered pace, and it’s ingenuity and complexity enthralled me. It’s well imagined, the characters are easy to relate to, and the settings are well described. A thought-provoking look at alien-human interaction.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Alien invasion from a unique perspective
By JennlyT on August 13, 2017
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It is the year 2179. Man has successfully harnessed the surface of the moon for mining and research. In one such cave, miner Simon Cordell stumbles across an interesting anomaly seemingly embedded in the cave walls. Possibly hundreds of never before seen beings are nestled in this lunar cavern. Soon after reporting this strange possible alien life form and obtaining a specimen for research, the entire lunar research facility falls prey to a massacre with Simon the only survivor. Simon needs to get to the main lunar base with the lifeform intact or risk being blamed for the slaughter of his colleagues.

At the same time on the Nullarbor in Western Australia, Laura and Jason Sinclair are en route to a much needed camping vacation. On the final leg of their journey, Jason photographs a curious formation in the night sky. When he attempts to view his discovery closer at the ranger station, he is abducted. Laura frantically searches for her son and is able to recover him but in the process, finds herself and Jason implicated in several murders by the local police officer who, also seems to be acting very strangely.

Now on the run, prime suspects of a double murder Laura and Jason find themselves tirelessly hunted, not sure who to trust. Finding possible allies in a strange underground complex of scientific researchers Laura and Jason, with their assistance, attempt to work with a local military unit to prove their innocence while at the same time attempting to convince those in charge of a possible alien invasion. Throughout their trials, Laura and Jason find themselves traveling all over Australia and beyond in this unique take on alien encounters and interactions.

Milijun, is the first novel by author Clayton Graham and I for one hope it is not his last. Having read only a handful of science fiction novels where aliens were the focus, I must say that Milijun tackled this from a very interesting angle. What if the alien invasion wasn’t meant for domination, but for another reason entirely? What if the alien lifeforms weren’t acting in aggression, but in defense of human actions?

Considering technological advancements currently and in the future created by Graham it makes the reader ponder if there is more out there than just us. In Graham’s world, we see a depth of technological advancements within the military and the Miljun center that speaks to the advancing technology of the future. At the same time, there is talk of a last “Great Conflict” that has yet again divided the world and the country of Australia specifically which goes to show that for the more things change, the more they stay the same. As the narrative progresses and story lines come together it becomes apparent that Jason and Laura may play a much bigger role in the survival of the human race than they had ever imagined. While the story does leave a few loose ends, it is more of a thought provoker than it is a cliffhanger but still leaves the reader curious to learn what happens next with Jason, Laura,the other survivors and the Earth.

If you like Science Fiction, alien invasion and futuristic reads, Milijun is a definite recommend.

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5.0 out of 5 stars  An alien invasion classic
By Oisin Muldowney on May 24, 2017
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This is a classic alien invasion book. The aliens can take over humans, which means the book is full of tense, enjoyable scenes where you are on edge and wondering if an alien is present. It’s a thriller and a fast-paced action novel. The speculative ideas in it are really strong too.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I literally couldn’t put the thing down!
By M. Addison on March 28, 2017
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I was wary of reading this book, only because it’s so far out of my comfort zone of contemporary New and Young adult romance. But doing reviews for my own blog has caused me to branch out some, and I’m so glad that I did. I literally couldn’t put the thing down! It was so enticing, and I just had to know what happened next!

First of all, this book was phenomenally edited and written. There was so much thought and detail put into it, I had very vivid images in my mind while I read and I love when an author can do that to me. Especially in reading a genre like science fiction. I think it’s so funny I picked this one, and an audio book, to review within a close time frame – both science fiction and very strange reads.

Aliens. I was completely drawn into this story, and Laura is my new spirit animal! Such a strong mother/son bond as they face these very strange events happening in their life. I was in awe of the strength Laura, and she really pulled on my heart strings. The characters are so well developed, and the world Graham created is so appealing. A very authentic story.

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5.0 out of 5 stars  Excellent
By Barnsey’s Bookson March 4, 2017
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After a subterranean chamber of hibernating aliens is accidentally unearthed on the moon; Laura and teenage son Jason unwittingly become embroiled in plot to breed hybrid alien-human children. Laura and Jason flee to the safety of Milijun, a secretive facility in the Australian outback. Laura soon becomes aware that all is not what it seems….

One thing is certain – Laura will stop at nothing to save her son from the extraterrestrials’ grasp.

WOW, what an amazing book from author Clayton Graham. It was excellent and genuinely captured my imagination. The writing was superb and it hurtled along at a thrilling pace. This is a prime example of how to write an outstanding debut novel and I can’t wait to read more.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book!  Highly  Recommend you read this!
By Denise Lucas on November 24, 2016
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Milijun, written by Clayton Graham, was a very well written and thought out story about space life, aliens, and Earth. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and had trouble putting it down. The writer did an amazing job on being descriptive to the point I was able to picture every detail in my mind, but not to the point where it was overbearing. It was the perfect amount of description, and the writing flowed smoothly, even with the jumps in location though out the book. This novel takes space travel, aliens, alien invasion, and survival and puts it all together. The majestic descriptions of the aliens in this novel, were definitely different than what the mainstream use in how they look and operate. I love how imaginative the author was to come up with every part of this story, and how the aliens look, act, react and survive. If you enjoy reading about alien sci-fi, I highly recommend that you read this novel. This was one of the most enjoyable books I have ever read, and look forward to reading more from this author.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A truly fresh and original novel…
By R.R Parker on November 19, 2016
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First of all I have to say that I love sci-fi as a genre. Having said that, however, I have read and watched many stories which are just too “out there”. This is not the case with this novel, milijun, however, which gets everything exactly right. It tells the story of an alien “interaction” not abduction or invasion or total warfare or anything like that. There was a real human element to the story and we really feel for Laura and Jason as they face their own personal struggles within the story. What I loved too was a fresh perspective of characters. The “mother and son” viewpoint is not something we often see in books or movies, especially in recent years. Perhaps it id down to the author’s career choice and experience, but I really feel like I have just enjoyed a truly fresh and original novel from author Clayton Graham. I would look out for more by him in the future.

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5.0 out of 5 stars  A fantastic read from start to finish
By UsedtobeCranky on April 26, 2016
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Science fiction isn’t my usual genre since every time I read them I end up feeling rather common and lacking much needed brain cells, especially when the story takes you into quantum physics and the likes.

When I picked up Milijun, I was a bit uneasy and thought I would get disoriented early on and end up getting bored with the book. Instead, I found myself pleasantly surprised by how well-written and readable Milijun was. Yes, the ever present “big-science-words” were there but everything had been explained and elaborated in such a way that even younger readers could understand it (although younger readers will probably understand it better than me!)

The story centered on Laura and her son, Jason who were on a holiday to the Australian outbacks. The world had gone through another great war and conflicts, and we are facing a new world set in the future. While driving up to their destination, mother and son chanced upon a strange sight in the sky which resembled a flock of birds yet obviously something they had never seen before.

Jason took photos and captured images that were so alien in nature they must be not of this earth. In doing so, he unwittingly became the “First Seen” on the planet by the aliens. The next events forced the two to run for their lives with hopes of finding refuge somewhere safe…only they found the town of Milijun.

What followed reminded me of The X-Files and Star Trek.

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.

Secrets were revealed and the book ended without a cliffhanger. But what an ending it was! If ever aliens come for a visit, I hope to God I won’t be the First Seen or else the future of mankind will be so bleak and hopeless!

There is an epilogue which closed up loops with the characters as well as opened up new questions leading to a follow-on story. Methinks I wouldn’t mind so much picking up another sci-fi book by Clayton Graham.

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COPY OF FIVE STAR REVIEWS – BARNES AND NOBLE

By Bella Readz

I definitely enjoyed this book. I’m not exactly sure how you would describe it (mystery? Science fiction? Suspense? Action? Thriller? Drama? All the above??), but it was very good. I won’t rehash the plot (that is what the book description is for), but in my opinion this is one of those books that really is so much more than what the blurb can convey. It was surprisingly complex and visionary and managed to keep me complete engaged from the beginning to the end. I noticed that Graham avoided the common rookie mistake of “telling” instead of “showing” which was a huge relief (especially in Fantasy/sci-fi where authors so often feel the need to ‘describe’ everything to death), and 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. Recommend to mature readers of Sci-Fi, mystery and suspense.

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By Kayleee KS

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. The story itself was fairly even-paced, but I thought the beginning was a bit slow but then it picked up and flowed well. One thing I particularly liked was how we really felt like we were part of the story as it unfolded, instead of it just being “told” to us, on the outside looking in.. Great supporting characters who really added a layer of depth to the story and I felt that even though there were some familiar tropes here (necessary for a sci/fi like this), Graham does a wonderful job of keeping it fresh and profound. 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.

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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers’ Favorite

Milijun by Clayton Graham is the story of a mother who is fighting for her son and for all the lost women. The novel is set in the future, our protagonist Laura Sinclair is living in Australia with her son, Jason. Their life is not perfect, but it is not bad either. Their lives were changed when they witnessed an alien race land on earth. The aliens come in peace, or so it seems. They want to have a good relationship with the humans; however, things change dramatically when Laura’s son Jason is chosen to be the genetic link between the two races.

Even more horrific, many human females are chosen to be impregnated with alien embryos to create a hybrid species. When the aliens kidnap Jason, things go downhill for everyone. No one was expecting a revolt, especially from Laura. She was just a woman, but when her son’s life was threatened, she rose above it all and fought for her son and the women who were the target of cruel men and aliens.

This very well written novel is all about female empowerment and tells us that there is a hero within us. We are the fairer sex and yet we are just as strong as our male counterparts. What is horrifying is the fact that I can clearly see something like this happening. Clayton Graham portrayed 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!

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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! Taking place in Australia in the year 2179, the story follows the lives of mother and son, Laura and Jason Sinclair. One moonlit night, they witness aliens descend to Earth, and become part of what appears to be the first real interaction between human and alien lives. A rather intimate part of the relationship is that Jason is chosen to be a genetic link in a test of impregnating human women with alien/human hybrid embryos. Jason is eventually kidnapped, and Laura is tried as far as any human could be in the effort to rescue her son. Will she get her son back, and will the interactions between aliens and humans be positive or negative? You’ll need to read Milijun to find out!

I very much enjoyed Milijun, other than the fact that it kept me reading way past my bedtime! Author 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. If those aren’t hallmarks of a great author, I’m not sure what are. Any reader who enjoys a good work of science fiction, or who is looking for a great read in general, should absolutely read Milijun. I highly recommend this book, and look forward to reading more from author Clayton Graham as soon as I possibly can!

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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? The story is set in the future (the year 2179, to be exact) and follows Laura Sinclair and her son, Jason, who are living in the Australian Outback. On one fateful evening, they witness a once-in-a-lifetime event, aliens coming to Earth! At first, it seems like this might be a peaceful encounter, the aliens don’t seem hostile, and the Australian Defense Force, lead by Major General Sebastian Ord, is taking it in their stride. The aliens want to forge a link with mankind and it involves Laura’s son, Jason. Things soon get dicey though, and the aliens and the military collide. Laura’s son is taken and she must summon the courage and fight that she never thought possible. She must become a survivor and rescue her son against all odds. She proves, without a doubt, that a mother’s love knows no bounds.

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. I really like Laura and, being a mother myself, I identified with her on her relentless quest to save her son. 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.

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Reviewed by Chris Fischer for Readers’ Favorite

In a creatively written new book with a very unique premise, Milijun by author Clayton Graham explores a world in which true alien contact has been made with humans and the repercussions of just such contact. Protagonists Laura and Jason Sinclair, a mother and son duo, witness aliens coming to earth one night in Australia in 2179. After an experimental trial is begun in which hybrid embryos are implanted in human women, and in which Jason has become a genetic link, the continued involvement of humans and aliens seems inevitable. But when Jason is abducted by an alien swarm, and both the Australian Defence Force, and the head of the reclusive research facility, Milijun, seem to have ulterior motives for both him and the pregnant women, Laura realizes that it might be up to her to save them all, and maybe mankind as a whole.

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. I will be keeping my eyes peeled for it, and am certain that any reader who picks up Milijun will do the same!

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By Steffy C

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. I was impressed by the seamless narrative transitions, and while I’m not usually a fan of so much ‘tech-speak’, it didn’t bother me here much as I liked Mr. Graham’s creative word-play and liked how he was showing us the tech he refers to as opposed to just giving an annoying telling-info dump (so prevalent in science fiction I have found!). The characters’ conversations really helped to advance the storyline (wasn’t just needless filler chit chat). Always found myself reading for longer than I planned to, as there was never a good place to just “stop”, especially the last quarter or so. Fun characters, enjoyed the leads (especially Laura, Jason and Janice, but Ord was great in his way too) but thought the others were great as well (even the ‘bad’ ones). 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.

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By Sam Ryan

Just a heads up…when starting “Milijun” make sure you don’t have anywhere you need to be or anything you need to do because you won’t want to stop reading until you’ve finished it all!! Trust me on this! (and it’s a pretty long book!)The book starts off with an intriguing beginning that established the ‘sci/fi-other-worldly’ existence, and the solid world building just keeps going from there. The main characters are so well-developed and fully realized, I feel like I know them personally. 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. Recommend.

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By K Matthews

I really liked this book, “Milijun” by Clayton Graham. I thought it was excellently-written with flawless editing (so rare!!) and pulled me in with interesting opening to the satisfying, bittersweet ending… for now (there is a sequel book coming, thank goodness!) It is a pretty long book and not a ‘quick and easy beach read’ – nor would you want it to be. There are too many interesting and important concepts at play here that a lesser author would have glossed over, but Graham takes his time in carefully developing these complex plotlines in such a way that we just do not want to stop reading, even late into the night. I have to comment on 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 here. Was very creative and had almost a philosophical element that made it more intelligent and stand out from the crowd … Was almost disappointed when I was done, but the ending gave the emotional satisfaction I look for in a great book and I can’t wait to read the next one!

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By Jenna Brewster

“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! Each scene was riveting, imaginative, and flowed smoothly from one to the next… never a “dull part” where you get bored or want to skip ahead… in fact almost the opposite with the various interweaving plotlines and going from one character and bizarre event to the next. The descriptions were very strong, and I mean with the author’s word choice… unique and powerful…. Had a very ‘literary’ quality, especially for a sci-fi book, which may or may not work for some readers, but I absolutely loved it. 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 this world he has created here is unlike anything I’ve ever read before. Happy to see there is a follow up in the works!

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By LaylaM1

okay, wow. “Milijun” by Clayton Graham is hands down 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. We feel transported not only into the various characters’ minds but the places they are, and it was a fun, addicting escape from reality. 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. Really enjoyed watching the maternal relationship with Laura and Jason play out, and thought the rest of the supporting cast was terrific as well – especially Janice and Naomi. Enjoyed the landscape of Australia (and Milijun) and felt like I was watching a movie most of the time, the descriptions were so vivid and clear. An epic literary feat, to be certain, well written and with quick paced prose and a believable plot, for being so fantastical. It makes you think, and maybe in ways you don’t want to! Lol. But honestly I was really impressed and 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.