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Singularity (Star Carrier Series #3)
     

Singularity (Star Carrier Series #3)

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by Ian Douglas
 

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Humankind’s vast intergalactic power struggle and future war to bring down an insidious evil alien empire reaches an explosive, page-turning climax in Ian Douglas’s Singularity, the third book in his New York Times bestselling Star Carrier series. Blisteringly exciting military science fiction in the vein of the hit TV series

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Humankind’s vast intergalactic power struggle and future war to bring down an insidious evil alien empire reaches an explosive, page-turning climax in Ian Douglas’s Singularity, the third book in his New York Times bestselling Star Carrier series. Blisteringly exciting military science fiction in the vein of the hit TV series “Battlestar Galactica,” Singularity pits determined space soldiers against a powerful race of creatures bent upon the total annihilation of a human race on the brink of technological transcendence. A notable descendant of such classic military sf novels as Joe Haldeman’s The Forever War and Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein, Singularity will not disappoint author Douglas’s every-growing legion of fans as it conquers Jack Campbell, Rick Shelley, John Ringo, David Sherman and Dan Cragg loyalists as well.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062096234
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/28/2012
Series:
Star Carrier Series , #3
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
17,933
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

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

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Singularity: Star Carrier: Book Three 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Ken_A More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book was amazing the good end of the trilogy im only sad that arent more book like this out!!
Hercamus More than 1 year ago
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?
SandeWM More than 1 year ago
I have always enjoyed Douglas' writing and this is up to his standards.
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Wonderful writing!!!
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This whole series I read very fast because interesting story line fast paced and believe able science!
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Great read.
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Outstanding Science Fiction
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