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Ebook Details
  • 09/2014
  • 978-0-9908224-1-7 B00NOFZ16Q
  • 391 pages
  • $1.99
Paperback Details
  • 09/2014
  • 978-0-9908224-0-0 0990822400
  • 334 pages
  • $13.95
Greg Spry
Author
Beyond Cloud Nine
Greg Spry, author

Adult; Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror; (Market)

Ace star fighter pilot Brooke Davis lives for pushing hundreds of gees in orbital combat, but she’d give it all up in a moment to become the first human to fly faster than light. When Brooke stumbles upon a conspiracy involving terrorists, aliens, and the highest levels of government, she finds their goals seductive but their methods abhorrent. With the moral core of human civilization hanging in the balance, she must risk her shot at history, her family, and her life to prevent the schemers from forcing their nefarious brand of salvation upon the solar system.
Reviews
Spry’s debut, which kicks off his Beyond saga, is a fast-paced, old-fashioned space opera that effectively draws readers into his created universe. In 2247, Lt. Brooke Davis is serving as an Aerospace Defense pilot in the Jupiter orbit, with dreams of becoming the “first human to fly faster than light.” Complications in her prenatal gene therapy have given her “upper-percentile spatial awareness,” which she’s supplemented with nanorobotic narcotics. Brooke needs all her skills to survive an explosion on Europa that claims 50,000 lives and may have been the work of terrorists—or previously unknown aliens. The truth behind the attack is also being probed by Brooke’s estranged sister, Marie, a reporter in Chicago. The mystery unfolds against an interesting backdrop; advances in biology allow for “mental pathway reconfiguration” and the prevention of birth defects. Despite scientific progress, humankind is still at war with itself. Brooke, who’s haunted by guilt over the circumstances of her father’s death, is a nicely flawed lead, and the ending makes the prospect of the sequel intriguing. (BookLife)
Readers' Favorite

Lieutenant Brooke Davis is an ace star pilot whose dream is to be selected as the first human to fly faster than light through UN's Project Luminosity. When humanity's fate seems to be threatened by separatists and aliens, Brooke is about to discover a twisted conspiracy that involves the highest level of earth's own government. Beyond Cloud Nine is the first book of an intriguing sci-fi adventure - Beyond Saga by Greg Spry.

The futuristic technologies are sound and highly plausible. Spry's world-building is excellent. I'm particularly impressed with Bob, Brooke's matrix, and having a robot like Papero to do house chores would be a godsend. The action and fight scenes are exciting as well as easily imaginable; visually, the space fights would look amazing. The characters' development, especially Brooke, a strong female protagonist with her own personal demons, are solid and well-written. On the other hand, I'm ambivalent about her twin sister, the spunky journalist, Marie.

The story reads more like a sci-fi drama in terms of pace. On the whole, I enjoyed it and was able to immerse myself in the story and relate with the characters. That said, I gravitated more toward the sci-fi adventure, the relationship between Brooke and her twin sister, as well as the conspiracy plot compared to some romantic aspects that Spry included - which fortunately for me didn't affect the other elements. I look forward to continuing this series which would focus on Brooke's niece, Maya, in the next installment (4/5 stars). -Lit Amri, Readers' Favorite

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 09/2014
  • 978-0-9908224-1-7 B00NOFZ16Q
  • 391 pages
  • $1.99
Paperback Details
  • 09/2014
  • 978-0-9908224-0-0 0990822400
  • 334 pages
  • $13.95

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