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

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

by Steve Umstead


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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781460901328
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/06/2011
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.58(d)

Customer Reviews

Gabriel's Redemption 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
debralmartin More than 1 year ago
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.
BayouBoy More than 1 year ago
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!
RBWood More than 1 year ago
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.
Pavarti More than 1 year ago
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
hamsammich More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
JerGis More than 1 year ago
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.
ToddRM More than 1 year ago
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!
Lostbowyer More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Straighforward entertainment. I read to relax and get away and this book delivers a good story and a lead character without so much baggage.
JEagle More than 1 year ago
I've read all three books of the Gabriel's series and enjoyed each one. Albeit the books do not go heavy into details on the technical aspects of the time period, dives deep into the characters. They were a good, easy and enjoyable read. I would definitely read other books by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story line and characters. Looking forward to the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good quick read
Desert_Tortoise More than 1 year ago
This SCI-FI adventure was excellent in my eyes. I didn't want to put it down. No synopsis on my part; read the book for your own pleasure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Needs a follow through. Perhaps the baby can grow up and resume the challenge of saving the universe.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr. Umstead tells a good story. A great mix of science fiction with realistic military action. Also an honest reminder that not everyone comes back and those who do are not the same people who left.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
Looking forward to book two.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
This is a good read, representative of the genre. It is not innovative or pathbreaking in any way, but it is solid scifi.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced, great read.