Monday, 19 September 2011

eBook Review: Gabriel's Redemption by Steve Umstead

Book One of the Evan Gabriel Trilogy

Can a disgraced Special Forces soldier find redemption, and will redemption cost him more than just his own life?

North American Federation Navy Commander Evan Gabriel was dishonorably discharged after losing his covert team on a far off world called Eden. Now, he's being offered an opportunity to command a new team, on a new world, with a new mission, but the true motives behind the mission are unclear.

From the decaying Caribbean to politically-charged South America, from the slums of Mars to a tiny colony on a planet six hundred light years from Earth, Gabriel's Redemption follows the disgraced Commander Gabriel as he leads a Special Forces team to an ice-bound world. Their given mission: to eradicate a drug cartel that is producing a highly-addictive stimulant brutally extracted from the bodies of the native inhabitants. Upon arriving, Gabriel and his team find the mission isn't exactly what it appeared to be, and that they weren't the only force dispatched to the planet.

Gabriel's Redemption is a near-future military science fiction story of a personal journey seen from the perspective of a soldier who has lost everything; one who desperately needs to redeem himself not only in his government's eyes, but also his own. Interstellar action and political intrigue mix with one-on-one battles on the surface of a frozen planet in this exciting tale of salvation. Approximately 65,000 words.

I really loved this book.  It was fantastic, full of action & had a happy ending.  This is the first in a trilogy, the next being Gabriel's Return.

Evan Gabriel took the fall for a mission that went wrong, he was in hiding, but has been found & recalled for duty.

The debriefing, a planet is producing a new drug that is having severe affects on the military personnel.  They are killing the native population to to make the drug.  Gabriel has been commissioned to take down the drug operation & save the natives.

Gabriel meets his new team members & has some concerns about a couple.  He is not sure what to make of them.  He has a few days to acquaint himself with them on their trip from Earth to Poliahu.  From the shuttle, Travolta, he transfers to another space ship that will take them the rest of the way to Poliahu.  The colony is only small & consists mainly of scientists. The mission should be easy as they have no defence systems either.  Gabriel thinks that easy is never that easy.

Once they have arrived on the planet & have taken over the command centre, every seems to go wrong.  Everything they were told was fake. There is no drug operation, the natives are not being killed, but being educated to read & write.

Another team has been sent as back up to make sure Gabriel destroys the operation.  They land & infiltrate the command centre.  Gabriel & his team are now being held prisoner.  Once of Gabriel's team members was located in the laboratory.  He entered through the upstairs & this gives Gabriel his opening.  Scuffles break out, Gabriel & his team lose a member, but gain control over the command centre once again.  Gabriel creates a plan to bring down the Admiral & the people who tried to set him up.

My opinion:  this was fantastic! I loved all the minute detailing of the ships, how they work & all the changes that took place on Earth.  The human upgrades were awesome too, if only this could happen now!!  Highly recommended with a 5 star rating.

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