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Gabriel's Journey: Complete Evan Gabriel Trilogy Paperback – February 26, 2012
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Steve Umstead, please write more!
Often today Sci-Fi and Fantasy presents our heroes with challenges so huge and insurmountable that 10 books later you just want it to be over. Sometimes it feels like authors are afraid too make the hero seem to powerful, so instead she ends up being the underdog, barely scraping by and winning every battle through luck or by a hair. Maybe it's a way to sell more books...
Not Steve Umstead, he found the perfect balance of giving our hero and his team the power to kick ass and chew bubble gum, all the while making you shiver with excitement during each battle, yet with the perfect balance of setbacks to make things interesting and keep you from putting the kindle down.
And with each book, you get sucked deeper into the world of Evan Gabriel. I personally finished the whole thing in 5-6 sittings.
The masterfully crafted world introduced in the trilogy, neatly joins sci-fi and cyberpunk, being set in a period somewhere in-between the two, and for anyone who enjoys either, this will be treat. No doubt this universe holds a great many more stories, and can no doubt stand on it's own.
Anything to pick on, you ask?
I suppose that if there was a criticism of any sort, it would be for anyone who dislikes the strong military focus. The books are all military all the way, but without being too rigid... I thought back to the glory days of Jack O'Neill's team in Stargate SG-1 and how they often nicely balanced military discipline with the occasional need to do what needed to be done, orders be damned.
And on a more specific note, would be that I felt the epilogue to Gabriel's Revenge may have been a little bit too cringe-worthy, and somewhat out of character with the rest of the series.
All in all, if you like Sci-fi or cyberpunk, and want to immerse yourself in an journey unlike any other, get the Gabriel books (I recommend the trilogy, you won't be able to resist getting all the books anyway!).
Now I'm just sad it's over and eagerly await many more stories from this awesome new author!
* When I say the old days I refer to some of the very early and awesome Star Wars books, like the Heir to the Empire (Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy, Vol. 1) trilogy and the Star Wars: Jedi Trilogy Boxed Set (Star Wars: Jedi Academy Trilogy) trilogy, before it became all young jedi and infinite numbers of X-Wing Rogue Squadron books.
I read and purchased each book separately, but if I were to do this over, I'd buy the whole trilogy in the 'Gabriel's Journey' form. You'll not want to stop and go buy the next installment! In the Kindle format, there were no memorable formatting errors, misspellings, etc. very nice!
Without reservation, go buy and read this mil-Sci-Fi series. I believe you will not be disappointed and will seriously enjoy the story.
I hope Steve continues with Sci-Fi.. He does it VERY well.
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