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Gabriel: Zero Point: The FREE Prequel Novella Audiobook

Gabriel: Zero Point: The FREE Prequel Novella: Evan Gabriel Trilogy

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    UsefulThings 17/02/2015
    UsefulThings 17/02/2015
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 27/01/2015 Member Since 2013

    A Blind wheelchair user with a taste for sci-fi and fantasy

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    "thrilling"

    Well read, a gripping story. Recommended read. A good basis for the series. Looking forward to the rest of them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer UK 11/02/2014
    Amazon Customer UK 11/02/2014
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    "Can't listen to it!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    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.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Maybe if he didn't sound so bored/breathy? It feels that this is more of a performance than a book reading.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10/03/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "A Goodread"

    Quite enjoyed listening to the book would listen to it again and would recommend it to everyone who's in to science fiction

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Culwen 16/01/2017
    Culwen 16/01/2017 Member Since 2014

    A social butterfly in the LGBT community of London. Always seeking culture and fitness. Listening to books is just so much easier!

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    "Had a promising start but ended with indifference."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The initial set out was interesting and suspenseful once he got to the out of the lab but it soon became quite on obvious cliche. The battles afterwards become a repetitive engagement so I lost concentration near the end. As well as the preview.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Lost concentration. It's hard to dscribe an engaging scene when the protagonist has such high systems in his control. Neurotics this, neurotics that.


    What aspect of Ray Chase’s performance might you have changed?

    He has a habit of twinging his narration at the end of each sentence. Narration can be a bit more varied and less monotone and predictable.


    Do you think Gabriel: Zero Point: The FREE Prequel Novella needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It should and it has. What Zero point is, is a prologue.


    Any additional comments?

    There is some parts of this book that I liked but from the the reaction of my attention span near the end, I feel like I would not continue to listen the follow-up series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tim 17/11/2016
    Tim 17/11/2016
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    "Sounds Brilliant So Far"

    Loving it, can't wait until I can sit down in a nice comfy chair and finish !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sawah_haych 03/11/2016
    sawah_haych 03/11/2016
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    "Bland"

    Its just a very generic shade of beige. There's nothing particularly wrong with the story but Nothing jumps out to pull you in t the nose. The main character is as gray as they come. Very little personality and very high degree of seemingly natural talent at his chosen profession. There's no struggle and minimal conflict.

    It may very well be an interesting addition to a trilogy but comeing in fresh. This did not make me want to read any of the other books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 25/10/2016

    Hello I started with audio books to make long journeys more enjoyable.

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    "Not my kind of thing"

    This was a SF shoot em up, probably very good if you like that kind of thing.
    I've become semi-accustomed to US pronunciation, but even over there the plural of vortex is vortices.
    Retreating rapidly back to my comfort zone...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kamal 14/10/2016
    Kamal 14/10/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Phillistein Margate, Kent United Kingdom 03/09/2016
    Phillistein Margate, Kent United Kingdom 03/09/2016

    eager reader

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    "Fair story spoilt by gung-ho reader"

    The story has potential but the reader just loves the sound of his own voice

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
    Springfield, MO, United States
    29/05/14
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    "THE FLICKER OF THAT MEMORY"

    FLICKERED
    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.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Robert Zimmermann
    Summit, NY
    01/01/14
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    "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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Lia
    Sutton, Australia
    01/01/14
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    "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".

    13 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • karen
    Christchurch, New Zealand
    30/12/13
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    "A big Thanks for this intriguing freebee"
    Any additional comments?

    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 :))

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Cheryl
    Douglasville, GA, United States
    28/07/14
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    "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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Erika
    14/03/17
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    "Great!"

    This is the second sci-fi-ish book I've listened to in a row and both are vastly different. This story was free so was quiet the bonus that it was also really great!

    Gabriel doesn't have anything but the Navy - no family, wife or children - just the military and he's good. This makes him a target for a secret military faction and he's recruited in but not without any second thoughts. This involves making him a type of super soldier where there use nano technology to augment him.

    There's an even pace to the story, great story telling skills from the author and equally wonderful narrating along with action and suspense. It had everything needed to capture my attention and keep it.

    This is book 0, a prequel to the series which I may well have to check into. Totally enjoyed it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sean Vikoren
    Reno, NV USA
    10/03/17
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    "100% Narration Failure"

    Take care here readers, there might be a story in here, but you will not be able to enjoy it with the incredibly bad narration. I deeply regret my failed attempt to make it through this short introduction to the series.

    Ray: I know you don't speak anything like this in your life. And you have never heard anyone speak like this. How did this book make it out into the world without anyone mentioning that your use of falling intonation renders the book into an unbearable experience?

    Steve: Get this redone. Please. I want to experience the series, but as it stands, that is not possible.

    Audible: Letting this happen hurts your brand.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • SydneyMontauk
    Colorado
    02/03/17
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    "Engaging Story"

    Great narrator. Good free story. Going to have to uy the next one to see what happens!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lovely Rod
    Adelaide, South Australia
    01/03/17
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    "A highly enjoyable intro to the main trilogy"

    In an age of prequels, it feels like a unique twist to begin at the beginning, but this prequel novella is a great introduction to the Evan Gabriel trilogy of novels.

    Gabriel: Zero Point sets up the title character of Steve Umstead’s science fiction action series, rather than pre-empting the events to come. It requires no knowledge of the originating trilogy, although if you have been fortunate enough to have heard them first, no doubt there will be a few ‘Easter Eggs’ to be found in Gabriel’s origin story.

    In the year 2166, soldier Evan Gabriel is an active member of the Naval Special Forces. He’s an orphan who had also lost his brother in a tragic accident. With no ties and an interest in officer trainer, he is soon fast-tracked for a secret military experiment that will enhanced his abilities and turn him into a deadly fighting machine.

    The HAMR Program – Human Augmentation and Micro-cellular Replacement – uses nanotechnology to develop elite soldiers with superhuman powers but when Gabriel wakes from the painful procedure, he finds the facility empty with traces of blood left behind. With no training, Gabriel must use his natural talents to control his new abilities and stay alive.

    As a novella, Steve Umstead’s plot is relatively straight forward, maintaining interest from curiosity rather than surprise. There’s no plot twists or sub plots to throw the listener off-guard. Gabriel’s beginnings progress in a fairly predictable fashion. Even so, this is a great story after a relatively slow start, and the technological imagination of Umstead is what makes Gabriel: Zero Point interesting. Umstead has an easy, clear style to his writing and he doesn’t try to sound clever with unnecessary techno-babble.

    The action is brought to life magnificently by narrator Ray Chase whose deep, commanding voice is ideal for a military tale. His voice is almost a military stereotype, yet he easily switches between the action scenes and the characters’ inner voices. In between, he is never just reading the prose. He skilfully adds layers to the text so we always know the feelings behind the POV.

    Chase narrates all three of the novels in the originating audiobook series, providing continuity and cementing my view that the Evan Gabriel trilogy is one worth pursuing. Read more of my audiobook reviews on my audiobook website at SaidNotRead dot wordpress dot com and give this particular audiobook a listen. Like me, you'll probably want to continue on to the trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    01/02/17
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    "Gabriel"

    liked the story very much. very detailed and liked to hear the soothing voice of the narrator Ray Chase. Grew to like main character Lt. Gabriel. He was compassionate and strong willed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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