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Singularity (Star Carrier #3)

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,005 Ratings  ·  86 Reviews

The third book in the epic saga of humankind's war of transcendence

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

ebook, 400 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by Harper Voyager
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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. D
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 tho
Carter MR Hanson
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
Mar 20, 2015 Conal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military-sf
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 ...more
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 sav
Michael Perry
Jun 18, 2012 Michael Perry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 s ...more
Apr 29, 2014 JMcDouges rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Grant Kisling
Aug 16, 2012 Grant Kisling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, kindle
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.
Oct 05, 2014 Felix rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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 skin
Patrick Loller
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 ...more
Ken Richards
Light relief in what was to be the final in the 'Star Carrier' trilogy installment by military SF writer Ian Douglas (actually William H Keith). Douglas continues his tale of American exceptionalism and manifest destiny, as the North Americans show the appeasing European surrender monkeys and inscrutable Chinese a thing or two about taking the fight to the advanced alien races of unpronounceable names (Sh'daar' this time).
It is a good enough page turner, but the resolution a little on the conven
Dave Allan
Mar 15, 2012 Dave Allan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been waiting for this book for months....I will post a review after I complete it!
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
Dec 20, 2012 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
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Bruce Carson
Sep 23, 2012 Bruce Carson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 mo
Stephen Paul
May 06, 2013 Stephen Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 program ...more
Fred Hughes
Feb 28, 2012 Fred Hughes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 29, 2015 Xander rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm enjoying his series so far. I've been on a space war phase lately so this was right up my ally. The one thing I can complain about is the constant repeating of things from past books. He even does it multiple times in the same book. I know authors supposedly do this for people who haven't read the previous books or for people who haven't read the previous books in a while, but it gets a little annoying when you read them
In sequence.
Aug 09, 2015 Aaron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun, relatively hard military sci-fi book and a good addition to the series. It's not perfect as the fighter pilot character veers a bit into being improbably lucky and/or talented despite attempts to make him more flawed. There's also a little too much "USA! USA! USA!" at times where foreign characters are cowards, slimy politicians, or otherwise unpleasant wretches. But despite the flaws, it's still a fun read with lots of well written and easy to follow action as well as an interesting scen ...more
Ron Toxopeus
The author has an excellent imagination and tells a great story. I truly wish that he abbreviates his technical descriptions of weaponry, ship drives etc. I feel that one description per book is adequate, then just refer to the the black hole drive, or whatever. It's like eating your favourite dessert, and then finding a very small grain of sand gritting between your teeth. It takes your mind off the excellent pie (my fav. )
Mar 16, 2015 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book, but...

... why do we have to have the same facts explained over and over and over and over and.....

If I didn't have a life (and I realize that typing this review throws that into question) then I would count across the three books how many times, say, FTL technology is explained, or how many times Gray's wife is explained.

But, other than that, a really interesting book.
Jan 13, 2015 Xeddicus rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 trillio
Jerry Cohen
Nov 14, 2013 Jerry Cohen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 describ
Jan 06, 2016 Janton rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
What is up with the repetitions of allready explained tech, aspects, historic references and so on? The amount of repetition implies that Mr. Douglas has done this on purpose. But to what purpose? The effect on this reader was quite negative. Yes, I know the number of crate missiles. Yes, I also know that fighters manouver by projecting micro singularities. I heard you the previous umpteen times!
Jay Sprenkle
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
Mar 13, 2012 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 05, 2014 Wojciech rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not impressed. I have the feeling that the whole story could be better if would be presented in just one book instead of three. This way we would be saved from reading ewery know and then about the reasons for which the main character is not comfortable with making sex without any emotional involvement;-)
Apr 25, 2012 Arthur rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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-s ...more
For this whole series, I must admit I liked the plot more than the story telling. As other people have mentioned a lot of repitition of explanations some almost word for word.

I cant help but think if this series was one book rather than 3 it could have been really good
Brian Williams
Feb 20, 2015 Brian Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The world gets bigger and more intense as the star carrier America, saddles up to try and finish this war which has lasted 40 years . Great story telling, wonderfully engaging scientific e explanations based in the real world..
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