Book One of the Evan Gabriel Trilogy
***** "...the military fiction of Tom Clancy, the hardware of Heinlein's Starship Troopers, and the intrigue of Dan Brown."
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.
Also available: Gabriel's Return (Book 2), Gabriel's Revenge (Book 3), Gabriel's Journey (complete collection) Approximately 66,000 words.
* Second Round Qualifier in the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest!
"A cast of interesting and believable characters and a plot that kept me turning the pages, wondering what was going to happen next. I also enjoyed the author's take on technology and the political landscape of the future. Definitely recommended!" - Michael R. Hicks, bestselling author of the In Her Name science fiction-adventure series and the bestselling thriller Season of the Harvest.
"Character-rich story, non-stop adventure (think Jason Bourne travels the stars). Completely immersive read." - R.B. Wood, author of the urban fantasy The Prodigal's Foole
"The author weaves a futuristic action-adventure story full of twists and turns...rich in detail and full of advanced technology." - Debra Martin, author of the fantasy series Rule of Otharia
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT GABRIEL'S REDEMPTION
~ "If John Scalzi and Tom Clancy got combined in a transporter accident a la The Fly....and I mean that in a good way."
~ "This series brings me back to the old days when Sci-Fi was about ass kicking, great friends, loyalty and action."
~ "If you enjoy a good dose of military hardware in your SF, well, wait'll you get a load of this book."
~ "Umstead has a way of putting you right into the scene, whether it be on a Jamaican beach, a rundown apartment or the icy surface of a distant planet."
~ "The detail of the world-building pulled me in and made everything utterly believable."
~ "Well-thought-out universe with a tightly woven history, timeline, and culture."
~ "The author's imagination is amazing...he has knowledge of combat tactics, both with squads and hand-to-hand."
~ "Umstead's writing is solid, as good as it gets, not only in the genre, but in general."
A really good military scifi read
I like science fiction and fantasy quite a bit, but have never read much military scifi aside from Halo novels (no groans, please). So when I saw this, the cover drew me in and the story did the rest.
Solid writing, great amount of technical details that don't bog the story down in any way, which is good. Gabriel seems like an interesting character, and there was a couple of plot twists I didn't see coming.
4/5 stars, recommended for anyone who likes space opera and military type scifi fiction.
Not for me
This book isn't for me. It just doesn't keep me engaged. I want to like it, but the story loses me at every turn. It has cliched villains, the betrayed, tormented hero and what appears to be a team of misfits who will band together to find redemption and hope. Not all that original. It has some highlights, but not enough to keep me reading. I would try something else by the author, but I'm going to wait a while to do so. Hopefully the next series is more entertaining.
This is a book worth it's price; well plotted and well written. It is a good read with excellent pacing. I look forward to reading the next book in the series!