Gabriel stared at the capsule, Knowles’s last two words resonating in his head. Zero point. Before he had a chance to ask the doctor what she meant, she continued.
“Zero point doesn’t refer to the mythical energy source, or the grade point average of some of the grunts I’ve met. It’s a term referred to by the Pakistani philosopher Aban Gurmani about a decade ago in his book. He used the term to signify a rebirth, but not like being born again. More of a…” Her voice trailed off as she looked up at the ceiling. “A new beginning. A starting point. Nowhere to go but up. When I was involved in the planning stages of the augmentation program a few years ago, I was reading Gurmani’s book, and I thought it was an apt description of what we do.”
Steve Umstead. Gabriel: Zero Point (Kindle Locations 312-318).
Everyone lives two lives. There is the life before and the life after. What happens between those two points varies from person to person, and we are not always aware of what that moment was, but it always happens. Continue reading
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Renay. He felt his teeth involuntarily clench at the thought of her in trouble. The last time they had spoken, she had told him to come back safe. He looked down at his left hand. His palm bore a burn mark from the Geltex that had killed Sennett on Eden. He hadn’t even noticed it during the assault, but over the past two days it had bothered him more and more. The memories of his lost men — of Sennett dying in the jungle, of Jimenez dying in the cowardly garage bombing — were bubbling up to the surface. He had tried to tamp them down as part of the mission, as losses for the greater good, but to no avail.
Death haunted him from his earliest memories.
Breaking Point, as defined by Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition., is (noun) 1. the point at which something or someone gives way under strain 2. the moment of crisis in a situation.
Commander Evan Gabriel has kept it together for longer than most people in his position could hope to. He has been a pawn in someone else's game, yet he has always managed to overcome the odds. There had been losses and there were new scars, but Commander Gabriel came out on top. When the shadowy forces arrayed against him take the woman he loves then he is pushed beyond his breaking point. Nothing else matters but saving her and dispensing his revenge. Steve Umstead's final book in the Evan Gabriel trilogy takes you through the Commander's greatest fight, where the demons within are as dangerous as the enemies he must conquer. Continue reading
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