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.
Beyond Cloud Nine Review
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. It’s what she knows – what she loves – but unfortunately, she finds she can’t just be a fighter pilot.
Brooke is found in death-defying situation after situation. Honestly, this is one of the few criticisms worth nothing that I have about the book. It got to the point where I wasn’t concerned about the character because she pulled out of everything, and was back in action soon thereafter. It’s hard to think of her as ‘human’ when she’s that lucky. Perhaps, though, that’s why Spry gives her all the issues he does. It’s a way to keep her grounded as a ‘real’ character. The action is basically non-stop in Beyond Cloud Nine. There’s just a few breaks here and there to let you catch your breath before it’s up and running again.
I absolutely loved, pardon the pun, that romance did not play a huge part in this book. Yes, there was some attraction, flirting, etc, that happened, but it was such a super small part of the story overall that it definitely wasn’t bothersome. In fact, it actually provided a bit of comic relief in certain areas, rather than bogging it down with doe eyes, boobs, and hormones. The love that plays a bigger part is familial, and it, too, is realistically displayed. Things are not easy, but that loyalty and love is present.
I termed this speculative fiction, though I could have just as easily called it ‘hard’ scifi, because a lot of the basic tech that the characters use is only a step or three above what we currently use. Even the current advancement in AI means that some of the bots are not at all unbelievable. Also, the ads, man. The ads are everywhere! That right there ups the realism factor!
Beyond Cloud Nine will keep readers guessing, will happily give conspiracy theorists plenty of material to gnaw on, and will entertain you from beginning to end. The only reasons it’s not getting a top rating from Sci-Fi & Scary is relatively minor things that took it down to just below ‘gush about’ level. I would be shocked if this book/series isn’t picked up by a publishing house somewhere down the road. It may not be fantastic, but it is very, very good.
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