Fiction - Science Fiction
325 Pages
Reviewed on 05/23/2016
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Author Biography

As a youngster growing up in the cobbled streets of Stockport, UK, Clayton Graham read a lot of science fiction. He loved the ‘old-school’ masters such as HG Wells, Jules Verne, Isaac Asimov and John Wyndham. As he left those formative years behind, he penned short stories when he could find a rare quiet moment amidst life’s usual distractions.
He settled in Victoria, Australia, in 1982. A retired aerospace engineer who worked in structural design and research, Clayton has always had an interest in science fiction and where it places humankind within a universe we are only just starting to understand.

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

Combining future science with the paranormal is his passion. Milijun, his first novel, was published in 2016. Second novel, Saving Paludis, was published in 2018. They are light years from each other, but share the future adventures of mankind in an expansive universe as a common theme.
The sequel to Milijun, entitled Amidst Alien Stars, is at the editing stage, with release scheduled for late 2019.

In between novels Clayton has published Silently in the Night, a collection of short stories where, among many other adventures, you can sympathize with a doomed husband, connect with an altruistic robot, explore an isolated Scottish isle and touch down on a far-flung asteroid.

He hopes you can share the journeys.

    Book Review

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!

Chris Fischer

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!

Rabia Tanveer

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!

Charity Tober

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.

Charles Remington

Milijun by Clayton Graham opens with the discovery by off-planet miner Simon Cordell of a strange cave deep in the moon’s strata - a discovery which is to have a devastating effect on his base station and which launches an extraordinary chain of events, away from the moon and centered mainly in the rugged landscape of southern Australia. Laura Sinclair and her son Jason are on holiday and driving a campervan to a coastal campsite when Jason spots a cloud of luminous flying objects heading towards them. Snatching up his camera, he quickly snaps some images of the strange bat-like creatures. Unable to identify them in any way, he posts the images on the internet and this, coupled with the discovery on the moon, embroils them in a spurious case against them by the local police and some unwelcome interest from the military authorities. Beating a hasty retreat across the desert, they discover an eerie hi-tech complex called Milijun where they are given shelter. Joining the personnel at Milijun and co-operating with the military, Laura and Jason find themselves caught in a web of deceit and double-dealing.

Milijun is excellent science fiction of the alien invasion kind, set slightly apart by the author’s innovative approach and quite unexpected concepts forming the narrative. The aliens are imaginative and well-described and their motivation for visiting our planet is neatly plotted. The main characters are solid and believable, though I felt that Laura tended to get a bit over-emotional at times. The narrative is imaginative, exciting and full of twists and turns. It moves along at a brisk pace and leads to a thrilling denouement. Clayton Graham has also taken the trouble to finish the book with an epilogue which clarifies some of the issues and describes where the characters find themselves after their various battles. Milijun is a well-crafted novel and Mr Graham is a welcome new voice in the sci-fi genre. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from this author.

Jamie Michele

Milijun by Clayton Graham is the first book in a new science fiction series centered around a cataclysmic first contact with an alien species one hundred and fifty years in the future. The book begins with the discovery of what appears to be alien life forms on a mining expedition in outer space by Simon Cordell, one of which is brought back to the base for further study. The ramifications of this turn deadly and the story then delves into the Australian outback where Laura Sinclair and her son, Jason, are camping. When the aliens disrupt their vacation, Laura is tossed into a plot to save her son, with the revelation that the aliens have a plan for the human race. This plan does not include anything that might resemble a benevolent force that humanity would have hoped from a technologically superior alien race.

Clayton Graham digs into the realms of intergalactic mining and emerges with the beginning of a series that delivers good, classic science-fiction to lovers of the genre with Milijun. The pacing is fast and the writing is clean, with a solid body-snatching motive and exceptional world-building both off the earth and in the desolate and remote Australian outback. The focus of the narrative is definitely on the storyline and action, although I found Laura to be a well-rounded protagonist even if I didn't always feel like I truly knew who she was as a character. It didn't detract from the story and a great deal of balance here comes from a tightly woven and incredibly detailed science-based plot—a thrill for readers who genuinely enjoy an episodic style of writing, space warfare, and large-scale action with a strong female lead.

Clayton Graham - Milijun

29 May, 2016: D. Roberts ****
Highly recommended for people who have an interest in science fiction ~ especially First Contact story lines. 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!!

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April 9, 2016: Cold Coffee Press Book Review For 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. 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. Cold Coffee Press Endorses 'Milijun' a science fiction debut novel by Clayton Graham.

Apr 19, 2016. Tracy Terry rated Milijun ****
Hugely compelling. Just what are these aliens and just what do they want? Are mother and son, Laura and Jason 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 very human story of a mother whose strength and resolve is tested time and time again. Copyright: Tracy Terry @ Pen and Paper.

April 27, 2016. TwistedBook Curmudgeon rated Milijun by Clayton Graham *****
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. for Lilac Reviews

May 11, 2016. BellaReadz rated it: it was amazing *****
I definitely enjoyed this book. It was surprisingly complex and visionary and managed to keep me complete engaged from the beginning to the end. 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. Indie Book Reviewers.

May 19, 2016. LaylaM1: *****
One of the most original and well-crafted sci-fi/thriller novels I've read in a long time! I was completely drawn in and absolutely loved the author's use of description in the world-building and exotic locales, and his attention to detail. 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 19, 2016. Jenna Brewster: *****
Milijun is an excellent novel that captured my interest from the beginning and never 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). The author has a natural gift for creating a well-thought out story, and the world he has created here is unlike anything I've ever read before. Indie Book Reviewers.

May 25 2016: Karen Matthews *****
Mr. Graham's writing style is, for lack of a better word, simply beautiful. I found myself completely lost in this story night after night. 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 26 2016: Elizabeth Brown **** [4.5 stars]
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. 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. 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 27 2016: Steph Coleman *****
This book has everything: action, drama, mystery, science, humor, suspense, creative and standard sci-fi and fantasy elements ... the author tied it all together nicely in such a compelling, emotionally and intellectually engaging way. This novel will have wide ranging appeal - to please fans of sci fi, fantasy and suspense thrillers who appreciate classy, polished, literary writing. Recommend. 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! The author Clayton Graham pulls us in to the story right from the beginning pages, and skilfully narrates a wide-ranging storyline full of complex and deeply suspenseful issues. Indie Book Reviewers

May 28 2016: Marcella Gonzales **** [4.5 stars]
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 takeover your mind and soul. The interweaving plotlines were intelligent, well-developed and unpredictable. Indie Book Reviewers