This novella tells the tale of Evan Gabriel and how he becomes the special forces soldier that we'll see in the trilogy. The blurb implies that this is the revelation of his mysterious and haunted past, but I can't say his past was all that what he went through as part of the Zero Point program was entirely mysterious and haunting. Without having read the trilogy, I found Evan's past to be rather typical for such a story and the struggles he went through didn't really lift him off the pages for me. That said, I'm still intrigued by the premise of the trilogy. Hopefully knowing the past won't muddy the future too much. 2.5 stars.