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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 through technology, contact will be made.In the wake of the near destruction of the solar system,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 through technology, contact will be made.In the wake of the near destruction of the solar system, the political powers on Earth seek a separate peace with an 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 is taking the war for humankind's survival directly to a mysterious omnipotent enemy....

Title : Singularity
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ISBN : 9780061840272
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Number of Pages : 389 Pages
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Singularity Reviews

  • GaiusPrimus
    2018-12-25 20:28

    I don't generally write reviews for the books I finish reading, but I must make an exception for this one. One of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to writers is the "sausage stuffing" methodology of descriptive info dumps. Science fiction being one of my favorite genres, I have learned to deal with the fact that authors sometimes need to do this in order to explain a particular point in the universe they have created.A necessary evil of the genre, Mr. Douglas turns this into a dis-art form. Describing the same thing multiple times within the same book, sometimes even copying and pasting whole sentences into sections further in the text.I think the 50 pages of editing necessary to cut this out would more than be made up by a fluid and entertaining book.

  • Andreas
    2019-01-05 16:07

    Book three seamlessly segues from the end of Center of Gravity. Admiral Koenig leads the battlegroup further into Sh’daar territory, towards the enigmatic center of the Sh’daar civilization. Meanwhile Lieutenant Grey’s personal odyssey continues.I was disappointed with the last book in the trilogy. The action is still good, but it is upstaged by the exploration of the enigma that is the Sh’daar. Wormholes, discussions about transcendence and the evolution of civilizations abound. Douglas has thought the whole thing out quite well and the ending makes sense. Unfortunately it feels as if the more lofty macrostory and themes don’t mix well with the military science fiction setting. Long discussions on the deep future and the deep past of technological civilizations slow the pace down too much. Mind you, these discussions are interesting, but they just don’t fit in well in this book.On the character side, the developments are not very original, and the dialogue is wooden at best. Grey is a metaphor for humanity itself. Koenig is the consummate military officer. The rest are cardboard cutouts.

  • Carter MR Hanson
    2019-01-06 17:25

    As with the two previous "Carrier" books, Singularity is an action-packed book that manages to be thought-provoking without being stale and over-explaining.The rest of this review has spoilers, so read at your own risk."Singularity" does an excellent job of portraying the desperation of Koenig to bring an end to the Sha'dar war, and his own deteriorating mental state, with him grappling with having to decide the fates of everyone in his rag-tag fleet, and with the loss of his lover Admiral Karyn. He isn't portrayed as an unstoppable force that the rest of the crew can rely on, but the imperfect man that they need.Another one of my favorite things about thi book, and this series at large, is how it deals with post-humanism, and man's increasingly close relationship with technology. Particularly with the Virtual Admiral Karyn serving as a way for Koenig to avoid dealing with his loss. Ian Douglas also does an excellent job of intertwining space-combat action with hard science, which instead of making the story feel limited and boring, adds a new element if danger and suspense. While stories like Star Wars are on the more fantastical side of Sci-Fi, and Star Trek straddles the middle where science rules supreme, but a quick bout of techno-babble and increasingly creative uses of the main deflector dish, Singularity remains grounded in the truth that space is dangerous, but if you push as close to the edge as the rules will let you, you'll be in for a hell of a ride.

  • Nathaniel
    2019-01-12 14:08

    So this is the third book in Ian Douglas's Star Carrier series. For me, the series lost steam around this point. Eventually, the obsessive anti-religious weirdness started to outweigh the fun of the action scenes, especially since not a lot was really being added to the series by this point. Instead, it was mostly just winding down events and theories from the first couple of books. I'm also kind of tired sci-fi's ongoing enactment of what is (to me) a superficial and shallow view of sexuality that--under the pretext of some kind of futuristic speculation--is really just an enactment of the male-friendly view of easy, casual, commitment-free sex. It's especially bad when there's a pseudo-scientific rationale for it. In this case, the "prims" (primitives) are the only remaining holdouts of monogamous sexual culture while the rest of human culture had adopted polyamory wholesale. Because, of course, polyamory is just a short-run adaptation to the exigent needs of hunter-gatherer society, right? Its not like hundreds of thousands of years of adaptation would, you know, leave a mark, right? Of course not.Oh, yeah, and there are "Neo Morms" who practice polygamy because of course there are.Honestly, I'm not sure where the series is going to go from here anyway, but I think this is a good stepping off place for me.

  • Mike
    2019-01-19 21:16

    Singularity closes out the first installment in the Star Carrier story and does little to diverge from its predessors:-It has neat space battles based around actual physics-An intriging universe populated by interesting aliens-A very engaging plot arc and a very fast paced narrative.It also has its share of deficiencies as well:-Absurdly thin, and comcially "evil" politicaian characters. Basically if a character is from North America they are good/righteous/"just want to get the job done and save humanity". If they are from Europe or are a politician they are incompetent/coniving/political hacks that just care about their own advancement.-Lots of concepts get repeated over and over again throughout the entire book series (how FTL travel works, the technologies the big baddies want us to stop developing, etc.)Overall though these deficiencies take up a very limited amount of the book (as was the case with the previous books in the series as well) and don't detract very much from the very engaging story the reader is presented with.

  • Conal
    2019-01-08 17:30

    This review will be for the complete first three book arc of this series. This novel reminded me a lot of the Jack Campbell Lost Fleet series as there was lots of space battles with ship to ship action. In this series, humans are fighting multiple alien species and not other human groups and for the most part are behind them technologically but the author makes up for this in the tenaciousness of the human fighting spirit. The author also does a pretty good job in fleshing out the multiple main characters and well as building a nice universe to tell the tale in.I really enjoyed this who series and look forward to reading more in the followup series. 4 stars for a fun read. Recommended for any fan of space navy military sci-fi.

  • Michael Perry
    2019-01-04 21:34

    Pretty fast paced, until the last 50 or so pages. The formula is the same as the previous two books, many of the revelations are the same, not too surprising at the end. Mr. Douglas did present an interesting challenge to write with the conclusion of the trilogy. If I had read these with the roughly year break between I would have little to criticize, but I did read them back to back to back, and the story became a bit repetitive. Overall, a good story, a good trilogy... just some advice; read something else in between the books of the trilogy to avoid the necessary repetitiveness that a natural year between publishing dates causes.

  • Grant Kisling
    2018-12-25 14:32

    A great ending to the Star Carrier Trilogy. My complaints about the first two books continue in this book; too much reiteration of facts, stories, and events from the first two books. There are entire sections I must skip over because its the 3rd time I have read them.Despite this large complaint, the action is exciting and complex. The characters are fairly strong and the events leading up to the conclusion are satisfying.

  • Dave Allan
    2018-12-29 17:28

    I have been waiting for this book for months....I will post a review after I complete it!

  • Clint
    2019-01-18 21:16

    If we are stuck to our old national identities and caste system we will not make it to the stars. And star carriers, come on... I like all the fun tech and advances, intrigued by the "Singularity" of technological idea but found my attention wandering (and wondering) as either the story or the listener got sidetracked.

  • Maria Cook
    2018-12-19 17:28

    Very informative and fast-paced. Good character development, as wellGood cohesive story with plenty of science-based action. I particularly liked the descriptive fighter sequences involving tactics used in space.

  • Todd Gutschow
    2019-01-09 15:08

    Another good story from this seriesThis latest addition in the starcarrier series is even more cerebral then its predecessors. Interesting space-time concepts along with exciting military action makes this book, and the series, a winner.

  • Paweł Żygadło
    2018-12-26 21:09

    No emotions, very poor dialogs, shallow story.

  • Lewis
    2019-01-07 20:20

    I loved the book especially the end.

  • Richard
    2018-12-22 15:33

    This book could have been the end to a trilogy. I will read the next to see if it should have.

  • Ndlela Ntuli
    2019-01-14 18:22

    As far as Sci-fi sagas go, this has to be the most challenging I have come across.If it was a series I would watch it again ... for understanding, though much of the book I did understand. It was good in a brush-up-your-understanding-of-science but in the end I found it tedious. Me, yes me, I was lost in part of the book.I would only recommend it to Sci Fi die hards :-(

  • JMcDouges
    2019-01-10 14:34

    Unfortunately I have even less to add to this review than I did for my review of the second book, Center of Gravity. The 3rd book is very similar to the 2nd with the exception of the story picking up pace and going to a very interesting conclusion. The rest of the book is essentially unchanged though, if you read the 2nd book then you should have a very good understanding of what to expect from the 3rd.The one thing I thought I should mention specifically though is the changes Gray goes through at the very end of the book. They seem rather abrupt and leave you wondering what caused that. I mean, the obvious answer is what he went through at the end of the book but when you sit down and think about it you realize it makes very little sense that experience would result in the character shift that it did. For those wondering what I'm talking about and don't mind spoilers:(view spoiler)[Gray essentially goes from being not sure if he could ever get close to another woman even now that he is mostly over Angela to suddenly bedding two woman at the same time. This change occurs basically in one paragraph with no explanation why. Seems rather odd to change a core part of a character that flippantly. (hide spoiler)]ConclusionNot much changed from the second book. The sins of the first and second book remain unchanged. The plot did pick up pace some and take some intriguing turns though so I'm willing to give it an extra half a star.RatingsStory: 4.5Characters: 3World: 3Style: 1Overall: 3NOTE: The overall score is not a direct product of the individual scores.Reviews of other books in this series:Book 1, Earth StrikeBook 2, Center of GravityBook 4, Deep Space

  • Fred Hughes
    2019-01-06 21:15

    This is the third book in Ian Douglas’s Star Carrier series and concludes this adventure.Earth has been fighting the Sh’daar, or more accurately their representative warriors, for 37 years now and we are losing. The Sh’daar forces keep on getting closer and closer to Earth. As is usual the politicians are locked in partisan rhetoric with some wanting to negotiate a peace with the superior race who have told Earth to stop their technological progress. On the other side are those like Rear Admiral Alexander Koenig who wants to bring the war to the Sh’daar world and push back hoping to get some breathing space.Started in book two of the trilogy, Koenig continues to push further away from Earth and hopefully closer to the Sh’daar world. The pacifists on Earth have even sent a fleet after him to persuade him to return to Earth which is one of the first skirmishes that Koenig has to deal with.Along the way Koenig’s fleet discovers an artifact they call the Texaghu Resch Gravitational Anomaly or TRGA for short. It appears to be a Tipler Cylinder rotating at astronomically fast speeds, possibly approaching that of light. Upon closer examination it appears to be a stable worm hole of incredible technology. But what’s on the other side ?Koenig decides the only way to find out is to go though it, which they do. Spectacular and god like technology exists on the other side of the TRGA and epic space battles are waged between his fleet and the Sh’daar warrior species.We find out who the Sh’daar are. We find out why they are so xenophobic about the possibility of Earth transcending. We find out that the TRGA is more than just a wormhole to another location in the galaxy.There is great character development in this story along with great tactical manoeuvres both individually and fleet wise. Lots of action. You just have to keep turning pages to see what is going to happen next.You don’t need the other books in the series but I do recommend that you read the other two books “Earth Strike” and “Center of Gravity” as they are just as spectacular as this third book is.HIGHLY recommended. If you like military Sci-fi I also recommend Ian Douglas’s Triple Trilogy Galactic Marine series consisting of “The Inheritance Trilogy” and “The Legacy Trilogy” and “The Heritage Trilogy”.

  • John
    2019-01-10 17:22

    Ian again focuses tighly on Trevor Grey who tends to think up some weird hair-brained idea that usually works, while the titular Star Carrier, "America", Admiral'ed by Koenig, risks all on the slim chance that forty human warships will be able to stand against a foe that can manufacture stars, move planets at faster-than-light speeds, and travel through time.As expected, the Sh'daar are basically artificial intelligence (downloaded personality constructs from once-biological entities, alien species that made up the Sh'daar Union.) Out of concern for the "Grandfather Paradox" (you grow up hating your grandfather, you create a time machine, you go back in time, you kill your grandfather, you're never born... so how did you grow up hating your grandfather?), the Sh'daar capitulate and instead seek to share leadership of the new Sh'daar Union with Humanity. After fourty years of war, it all seems tenuous and improbable. It would seem more likely that the Sh'daar wanted to simply get humans out of Sh'daar space, to avoid an unlucky accident, then they could go back to wiping out humanity-- business as usual.The epilogue has Trevor convert from his anachronistic primitive and monogamous ways to the more modern polyamorous lifestyle of the "modern (hu)man."twitchtwitchOK. Sure. Right.On the plus side, there were fewer continuity errors. The story significantly reduced the quantity of 20th century jargon and explanations of said jargon. There were a few scientific principals presented that have been postulated by modern (20th century) scientists... but there were also ideas presented which were determined to be impossible (as we understand the laws of nature) due to a loophole that humanity just can't understand ... like time travel ... or being able to manufacture stars ... or create meson beams the caused matter to compress to neutronium. Basically, I felt like Ian's story was stronger for taking the science fast-and-loose, rather than trying to behave in a consistant fashion. Perhaps he would do well writing some kind of high fantasy. With his current body of work, it would probably be best if it was military high fantasy. Is that even a genre?

  • Stephen Paul
    2019-01-17 19:23

    At the dawn of humanity’s transcendence, we meet a truly worthy foe. The mysterious Sh’daar emerge from a Tipler cylinder and begin “crowbarring” the starship “America” in the Texaghu Resch system. Come to find out, these ships aren’t even manned. And to make it worse, the resident Agletsch tell Admiral Koenig that the ships are piloted by none other than the ghosts of what the Sh’daar used to be. What could this mean? Are the Sh’daar nothing now but software VI’s running a galaxy off of programming? Or could these be merely deceitful lies given by a species refused pay for their services? On the far side of the cylinder, Lieutenant Trevor Gray is teased with mind games by the Sh’daar themselves, and with the help of a recon pilot called Schiere and a few starship AI programs, he has to find a way back through the Tipler machine and to the America so that he can send his new information.Just like the last book, I feel that anyone interested in physics would be extremely interested in this book. The dynamics of the physical theories provided are phenomenal and can only be understood by the intellectual-minded. Also, anyone interested in a good story may find this book to be a nice adventure set apart from many others. This book not only contains physics, but it also contains elements of love, internal conflicts with people, alien conspiracy, ground combat, ancient history, and the like. So in short, this story would be good for anyone interested in a good SF tale of a new future.I gave the book five stars because of its epic storytelling and rich background in modern events. Ian Douglas likes to reflect on how the modern age might affect the way humans act toward each-other and other sentient species. It really is quite amazing how well Douglas explains the history of the Sh’daar and how they came to be the leading power of the Milky Way galaxy. Also, the alien make-ups are amazing. I felt like I was reading “Revenge of the Tree Monster from the Abyss.”

  • Michael
    2019-01-11 19:23

    First - don't worry, there are no spoilers here. I couldn't wait for the release of Singularity and the conclusion of the Star Carrier Trilogy. Mr. Douglas has done a fine job building up the breadth and excitement throughout the previous two books and Singularity promised to continue that trend.Sadly Singularity seems to have gotten distracted along the way. The opening chapters of the book are a plotline that does little more than distract from the main story. The conflict at the beginning of the book felt tacked on and not well thought out. Instead of adding to the tension and drama it seemed that it was supposed to do, what should/could have been a very messy turn of events instead wrapped up incredibly simply and cleanly.A lot of time was spent on the "unclear motivations" of one of the factions in the fleet, and past history with that faction in the Star Carrier universe. But the doubt and concern the characters have over this faction seems out of place because Mr. Douglas fails to have them do anything that would prove or disprove what he was writing about them.Most disappointing though was the ending. The build up to it was strong, but in the end it felt rushed at best. Mr. Douglas seems to have worked towards an epic and spectacular ending that was fitting of the scope of the trilogy, unfortunately what came out felt rushed and instead felt more like a bizaare let down than a satisfying conclusion to what had been an epic SciFi Military Drama.

  • Patrick Loller
    2019-01-01 15:25

    Another military page burner by one of my favorite Authors. I've read all of his Star Corpsmen series thus far, and am working my way through the Star Carrier saga. I tried listening to book 2 on audible, and it was not a great experience. The writing is still top notch in verbal form, and the narrator was great, but the author starts every character switch with a four sentence primer on where they are, something easily glossed over or glanced at for review when reading, but obnoxious when heard for the seventy fourth time in a row. I will say though, I did not know how to pronounce Eta Boötis, and could not stop whispering it to myself randomly for weeks afterward.The whole Star Carrier series, while formulaic, is a quick fun read about star fighter pilots in the future. Expanded on the idea of Dog fighting in space, with a good helping of science to make the whole thing plausible. The main character, or rather, the main fighter pilot (the fleet admiral could also be seen as the protag) has a tendency to come up with a lot of solutions that I find sort of eye-rolly. Not the solution themselves, but rather it's the same guy coming up with the stroke of genius every time. It comes off as a little Mary Sue, and wouldn't be as bad if spread through the rest of the characters. I plan to read the rest of the series, despite my unease that the next book is set 20 years later, and hope Ian Douglas continues his masterful penning of military science fiction.

  • Sleepless194
    2018-12-28 17:10

    I've been working my way through this series over the past week and I am getting so sick of how lazy this author is. Besides the fact that he seems to be bulking up his work count by describing and re - describing every weapon and piece of equipment with every new book, over and over again!But so far the main protagonist has won amazing victories over technologically superior alien species using the same weapon every time!If I have to read something that sounds like this one more time, I'm going to scream; "Luitenant grey went into battle still seething with rage over how mean other people in the navy were to him. He was incandescent with with fury but he knew his duty, so he did it. All the other space fighter squadrons were taking massive casualties. Everyone was dying and screaming. But Grey had an idea. He would use one of the 2 weapons he had at his disposal. The one that no one else ever thought to use despite the fact that Luitenant Grey had saved the solar system and the fleet with them on multiple occasions". Ian Douglas. You are a lazy hack. I was so excited to start this series. It has such a fantastic premise and such a good cast of truly alien, aliens. But it's crap. The same guy using the same weapon to save the same horrid people in the same way every time.

  • Felix
    2019-01-13 14:23

    Wow, this series keeps getting better and better. Admiral "Maverick" Koenig is at it again as he takes the war to the enemy's home world. Trevor Gray, the inventive star fighter pilot also continues to survive battles against enemy star ships and fighters.I didn't know that Ian Douglas can write so well. This series was my first exposure to his writing style and I am really impressed! Sci-Fi fans will love all the science stuff in this series from Alcubierre warp drives, to nanotech fighter skins and uniforms and even discussion of the "Verge Singularity" and the GRIN technologies (Genetics, Robotics, Information Systems and Nano technology).Ian Douglas has developed a very exciting universe complete with interesting characters and you're always wondering what is going to happen next in his storyline and most importantly, what new ideas is Trevor Gray going to come up with and who's going to survive the many encounters with the enemy fleet?This series has kept me entertained and I have just started reading book 4 which looks to be just as exciting as this one.This is a great read! Worth the time :-)

  • Bruce Carson
    2019-01-03 21:10

    This book had high points and low points (very slow progress in the middle as the plot wasn't moving along much). The the action started and things got interesting. Unfortunately, it is like the author got tired of writing at the end and quickly finished out the book without tying up some loose plot points.The ending was also predicable - as soon as they found the cylinder, I knew how the author was going to resolve the main plot (though I didn't think about having it hollow!). Again, he gets most of the physics "right" (as far as anyone today knows, anyway!). He still has a few things where he screws up, though..For example The fighter firing slugs (within the alien base at armored robots) - apparently has a setting for how much velocity needs to be imparted to them. And normally the ships velocity is sufficient since it is traveling near c. WTF? In space combats he often had the fighters spinning to fire in directions the fighter wasn't flying. Or had low-speed combats when doing CSP (Combat space patrol).Anyway, the series was entertaining and a pretty quick read. So I recommend them!

  • Xeddicus
    2018-12-21 15:25

    Entire thing was a bit too abrupt and convenient almost. The Sh'daar were unreasonably hostile, unreasonably incompetent in battle, security, communication. The relationship stuff came out of nowhere, buried in all the meaningless statistics on...everything. So they have a portal through space and time and no defenses around it. They use this tunnel to attack races who advance to much and refuse to stop, because if they advance too much they leave, and...yeah, lets kill trillions to the trillionth power because we don't want to be kinda lonely? I suppose the next books may explain this, but this is the current pause ending I'll go with. Sand! Throw sand at anything, it dies! So is being monogamous good or bad book? I don't care how much the star weighs! The mystery was kind if interesting, but kind of petered out in the end.

  • John
    2018-12-26 14:29

    A Fine Conclusion to the “Star Carrier” Trilogy“Singularity” (Star Carrier Book Three) is one of the better examples of military space opera science fiction I have read lately. As entertainment and as writing, it surpasses David Weber’s latest “Honor Harrington” novels with regards to literary quality; he also has in Rear Admiral Alexander Koenig, a vividly realized character as memorable as Honor Harrington. I also have to commend William H. Keith (writing here as Ian Douglas) for having a firm grasp of astrophysics in his realistic depiction of wormhole travel. “Singularity” is definitely a memorable addition to military space opera science fiction; one which should appeal not only to David Weber fans, but also those familiar with Jerry Pournelle’s “Co-Dominion” series.(Reposted from my 2012 Amazon review.)

  • Jerry Cohen
    2019-01-11 15:27

    I read it for all the tech stuff, but it had some interesting concepts as well. {GRIN}The characters aren't as clearly drawn as, like, James Joyce or something, but they were real enough that I rooted for the main character and I disliked his ex-wife and some of his a**hole squadron mates. For me, that's enough.The tech stuff was wayyyy more believable than Star Wars, Trek, Galactica, etc. It was almost realistic.The society he draws isn't quite as transformed as one with the advances he describes would be, but thinking about what things he missed or underestimated is an excellent thought experiment that everyone should do, because these trends are happening NOW and we need to decide right quick what sort of society we want to create in the next hundred years.(In case it matters, I read the first book in the series, but listened to unabridged audio books for #2 and #3.)

  • Arthur
    2018-12-21 17:20

    While the first two books in this series were pretty standard fare for Mr. Douglas, this one went above and beyond, in my opinion. I enjoy military sci-fi, and Ian Douglas writes things that are good, though usually not GREAT. I was pleasantly surprised by the turn of events in this book. I can't say much without spoilers, but the ideas about who and what the Shadaar are were interesting and I haven't seen many other authors use this idea (though I HAVE seen the theme before, notably as a side-story in Peter F. Hamilton's "Void" series...which I also greatly enjoyed). The military parts of the series were good, and the author's characters have steadily gotten more detailed and interesting with every book. The parts that made this book great, though, were the Shadaar. Excellent stuff.

  • Jay Sprenkle
    2019-01-04 16:29

    I really enjoyed these books. Here are some of the negatives so you'll have a rounded review.Some reviewers complained there was too much "catch up" material. I didn't feel it was excessive.The implications of the technology in the book universe aren't explored until book three. It took me a couple of minutes to figure them out.There are interesting plots and characters but the book could use some more breadth of character types.If a technology or technique is used in the book to save Earth the military should be studying and learning from that success. It should be applying it that as new doctrine. It won't take 20 years. The struggle for the adoption of new doctrine might be a good novel or sub plot on it's own.My suggestions for the author:* faster pace* More character personalities (but not in the same book)