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Gabriel: Zero Point: The FREE Prequel Novella: Evan Gabriel Trilogy | [Steve Umstead]

Gabriel: Zero Point: The FREE Prequel Novella: Evan Gabriel Trilogy

Evan Gabriel wasn't always a feared and respected North American Federation Navy Commander. Before dangerous missions to the ice-bound planet of Poliahu, the deadly jungle world of Eden, and politically corrupt Mars, he was a simple recruit, fighting to make his mark in the elite Naval Special Forces…and was part of a top-secret military experiment that would change his life forever. Zero Point tells the tale of a young man faced with difficult choices and dangerous trials.
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Publisher's Summary

Evan Gabriel wasn't always a feared and respected North American Federation Navy Commander. Before dangerous missions to the ice-bound planet of Poliahu, the deadly jungle world of Eden, and politically corrupt Mars, he was a simple recruit, fighting to make his mark in the elite Naval Special Forces…and was part of a top-secret military experiment that would change his life forever.

Zero Point tells the tale of a young man faced with difficult choices and dangerous trials. Fans of the series will see part of the mysterious past Evan Gabriel carries with him, while listeners new to the series get a preview of what is to come in a military man's haunted life. Zero Point is the true beginning of Evan Gabriel, and his story is just getting started.

©2012 Steve Umstead (P)2013 Podium Publishing

What the Critics Say

"Umstead can write an action-packed adventure story better than most. He is an artist in designing a high-tech battlefield and weaving in the human element with his character's depth and color. If you like action in a science fiction setting then you really need to listen to this audiobook and give it a shot." (Tom Clementson, The Kindle Book Review)

"This series brings me back to the old days when sci-fi was about ass kicking, great friends, loyalty and action." (Amazon Reviewer)

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    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 12-30-13
    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 12-30-13 Member Since 2009

    Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books

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    "A big Thanks for this intriguing freebee"
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    Wow, i wasn't sure what to expect really but i was very pleasantly surprised with this capturing short story. Most grateful for this free and exciting introduction to this new series. Narration was fabulous by Ray Chase :))

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Zimmermann 01-01-14
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    "Review: Zero Point, by Steve Umstead"

    *Please note that I haven’t read the rest of this trilogy, so I went into this novella with a blank slate. The description mentions this could be read before or after reading the other. I’m sure my reaction would be a little different had I read it after the other books.*

    Gabriel: Zero Point was a pretty good novella. There isn’t that much to it in terms of building the futuristic world that it’s set in, but it does a great job of setting up Gabriel, the main character. Being that he is the main character of the trilogy that follows this novella, I think getting the story of where he started is probably better than getting the grander world view. The novels have more room for that. Still, this is only, for the most part, a small glimpse into what is to come and I felt like maybe just a little more info would have made it that much more enjoyable for me.

    Overall, it’s filled with action, there aren’t any lulls to the story, and it’s gotten me interested in the other books. I think Umstead has much in store for me, once I start the trilogy. I’m looking forward to it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 05-29-14
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 05-29-14 Member Since 2010

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "THE FLICKER OF THAT MEMORY"

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    You can't get too upset when something is free, it just cost your time. It was a good way for me to find out I don't want to continue the series. The writing is a little stilted. The characters are card board cut outs. The story is old hat. If you like Gordon Dickson, you will love this.

    I hope the whole series is not read by this narrator. He reads in a very sing song way, which I found distracting.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 12-31-13

    Davey B

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    "A dramatic "get in your head" story"
    What about Ray Chase’s performance did you like?

    I like Ray Chase, but his voice seemed a little "gentle" for this particular story. I would have preferred someone with a more gruff tone.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the story line, I did find it a little predictable but it was so well written I really didn't care. The development of the characters was terrific and found myself drawn into the scene at every turn despite it's predictability. I had to hear it anyway. If this was made free in order to draw readers into purchasing the rest of the series, it worked!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 01-01-14
    Lia Sutton, Australia 01-01-14 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "I love a free beginning"

    Gabriel:Zero Point is a prequel novella to the Evan Gabriel Triology which can be listened to before or after the other three titles. A recruit in the elite Naval Special Forces, Evan Gabriel strives to be the head of his class and is soon chosen for a top-secret military experiment that will force him to make critical choices and a dangerous situation while coming to grips with who or what he has become.

    As I have mentioned before,I'm never been a huge fan of Science Fiction and military type stories but Steve Umstead and Michael K. Rose in particular are changing my views. I hate to compare this to movies but "Zero Point" is a mixture of "Universal Solider" and "The Bourne Identity".

    Umstead's writing is clear,engaging and the characters are well defined. Action within the novella is handled and described well finding a perfect balance. As with Rose's "Sullivan's War" series the technology used in "Zero Point" is realistic and described well enough that there is no doubt how they operate. Overall "Gabriel: Zero Point" was a great read that has peaked my interest in the "Evan Gabriel Trilogy".

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    ozgribbo Australia 05-26-14
    ozgribbo Australia 05-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Competent but not inspiring."

    It was a reasonable read, but nothing I haven't seen/heard of lots of times before. (See the "Boosted man" series by Tully Zetford). I wouldn't buy any more in the series unless they were more inspiring than this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Colin Detroit 02-14-14
    Colin Detroit 02-14-14 Member Since 2009

    Thanks Audible for your continued support of "This Week in Tech" over at TWiT.tv

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    "It was free thats great, got me started on series"

    what else can I say it was free and probably will always be free so just download it and give it a try.

    If its not free then thats strange cuz its in the title but anyways this was a great short story that gets you started in the series and I really liked it

    The narrator isnt the best it takes a while to get used to him but he does talk strange sorta like talking to a child or something for some reason after I finished the whole series I was just not used to it

    The story is nice it does a good job at setting you up in the world but not the story that comes in the next 3 books so read the reviews of that to see what they are about but if you like this then you will like the next 3 books

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Ham 11-24-14
    Steve Ham 11-24-14
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    "Pretty good, but "over acting" characters"
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    This book was my introduction to the series. It is good and well narrated. But there are some unbelievable points even taking the context into account. And the characters, if this was a movie, would be described as "over acting".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Craig Edward Given Atlanta, GA 10-21-14
    Craig Edward Given Atlanta, GA 10-21-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Cliche Super Soldier"
    What disappointed you about Gabriel: Zero Point: The FREE Prequel Novella?

    A cliched super soldier stereotype. It's decent writing with a slight slant to unnecessarily detailed descriptions that slows the story. Without a unique twist or sufficient character development to transcend the formulaic plot, this sample lacked any temptation to pursue the remainder of the story.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Steve Umstead again?

    I might. It's not horrible writing, just not compelling.


    What about Ray Chase’s performance did you like?

    A good voice and vocal range. His pacing suited the protagonist and genre well.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 10-07-14
    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 10-07-14 Member Since 2009

    I'm a web developer based out of Sacramento, I listen to books while I work, and love audible.

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    "Mediocre"
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    It was not the worst thing I've read and was entertaining at points. But was not stellar either.

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    "Can't listen to it!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The voice actor has a great voice, dont get me wrong. But he is trying to be a bit flighty with his voice. I can't really explain it but I just found it irritating. It is like he is trying to do an impression of Morgan Freeman, but not very well. The cadence is just all wrong. When he voices the characters he is very good but I just can't get past the rest.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I think that the story has a lot going for it and if i could just get past my irritation of the narator i might enjoy it.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Maybe if he didn't sound so bored/breathy? It feels that this is more of a performance than a book reading.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Salter
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    12/1/14
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable...."
    Where does Gabriel: Zero Point: The FREE Prequel Novella rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    For a short story, it is well worth a listen. Will certainly listen to others in the series


    What about Ray Chase’s performance did you like?

    Well read. Chase portrayed the characters effectively.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • paul
    7/26/14
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    "Zero points for Gabriel"
    What did you like best about Gabriel: Zero Point: The FREE Prequel Novella? What did you like least?

    The best that I can say, is that it's an ok story


    What was most disappointing about Steve Umstead’s story?

    It's one Sci fi cliche after another. I honestly don't think that there is one original idea in the whole thing.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Ray Chase?

    Although I didn't mind the narrator, I don't think that he added anything to the story. A pretty flat reading if I'm honest. So no probably not.


    Do you think Gabriel: Zero Point: The FREE Prequel Novella needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I am sure that someone just starting to read Sci fi might find this to be a good book and on that basis yes.Unfortunately, anyone who has read these kinds of stories previously must see hoe derivative this one is.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this, hoping to find a book for the future. I really like the idea of free books and chapters to hook readers for up coming writers etc. Unfortunately, not this time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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