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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Gabriel: Zero Point by Steve Umstead

Genre: Science Fiction

Setting: The middle of the 22nd century, on Earth and on a space station.

First Sentence: Which one is he?

This novelette is a prequel to Umstead's Evan Gabriel series.  The series currently consists of this prequel and three novels.

Evan Gabriel is the ultimate Black-Ops warrior.  Like all military personnel of Umstead's future, Gabriel has neuretic brain implants which enhance his fighting and communication skills.  Unlike most others, he is a survivor of the Human Augmentation and Microcellular Replacement Program (HAMR).  This program is an extremely advanced technology which turns normal humans into super soldiers.

This novelette relates how Gabriel was selected for the HAMR program.  We learn what he went through to receive his enhancements,  And, we discover what makes Gabriel  different from the other graduates of the program.

This was a fun read.  It filled in some of the back story to the Gabriel series.  In my opinion the novelette ended somewhat abruptly.  I was hoping to find out more about Gabriel's first missions.

If you are interested in this series, this novelette would be a great place to start!

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