MADISON, Wis., May 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Portraying action-packed space combat set in exotic locations throughout the solar system, author Greg Spry's debut space opera, BEYOND CLOUD NINE, gets the blood pumping while exploring a vexing ethical dilemma. With the release of his second book, BEYOND THE HORIZON, Spry takes the exploration of space and mind to greater heights.
In Beyond Cloud Nine, when ace star fighter pilot Brooke Davis gets sucked into a conspiracy she wants no part of—all she wants is to become the first person to fly faster than light—her actions and inactions dictate the moral foundation of future civilization.
"Brooke is a conflicted do-gooder whose character embodies the theme," Spry explains. "She fights to expose the truth despite lying to herself about her drug use and estrangement from her family. Only through caring for her niece does Brooke begin to grow and change."
"Utopia by deception," the book's catch phrase, encapsulates how the antagonists manipulate the human race toward a promising future with the threat of alien invasion.
"In the end, do we choose blissful ignorance or harsh reality?" Spry asks. "It's an ends-justify-the-means-type quandary, one that's particularly relevant in a presidential election year. Candidates build campaigns by massaging the truth to gain office. Is their deceit justified if they have the country's best interests at heart? Or are they lying only to gain power?"
Beyond the Horizon raises the stakes by threatening more than humans. With wide-eyed enthusiasm, Brooke's niece, Ensign Maya Davis, ships out aboard humankind's first interstellar starship, New Horizons. But when sabotage cripples the ship and kills the senior leadership, the young officer faces a difficult choice. Should she support a plan to exterminate benevolent beings for the sake of mankind? Or should she work to foil the scheme even though she may condemn the human race?
"If it's us or them," Spry questions, "are we justified in doing whatever's necessary for self-preservation?"
Published by Beyond Innovation Books, Beyond Cloud Nine and Beyond the Horizon have been professionally edited and proofread and feature stunningly beautiful covers. In 2015, Beyond Cloud Nine received the Silver Medal in the Readers' Favorite International Book Awards for Science Fiction and was an IAN Book of the Year Awards Finalist for Science Fiction.
Greg Spry has degrees from the Florida Institute of Technology and University of Wisconsin—Madison that help him world-build on a foundation of hard science and craft fast-paced exposition that grips readers.
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