Singularity (Star Carrier Series #3)

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There is an unseen power in the universe—a terrible force that was dominating the galaxy tens of thousands of years before the warlike Sh'daar were even aware of the existence of Sol and its planets.

As humankind approaches the Singularity,when transcendence will be achieved throughtechnology, contact will be made.

In the wake of the near destruction of the solar system, the political powers on Earth seek a separate peace withan inscrutable ...

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Overview

There is an unseen power in the universe—a terrible force that was dominating the galaxy tens of thousands of years before the warlike Sh'daar were even aware of the existence of Sol and its planets.

As humankind approaches the Singularity,when transcendence will be achieved throughtechnology, contact will be made.

In the wake of the near destruction of the solar system, the political powers on Earth seek a separate peace withan inscrutable alien life form that no one has ever seen.But Admiral Alexander Koenig, the hero of Alphekka,has gone rogue, launching his fabled battlegroup beyond the boundaries of Human Space against all orders.With Confederation warships in hot pursuit, Koenig istaking the war for humankind’s survival directlyto a mysterious omnipotent enemy.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Square-jawed hero Adm. Alexander Koenig, commander of the space battle cruiser America, has recently scored an enormous tactical success against the alien Sh’daar. In defiance of an Earth government that wants to surrender to the aliens, he ignores his orders to return to Earth and decides to take the battle to the Sh’daar, seeking out their homeworld in hopes of forcing a better peace settlement. He discovers the secret origins of the Sh’daar and the reason they so desperately want to prevent humanity from achieving technological singularity. Douglas knows his SF—his characters refer casually to the “Vinge singularity,” named for author Vernor Vinge—and his extraterrestrials are intriguingly alien in appearance and psychology. Unfortunately, his human characters are less than engaging, and his obsessive emphasis on military gear and tactics often reads like an interstellar Jane’s International Defence Review. (Mar.)
Library Journal
Reeling from the near destruction of the solar system, Earth's political powers seek peace with an alien life force never before encountered. Complications arise when a rogue admiral and former war hero takes the war into his own hands. Douglas is also the author of the "Heritage," "Legacy," and "Inheritance" trilogies.
Kirkus Reviews
The concluding chapter (Center of Gravity, 2011, etc.) in Douglas' Star Carrier military science-fiction trilogy wraps up the story with workmanlike efficiency but few thrills or surprises. Rear Admiral Alexander Koenig takes the star carrier America and a whole fleet of ships on an unauthorized mission, pursuing the alien Sh'daar into deep space, determined to end humanity's decades-long war with the galaxy-spanning empire. In a remote star system, Koenig and his battle group discover a wormhole that takes them even further into Sh'daar territory, where they're able to finally confront their previously faceless enemy and learn the reasons behind the Sh'daar's relentless assault. Douglas devotes most of the book to detailed but fairly lifeless descriptions of space battles, focusing on strategy over human interaction, and he has a tendency to get lost in minutiae. The book is chock-full of exposition, which is great for readers who missed the previous installments in the series, but gets irritating when Douglas is repeating the same bit of back story or techno-babble for the third or fourth time. Character development is virtually nonexistent—Koenig is upstanding and steadfast, and various crew members are lucky to get one discernible trait each. Fighter pilot Trevor Gray, who ends up captured by the Sh'daar, is the most fleshed-out character in the book, and his interactions with the aliens as he learns about their true motives are by far the most interesting passages. But Douglas rushes through the explanations to spend more time on military strategizing, and thus loses one of the only elements with the potential to set the book apart. By the time the story wraps up, Douglas has barely explored the complex history of the Sh'daar, but he's explained the principles behind each of the fleet's weapons numerous times. This is science fiction at its most uninspired. The rote battle scenes crowd out both ideas and characters.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061840272
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Series: Star Carrier Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 156,638
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Douglas, one of the many pseudonyms for writer William H. Keith, is the New York Times bestselling author of the popular military SF series The Heritage Trilogy, The Legacy Trilogy, The Inheritance Trilogy, and the ongoing Star Carrier and Star Corpsman series. A former naval corpsman, he lives in Pennsylvania.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2012

    Paid-by-the-word ending to a trilogy?

    The book began with usual occassional flashbacks as to be expected, but by page 250, it was obvious that the author was being paid by the word. After having the mechanics of the same weapons system explained to me three seperate times in the same book in graphic detail, I found myself skimming entire PAGES.

    Predictable ending, and not up to par with the previous two novels in this reader's opinion. Far too many questions left unanswered, unsatisfactory answers to the questions that were haphazardly attempted, and about 2000 words that should have gone to an attempt to write a satisfactory novel (instead of writing to an advance from the publisher) earn this intergalactic starship train wreck of an otherwise fantastic trilogy three stars.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

    WOW! Excellent read!

    Here is a whole new approach to both galactic archaeology and time travel neatly wrapped up in intergalatic conflict and space combat. Extremely well done?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 12, 2012

    Wonderful! Hard military SF driven by character and emotion

    Ian Douglas has really delivered another fantastic military hard science fiction novel. What really amazes me about these books are how they are driven by people, emotion, politics, and engaging stories. The technology is based on real theories (look up Alcubierre drive in Wikipedia) and applications of physics in the military (the impact of light speed on tactics). But the books don't read like a tech manual. Also, the aliens are truly alien - with different ways of thinking that really keep you wondering about what drives them. These are rare feats, and I'm so happy that Ian Douglas can keep them coming. I'm looking forward to whatever he comes up with next.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2012

    Highly recommended

    I have always enjoyed Douglas' writing and this is up to his standards.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    Wonderful writing!!!

    Wonderful writing!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    Good read

    It's a good story line and I enjoy reading it. The different aliens are creative and well thought-out.
    The only true complaint I have is the repetition of description. It seemed as though the author didn't realize that certain information had already been covered in this volumn, which I think is important for a person writing a series to keep up with. The information is important and helps the reader, but the constant repetition boggs down the reader and makes a little less enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    Very entertaining science fiction

    This whole series I read very fast because interesting story line fast paced and believe able science!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    this book was amazing the good end of the trilogy im only sad t

    this book was amazing the good end of the trilogy im only sad that arent more book like this out!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Excellent

    Great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    Outstanding

    Outstanding Science Fiction

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2012

    u must read it

    i injoyed as much if not better than 1&2

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2012

    Hope lost

    I was disapointed by the end in how this series ended. I was hopeing for a series like his Star Marines book set. But the combat section were wonderful and that was the good points.

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