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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

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The first book is ok. The other two are weak.

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.

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Spaghetti Western meets solid sci-fi

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.

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  • Robert
  • Airdrie, AB, Canada
  • 03-15-17

time filler

it was OK but more of a time filler while waiting for something better to be released

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A good space opera.

For the most part a good story and characters. Not great but worth listening to.

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A great sci-fi action story!

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!

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Great narrator

great narrator. very versatile and good with the different languages. good story but kind of repetitive.

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One of the best trilogies I have read to date.

It was great read. Fast paced and focused.
I was very pleased with the military terminology.

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Ok drama. Really bad science.

Narrator was good. Story flowed but science was so bad it destroyed the suspension of disbelief.

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very entertaining only a few complaints<br />

navy are not soldiers they are sailors. narrator's cantor led to occasional confusion other than that very good looking forward to more from mr umstead

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good universe, bad character execution.

I bought the three pack after I listened to zero point and I liked the universe. The first book was pretty good, but after that his story starts to unravel. Why people start to do the things they are doing starts to make less since for anything other then to drive the story on. I would have stopped after the second book if I had not already bought all three. the main character starts off as a good leader, but seems to make more mistakes as the books go on. missing things that would tip him off to danger or noticing them and for some reason not planning anything out to help him and keeping it to himself and getting his whole team in trouble.

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  • Peedy
  • 08-14-17

A quick review

A enjoyable series. Ray Chess has done a great job narrating it.
Worth a go if your between books.
Book 1. 4 stars
Book 2. 3 stars
Book 3. 5 stars

Book 2 felt rushed to me. The walk in the jungle could of been so much more!!

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  • Graham
  • 05-11-17

enjoyed fully

enjoyed the full trilogy . was not groung breaking but i would recommend to anyone who listened to similar .

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  • Steve Leyden
  • 03-08-17

well worth a listen

The plot works well and the characters are likeable. However, I think the entire trilogy could very easily have fit into one book.

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  • H Ireland
  • 01-22-17

Great Read

Thoroughly enjoyed this trilogy from start to finish. Well written and well read. Would love to read more from Steve Umstead.

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  • Louis Zaidman
  • 04-30-16

Fantastic

I really enjoyed listening to all of these stories. Wish there were more! The prequel is fantastic too!

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  • Andy
  • 02-16-16

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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  • Richard
  • 03-14-16

Look elsewhere

25 hrs I won't ever get back. The reading was the most boring ever. Probably the last book I will buy from audible

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  • Blair
  • 03-17-17

Paint by numbers story

If it wasn't a free book, I would not have purchased it. But I listened to all 3 books, so it must have some value to somebody out there

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-14-17

Keep your eyes out for Steve Umstead!

Absolutely loved it from start to finish! Performance and plot outstanding!!

Total action from start to finish. Gripping, suspense, well orchestrated and realistic Sci fi, on the edge of your pants style and unpredictable.

The lead character, Evan Gabriel, a soldier turned commander, you barrack for and stand next to, no holds barred if you were faced with any type of situation!

Ray Chase did an admirable performance as he did so with the prequel.

Once again, thanks to all who were involved in this! Extremely entertaining. This is an understatement. :)