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A fallen criminal kingpin is forced to return to his roots. He is confronted with a new type of darkness that threatens his new friends and he must learn to change if he is going to keep them safe. As he discovers more about himself he is faced with a decision that could leave the world in tatters.
Long ago, an Angel surrendered his power when he left Heaven behind. A couple thousand years walking amongst the teaming masses of humanity has left him disillusioned, but he refuses to give up.
When Justin witnesses the brutal murder of a woman at the hands of a ruthless business tycoon, he must run before his eternal life is cut short.
on Feb. 21, 2011
Gabriel’s Redemption gives the reader a glimpse at an all too possible future, where global tragedy has altered the physical and political landscape of the world, leaving the stars as a refuge for hope and a better life…as long as you can survive.
I loved this book and when I set it down I wanted more. Now when I say I wanted more it is not because I was left unsatisfied with the story or the way it ended, I say it because I loved the characters, the story and the writing so much that I hated to see it end. Steve Umstead has crafted a piece of science fiction that is reminiscent of the works of Ben Bova, Larry Niven and Isaac
Asimov, rich with description that feels natural, characters who seem real and technology that feels plausible and acceptable.
If you love a good story but the techno-babble of some science fiction steers you away from the genre, this is the book for you. Umsteads sells you his vision of the future with well crafted writing as opposed to drowning you with scientific terms. The end result is a believable future that is easy to relate to.
Gabriel’s Redemption is the story of Evan Gabriel, a disgraced member of the North American Federation Navy, who is given an opportunity to recover his former rank and to have the blame for the disaster he was blamed for removed from his records. When the offer is made by a man he cannot stand and does not trust he has to wonder whether or not the risk is worth it, and when things start to go bad on the mission he has to figure out who he can trust and how he and his team will survive so that he can take advantage of the redemption he has been promised.
on June 24, 2011
Zachary Umstead's novellette, Shifters, is a great little afternoon read, an introduction to his series of young adult books that will be hitting your favorite online bookstore soon. This 13 year old author has quite a career in front of him if his follow up work is as good and if his talents grows with his years he'll be a force to reckon with by the time he's an adult.
Shifters introduces us to Alex, a football player who makes a horrible decision. Wracked with regret he is given a second chance, a life with a do-over. His new found gift sets him on a course where doing the right thing becomes a whole lot easier and a whole lot more dangerous.