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Beyond Cloud Nine

(Beyond Saga #1)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  826 ratings  ·  89 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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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
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
Nia Markos
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
For those who believe science fiction is better seen than read ( I being one of those), will be pleasantly surprised by Greg Spry’s novel. From the imagining of a future two hundred years in the future, to political intrigue familiar to us all, the story develops slowly in the first half of the book, as we are introduced to Brooke Davis, the young fighter pilot who is the main character, to all the supporting characters.

I found the setting, the drama, all too believable. Washed-up, “Spark” addic
Lyssa Sue Shaffer
Jul 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
William Stuart
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’m off on a sci-fi tangent for a couple of weeks. First up in my TBR is Beyond Cloud Nine (Beyond Saga, #1) by Greg Spry. Goodreads recommended this one. Good choice!

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 g
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!
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
Chris Briscoe
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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...
Chez Nash
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book!! I really want to strangle the Vril for causing such destruction even for a noble cause. Humanity does tend to pull together in times of trouble though. I hope the next book is just as good.
Kelly Knapp
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: dystopian plot readers
Recommended to Kelly by: Won as part of the Goodreads Firstreads giveaways
Really fast paced, well written, alternate space faring world with characters that seem very realistic in that they have lots of emotional and past baggage. Spry's first story in the "Saga" shows great potential for the sequals.
Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
space warfare and intrigue
Jan 13, 2019 rated it liked it
I received this book in a Goodreads Giveaway a few years back. I didn't get very far and gave up after a few pages. It simply couldn't grasp me.

Last week I picked it up again, mostly out of guilt. When I got around page 70, I thought of quitting again for the same reason: it didn't really grasp me. I pushed through (again, feeling a bit guilty) and eventually it did get better and I enjoyed reading the rest!

The plot itself does have to build up for a while, but it does get very interesting. I fe
Oct 21, 2017 marked it as to-read
Another sci fi to my wall bookshelf! Looking forward to reading this!
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. | Sci-Fi & Scary |
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
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
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.
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Can't wait for the sequel!
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In “Beyond Cloud Nine,” Greg Spry has created a complex story that stretches out from Earth and promises to extend to the far reaches of the galaxy. The setting, a mere 200 years in our future, features colonization of the solar system out to the moons of Jupiter, but also features infighting among Earth-based countries that are supposed to be living in peace under the United Nations. The hero of the story, pilot Brooke Davis, must overcome her own personal demons to fulfil her ambition to fly t ...more
May 20, 2018 rated it liked it
_Beyond Cloud Nine_ is an interesting sci-fi book that tries to be many things. At first, the whole thing didn't make a lot of sense. The characters over or under reacted to situations, depending on the need for the plot. Numbers didn't add up. It only made sense when I put it through the lens of a comic book or manga. Deep space opera this isn't.

I wanted to dig into the characters more. Brooke is a junkie star pilot, the best ever, who also hates people in general. Her sister, Marie, is the exa
Brenda Mcallister
I received this book to read and review from the author. Thanks for the opportunity to get to know your style.
This story centers around twin girls of mixed parentage and what they make of their lives. One becomes a reporter of huge events and the other a famous pilot. Ultimately they realise most of what they know about their world is untrue and that their careers have been directed by a secretive group out to control the world and all space exploration efforts.
The world created is well known a
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
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
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I won this book through the Goodreads giveaways! Since I already had it on my list to purchase, I was thrilled. I enjoy trying books by 'new' authors, or those who aren't as well known as the Big Name Authors...yet. "Beyond Cloud Nine" is well worth reading, an interesting story with interesting characters. If you like some political drama and suspense in your science fiction, this is one to read :)
Robert Romberger
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
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.
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
I liked everything about this book, fantastic plot, amazing characters, and lots of action and science. The writing is woven well and moves the story along and keeps you interested all the time.

A Sci-Fi book like this one lets you have your imagination run free and conjure up the scenes in your mind.

J.D. DeHart
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I found this book to be authentically propelling science-fiction, with a narrative that has a driving force. Beyond Cloud Nine is a fine example of the genre, and I enjoyed the way Greg Spry incorporated science and detail into the book. This was an engaging introduction to a series.
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Greg Spry was cloned in the year between the releases of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope and Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Coincidence? He majored in industrial engineering at the University of Wisconsin—Madison before earning a graduate degree in space systems from the Florida Institute of Technology. When he’s not writing the next epic science fiction adventure, he enjoys sampling tasty microb ...more

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