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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. 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.
Lit Amri (Readers' Favorite)
Spry's world-building is excellent. 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 whole, I enjoyed it and was able to immerse myself in the story and relate with the characters. I look forward to continuing this series which would focus on Brooke's niece, Maya, in the next installment (4/5 stars).
From the Author
- ASIN : B00NOFZ16Q
- Publisher : Greg Spry; 2nd edition (September 17, 2014)
- Publication date : September 17, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 2559 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 400 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,036,789 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Synopsis (from the author):
Brooke was flying high until abruptly halted by a mysterious crime
Ace fighter pilot, Brooke Davis, is speeding through Jupiter’s orbit, dreaming of becoming the first human to fly faster than light. Instead, she is drawn into a criminal conspiracy— involving terrorists, aliens, and the highest level of government, including her boss at the U.N. — that threatens not only her shot at history, but the future of the solar system.
Will the entire solar system break down in this futuristic thriller?
The solar system is destabilizing. Separatists attempt to assassinate the U.N. Secretary-General. Territories are seceding and acquiring antimatter weaponry. Just as all-out war seems inevitable, alleged extraterrestrials attack colonies throughout the solar system, forcing humankind to work together to combat the invaders. If the U.N. loses its ability to keep the peace, human civilization may stumble back into the dark ages.
Brooke’s excruciating dilemma could determine the future of the human race
Brooke is ordered to keep quiet about the crime she witnessed by the U.N. Security Council President. As the invaders draw closer to Earth, Brooke must decide whether to reveal what she knows. Keeping quiet might allow mankind to triumph and usher in a golden age, albeit one based on lies and deception. But revealing the truth could send the human race down a path toward self-annihilation.
What I liked:
Beyond Cloud Nine had great sci-fi elements. First-rate technology, towering buildings, interplanetary travel, awesome star fighters, and much more made this a fun read. Add to it the “sparking” hotshot pilot, familial strife, and the military industrial complex, and everything is there. I enjoyed Brooke Davis’ character, and the AI attached to her fighter was amazing. Overall a good sci-fi read!
What I didn’t like:
Despite the cool technology, I didn’t understand why the pollution problem wasn’t solved. It seemed out of sync with the advances made in the world. I mean how can you have light speed and interplanetary travel, but still burn hydrocarbons? In addition, the communication technology didn’t seem as advanced as it should in comparison to the other advances.
Beyond Cloud Nine (Beyond Saga, #1) was an enjoyable read. There was enough action and adventure to keep me interested, and the story itself was excellent. Despite a few issues for me as a reader (see what I didn’t like above), this was a good read. I recommend it to any sci-fi readers.
The story includes Brooke’s sister, Marie, who is a journalist in Earth and who insinuates herself into the news coverage of the significant events. Both Marie and Brooke meet and have some romantic interest in the scientist who is responsible for the development of the faster-than-light engine, and that scientist, Kevin, needs to choose which of the twin sisters he is more attracted to. Throw into the mix Marie’s daughter, Maya, and there are some very interesting relationships and emotions that go along with the roller-coaster ride of a plot that finds Brooke engaged in space battles and careening down dangerous avenues on solid ground.
At times I tried to tell myself that I really wasn’t loving this book, but at the same time I was compelled to read more at every opportunity, and finished it off in just under a week. The plot keeps you guessing and the action is riveting, although at times the plot is so complex and multi-layered that even the suspension of disbelief that goes along with a science fiction novel is stretched to the limits. In the end, though, it’s a fun read and keeps you entertained. Now, the reader needs to decide whether to follow the conspiracy even farther into the next book in the series. I’ve not made up my mind about that, but it is tempting.
Top reviews from other countries
This sci-fi novel gripped me from the get-go, and I loved it. The world building and technical aspects are well developed and highly believable. While the characters felt one-dimensional at times, and I failed to connect strongly with any of them, they sufficed to carry the story forward. Spelling errors and missing words abound, letting down an otherwise excellent read: waived for waved/hanger for hangar (though some did get spelled correctly)/reigned for reined/etc. All in all, however, the storytelling proved powerful enough to overcome these hiccups.
Beyond Cloud Nine is book one of two (so far) in the Beyond Saga Series and works as a standalone novel. While the close remains a little open-ended, it ties up the necessary threads without leaving the reader hanging over a cliff.
This thoroughly enjoyable readgets a solid four stars from me.
There are a lot of elements to it - though they are all integrated to the point where it doesn't feel like too much.
The scary thing is that a lot of what happens in this book could happen - some of it could already be happening...