*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..Show More » 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.
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 ..Show More »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.