Singularity (Star Carrier, Book 3)
by Ian Douglas
Cover Artist: Gregory Bridges
Review by Steve Sawicki
Harper Voyager Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780061840272
Date: 28 February 2012 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Admiral Alexander Koenig has gone rogue. He has taken his battlegroup beyond the boundaries of human space against orders. With the confederation chasing him he is heading out to battle for humankind's survival against an alien life form that no one has ever seen, but which those who survive speak of in feared whispers. Koenig knows that the Sh'daar are out there and getting ever close and closer to Earth.
Other races who have tried to stand against them have been destroyed without a seeming thought. But there are also mysteries out there and races that have not fallen to the Sh'daar horde. If humanity is to survive they must find a way to defeat the Sh'daar or at least halt them in their progress.
Koenig might be on the right track to achieving this. Of course he could also be moving the entire human fleet out on a wild goose chase while the real threat comes up against a human sphere that is now, totally, undefended.
This is the third book in Ian Douglas' Star Carrier series. The action is rousing, the battles immense and intense, and the characters often larger than life. Douglas also falls into the camp where a single individual knows better than the massed knowledge of everyone else, feeding into the individualism that often underlies military fiction. In this case it's not so heavy handed as to be too objectionable.
Koenig is an interesting character as commander of the largest fleet ever assembled. Those who follow him and fight with him, while nowhere near as fleshed out, are just as interesting. It's a big story set on a big canvas.
I enjoyed the book as much as I enjoyed the first two. It's fun to return to space opera done so intelligently and it's fun to find a writer who produces such entertaining reads on such a regular basis.
I definitely recommend the book and the series and I, for one, am looking forward to the next offering, whether it is in this series or a brand new one.