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Gabriel's Return Paperback – January 2, 2012
About the Author
Steve lives in scenic (tongue-in-cheek) New Jersey with his wife, two kids, and several bookshelves full of other authors' science fiction novels. More information is at SteveUmstead.com, and you can always find him on Twitter (@SteveUmstead).
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I do recommend this book and series to anybody looking for an engrossing read, with the time available to be hooked into a book they can't put down.
To Steve Umstead, hurry up with the third book, I don't like waiting for an expected good read.
When I finished the book I immediately looked for book three of the trilogy hoping it would be available. I really wanted to continue the story from right where it left off adding a few more days to my reading. It was at the 67% mark in the book that I never wanted to put it down. The first part of the book is engrossing and draws you into the story as if you are a member of the team. The last portion of the book keeps you on the edge of your seat longing for more and not disappointing.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who has or dreams of having some sort of military background and would like to see the inner thoughts of a working team. However, it is just as good of a read without the military background as the author does an outstanding job bringing the reader along for the ride through the worlds as they may become.
I met Steve on twitter about a year ago and he was still working on his first release, Gabriel's Redemption, and I immediately liked him. When his book was published I bought it knowing full-well that it was self-published and wanted to throw him a bone, but it was extremely well-crafted, WITHOUT a lot of the pitfalls you hear about in the DIY format. But that wasn't all, the story moved fast and even though the protagonist is a grim man, it captured my attention from the word go. I absolutely love his "Neuretics", they are one of the cooler concepts I've read in quite awhile. Frankly, I'd love to steal this concept for my novel. His near future world is extremely believable and his projected technology works like a charm. Neuretics are a form of integrated brain-slash-nervous system-slash-secure internet-slash-radio tech that thoroughly rocks my world! In Gabriel's Return we find Commander Evan Gabriel in a happier place, and with a love interest. I have to say the new life suits him well, even if he's not entirely comfortable with it. The second book is so often a letdown, but in this case it is an upgrade to the original. Steve is getting better as a writer and it shows. This Clancyesque story line takes us across the galaxy, but the stakes are more personal and more meaningful, ultimately creating a much more satisfying story. I honestly can't wait for the third book!
There is a great deal of discussion on the interwebs about traditional publishing vs. self-publishing and I for one haven't decided which way I'm going to go, but Mr. Umstead is showing us how it's done on the self-publishing side. These books do not have typos or grammatical issues or discontinuities. He has done his research and obviously has a very good editor. I think Steve could go traditional with this series and I haven't asked him why he didn't, but I can tell you he is pumping them out very quickly now -- all three in this trilogy within the same calendar year. I'm guessing that has something to do with it.
Stop by #pubwrite on twitter and say hello to the mayor, Steve Umstead himself. I put my money where my mouth is, and it was well-spent.
Well done, sir!
This installment follows Gabriel doing routine duty on Mars when one of the Governor's requests his team to accept a mission to Eden. The planet was given the name because it looks like Eden, perfect, but this planet is anything but! The Governor's son is kidnapped by a community of Rebels and a whole team of students is taken hostage. Gabriel ready's his team to embark on a mission that isn't official. They board their ship and meet with 2 new team members. Gabriel is apprehensive about receiving new members, especially after the last mission.
While the team are traveling and preparing for the mission, ulterior motives are being planned and undertaken. Mars is going under some changes within the Government.
Gabriel acquaints himself with the team and memories of his past mission to Eden come back to haunt him. Eden is full of scary and strange flora and fauna; nobody really understands what is ahead of them. Arriving seems quite normal and they are getting ready to set out when an explosion erupts. This is the first of many challenges the team has to face along the way to find the hostages and bring them back alive. The Rebels have some horrific ideas of how to slow down Gabriel's team along the trek. Who will have the courage to continue through the unknown jungle to the Rebels before dark?
The way Steve presents the written images and details is so vivid you feel as if you are trekking through the jungle on Eden. His easy flowing way of writing is awesome and I became addicted easily and needed to find out what Gabriel's next problem was. This series is fantastic and I highly recommend this to all. ~ Katie Turner (The Kindle Book Review)