Books 1-3 of the Evan Gabriel trilogy. Follow North American Federation Navy Commander Evan Gabriel as he crosses the galaxy searching for redemption, returns to where it all began, then finally seeks revenge on those responsible. Military science-fiction adventure at its best.
©2011 Steve Umstead (P)2015 Podium Publishing
Attorney who enjoys collecting, reading and listening to a variety of books. I'm proud of my growing collection of leather bound classics.
After listening to Zero Point, a prequel to the Evan Gabriel Trilogy I knew that I would listen to the entire series. The Omnibus is a great way to get all three books in one package! Ray Chase is a great narrator and does an excellent job with this series. very entertaining!
The first book had a couple of plot twists that made the book. Unfortunately the lack of character development made for a long series. The main character was supposed to be this awesome guy who just can't catch a break. Yet everything goes easy for him and his crew and when it does not a piece of tech that he did not know about magically shows up to help him take over control of the "bad guys" brains and body's.
Throght the story the protagonist has it out for him yet is scarred of him. The reasons are a joke and make no sense because they continue put him in the exact situation they do not want. Even to the point of bringing him out of retirement from the army. He of course keeps breaking up all there evil plans yet they keep taking steps so he will be against them. It reminds me of Austin Powers when the son says "let's just shoot him, I have a gun we can do it together ". Of course they have to make an elaborate trap that puts him in the best possible position.
This does not even get into all the other characters. Good or bad there was no development. I had to rewind a few times just to even remember who died and I couldn't care less who got killed and who did not. The closest it came was for one character to mention that he used to be a fun practical joker before. Wow, super endearing.
Plot was weak, characters were no more than names on a page. Quite a let down.
The story is cliché and cheesy and all of those things that you love about a spaghetti western set in space. Yes the good guys win, yes the bad guys are just greedy and evil and have no real justification behind their motives, and yes the good guys come up with some unbelievable luck.
But it is entertaining and that's what these kind of stories are all about.
There are also some very solid sci-fi aspects of the series that I enjoyed.
These books have lots of great ideas and story arcs, but the writing was clumsy enough to draw attention away from what was going on. Toward the end I kept waiting for it to be done just for the closure.
Not really? It's hard to find any actual flaws with the writing when it's difficult to remember anything beyond the most basic aspects of the plot.
Something with more substance ideally. Very unlikely that I will pick up anything by Steve Umstead in the future. Assuming that he writes more.
Ray Chase is probably the only reason that I finished this title. His performance is as good as it usually is.
Not in the slightest. "The Evan Gabriel" series is bland to the point that I had to go back several chapters to remember what I was supposed to be caring about in the story each time I picked it back up.
The writing was mediocre at best. Maybe I'm just not a fan of Umstead's "style" if you can even call it that. What made it even worse was the awful narration by Ray Chase. I've never returned an audiobook on here before but I plan to with this one. Luckily I used a credit instead of paying. I just hope they will honor me with another credit upon return.
Bad author, worse narrator = SKIP THIS ONE!
It took me a long time to get through this audio book because the narrator makes all the characters sound like they're high. The story is good but the narration really tanks it.
Thoroughly enjoyed this trilogy from start to finish. Well written and well read. Would love to read more from Steve Umstead.
I really enjoyed listening to all of these stories. Wish there were more! The prequel is fantastic too!
25 hrs I won't ever get back. The reading was the most boring ever. Probably the last book I will buy from audible
"Great from start to finish"
All three books are great, they tie into each other very well unlike others I've read/ listened too. Shame to end really
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