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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

Critiques

"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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  • Global
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  • Sean Vikoren
  • 10/03/2017

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.

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  • Global
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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 29/05/2014

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.

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  • Global
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Kindle Customer
  • 07/05/2017

not for me

Just not my type of literature. Could not hold my interest. I did not finish.

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  • Cheryl
  • 28/07/2014

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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  • Robert Zimmermann
  • 01/01/2014

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.

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  • Global
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  • Lia
  • 01/01/2014

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".

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  • Angela
  • 20/02/2018

Average story but what's up with wistful narration

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Sure, it was short and it let me know a little bit about the series.

Would you be willing to try another book from Steve Umstead? Why or why not?

Since the first book in the series after this is on sale, maybe.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ray Chase?

Anyone who can read without sounding like they are daydreaming of days past

Was Gabriel: Zero Point: The FREE Prequel Novella worth the listening time?

Yes

Any additional comments?

I want a good SciFi series to complement the Fantasy series and non fiction I am listening to but even after this trial I am not sure if this is the series I should go with. The narrator spoke clearly and could have been good if he didn't make every sentence seem like wistful reminiscing. There is nothing in the book that called for that tone. It is a military book and I think a reader that could be more.....commanding(?) would have served better. I am not sure about the main character either as he did not figure out the obvious until it was explained to him. I mean I knew what was obvious from the moment it started and I don't think they gave the reader any knowledge the character didn't have other than we have consumed fiction before (of course the character does know more about the ethics and technology of the world he is in) but dam that was really REALLY obvious.So bad narration and stupid main character, but I do like the 'Universal Soldier in Space' concept and the first book in the series is really cheap at the moment. I have to check the narrator, maybe he was just like that because it was a prequel..or maybe I should look for another series.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Peter
  • 02/12/2017

why does be talk like hes reading a love letter?

Found the voice of the narrator strangely mismatched with what he was reading. otherwise a quite enjoyable book

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  • Global
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  • karen
  • 30/12/2013

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 :))

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  • Œĥü殩ƢǖȹϖѬ
  • 21/06/2017

Great Book

Any additional comments?

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