Evan Gabriel wasn't always a feared and respected North American Federation Navy Commander. Before dangerous missions to the ice-bound planet of Poliahu, the deadly jungle world of Eden, and politically corrupt Mars, he was a simple recruit, fighting to make his mark in the elite Naval Special Forces…and was part of a top-secret military experiment that would change his life forever.
Zero Point tells the tale of a young man faced with difficult choices and dangerous trials. Fans of the series will see part of the mysterious past Evan Gabriel carries with him, while listeners new to the series get a preview of what is to come in a military man's haunted life. Zero Point is the true beginning of Evan Gabriel, and his story is just getting started.
©2012 Steve Umstead (P)2013 Podium Publishing
"Umstead can write an action-packed adventure story better than most. He is an artist in designing a high-tech battlefield and weaving in the human element with his character's depth and color. If you like action in a science fiction setting then you really need to listen to this audiobook and give it a shot." (Tom Clementson, The Kindle Book Review)
"This series brings me back to the old days when sci-fi was about ass kicking, great friends, loyalty and action." (Amazon Reviewer)
Solid plot, good performance, enough to work alone but hooks you for the series. Exactly what you look for in a free short story.
"Review: Zero Point, by Steve Umstead"
*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 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.
"I love a free beginning"
Gabriel:Zero Point is a prequel novella to the Evan Gabriel Triology which can be listened to before or after the other three titles. A recruit in the elite Naval Special Forces, Evan Gabriel strives to be the head of his class and is soon chosen for a top-secret military experiment that will force him to make critical choices and a dangerous situation while coming to grips with who or what he has become.
As I have mentioned before,I'm never been a huge fan of Science Fiction and military type stories but Steve Umstead and Michael K. Rose in particular are changing my views. I hate to compare this to movies but "Zero Point" is a mixture of "Universal Solider" and "The Bourne Identity".
Umstead's writing is clear,engaging and the characters are well defined. Action within the novella is handled and described well finding a perfect balance. As with Rose's "Sullivan's War" series the technology used in "Zero Point" is realistic and described well enough that there is no doubt how they operate. Overall "Gabriel: Zero Point" was a great read that has peaked my interest in the "Evan Gabriel Trilogy".
"THE FLICKER OF THAT MEMORY"
You can't get too upset when something is free, it just cost your time. It was a good way for me to find out I don't want to continue the series. The writing is a little stilted. The characters are card board cut outs. The story is old hat. If you like Gordon Dickson, you will love this.
I hope the whole series is not read by this narrator. He reads in a very sing song way, which I found distracting.
"A big Thanks for this intriguing freebee"
Wow, i wasn't sure what to expect really but i was very pleasantly surprised with this capturing short story. Most grateful for this free and exciting introduction to this new series. Narration was fabulous by Ray Chase :))
"A Military Science Fiction - not for me."
All I can say is, "Glad it was free!"
I listened to about 1 and a half hours of it and finally gave up on it.
I was also annoyed by the narrator, Ray Chase. I just did not enjoy his narrative style.
I will not be reading the sequels.
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"An interesting introduction to the series"
A very interesting introduction. For a short story there is a lot of world building involved. I don't know if I'm interested enough to continue reading the series, but the short story was still pretty good.
Ray Chase's narration was great. He has the voice for science fiction.
I came across gabriel on my search for free audible files, and it was interesting.
i liked the sci fi theme at points it was like somehing between alien and terminator it was pretty cool and fun to hear.
gabriel i like him.he is pretty complex and i liked that a lot, the experiment such a cool thing to feature, love it.
I do think later on I will try to pick up the series.
"a surprisingly good story and it worthwhile beginn"
the performance was great the storyline was interesting and intriguing and get me going and felt like was more of a Jason Bourne in the future than anything else but it was really good.
"Kept my attention!"
Good sci-fi story. Liked the mi!itary realism mixed with futuristic space living for humans. No zombies, thank goodness! I want to read more about Gabriel!!!!
"Can't listen to it!"
The voice actor has a great voice, dont get me wrong. But he is trying to be a bit flighty with his voice. I can't really explain it but I just found it irritating. It is like he is trying to do an impression of Morgan Freeman, but not very well. The cadence is just all wrong. When he voices the characters he is very good but I just can't get past the rest.
I think that the story has a lot going for it and if i could just get past my irritation of the narator i might enjoy it.
Maybe if he didn't sound so bored/breathy? It feels that this is more of a performance than a book reading.
"Entertaining if a little predictable"
I enjoyed this - a bonus that it was free but I thought the performance was good and the story entertained me , even if it was pretty obvious what was going to happen.
I'll consider carrying on with the series.
Well read, a gripping story. Recommended read. A good basis for the series. Looking forward to the rest of them.
"So boring Nicholas Cage to star init."
Ray Chase has an amazing voice, but I find his delivery very nauseating. His attempt to be flirty with the text is understandable, but not good.
The story itself isn't for me. I was hoping something a little more exciting and witty like most of the si-fi shows I enjoy. But this was just bleh.
"Fair story spoilt by gung-ho reader"
The story has potential but the reader just loves the sound of his own voice
"loved it a good story could not put the book Down"
lovev8 it could not put the book Down until late I finished it all good
Currently using audio stories to complete long runs as in training for a marathon. this was a great length and entertaining enough to keep my mind of the road. liked the story although I think I had twigged the end way too soon. Well read with a nice tempo and gravitas.
Excellent story, keeping me on the edge of my seat all the way through. Must listen.
A great setup and introduction into a hopefully fantastic book series. A well deserved 5 stars
I got the free book as a trial for an author I hadn't heard of. Now well on the way to completing the series. I can't put it down. The author is a master of scifi suspense and military knowledge (22 years military service under my belt, so I do know a little bit) . On a level par with Jules Verne, Arthur c. Clarke, Robert A Heinlein, Isaac Asimov and Philip K Dick, if not, then certainly higher, but with modern, realistic, up to date twists and turns that will grip you till the end. Looking forward to finding more of Steve Umstead's written work's. Thank you.
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