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Beyond Cloud Nine (Beyond Saga #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  188 Ratings  ·  78 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, First Edition, 334 pages
Published September 23rd 2014 by Greg Spry (first published September 18th 2014)
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    Beyond Cloud Nine (Beyond Saga, #1)
    Release date: Sep 23, 2014
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    Archit Ojha
    Brooke Davis has got ambitions.

    She is not made of perfect features. She has flaws. She is scared. Born to Japanese and American parents, the world around her seems to make her entitled to discriminate. Medical technologies has done her no favors, causing her genetic disorders.

    Her innocence pulls you closer and she becomes one of us. You become her.
    Blend of family drama and the narrator's ambitions for space traveling remind you of the aspirations you had in your childhood.

    I always find someth
    Tori (InToriLex)
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    Actual Rating 3.5

    This was fun to get through and kept me engaged the entire time. Brooke's adventure through space and her troubled family relationships kept things interesting. In this future dystopian world things are not what they seem. I enjoyed this plot driven novel because of the constant action and occasional humor. The science behind the futuristic tech was explained well, and never got overwhelming or dense. I really enjoy reading speculative
    Literary Titan
    Those who love a good, solid science-fiction story won’t be disappointed with Greg Spry’s Beyond Cloud Nine. Spry maps out a futuristic Earth where humans have expanded their reach and colonized other planets. Our protagonist is Brooke Davis, a young fighter pilot who is the best of her generation. A child born from a Japanese mother and an American father, Brooke has faced discrimination her entire life. Add to the fact that she suffers from a disorder caused by gene therapy before her birth an ...more
    Dec 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
    An awesome book apart from the conspiracy theory crap. I mean at one point I thought wait... there is no way he is going to be that cliche. In short this is an easy read, its fun, but it feels like the author wants to inject some political theory or philosophy, miserably failing in that area. The people and gadgets are realistic but the society as a whole is the usual backward dystopian take that modern sci-fi likes to use. If not for the lame conspiracy theory I would have given this book 5/5, ...more
    Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    That's an awesome story!

    Conspiracy, murder, human drama there is so much to like in this series. There was so much feels in the book I cried at the end. This book is worth every cent, no regret!
    This book follows a military pilot who isn't good with people as she pursues her quest to be part of flying the latest and greatest space ships. She has a little problem that helps her when she's in battle, but hurts her when she's outside the cockpit. She also has a twin sister who is her opposite in terms of personality, but who can read her like an open book. As the pilot is pursuing her dreams of space flight, her sister is pursuing her dreams as a journalist. However, things aren't quite wh ...more
    Sue Lyssa Stone Shaffer
    Well done!

    As I read Beyond Cloud Nine I found myself fully engaged.. enfolded in gravgel, pursuing the dream of interstellar flight. I could taste the need to reach the stars. Explorer, officer, warrior, scientist, parent all reaching for a future away from our self polluted nest, all of them with a part to play and decisions to make. And one and all fully human..

    Having finished Book 1 of the Beyond Saga I am reminded of the feel as if I am once more discovering The Moon is a Harsh Mistress's Mi
    Read Ng
    Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: science-fiction
    In anticipation of book 3, I started reading this e-book.

    This started as a "B" movie conspiracy plot. At about the mid point, it pleasantly turned into more. I liked the way it spun. I have to admit that I had read the synopsis' for the next two books, so I let my mind wander ahead and came up with so many other story endings that were wildly different than what I got. This book reads more like a prequel, but that presupposes my guess for where the next book will take me.

    Spry does do a credible
    Oct 09, 2017 rated it liked it
    3.5 stars

    I enjoyed the different spin on alien invasion and development of space travel, but the science and consistency needs a little tune up. One minute we're talking FTL and anti-matter drives and the next we're using wormholes and extradimensional travel. Pick one idea for your fancy new toy and stick with it. Don't change the names and theories, it made it sound like you're not sure which route to pick and messed with your credibility.
    Don't get me wrong, most of the science is pretty sound
    Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    "Beyond Cloud Nine" is a fascinating book that is well-written and enjoyable.
    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...
    Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    space warfare and intrigue
    Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    I received a copy free through Goodreads Giveaways. This book is set in the future. We are exploring space but have not gone past Jupiter. Brooke Davis is star fighter pilot. She is the best in the fleet. She survives a fire fight she was not supposed to and uncovers a plot involving humans and aliens.

    I enjoyed the book immensely. The plot was different. It was well written. Readers will like the good guys and hate the bad guys. I am really looking forward to reading book 2.
    Dawn Jazzhands
    Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
    What a wonderfully unexpected adventure! Set in the year 2247 there are aspects of the sci-fi genre present that we have all grown to expect and love but then parts of this book that are different and will surprise you. I stayed fully engrossed in Brooke Davis as your lead heroine, especially because she is anything but typical and what you would expect but it makes her all the more relatable and tangible. Really looking forward to the next instalment by Greg Spry, loved the action fighter pilot ...more
    May 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
    Our hero or should I say heroine, is a drug addict! That right there would throw a lot of people off from reading this book. And the excuse she gives for taking the stuff, Spark, is no better than any other drug addict. Yet, this young woman manages to stay in uniform and even excels at what she does, partly due to the drug and partly due to her amazing piloting skills. Brooke Davis is a Japanese-American which only describes her ethnic background, but means nothing in Earth terminology since ab ...more
    Lilyn G. (Scifi and Scary)
    May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: science-fiction
    Greg Spry is a talented author, that’s blatantly obvious. From the first few pages of Beyond Cloud Nine, it’s clear that he’d built his world/future, he’d got his plot in place, and knew exactly what he was doing. He sends his pilot, Brooke Davis, into the thick of things with one major issue already weighing her down. That’s not even counting the discrimination she faces on more than one level, and the family troubles she has from the get-go. Brooke is one of the top fighter pilots in existence ...more
    Joshua Thomas
    Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.

    Beyond Cloud Nine is a very entertaining YA science fiction that really sets itself apart from the others - that commonly share dystopian cliches. Unfortunately, the dystopian genre has become quite overused in recent years, but that only makes this novel stand out more impressively as something positively different.
    Brandon Reynolds
    Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
    Can't wait for the sequel!
    Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
    This is the first sci-fi I've read in a long time. The opening sentence drew me in right away into an action-packed dogfight in space. Fight scenes are hard to create, even more so when we are dealing with technology that does not exist yet. I haven't read something this good since Dale Brown's Day of the Cheetah. You can tell the author did a lot of research on aerospace engineering. He was able to weave in the future tech without slapping it right in your face. After the metaphorical dust clou ...more
    Robert Romberger
    Beyond Cloud Nine

    This was a bit more than the simple space opera I was supposed to be reading, and that was a good thing. Plenty of action and a good story combined to make this a really good book. If the other books in the series are even half as well written as the first, and the first two chapters of the second book seem to indicate they are, this is going to be a fantastic series.
    Rob Colavito
    Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Good book

    Good read very engaging. I liked the characters and found the interactions good. The technology was believable if a advanced
    Kathy Heare Watts
    I won a copy of this book during a Goodreads giveaway. I am under no obligation to leave a review or rating and do so voluntarily. I am paying it forward by passing this book along to a friend or family member who I think will enjoy it too.
    Kien Le Trung
    Oct 10, 2017 marked it as to-read
    Wow, I just check out the giveaway and I saw this book and read the description about it. It's seem like a really really cool fiction story and good cover! I hope I can win the giveaway somehow:)
    Merrill Chapman
    Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
    When author Greg Spry submitted Beyond Cloud Nine to me for review and described the book's main character, who is of American/Japanese heritage, I immediately accepted.

    I have always had an affection for Japan and the Japanese and think it's really too bad about that whole WW II thing. Why? Well, it's not because I have any close friends who are Japanese, though my buddy from my days at MicroPro, publisher of WordStar for you antiques out there, Todd Judge, lives in Japan with his Japanese wife
    Tom Watson
    Jun 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: science
    As an author myself, I am often skeptical of five-star ratings. However, I can find no reason not to give beyond cloud nine anything less than five stars. Having just come out of a one-year intensive writing session, I was hungry for a good book, and a good book is what I found!

    The series itself seems preoccupied with its sci-fi aspect as well as its nonlinear and complex plot. It does spend some time on the emotions of the people involved, though I typically prefer little more interest in emoti
    Leanne Renaud
    Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: giveaways
    Great sci-fi novel. I had a hard time at the beginning but then the story sucked me in. Already have the next book and I'm looking forward to reading it.
    4.5 stars, honestly. But, if you're seeking for 'brand new world' future stuff, read this book. If you're looking for well-written and well-developed story, read this book.

    At first, I was expecting this book to have lots of actions, according to the cover art. But until the first one-third of the book, there are descriptions and narrations which make a slow progress of the plot. When I reach about the half of the book I started to understand where the story is heading and make connections with t
    Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
    The plot is exciting, certainly! And... this is not altogether good. When the events go from peak to peak, with no valleys- the result is a plateau, meaning that each exciting event blends seamlessly into the next such, making each far less exciting.

    I did not care for Brooke, the main protagonist, either. It's probably not a bad depiction of a self-involved addict! but I did not find that particularly interesting. In general, the characters were flat and felt to me more like ways to make the plo
    Jul 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
    I won a copy of Beyond Cloud Nine by Grey Spry, from a GoodReads giveaway. The main character of this sci-fi story is a skilled fighter pilot who dreams to explore deep space as earth develops the technology to do so. She’s also happy to escape the non-pilot part of her life, including other people.

    I enjoyed reading this sci-fi story. Both the plot and the characters were developed enough to keep my interest. Some mystery in the plot was carried through nicely and kept me intrigued and second-g
    I received this book from Goodreads.

    Reading Beyond Cloud Nine will leave you floating on cloud nine!
    Greg Spry is a hell of a writer. Seriously, this book is unreal. It's unbelievable! Beyond Cloud Nine is the best futuristic space opera science fiction I have ever read. I've read my fair share and this one trumps them all.
    Ace star fighter pilot Brook Davis's dream is to fly faster than light- and she'll do anything to make it happen. This undeniably strong- but flawed- woman encounters a huge c
    M. Thomas Apple
    Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
    The main character of the story appealed to me from the start...but I'm biased, being the father of two Japanese-American girls. Her portrayal as a flawed hero also appealed to me. Too often, modern novels, and particularly SF and other "genre" novels, give us protagonists who are too perfect to be human. I have to admit that it did take me a while to get into the "flow" of the prose, mostly because I'm not a big fan of airfight/spacefight/combat scenes in general. Where the story really began t ...more
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