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Publisher's Summary

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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By Luke R. on 12-08-15

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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By Garth on 07-22-15

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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By Peedy on 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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By Graham on 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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By Blair on 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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By Amazon Customer on 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. :)

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