Gabriel's Redemption: Book 1 of the Evan Gabriel Trilogy

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North American Federation Navy Commander Evan Gabriel was dishonorably discharged after a disastrous mission on a far off world called Eden. He's spent the last five years hiding from his past, from those responsible for the failed mission, from those responsible for running him out of the Navy, and from those originally responsible for making him into who he was - a highly-trained, physically and mentally augmented Special Forces soldier.

Two mysterious visitors appear ...

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Overview

North American Federation Navy Commander Evan Gabriel was dishonorably discharged after a disastrous mission on a far off world called Eden. He's spent the last five years hiding from his past, from those responsible for the failed mission, from those responsible for running him out of the Navy, and from those originally responsible for making him into who he was - a highly-trained, physically and mentally augmented Special Forces soldier.

Two mysterious visitors appear unannounced at the door of a Gabriel's seedy hotel room in the slums of Jamaica. His past has finally caught up with him.

From the decaying Caribbean to politically-charged South America, from the back alleys of Mars to a tiny colony on a planet six hundred light years from Earth, Gabriel's Redemption is a near-future military science fiction story of a personal journey seen from the perspective of a soldier who has lost everything -- one who desperately needs to redeem himself not only in his government's eyes, but also his own.

Interstellar action and political intrigue mix with one-on-one battles on the surface of a frozen planet in Book One of the science fiction-adventure trilogy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781460901328
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/6/2011
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.58 (d)

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  • Posted September 3, 2011

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    Excellent scifi page-turner!

    Evan Gabriel is a top-notch decorated Navy Commander in the North American Federation in the Earth's near-distant future. When his special-forces team suffers catastrophic losses and a botched mission, he is dishonorable discharged. Gabriel retreats to the remotest part of the jungle he can find. Not remote enough, however. He is pressed back into service by Admiral McFarland to help stop the extermination of a native species on the ice-planet Poliahu. During the long space ride, he must bond with a new team and plan the mission tactics. But, things are not so straightforward; Commander Gabriel has not been told everything. There are criminal forces at work behind the mission who stand to benefit if the mission fails. Evan must figure out who is working against him before he loses another special-forces team under his command.

    The author weaves a futuristic action-adventure story full of twists and turns. The world he creates is rich in detail and full of advanced technology: pulse weapons, neurotic brain implants, wormholes, inter-stellar travel, everything a scifi fan could hope for. We first meet Gabriel hiding out in a Jamaican slum. He is haunted by nightmares, reliving his failed mission over and over again. If only.has become his mantra.

    He takes the new mission to prove he is a competent commander. But prove it to whom? The NAF? Or himself? I could feel Evan's pain, his sense of honor and commitment; kudos to Mr. Umstead for writing with such passion. I would have liked to see more of Evan's character revealed, but I guess I'll have to read the sequel. The other characters, Sowers, Jimenez, St. Laurent, Takahashi and Brevik, are nicely fleshed-out, but I have to say I have a soft spot for the sentient creatures, especially Isaiah, on planet Poliahu.

    I highly recommend this story to anyone who likes science fiction, especially military scifi. With non-stop action, especially at the end of the book, it's a page-turner and a quick read.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2011

    Great read!

    I just finished "Gabriel's Redemption," and I was captivated right from page 1. And this coming from a reader who is not generally a fan of space fiction! Umstead has created a dynamic, well-thought-out universe with a tightly woven history, timeline, and culture, and has peopled it with characters who are very far from the all-too-common two-dimensional action figures you often see in this genre. We genuinely care about his protagonists.

    And along Evan Gabriel's journey toward redemption, we are met with several plot twists that absolutely took me by surprise. I love books that keep you guessing, and this one certainly did!

    I give it a very high recommendation -- especially if you like futuristic military fiction, "Gabriel's Redemption" should be on your to-read list. And even if it's not your preferred genre, you'll find it a quick-paced, engaging read!

    Kudos to Steve Umstead, and I look forward to his next novel!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 11, 2011

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    Good ol' fashioned Sci-Fi Adventure!

    Disclaimer: I'm rather fond of Steve Umstead as a friend and fellow #pubwrite. We met at ReaderCON this year where he presented me with a signed copy of Gabriel's Redemption. That being said, if I didn't enjoy his writing and the SciFi thriller GR is, I would have sent him a quiet e-mail rather than posting a review.

    This first of a series follows Commander Evan Gabriel of the near-future North American Federation. As the title suggests, this is a tale of a soldier's journey redeem himself, not only as a warrior, but as a man.

    Umstead has created a futuristic world I look forward to exploring in further adventures. He paints a wide picture-a matte painting, if you will-that sets the tone both for humanities future and the far-off world of Poliahu. The character-rich story is non-stop adventure (think Jason Bourne travels the stars) and a completely immersive read.

    Fantastic character development, "Lord of the Rings" style scenery and an attention to detail that was a pure joy to experience.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2011

    Great Near Future Sci Fi Action! You have to check it out!

    This story picks up speed early on and never slows down! He takes us into the near future with a fast-paced story filled with betrayal and political intrigue. His tech is completely integrated, compelling and believable! This is Umstead's debut novel, and although this is a self-published book it doesn't have the glaring errors typical of some self-published work. The editing is clean and doesn't have any holes in the plot or dialogue that you often see in poorly done self-published work. The pace is fast and the dialogue is snappy and interesting, and Gabriel is someone you can root for and the deeper you get into the story the more immersed you become. I didn't want to put it down! I highly recommend it if you like action, interstellar travel or near term science fiction adventure, it delivers and has a satisfying ending! I can't wait for book 2!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2011

    Book Snob Recommends

    Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Gabriel's Redemption from the author after I sent out a request for Indie Sci-Fi books to be considered for inclusion in my upcoming blog post on NYX Book Reviews. Umstead was not guaranteed inclusion in the article nor was a review even mentioned. However, after reading his book I would like to include it in my list of recommended reads.

    Gabriel's Redemption is a near future science fiction work that includes all of the hallmarks of top quality sci-fi. Umstead has created a readable, accessible and highly engaging world where intrigue, aliens, drugs and intergalactic travel work together seamlessly. There is never a moment in this book where you think to yourself: well now that didn't make a lick of sense! Instead we are presented with a combination of real and imagined science that is so commonplace to the characters it never occurs to the reader to question it.

    Evan Gabriel is a taciturn and troubled man who has buried so much of himself in order to survive the horrors and injustices he has witnessed that he has become a mere shell of the hero we come to know and love by the end of the book. Quickpaced, Gabriel's Redemption is an easy read. It flows from scene to scene and moment to moment flawlessly, always leaving the reader begging for more. By the third chapter I was so hooked I read the entire novel in one night.

    Umstead deals with issues like honor, responsibility and human nature. While deep in thematic content the forward thrust of the story never stops. In this way Umstead has been able to create a rich, dynamic and believable world with a cast of characters who entertain and inspire. The bad guys are quality villains and the aliens are just strange enough to evoke the reader's inherent xenophobia. At the core of the story is one man's pain and regret and the opportunity to redeem himself.

    My only complaints about Gabriel's Redemption are not reasons not to pick it up.

    1. It's a military based fiction which I personally don't generally enjoy. Umstead does a phenomenal job of making the military jargon and topics accessible to non-military readers without sacrificing the details. It just doesn't speak to me. I was able to enjoy the story despite this which if anything speaks to the author's skill at weaving a compelling yarn.
    2. It's not in paperback. This is one I'd love to have on my shelf.

    Similar books you may enjoy:
    Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000
    Mr. Spaceman

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2011

    A VERY good entry into my favorite genre!

    Gabriel's Redemption is a classic tale of espionage, deviant tactics and squad-level military suspense, all set in mankind's distant future. As a former military member, I was instantly taken in by the rich detail of the Naval backdrop for Commander Gabriel and his newly-formed special forces unit.

    Straight away, Evan Gabriel is whisked into operation for the North American Federation and plunged into an intricately-sewn and twisted plot that reaches into the upper echelon of the Naval brass. Gabriel's Redemption instantly puts you into the action, and seldom is there room for a breather.

    Interstellar travel, commensurate gunplay, backstabbing and good-old Gung-Ho military brotherhood (and sisterhood) pepper the story throughout, and I honestly did not want to put the book down. Steve Umstead keeps you guessing until the end, and the end is not one to disappoint!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2012

    Great series

    Just finished reading all three books and then read zero point. Great story plot and characters! I was hard pressed to put it down. I can't wait to read more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 30, 2012

    After I read this book I went and bought every Steve Umstead boo

    After I read this book I went and bought every Steve Umstead book available at B&N. This guy is great. I hope to see a lot more from Steve.

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  • Posted March 25, 2011

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    A Slow Start To A Fast Finish

    Gabriel's Redemption by Steve Umstead tells the tale of a man named Evan Gabriel. Evan's past haunts him, but the opportunity arises for him to make up for what happened. He accepts a mission to a far off planet, Poliahu, to find and capture a drug lord. And what he finds upon arriving at the planet, not only surprises him, but has the potential to change all human lives dramatically.

    The Good: Gabriel's Redemption is a very well written book. The author's use of words is very easy to follow and not cluttered with too much information. I particularly like that the author uses colloquialisms more in the writing than proper grammar. This doesn't mean that the writing sounds unintelligent. Rather, you feel like a friend is relating the story to you. It's actually very pleasing to read this style of writing. And I can honestly say this is the first time I read a book that made me feel that way.

    The Bad: This is a very minor gripe, because overall, the book does a fine job of explaining details about the characters. However, the main character, Evan Gabriel, doesn't appear enough in the book, in my opinion. I feel like there is more about him and his personality that the author should reveal but never does. I understand who he is as a character, but feeling more of that within the pages (or maybe I should say locations) of the book would have been nice. Although it is completely possible that this was the author's intent, since this book is part of a trilogy and the author my further develop the character in future books.

    The Ugly: There is one thing about this book that would greatly improve it. Cut it in half and you have a great story! However, this is not the case. The book clocks in at around 66,000 words - which is a good length. However, the first half of the book is very slow. The author introduces many characters and their personalities, but I feel that it just drags. While there is a goal introduced in the beginning of the story, it takes way too long to get to that goal and introduce the next one. It is not until about halfway through the book that it really picks up and becomes interesting. I feel shortening this book would have made it better.

    Overall, I liked Gabriel's Redemption. I see great potential within the world the author has created and hope that the next book in the series improves upon some of the aspects mentioned above. If you're into trilogies, give this one a shot, because the ride is just getting started.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2011

    A well Written Enjoyable Read

    Gabriel's Redemption takes us into a highly believable glimpse of mankind's not too distant future. The story revolves around a dishonored North American Federation Naval special forces commander Evan Gabriel, called back into active duty for a special mission. He is enticed with promises of redemption for past convictions. The Story takes place in a distant galaxy on a desolate ice-covered planet. The story is well written, and the characters are brought masterfully to life by the author. You are pulled quickly into the story and the pace never let's up until the very end. The world of this future is both believable and interesting. The author took great care covering the smallest of details to make this world perfect. The plot has finely woven twists and turns to keep you on your feet. The technology portrayed through out the story is both interesting and believable. Enough for any Sci Fi junkie.

    I found this book a thoroughly enjoyable read. I could not put it down. This is a very well written Sci Fi action adventure. I highly recommend it to any age.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2014

    Lame!! I want my $$ back

    Lame

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2014

    Standard space marine fair

    This was a fairly standard space marine work. The plot and the characters were reasonable, though nothing spectacular. I would consider reading additional titlesin this series or others by this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2014

    Good read

    I enjoyed the series. Hero and players as average people. I rarely give reviews, yet this time I chose to do so because the author asked for honest feedback. Well done.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2014

    Very enjoyable anf only $3

    It's a good read i enjoyed it and will be purchasing the other 2 books i only bought the one because i wasn't sure I'd like it, but you can buy all 3 for $8 you're going to like them save a buck and just buy the set all at once

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2014

    Good story.

    Looking forward to the next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2014

    Like the two prior books of this 3 part story, the author keeps

    Like the two prior books of this 3 part story, the author keeps things moving and all 3 books will keep you up at night wanting to read more

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2014

    Good stuff

    This is a good read, representative of the genre. It is not innovative or pathbreaking in any way, but it is solid scifi.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    Entertaining

    Fast paced, great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2013

    Page turner

    I read this in tow sittings ans ordered the second book.

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  • Posted November 8, 2013

    A very nice surprise. A new writer, Steve Umstead , that can tel

    A very nice surprise. A new writer, Steve Umstead , that can tell a story. He has crafted a well, flesh out, worlds, a compelling story. ( You just can't wait to read it. I almost got in trouble because I didn't want to stop reading, but my break was over.) Only thing I fault him on is no real description of women. They all seem the same in the book. A very promising start to a new space opera. Reading #2 right now.

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