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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 ...
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 to the planet where he lost his naval command, and his original team, so many years ago: Eden.
Evan Gabriel must face three distinct threats on Eden: the well-armed terrorist group that has been raiding Eden City, the dangerous planet itself, and his own haunting memories of his past.
Gabriel's Return continues the epic science fiction/adventure trilogy with characters new and old, devious political intrigue on the moon and Mars, and deadly jungle combat on Eden.
Posted November 14, 2013
No let down here. I really enjoy the first one in this series. The second one is even better. This time we go back to Eden where the first time, Evan had one of his worst defeats. You learn what happen and how it effects this mission. Can't wait to read the third book. (I am already on it.) Check out his list of books right away. He had a freebie for Evan Gabriel fans.
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Posted December 16, 2013
I have read books1 and 2 and found them exciting. This is my first time reading SciFi. I discontinued my TV service and picked reading. Boy oh boy, I hit the jackpot with this series. Thank you Steve Umstead for writing a book a 60 year old woman can enjoy. This series would make an excellent triology for the movies.
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Posted July 24, 2013
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 11, 2013
Not just for SciFi fans.
In regards to low reviews from uber nerds, what this book lacks is what makes it fun to read. There is no incessant explaining to do about
hundreds of different creatures, worlds, races, technology or factions. I think this series has the correct amount to appeal to a larger audience,
while remaining fun and interesting to read to all but the most elite uber nerd. It's a bargain, give it a shot.
Posted July 3, 2013
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 18, 2013
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 24, 2013
Posted April 16, 2013
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted May 7, 2012
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted October 17, 2011
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.
Posted October 13, 2011
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!
Posted October 10, 2011
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!"
Posted October 7, 2011
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 niceWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 4, 2011
Action without purpose isn't worth much in my mind. Sure, it's flashy and interesting to watch or read about, but it's a lot like eating candy; it tastes good, but it still leaves you needing more. Steve Umstead does a great job in his latest book, Gabriel's Return, paring action with purpose. In this follow up to Umstead's Gabriel's Redemption we watch Lieutenant Commander Evan Gabriel return to the site of his disgrace from five years earlier. Still haunted by nightmares of the world called Eden (which is anything but what its namesake implies) he must lead his squad of elite soldiers on a mission to rescue hostages from the same terrorists that had killed his entire squad the last time he had stepped foot on the planet.
I enjoyed Gabriel's redemption when I read it earlier this year, so getting a chance to read and review Gabriel's Return was more than welcome. The novel is written every bit as well as the first in the series and I found myself finishing it almost as soon as I started it. The book flows and draws the reader along, moving from event to a event with an ease that more authors, myself included, should strive to duplicate. The action scenes are quick and realistic, not overly filled with gore but conveying the violence that is inherent in combat. You root for the heroes and hate the villains, but the world is never so simple as black the white of most action movies. Political intrigue and betrayal that spans star systems, clouds everything and keeps the reader guessing at what is going on right until the end of the book. Where the first book tied everything up in a nice little package by the end, this book leaves us hanging with a cliffhanger of substantial proportion and all I can say is, "Steve, buddy, get to work on the next book! I can't take the suspense!"