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Beyond the Horizon (Beyond Saga Book 2) Paperback – May 1, 2016
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Spry gives readers of the series another intricate and intriguing plot laced with conspiracy. The quality of the world-building is maintained and vividly described; the action scenes are as thrilling as its predecessor. Simply put, this is a great follow-up to Book 1 (5/5 stars).
Underground Book Reviews
This book did exactly what it set out to do, with originality, style, and maybe even a twist. It stands out next to popular, traditionally published novels in its genre. The result is a space adventure young and old alike can get their teeth into, with great ideas, likeable heroes and a plot that doesn't stand still. If you're a fan of authors like Peter F. Hamilton, or any science fiction that remembers to balance the futuristic with fun, you'll find this story very easy to get into. 5 Stars (out of 5): Highly recommended.
From the Author
While starting with Beyond Cloud Nine (Beyond Saga Book 1) is the preferred approach for most readers, quite a few people have enjoyed Beyond the Horizon (Beyond Saga Book 2) without reading the first novel in the series. I write all my books such that each can be read as a standalone.
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The New Horizon has taken off for Gliese 581. They hope to meet the Penphins, as strange society that apparently doesn’t believe in harming anyone or anything. With the new hyperdrives on the New Horizon, the trip should take only a couple of months. But, the time period that the New Horizon was to report back to the Solar System has now long passed. The ISC sent an unmanned search craft out looking for the New Horizon and it found nothing. So, the New Horizon is presumed lost. Some where along their hyperdrive trip they must have had a catastrophic accident and either died in hyperspace or dropped out and are now stranded in who knows where. Most believe the craft and all aboard have died.
It’s now six years after the New Horizon left for Gliese 581. Brooke has tried every way she possibly could to get a ship to Gliese 581 to do a personal search for her niece, but everything she tried resulted in a major disaster. She wound up going to prison after stealing a starship. She also lost touch with reality and her husband, Professor Kevin Sommerfield. He invented the hyperdrive and knows very well that an accident could have happened along the way. But, he also knows something else. He believes it’s possible that the New Horizon has not yet reached Gliese 581! He tells Brooke his theory about hyperdrive and it’s relation to time travel. No one else knows about this little quirk. He mathematically figures out that the New Horizon could have taken six years to reach Gliese 581 according to his time frame, even though those onboard will only experience the passage of a couple of months. This sets Brooke off again. She has to find a way to Gliese 581 and possibly rescue her niece.
This seems to be a very long book. The first part is kind of a re-hash of the pervious book and then we learn about Maya and what she has done while getting to adulthood. We review Brooke’s past and her involvement with the Vril and everything that has been going on up to now. Then the book kind of bogs down because we have to stay with Brooke while six years pass. Then, finally, Brooke gets to go rescue Maya, maybe! Several things could happen including a huge asteroid directly in the path of the emerging New Horizon. You’re going to have to read the book to find out what happens.
I adore the use of science and forethought in this series! The aliens feel actually alien, but can still be related to. This is refreshing compared to the usual human-like aliens with only minor physical changes. The plot is also quite different. It's as though Tom Clancy, David Weber, and Arthur C. Clarke got together and wrote the book.
The story has a wonderful feel to it. You end up liking the characters and genuinely rooting for them. They share many of our own strengths and failings. Interestingly, it is the "grim" which makes fiction feel real. I think the emotive aspects of love could have been a little deeper, but they were not shallow. The needs and wants, the feel of the characters, was pretty realistic. Moreover, there were many different personality types well described and faithfully articulated over a long span of time.
The two female protagonists are strong and well written, though quite different. The younger woman acts with less wisdom and an open mind, ready to encounter the world. The older woman is jaded by life and bitter, seeing danger in ever shadow. They are joined by a cast of a dozen or more secondary characters with varying degrees of depth, but non too shallow.
The action is top notch, as always with Greg Spry. The space scenes are complex and realistic, but without becoming too bogged down in detail. Space battles feel like they make sense, and decisions don't feel forced to carry a plot. From fast paced 4 dimensional combat to missiles and counter measures, the entire book is splattered with battle scenes!
Space ships don't make sound and correctly turn (using thrusters, not "flying"). It can be difficult to enjoy some scifi when you have a background in science. Beyond the Horizon is stress-free for the scientist or science enthusiast. Atmospheres, temperature, pressure, distances, velocity, and every other aspect of science is carefully taken into account in this science-oriented scifi. Most interesting is the use of time, though it would spoil the plot to say more.
-Has a Honor Harrington feel without being a copy. Lots of calculation.
-It's hard to put down due to cliff hangers.
-Spans a long period of time with lots of room for wonder.
-Strong female protagonist
-Very complex and dynamic plot, full of causality and temporal fun!
-Great use of science in fiction. It's refreshing to see it done correctly.
-It treats characters a little too realistic in their failings and flaws. Many would consider that a good quality, as do I, but sometimes it can be a little sad.
I await the next installment of the Beyond series with great hunger and anticipation!
Of course this author isn't any more clairvoyant than others, but Greg Spry's world in the Beyond series paints a compelling and deeply interesting picture of how humanity unfolds in the coming centuries, covering politics, future tech, and the believable trials of space exploration when interstellar travel is possible & other races are bumped up against.
I loved reading this book and I finished it in under a week (way fast for me). The various factions at play are beautifully interwoven as the story jumps between the several story lines and you never REALLY have a clear sense for who are the good guys and who are the bad. Like in real life, instead of having some mustache-twirling villain who's obviously the force to be toppled, it's complicated.
Some characters are better developed than others. While some are kinda flat and just there to move the story along there are others that delight every time they're in a scene (Eve is my favorite--practically every line she says is an enigmatic plot reveal). There are a lot of moments and characters to genuinely identify with and root for.
This book builds nicely on the first. Can't wait for the third one.
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Beyond the Horizon was exceptional.Read more
A great second book to this series.Read more