Singularity [NOOK Book]


Singularity is a swift, gripping novel with a goose-pimple mix of scary science and near-future action. An excellent debut from Bill DeSmedt — and I’ll be looking forward to his next one!”

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Singularity is a swift, gripping novel with a goose-pimple mix of scary science and near-future action. An excellent debut from Bill DeSmedt — and I’ll be looking forward to his next one!”

— GREG BEAR, New York Times bestselling author
“One of the best debuts of the year!”

— Barnes & Noble’s Explorations
“DeSmedt veers an action-packed thriller into perilous realms of black hole physics. The combination of adrenaline and intellect sizzles.”

— DAVID BRIN, New York Times bestselling author
“Singularity juggles Clancy, Crichton and The Da Vinci Code. An innovative concept for an end-of-the-world thriller, with convincing research and locomotive pacing.”

— KEVIN J. ANDERSON, New York Times bestselling author
June 30th, 1908 — In the remote Tunguska region of Siberia, the most violent cosmic collision in recorded history flattened ancient forests over an area half the size of Rhode Island. Yet after a hundred years of international scientific research the cause of this impact remains a mystery.

Jack Adler thinks he’s fingered the culprit: a submicroscopic black hole, smaller than an atom, heavier than a mountain, older than the stars. What’s more, that fantastic object is still down there, deep inside the Earth, burrowing through the mantle in an ever-decaying orbit that will end only when it has devoured the entire planet.

Marianna Bonaventure is tracking three missing scientists suspected of involvement in weapons of mass destruction research. The trail leads to Rusalka, the luxurious floating corporate headquarters of billionaire Russian industrialist Arkady Grishin. Determined to prove herself, Marianna creates an elaborate ruse in order to infiltrate the megayacht — a dangerous gambit that requires the coerced cooperation of a rather special civilian ...

Jonathan Knox is one of the country’s most sought-after analysts; his knack for intuiting hidden relationships among seemingly disparate events serves his Fortune-50 clients well. But when Marianna compels the reluctant Knox to join her undercover mission, he must grapple with puzzles of a whole different order of magnitude.

Against violent and cunning opposition, the three of them unearth a scheme to capture the submicroscopic black hole that caused the Tunguska Event and use its awesome power to transform the world — or end it altogether.

Bill DeSmedt’s debut is a tour-de-force of breakneck plotting, complex characters, and cutting-edge science. In the tradition of Michael Crichton and Greg Bear, Singularity weaves a richly detailed and intelligent tale, meticulously researched and elegantly told.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes and Noble Explorations - Paul Goat Allen
Reminiscent of novels by science fiction masters like Robert A. Heinlein, Larry Niven, Arthur C. Clarke, and Isaac Asimov -- authors who based their stories on hard science -- Bill DeSmedt's debut novel, Singularity, is an edge-of-your-seat thrill ride that revolves around a submicroscopic black hole in a decaying orbit deep inside the Earth's mantle that will persist until it has devoured the entire planet!
The Dallas Morning News - Steve Powers
Singularity stands out because of its highly original premise. ...
This book rocks with great, plausible science and an exciting plot filled with chases, spy action and the big, evil specter of Rusalka, funded by billionaire Arkady Grishin. Those who like their science fiction novels laced with healthy dollops of action and hard science will love Mr. DeSmedt’s first novel.
Amazon - Cynthia Ward
Bill DeSmedt should be on the bestseller lists with Tom Clancy and Dan Brown. DeSmedt’s ambitious and exciting debut novel, Singularity, mixes a post-Cold-War conspiracy with cutting-edge quantum physics and a century-old mystery to create a terrifying techno-thriller.
Edge Boston - Killian Melloy
Grade: A “What If?” is the mantra of the speculative fiction writer, and Bill DeSmedt asks one big What If in this blend of international espionage, particle physics, and cold-war thriller. What If... this were the one of the funniest, most frightening books of the year?
First time novelist Bill DeSmedt ably blends a mixture of science fiction technology and ideas with international thriller ass-kicking action...
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013814226
  • Publisher: Per Aspera Press
  • Publication date: 12/7/2011
  • Series: The Archon Sequence , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 499
  • Sales rank: 255,055
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Bill DeSmedt has spent his life living by his wits and his words. In his time, and as the spirit has moved him, he’s been: a Soviet Area expert and Soviet exchange student, a computer programmer and system designer, a consultant to startups and the Fortune 500, an Artificial Intelligence researcher, a son, a husband and lover, a father and grandfather, an omnivorous reader with a soft spot for science fiction and science non-fiction, and now, Lord help us, a novelist. He’s tried to pack as much of that checkered history as he could into Singularity. Bill lives with his wife of 37 years in Milford, Pennsylvania, a town whose long tradition in speculative literature serves as a constant source of inspiration. He is currently hard at work on a sequel to Singularity entitled Dualism.
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  • Posted September 8, 2009

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    One of my favorites

    I read this about 4 years ago or so and just thought I would check to see what kind of reviews were now out there. It really is an excellent book with good characters and interesting science. If you like hard science fiction this is a fantastic choice to read! Highly recommended. If you look at what I also recommend, I guarantee this book is right up there with the others.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2005

    The next generation of hard sci fi

    As a fan of Michael Crichton who awaits his releases, this book manages to shine. Hard science blended with an action based plot is sure to please. I also recommend Human Interface by another debut author, Jason Giacchino available here at Barnes & Nobel. These two authors are really providing alternatives for those of us who endure the space between Crichton masterpieces.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2005

    Singularity stands out from the crowd

    A first glance at the cover tab will leave the well read scifi buff thinking of David Brin's Earth or Gregory Benford's Artifact, but let me assure you that Mr. DeSmedt has much more in mind for the piece of the primordial explosion that hides within the earth. His cast of characters have grand plans for the remenant of the Tunguska explosion. Add to this well developed likeable characters, cutting edge and black project level technology and an explosive finish and you have a glimpse of what this book encompasses. Truly a wonderful debut.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2005

    Bill DeSmedt puts the `Science¿ Back in Science Fiction

    Somewhere along the line, somebody took the Science out of Science Fiction. Bill DeSmedt¿s debut novel puts it back. In the hands of a lesser writer, this book could have easily bogged down under the weight of its own technical detail. Fortunately, Bill DeSmedt is not a lesser writer. The plot ricochets from hard science, to espionage, to shamanism, and back again, weaving divergent story lines into the literary equivalent of a black hole. Before you know it, you¿ve skidded past the event horizon, and there¿s no turning back. You¿re in for a white-knuckle ride, and all you can do is hang on for dear life.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2012

    Good science and strange situations

    This book deals with a lot of good science and people you would like to meet. It deals with money, power and the situations which change on the spur of the moment. It deals with large corporations and what they will attempt to do for the principles which the founders established it. It has conspiracy theroies, cloak and dagger, and dareing do agents making it up as you go along. I like the fact of the science being well thought out and investigated and displayed with enough plot and twist to keep you involved throughout the story. It gets a bit long developing the storyline and plot but it does not get boring. It also investigates other science facts that help keep the story going. At the end it reaches a pace that will not let you put it down easily.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2004

    Michael Crichton stand aside ...

    A new contender for supreme master of the science-thriller has emerged in Bill DeSmedt. 'Singularity' brings together elements of suspense, faithful science, mysticism, and a spine chilling connection to a real world scientific mystery that makes for a remarkable debut book. 'Singularity' takes you from the still-baffling mystery of the Tunguska event, a massive explosion in desolate Siberia in 1908, to the near present. Its characters vary from Evenki tribesman (the only direct observers of the event) to modern day physicists and, of course, to spies (both by training and indenture). If you enjoy Crichton, Bear, Brin, or Benford, and other authors who write science fiction that does not play fast and loose with the laws of physics. You will really enjoy Singularity. I anxiously await DeSmedt's next book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 26, 2012

    Great read

    Fast paced action and suspense

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