Beyond Cloud Nine

Beyond Cloud Nine


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780990822400
Publisher: Greg Spry
Publication date: 09/23/2014
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

Greg Spry was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, in 1978. 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 sci-fi adventure, he enjoys playing kickball and cheering on the Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers. He currently resides in the United States. Visit his personal website at

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Beyond Cloud Nine 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
TheHungryMonster More than 1 year ago
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 and Brooke screams protagonist. It’s almost as if she knows she’s the star of the novel but what Brooke has to overcome before she can confidently say she has saved the day is both tragic and exhausting. Expending all of her faculties to uncover a surprise conspiracy while reconnecting with her estranged twin sister and niece, Brooke powers forward in this exciting tale where science meets fiction. Despite first appearances, Brooke is not a strong female lead. She’s battered, bordering on completely broken in both body and soul. Never forgiving herself for the hand she played in her father’s death our protagonist runs away from the things that she can’t handle. This includes her twin sister, who she left behind on Earth six years before the book begins to pursue her profession as a pilot for the United Nations. While she is good at what she does, it is not without a cost. We discover quite early on that Brooke is addicted to illegally enhancing her body with a drug referred to as “Sparks”. It is only after breaking a colleague’s nose Brooke returns to her sister and attempts at reconciliation. There are many ways a science-fiction tale can go wrong. Over exaggerated feats of science and unrealistic explanations of technology have doomed many a series. Beyond Cloud Nine does not suffer from either of these faults no doubt in part to Spry’s real life experience with engineering and space systems. His control over the craft of story-telling uses these skills and experiences to explain what is happening in an amateur-friendly fashion. No over the top jargon or complicated explanations to detract from the story at hand. During Brooke’s journey from almost-washed up pilot to practical savior of the planet readers will watch her grow and develop into something that resembles a human being, complete with feelings and emotions. In the beginning Brooke is too broken to connect properly with those around her. Even when she first reconnects with her sister after a six-year absence she has troubles interacting on a human level. She’s angry, confused and as lost as a teenager trying to figure out what makes them, them. Readers will surely enjoy this first installment to the Beyond saga penned by Greg Spry. Brooke overcomes some of her faults while retaining others and that allows readers to feel more connected to her; because she’s real. Beyond Cloud Nine delivers with action, compelling character development and realistic explanations for technology that doesn’t quite exist yet in our present time. Or does it?
mookoomoo More than 1 year ago
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 scenes, the drama's involving every character and seeing every character evolve in different ways, you never get bored!
Gvalt More than 1 year ago
I loved how unpredictable this story line was, nothing is ever the same and that goes for the characters as well. I enjoyed the development of each of them including the main protagonist who, despite being a protagonist, is definitely not typical. She’s pretty grumpy and anti social (I can relate) but ambitious and controversial, there isn’t a huge focus on her love life which I admired as so many novels with a lead female can get everything right with them being likeable but there’s usually some pining after another character which can become a bit tiresome, don’t get me wrong I enjoy romance but this was refreshing!
BookieBabe1 More than 1 year ago
A book with crazy space combat scenes is definitely my kind of book! Plus the future described and technology of this future seemed different and imaginable, not totally ridiculous and unrealistic. The attention to science is so incredibly interesting to read and clever but perfect for any age to grasp and not get bored of or find too overwhelming. Definitely picking up the second instalment so I can continue on the journey that I felt like was over too soon!
PhilLovett More than 1 year ago
I’m so looking forward to a sequel to Beyond Cloud 9! The book kept me engrossed all the way to the end even though I was a bit skeptical at first I was not disappointed. Plenty of action scenes to keep the adrenaline pumping and a bit of a darker twist on the main character stemming from her drug addiction which enhances her performance to become the first faster than light fighter pilot. Reminding me of young aspiring athletes who you hear about in similar situations this made Brooke more realistic in my eyes and relatable in some ways. Loved it!
KindleCrazy More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this down. Very addictive read for me and mostly due to the characters and especially the main character Brooke Davis who you want to love and hate at the same time. All of them have their own something special and it keeps you engrossed through the whole read, would love to read a sequel! The scenes set by Greg Spry are beautiful and inspiring, they truly came to life in my mind as if it played out like a film.
EbooksRock More than 1 year ago
Beyond Cloud 9 had something in it for everybody in my eyes. Men and women can both take aspects of Brookes story and find something to enjoy. From conspiracy theories (if that’s your thing) to the almost realistic future that you get from the technology, which is not too far away from our own at this point and then the intense action scenes which I couldn’t get enough of. Beyond Cloud 9 keeps you guessing and Brooke Davis is definitely a bit of a loose cannon of a character who I found to be unpredictable and real, I was not disappointed!
Library_Love More than 1 year ago
Pilot Brooke Davis is not your average heroine. She isn’t much of a people person and has had her fair share of trouble in the past. We catch her at a point in her life where she’s making some not-so-great decisions and this includes the taking of the drug, Spark, to enhance her performance in her hopes of becoming a pilot of an FTL ship. A fast paced and action packed read, If you enjoy this even a fraction of what I did then I encourage you to join Brooke on her adventure to be the best there is.
Danny_T More than 1 year ago
I was compelled by the characterization of Brooke. I think any strong independent woman could see parts of her that are enviable. Sure she is depicted as having a drug-problem, and one hell of a temper, but she is also verging on becoming a super-hero, and planning on saving the universe, as we know it. I was gripped by the story and I think this was a solid introduction to a series that I am looking forward to pursuing.
LuxuryLit More than 1 year ago
'Ace Star Fighter Pilot Lieutenant Brooke Davis', is the main character in Beyond Cloud NIne. There is some glitz and glam appeal from her title alone, and this continues in the fast paced, and edgy drama of her life that unfolds. Brooke wants to be the best at her career, and in order to achieve this, she takes performance enhancing robo-drugs. The storyline is different from the usual sci-fi, and I found that although set over 200 years ahead in the future, the issues she is dealing with are still relevant and relatable. I could see a lot of these ideas becoming real which added to the wow-factor and made me think as I enjoyed reading. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
AlanHiggins More than 1 year ago
Completely different to anything else I've read in the sci fi genre or seen of the sci fi genre and it had me rather hooked. Not only was the futuristic setting addictive and alluring to read but the characters felt rather real and felt very 'now' in the sense that they were relatable and came with their own dramas, trials and tribulations that could be experienced by anyone today. I found the main character, Brooke Davis the 'ace star fighter pilot', rather admirable and impressive in her mission to save humanity despite her set backs and her past.
LitFever More than 1 year ago
An exciting read. Beyond Cloud 9 has all that you would love from a sci fi novel. I loved the action and the adventure it takes you on from start to finish with the somewhat flawed main character Brooke Davis, the fact that she is flawed in my opinion makes her more interesting to read about, so many main characters you can find too likeable at times and Brooke is definitely an exception on that basis.
Nikki005 More than 1 year ago
What I loved about this book is that the main character has several massive flaws in her personality. She is a strong woman, but she has a lot of regret about her past and carries this around on her shoulders, often lashing out at those close to her. Her way of compensating is to try and become the best pilot she can possibly be, and to do this she takes drugs. Her ultimate goal to be a super-human in the spaceship in order to help save mankind is admirable. The action scenes were particularly compelling and I was glad the plot wasn't too flowery with romance.
M_Adams900 More than 1 year ago
Robots play a large part in Beyond Cloud 9, from technology to do everyday tasks such as cooking, to artificial intelligence and on-board systems. I was interested in the technical aspects and found the author Spry indulged me on these quite nicely. I also enjoyed that there were some familiar key concepts any sci-fi fan can relate to, the conspiracies surrounding Area 51 and aliens. To be so bold as to include these in a debut novel was a good move which pays off. The story around the courageous star fighter pilot and her mission to save humankind is a promising introduction to the series.
TootYourBooks More than 1 year ago
'Beyond Cloud Nine' is a good, action packed science fiction story set in 2247. The main character Brooke is a tough cookie, and makes for an interesting choice for a heroine. There are action-packed scenes of intergalactic fighting in futuristic spacecraft for sure, but there are also some important themes in this book. From the beginning the author explores ideas of racism, family values, and most prevalent political conspiracies. Not your usual sci-fi story, carries a bit more depth if you are willing to put in the time as it is the first in a series.
lynne1946 More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book! I read it because I was asked to by a friend. I like science fiction, but usually not so much the space ship to outer space kind of science fiction. When I was young I read a lot of Heinlein, and that was pretty much enough for me - I've read a few (maybe more than a few) since then, but I'm more inclined to the magician-type book. This book kept me completely absorbed - more action than I've read in ages, and a heroine who is prickly, but still likeable with all her faults, even an addiction to a drug which helps keep her alert enough for faster than light travel. I never really know what to say when asked about the amount of violence in a book - I tend to say not much or none as long as it's not person against person (or alien - you know what I mean) violence. Space battles don't count. There are a lot of space battles in this book, and exciting ones, too. I really liked it and heartily recommend it for all the action, because the characters have heart,because the writing is really good, and because it kept me thoroughly engrossed all the way through. I'm looking forward to the sequel!
AnnieDennick More than 1 year ago
Thought provoking and hard-hitting. I would describe 'Beyond cloud Nine' as a hard science fiction, as there is a lot of technical detailing included. The author has a space systems degree, and this is evident in the fine detail and technical language which is used throughout. The style of writing is appealing though - I didn't feel out of my depth with the science-bits, more that I learned a few new words.
MichelleG More than 1 year ago
This was a rollercoaster of an adventure, with some loops and turns that I had not expected. Beginning slowly, and setting the scene and introducing the characters - which I do not say as a criticism, the book is the first in a series and so there needs to be some ground work laid out to build depth and motives. Safe to say there is a fair amount of action in scenes with the space fighter pilots later on. I could happily play this book out like a movie in my head. The visual descriptions of the futuristic landscapes were inspiring.
Bookie__Wookie More than 1 year ago
It is easy to see that the author has done a significant amount of research into scientific theories to support his ideas in 'Beyond Cloud Nine'. I appreciated this attention to detail, particularly when on-board the fighter with Brooke. The book is set in 2247, where we use robots for most menial tasks, and where advertising is everywhere you look. Main character Brooke Davis gets wrapped up in a series of conspiracies and events spiral into an intense and creative science fiction story. Entertaining and intriguing from start to finish.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I must admit that he was a student of mine for his graduate degree.  That being said,  it is a good read.  Well paced, believable, with good characters that you care about or hate.  He uses the science well, and doesn't get too technical.  I will enjoy seeing where this series goes.