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Singularity (star carrier Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Ian Douglas
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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 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.

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“Douglas knows his SF.” Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Ian Douglas is the author of the popular military SF series The Heritage Trilogy, The Legacy Trilogy, and The Inheritance Trilogy. A former naval corpsman, he lives in Pennsylvania.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 587 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0007485956
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (8 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007QOW6YQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #66,360 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Conclusion to the "Star Carrier" Trilogy 13 Mar. 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not quite excellent 26 Nov. 2012
By Teemacs
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Having re-acquired a taste for space opera/military SF/whatever via the thoroughly enjoyable "Lost Fleet" series, I thought I'd try this. I'm glad I did. I have read all three books, so this is a verdict on all three as a series. Throughout all, Mr. Douglas shows much sound technological background extended by admirable imagination in the creation of his far-distant future world, where a spacefaring humanity has run up against a much more advanced alien confederation, which seems determined, for reasons unknown, to deny humanity further technological advancement, with the threat of extinction if it doesn't comply. The story is mainly told through two characters, an Admiral commanding a space battle group and one of his fighter pilots, the latter from a despised minority. Both show considerable ability to think "outside the box", and constantly to wrong-foot the technologically superior opposition.

The one fly in the ointment is the end, which comes in a rush at the end of this book and which seems somewhat too trite and pat. It almost seems as if Mr. Douglas's prodigious imagination has finally let him down. Now one can take refuge in alien mindsets, which perceive things very differently from ours, but to me it doesn't quite come off.

However, I still wouldn't let this put off potential readers - overall, the three books make a satisfying whole and a fine journey of the imagination. Since we regretfully will never travel to the stars like this, this is the best we can do.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A really good read if a little predictable 27 April 2013
By Robert
The Star Carrier series carries the reader along. Although the battles get repetitious, and the author goes over the same stuff about weapon type or time-dilation as a function of c, the story still speeds along. It would be an undiscerning reader who does not see by the second book of this series that as far as tactics are concerned, the aliens are a bit dim. Whilst the heroic Humans a bright enough to spot glaring holes in alien strategies. Smacks of vulnerable heat vents and Death Stars.

But put that aside. Iain Douglas writes a ripping yarn. So what if only the main characters seem to exist whist everyone else is a red shirt. It doesn't matter because you root for the human fleet. Best of all there is an army of lickspittle bureaucrats back on Earth seeking to appease the nasty Galactic Empire and clap Admiral Koenig in chains. But he has a loyal crew, does our Admiral, and they will take the fight to the enemy, arr and get the booty, arr Jim me lad. So it is a very salty space opera but it is fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book!! 10 Feb. 2013
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This book is a supriser, i just bought the first one to get me through the day at the gym and when im bored, but i ended up reading it pretty quick, and bought the rest of them, and they are great the only thing i can say is a fault is that the author repeats information a couple times through-out the books but other that that its great!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars More Space Battles 22 July 2013
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This is an enjoyable read that concentrates on action from a space fighter pilot's perspective. The book is a good read but the repetitive explanations of the same technology in several places in the book can be jarring. The read is not totally immersive and some of the attempts to make social comment in the book fall a bit flat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a good end to a good series 3 Mar. 2014
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The pacing of the book is uneven but it is an exciting journey nonetheless. Recommended if you liked the first two.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Singularity 9 Oct. 2013
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A sequel to a long story by Ian Douglas. I have read most of them and enjoy them immensely. Perhaps you will as well.
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3.0 out of 5 stars good read 7 Oct. 2013
By Anders
Format:Kindle Edition
Overall a good read and kept me interested throughout the whole book. Some of the language is a little repetitive though.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 4 months ago by Peter Simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars Singularity
A fine follow up to books 1 & 2. Although I thought this was a trilogy, there is obviously a 4th book to come.
Published 17 months ago by Brian L. Palmer
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable series
This series was enjoyable to read, but falls over by the continuous repeating of how the technologies work, by book 3 the reader has a grasp of workings of the ships.
Published 22 months ago by B Powell
3.0 out of 5 stars Very good story to much description.
Great story but spends so much time describing people and places you get very bored and it makes you want to give on the main story.
Published 22 months ago by Mr. Derek J. Irwin
4.0 out of 5 stars ok
The book is not a bad read but it does not have scope of authors such as Peter F Hamilton
Published 22 months ago by David N Dennis
4.0 out of 5 stars Good SF
Brought the series as I love Science fiction stories. there is one disappointing aspect to Ian Douglas style and that is repeating the same explaination too many times for the... Read more
Published 23 months ago by David
4.0 out of 5 stars Space battle tastic
Aliens are wimps! This is a slightly wobbly exit for the series - I think Ian Douglas got sick and shut it down way too sharp. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed at the end, if I'm honest
The series had great promise with a good pace and build-up but seemed to fizzle out at the end. Kind of spoiled what had otherwise been a really enjoyable read to that point.
Published on 20 Feb. 2013 by Tony1044
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