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Gabriel's Return
     

Gabriel's Return

4.5 34
by Steve Umstead
 
GABRIEL'S RETURN
Book 2 of the Evan Gabriel Science Fiction Adventure Trilogy

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***** Voted Reviewer's Choice 2011 by The Kindle Book Review: "A Sci-Fi Rumble in the Jungle" Five Stars

Gabriel has always been haunted by his past. Now he must face his past once again.

On the far-off icebound planet of Poliahu, North American

Overview

GABRIEL'S RETURN
Book 2 of the Evan Gabriel Science Fiction Adventure Trilogy

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***** Voted Reviewer's Choice 2011 by The Kindle Book Review: "A Sci-Fi Rumble in the Jungle" Five Stars

Gabriel has always been haunted by his past. Now he must face his past once again.

On the far-off icebound planet of Poliahu, North American Federation Navy Commander Evan Gabriel suffered the loss of several team members in order to free a native species and save his brother. Now he is being called away on a new mission by a friend in trouble, and by a name from his distant past. He and his surviving team must again travel across the galaxy, this time to the world where he lost his naval command, and his original team, so many years ago: Eden.

Gabriel will face three distinct threats on Eden: the well-armed terrorist group that has been raiding Eden City, the deadly flora and fauna of the planet itself, and perhaps most ominously, his own haunting memories of his past.

Gabriel's Return continues the epic science fiction adventure trilogy with characters new and old, advanced weapons and technology, devious political intrigue on the moon and Mars, and deadly jungle combat on the unique planet of Eden.
Approximately 87,000 words

REVIEWS OF GABRIEL'S RETURN

"Loaded with more than enough hi-tech action, but Umstead finds balance and depth by presenting a more complex plot and delves much deeper into his characters... a five-star read" - Tom Clementson, The Kindle Book Review

"You feel as if you are trekking through the jungle on Eden. This series is fantastic and I highly recommend this to all." - Katie Turner, The Kindle Book Review

"The world building accomplished by the author is exceptional. The descriptions of the tactics and equipment used within the story line is spot on."

"The action in this book rocks, complete with super-cool weapons and technology. Umstead takes a complex cast and gives them each a distinct personality that makes the team dynamic just great."

Also available: Gabriel's Redemption (Book 1), Gabriel's Revenge (Book 3), Gabriel's Journey (Complete Collection)

Product Details

BN ID:
2940013099494
Publisher:
ReactionMass Media
Publication date:
08/15/2011
Series:
Evan Gabriel Trilogy , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
328,330
File size:
790 KB

Meet the Author

Steve Umstead has been the owner of a Caribbean & Mexico travel company for the past ten years, but never forgot his lifelong dream of becoming an author. After a successful stab at National Novel Writing Month, he decided to pursue his dream more vigorously…but hasn’t given up the traveling.

Steve lives in scenic (tongue-in-cheek) New Jersey with his wife, two kids, and several bookshelves full of other authors’ science fiction novels. Gabriel’s Redemption was his debut novel, published in February of 2011; Gabriel’s Return, the second in the trilogy, launched in August; the finale, Gabriel’s Revenge, book 3, hit the virtual shelves in December.

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Gabriel's Return 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Desert_Tortoise More than 1 year ago
Excellent SCI-FI adventure in my eyes, but I enjoy space drama. No synopsis on my part; read the book for your own pleasure.
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I enjoyed reading the first 2 books in this series. I bought the last book but haven't read it yet. Looking forward to finding out how everything ends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed the first two books of this trilogy and I am looking forward to the next.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this to anyone who likes military sci-fi. I enjoyed the character development, the flow of the book. I did not find anyplace where I felt that short-cuts where taken. This is the second in a trilogy. I will be looking for other books written by Umstead.
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gil7894 More than 1 year ago
Quick reading space marine series. No really imaginative elements with regards to plot, alien worlds, characters, or technology. Given the dearth of really good current science fiction, this is entertaining.
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He's really a kindhearted man, given the chance. It's just that Gabriel is rarely, if ever, given the chance. Other authors deal with the antagonisms of politics like a fancy fencing match. Mr Powers, has his main character deal with politics like a bull in a china shop. Actually since Gabriel is the leader of and elite and VERY efficient fighting unit it more like the running of the bulls and everyone best stand aside or lose an arm, a leg or some other cherished body part. Gabriel has a good heart but he is also constitutionally unable to suffer fools, traitors or tyrants. This whole series is a good read that I highly recommend.
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Great bridge to Part 3: Revenge!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Vivid and grpahically exciting. Causes the imagination to create the movie in your mind. Hoping that the ending is just as good, but this is superb.
DJC73 More than 1 year ago
his writing is up there with John Ringo with out the politics.
The_Nightguy More than 1 year ago
Imaginative, involving, and infectious. A wild nightmare ride through some of Gabriel's skeletons.....though Eden is nothing like your ordinary "closet"....and OH, does he clean house nicely!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Evan Gabriel is a heroes hero. Complicated, focused, and a good leader. Can't wait to read the next one.
robbsan More than 1 year ago
To any sci-fi reader like me,,,, go ahead and buy this trilogy! I enjoyed it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down.
LeahPetersen More than 1 year ago
Since this is a sequel to Gabriel's Redemption, I already knew Steve was a great writer with imagination and spunk and a killer grip of the tech-geeky-cool stuff that makes sci-fi like this so much fun. There was no let-down with Gabriel's Return. In fact, it's better in my opinion. Wow, did he deliver pace, plot, and intrigue. One of the best parts is that Return takes us back, not only physically to the planet that started Gabriel's fall into disgrace and haunting nightmares, but it brings it to an exciting and very satisfying resolution of that life-changing event in his life. (At least until the bad guys raise the stakes just in time for the final book.) The action in this book rocks, complete with super-cool weapons and technology. (I want a set of neuretics, please.) Steve takes a complex cast and gives them each a distinct personality that makes the team dynamic just great. It propels you right along with them, and you feel it with the team when something happens to one of their own. And even the bad guys are likable in their twisted ways. I'm being purposely vague; I hate spoilers. (Sometimes I won't even read the back cover copy, just in case it gives away more than I want to know.) But trust me when I say, this one pays off in a big way. You'll love it.
Kardaen More than 1 year ago
Do you like Science Fiction? If you do, you will love the new series by Steve Umstead. I read a review comparing Evan Gabriel with Snake Plissken and it is on the mark. Think Snake Plissken on Mars, subtract the cheese, add a dollop of interstellar intrigue and pulse rifles and you have the world of Commander Evan Gabriel. I met Steve on twitter about a year ago and he was still working on his first release, Gabriel's Redemption, and I immediately liked him. When his book was published I bought it knowing full-well that it was self-published and wanted to throw him a bone, but it was extremely well-crafted, WITHOUT a lot of the pitfalls you hear about in the DIY format. But that wasn't all, the story moved fast and even though the protagonist is a grim man, it captured my attention from the word go. I absolutely love his "Neuretics", they are one of the cooler concepts I've read in quite awhile. Frankly, I'd love to steal this concept for my novel. His near future world is extremely believable and his projected technology works like a charm. Neuretics are a form of integrated brain-slash-nervous system-slash-secure internet-slash-radio tech that thoroughly rocks my world! In Gabriel's Return we find Commander Evan Gabriel in a happier place, and with a love interest. I have to say the new life suits him well, even if he's not entirely comfortable with it. The second book is so often a letdown, but in this case it is an upgrade to the original. Steve is getting better as a writer and it shows. This Clancyesque story line takes us across the galaxy, but the stakes are more personal and more meaningful, ultimately creating a much more satisfying story. I honestly can't wait for the third book! There is a great deal of discussion on the interwebs about traditional publishing vs. self-publishing and I for one haven't decided which way I'm going to go, but Mr. Umstead is showing us how it's done on the self-publishing side. These books do not have typos or grammatical issues or discontinuities. He has done his research and obviously has a very good editor. I think Steve could go traditional with this series and I haven't asked him why he didn't, but I can tell you he is pumping them out very quickly now -- all three in this trilogy within the same calendar year. I'm guessing that has something to do with it. Stop by #pubwrite on twitter and say hello to the mayor, Steve Umstead himself. I put my money where my mouth is, and it was well-spent. Well done, sir!
hamsammich More than 1 year ago
In short, Steve Umstead hits it out of the park yet again! I am a huge fan of well-written science fiction, and the Evan Gabriel series hasn't disappointed. This second book continues the saga of Evan Gabriel, Lieutenant Commander in the North American Federation Navy during the period 2176. Gabriel is a special forces officer leading his team of elite commandos to unknown dangers on far-off planets and they have to endure their fair share of political wrangling, angry bad guys and unknown hazards around every corner. Both books start quickly and lead up to the meat of the plot without lollygagging. You'll be kept guessing along the way, but there's never a break in the action and adventure. This is no hokey, cookie-cutter book, but is layered with dimension and feeling unlike quite a few other sci-fi titles out there. Definitely a "must-read!"
BCYoung More than 1 year ago
As with all of my reviews, I'm not going to talk about the plot here. That's for you to enjoy when you curl up with your Kindle (or other eReader) and a cup of tea or coffee. But I will bring out a number of things about the book I enjoyed. Gabriel's Return starts off fast, forcing you to dive into the story. I really appreciated this. As you might recall, my major complaint with Gabriel's Redemption was that it took a long time, nearly half the book, before I felt like the pace of the story was moving at full steam. Gabriel's Return is nothing like that. Hats off to the author, too, for making the planet of Eden so believable. As the characters traverse the planet, it feels alive and real. It's definitely the most enjoyable part of the entire book, and in some ways, I wish the author would have expanded on the planet. I mean that in a positive way. That's a sign of a believable story and world: When the reader can't get enough and wants to know more. Umstead does a fantastic job of this. Overall, I really liked Gabriel's Return and I have to say I'm looking forward to the next story (which this book sets up nicely). If you haven't read the first book, don't fret. I think you can get along just fine with this one. But don't let that statement stop you. Both books are good and worthy of your time for recreation. Pros + +Story picks up in the first pages, getting you right into the action +Very believable planet of Eden +Fantastic twist near the end of the story (I didn't see it coming!) Cons - -The second quarter of the story is a little slow, but picks up again halfway through -It might be me, but the politics stuff was a little confusing. Without telling you why (don't want to ruin the story), I `ll just say I had trouble making sense of it -Evan Gabriel, the main character. I feel distant from him. Knowing more about him through the narrative would be nice