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Posted July 15, 2012
Gabriel's Journey is the combination of three Gabriel novels, and what a trilogy it is. The character cast gets quite large, but none of them feel extraneous, and each manages to still be their own person. The technology and sci-fi elements blend seamlessly with the world, and they never feel tacked on or gimmicky. I didn't even pause between the books; I was drawn into the world and life of Gabriel and his crew.
The only "issues" I had with the trilogy was that it seemed a few of the reveals were telegraphed well in advance. There were at least an equal number of twists that held their surprise, and even the ones that were telegraphed weren't bothersome enough to pull away from a full five-star rating.
Umstead weaves a great set of stories, and knows how to flesh out his characters. Should any future Evan Gabriel books come out, I'll eagerly pick them up.
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Posted January 8, 2013
A very enjoyable read. The pacing is well done and the author does a great job of setting the story up. It's not an epic, save the universe tale, which I think is nice. I found myself interested in the back story of the main character which the bonus prequel novella does a good job of hashing out. This was a nice unexpected find and I look forward to more from this author.
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Posted December 7, 2013
If you like hard military science fiction, then these are the stories for you.
You can tell that Steve Umstead has spent a lot of time developing the timeline and background of the universe Evan Gabriel lives in. It is quite rich and detailed. Though the backstory of the universe does not impede the pace. It is well balanced. It is also rich enough to have quite a number of other stories written in it, in my opinion. (That's a hint, Steve!)
To me, it feels much like Neal Asher and his "Polity" universe series of stories. But without quite the dependance on the deep integration between man and machine as in Asher's "Gridlinked".
The pace is appropriate if you look at all three books as one story. Even more so if you toss in the prequel.
There is quite a bit of political intrigue so you get an understanding as to the motivations of the characters outside Gabriels' squad. I enjoyed that as much as the military action.
It had quite a bit of real-world feel. In the future, not everything will be shiny, not all the hip-tech will be available everywhere. And not everyone gets to ride in the plush seats. Rarely does Evan and his crew fly first class. And in one particular scene, Gabriel is a bit miffed because he has to use a hand held remote to command a display instead of being able to use his neural implants.
The things that detracted from the books for me were that no one on any of the inhabited planets in the solar system and galaxy could solve their problems without Gabriel. It seemed just a little contrived in that respect.
There was one plot device that seemed like deus ex machina. It was not alluded to or introduced prior to its use and was pulled out of thin air, so to speak, and was precisely what was needed to solve the problem.
And finally, the ending was a little too pat and well tied up. It didn't seem to leave any room to have additional stories. And I want more stories!
Posted November 15, 2013
Posted October 31, 2013
BAD as in, you don't want to be on his bad side. Even he doesn't know everything he can do. It may bother him to kill someone, even if they deserve it, but it doesn't stop him from doing what needs to be done. I really liked the fact that the bad guys get theirs in the end and it's a happy ending. You will find this book hard to put down as the action just keeps on coming.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 26, 2013
Very well done. I really enjoyed the trilogy and am looking forward to more of his work in the future. I would like to see some books of the early years of Gabriel's career and see how he develops as a leader.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 11, 2013
Jaywing's Journey chapter three
Snowkit bounded after her sisters,Silverkit and Dovekit.Jaykit and Her sisters were five moons old now,and they were two.Snowkit and her sisters were playing mouse.Dovekit and Silverkit were the mice at this point.The cat she tagged would be it when she tagged her.She veered toward them.She was having lots of fun.L.O.T.S.LOTS!!!!!She finally caught up to Silverkit and caught her."You're it!!!!!"shouted Snowkit."Fine,I am it."Silverkit sighed.Snowkit wondered why she was unhappy.She loved being it.Then Snowkit heard a mrrrrow and a second after that,Silverkit was on her."You're it!!!!"cried Silverkit happily.Snowkit understoo now.Battle tactics.
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Posted October 22, 2012
Posted August 17, 2012
Action packed from the word go! The cast of characters and story line pull you in and you won't want to stop reading! Scifi and outer space, reading doesn't get any better!
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Posted June 26, 2013
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Posted November 4, 2012
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