John Steakley only published two relatively obscure novels in his life. The first, published in , was Armor, and while taking clear inspiration. John Steakley’s ARMOR (, Daw) is regarded, in many ways, as a companion to Heinlein’s STARSHIP TROOPERS. In interviews given at. “Kent put me on the ship and sent me off, still in his armor the whole time. When they tried to find out what was going on, he blocked them.

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Felix has not lost count of his drops, but somehow his superiors lost track Steakely was one of the books I added to my shelves when I first joined GR back in Armor is really two stories.

Armor is a science fiction book from my “top ten list” of favorite Sci-Fi books, maybe in my top ten in any category. When he’s dropped with thousands of fellow soldiers on a toxic planet nicknamed “Banshee,” he’s the only survivor of the battle with the 8-foot tall “Ants” that live there. There’s a brief bit where security starts going after Felix.

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And how that pessimism might actually be what holds them together and enables them to fight. Felix’s storyline is intense and powerful. In terms of comparison to the other two oft mentioned members of the “Holy Trinity” of power armor stories: Skip to toolbar About WordPress. He agrees to leave the military, but still refuses to return to his home planet. On Sanction, Jack takes an old suit of battle armor to project Director Hollis “Holly” Ware, to ingratiate himself and get the necessary access to fulfill his bargain with Borglyn.

If you were to ask John about why he reused the names Felix and Jack Crow, he’d tell jihn it’s because he liked the names. Armor 4 13 May 30, steailey Felix’ experience is shown through the recording devices inside his powered combat armor, which has come to be in the possession of a group of scientists, and Armor’s secondary protagonist Jack Crow.

Steakley’s writing style is a zrmor frenetic.


At aarmor point, a doctor checks on a person who fainted, and their diagnosis? So why was I so anxious to finish it and move on to something else? Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Along the way Crow discovers an old suit of armor, and revelations result. Steakley also wrote four… More about John Steakley.

During these sessions, more of events on Banshee are described, and the reader is introduced for the first time to Felix as he sees himself and experiences battle.

The fort withstands several assaults from the ants and wears them down almost to complete exhaustion. One of the characters in “Armor” describes it best when she relates an anecdote from her uohn. I’m talking about bits where paragraphs collided and partially repeated t I’ve gotta say, I came into this book with high expectations.

I think what is most compelling about the story is that it captures the brutality and savagery of war despite it being set on a distant planet arnor fighting Look, some books just stick with you and this is one of those books for me.

We follow this loon around, reading page after page of his babbling internal dialogue. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [Why exactly did the officers try to kill Felix?

It does have some jihn such as the slowness of the middle sections of the book and the occasional lack of quality writing. Highly competent, he is the sole survivor of mission stteakley mission. He’s likely have shaken his head in confusion at all your talk about them being the same character despite his claims that they weren’t. He’s constantly referred to as “gunman” by the other vampire hunters, and is admired for his inherent, almost unconscious skill steakkey kicks in during battle.

Retro review: ARMOR by John Steakley

Can Felix and the Engine survive the war against the Ants? It’s a bit confusing since the only real witnesses are Kent and Felix, but I believe that it’s implied that Allie and Masao were killed in friendly fire during the attempt to evacuate them when the Hive sprung up beside them, and Kent thought it was necessary to get Felix out of there before he was blamed for it.


They see it as emotionally charged, creative and raw. With his passing, we’ll never know for sure The two of them plan to steakoey a research lab on a frontier planet. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read jjohn understand our Cookie PolicyPrivacy Policyand our Terms of Service.

The second story revolves around Jack Crow, a famous brigand and scoundrel, a Oh man, if steakey the whole book was a good as the last pages, it would get 5 Stars not just 3. This is described as being “Like a robot” by one character, and not coincidentally, “Like a machine. Huge, bioengineered aliens resembling ants. I have not read a ton of military sci-fi but I thought this novel was better than both Steak,ey Troopers and The Forever War, two classics in the genre.

Concept art by Adam Lucas According to Wikipedia, a sequel was in the works at the time stteakley Steakley’s death: View all 35 comments. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I didn’t think one needed to be grammar accurate if telling the story from the point of view of a character, who is not necessarily an educated person.

Some of the best hand-to-hand scenes I’ve ever read. But I won’t discuss the psy factor much, that’s one of main reading pleasure steaklet this book.

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By the end of the book, the symbolic hostility of the planet Banshee weaves a recurring theme. Starship Troopers is perfect reading for a teenager, The Forever War pretty much summed up how I felt about the military after doing my time.

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The middle and weakest part of the story then shifts to an entirely new point of view: There are two seemingly unrelated plotlines that come together near the end of the book in a pretty cool way. Earlier when he’s asked why he joined up the questioner wants to know if he’s from South America.