Gabriel's Revenge: Steve Umstead

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GABRIEL'S REVENGE
Book 3 of the Evan Gabriel Trilogy

A missile has no conscience. It is an inanimate steel object: cold, emotionless. But once ignited, it burns white hot inside, and cannot be shut off. Fired in combat, it has but one objective: the total destruction of its intended target. And it will only stop when its objective has been achieved, or it runs out of fuel.

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Overview

GABRIEL'S REVENGE
Book 3 of the Evan Gabriel Trilogy

A missile has no conscience. It is an inanimate steel object: cold, emotionless. But once ignited, it burns white hot inside, and cannot be shut off. Fired in combat, it has but one objective: the total destruction of its intended target. And it will only stop when its objective has been achieved, or it runs out of fuel.

Not all missiles are made of steel.

North American Federation Navy Commander Evan Gabriel thought it was over. Returning from a mission on the far-off world of Eden, he finds that Mars is in a state of political upheaval. Two major dome cities are now under the control of ambitious and ruthless men backed by the scheming South American Republic. Friends are in trouble, Renay Gesselli is missing, and the future of a world is in flux while rival governments bicker behind closed doors.

From the ice-bound planet of Poliahu, to the dangerous jungle world of Eden, and back to his adopted home of Mars, Evan Gabriel has witnessed death follow him. Now, he's turning the tables, and no force would stand in his way.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781468157451
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/2012
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.65 (d)

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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  • Posted August 10, 2012

    A masterful ending to this trilogy

    Right away, I will confess that I loved the first two installments of this story. Now, with this third novel of the Evan Gabriel trilogy, author Steve Umstead closes his masterful science fiction epic. Or maybe "odyssey" would be a better word, since we finally get to see the culmination of a journey through the protagonist's personal hells as well as through political and military machinations.

    Picking up where Gabriel's Return left off, Gabriel's Revenge again sets Commander Gabriel in the midst of intrigue that is the product of interstellar power plays and personal vendettas. Set primarily in and around Mars, Umstead delivers, once more, an immensely satisfying scifi world that demonstrates a rich blend of research and imagination. From the strategic posturing of political powers, to intense firefights on the surface of the Red Planet, Revenge delivers a lot.

    This trilogy is definitely a triumph of scifi world making. The action remains fast paced and enthralling. Having read the first two books in the trilogy, I found myself, at certain key points in the story, thinking such thoughts as "I'm pretty sure the Otero suits can survive that." Why does that matter? It's evidence that Umstead has created a solid science fiction world, with rules that the reader has come to understand and rely upon. This has made the reading experience more real, and more intense when Gabriel and his team are thrown into the thick of combat. This is another strength that once more plays out in Gabriel's Revenge: there is layer upon layer of intrigue, personal and political, that drives the story forward, but the military action keeps the story moving at an exciting pace.

    If there is a flaw, it's that there is almost too much resolution at the end. This is a completely subjective observation, but the hallmark of the Gabriel trilogy is the grittiness, and I would have expected more of a lingering tone of the aftershocks of the conclusion of this epic story. But considering the ambitious scope covered by these three novels, I can easily look past this. This book, and the series as a whole, deserves the attention of any lover of science fiction.

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  • Posted March 29, 2012

    excellent read! This trilogy ranks up there, I've been a sci-f

    excellent read! This trilogy ranks up there, I've been a sci-fi reader for 40 years and truly enjoyed this..

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