John Steakley’s ARMOR (, Daw) is regarded, in many ways, as a companion to Heinlein’s STARSHIP TROOPERS. In interviews given at. John Steakley only published two relatively obscure novels in his life. The first, published in , was Armor, and while taking clear inspiration. The military sci-fi classic of courage on a dangerous alien planet The planet is called Banshee. The air is unbreathable, the water is poisonous. It is.

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Lewis is then revealed to be Felix, who dons the black scout armor once more to fend off the attackers. More zteakley likely that’s what Steakley was aiming for, a kind of “what if? I guess we have a lot of fans of the original Armor cover coming out of the woodwork.

Mechanised reality If you could sum up Armor in three words, what would they be?

It is not a re-hash of Starship Troopers, so if you go into this novel expecting another book like that then you’ll be disappointed. My condolences at the loss of your friend. When Ivan Pritchard signs on as a newbie aboard the Mad Astrait’s his final, desperate stab at giving his wife and children the life they deserve. Suffice it to say that before the finale, Jack Crow becomes: It was engaging, although I found the Jack Crow sections to be a bit opaque in meaning.

Jack Crow is a space pirate famous for stealing the plans to a revolutionary new spaceship engine. Wired into mechanized battle suits, they fight the terrifying battles which must be steaklej, no matter the cost.

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April Learn how and when to remove this template message. Jan 27, Tom rated it it was amazing Stakley I figured it just would apply when the time ran out anyway. They begin the process of reviewing the armor’s files by basically reliving the experiences of the soldier who had worn it.


The Archetype of The Eternal Wanderer. I didn’t mind this; the story is not about the war, it’s about these people, and this is a much more realistic armo that such events are actually experienced. He is also breaking out of prison.

Retro review: ARMOR by John Steakley

Most forget we won the battles. At least well written in comparison to what i was normally reading. Highly competent, he is the sole survivor of mission after mission. Hell, kill them rather than bother with them – or be bothered by them. Steakley had lived to complete the sequel.

Suppose there really were vampires. The only place they can get fuel is on a remote and under-defended colony planet. The second half starts off so quietly, its stdakley. Even without the question of Felix and Jack Crow, Steakley has extremely readable prose with crackling action scenes and hilarious gallows humor.

I would have loved to see where the story could go from here. Every battle, every fight, every amount of seemingly insurmountable difficulty he encounters, he champions.

Why was there never any support from the air? Bleak imagery and nightmare mark the killing ground of massive, ugly bugs that outnumber the warriors a aror to one, and nearly everyone dies. You won’t believe it at the beginning, but Armor becomes intensely emotional, especially for what’s considered a wrmor SF” novel.

Not for this planet.

Dec 04, Pages Buy. Then he joined the army.

Much of the action involves Felix in combat in the title armor on the planet Banshee. Steakley has extremely readable prose with crackling action scenes and hilarious gallows humor.

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I often found myself backtracking, sorting through ambiguous narrative trying to construct a scene. The bigger the name involved, the harder it will be to ever see the project realized. Like many things that have a huge following, both parties are correct.

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These immersions change Jack – as it does the others – so that he chooses to make an almost certain suicidal stand with Holly against Borglyn’s attack on the facility.

Honor Harrington has been exiled to Basilisk station and given an antique ship to police the system. He cannot, will not, be defeated. The Jack Crow story is more fun but so disjointed and just lacking background in key areas.

In the seedy starport of Ackabar, a young girl searches the crime-ridden gutters to avenge her father’s murder; not far away, a double-dealing legionniare-turned-smuggler hunts an epic payday; and somewhere along the outer galaxy, a mysterious bounty hunter lies in wait.

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But the Horsemen of eras past were smart – they left a legacy of equipment Jim can use to complete the next contract and resurrect the company. There are some really cool revelations about the mystery that is Felix, and much of it is left unexplained. It has some superficial similarities with Robert A.

A rich and fulfilling story, with action a plenty, a deep reflective note and a satisfying twist. It’s during basic training that he’s found to have unique warrior skills; a remarkable adaptability to combat situations and an incredible, almost superhuman will to live. Jack Crow, as well, is destined to be a roguish scoundrel with a hidden conscience.

After nearly quitting Armor because of its lack of emotion, I was surprised to eventually find myself stressed out and sobbing. The action is good military stuff but against a pointless foe.

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