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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Part 2 begins the parallel story of Jack Crow, right in the midst of a messy prison escape. One time I managed to get a really generic response from the law firm that handled armod affairs at one point, from someone who used to know his lawyer. Throughout, Steakley’s characters burned into me.

Retro review: ARMOR by John Steakley

Oct 24, Phil rated it it was amazing. I’m certainly not a grammar Nazi and I loved this book.

Brice and I are both huge fans and halfway decent writers, at least compared to television standards. John Steakley only published two relatively obscure novels in his life. Still feels fresh and relevant. The Ants were great enemies in a survival horror type of way. Throughout the novel, Jack comes into contact with the alcoholic owner of Sanction, a wealthy rancher named Lewis. 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.

It just doesn’t follow. The only place they can get fuel is on a remote and under-defended colony planet. If you liked Starship Troopers your’re gonna love this one, Steakley was obviously inspired by Heinlein’s work ugly giant insect-like enemies, battle armors.

That’s quite a passionate group of fans Are you prepared for the zombie apocalypse? There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. Praise Praise for Armor: Felix and his fellow soldiers are ambushed by ants on their way up the hive. Jack strikes a deal where, in exchange for Borglyn saving his life, he will infiltrate and sabotage the Fleet research project on Sanction so Borglyn can access its limitless Fleet power source to refuel his ship, and continue on his deserter way.


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Felix has in him almost a split personality which takes over his body when he is in combat situations. This secondary narrative isn’t as compelling as the rest of the novel, and I found myself hanging out ar,or the segments that revealed more of Felix’s story. The bigger the name involved, the harder it will be to ever see the project realized. That just comes off as pretentious to me. In terms of comparison to the other two oft mentioned members of the “Holy Trinity” of power steakleyy stories: The Felix narrative tracks the experience of an individual soldier in an interstellar war.

The war is known as the “Antwar”. Though it might be just my weird fetish for body armour.

July 25, at 9: I absolutely love Armor, but I think you have a good point here. The planet Banshee, a barren desert, with subzero temperatures and screaming winds.

I had no idea Steakley had died, or that he only published one other book. They don’t want to fight at all. Why no armored vehicles?

Dialogue gets a bit trite at times, especially the internal monologue of Felix who revels in melodrama, female characters exist mostly to hop into bed with the closest male characters, and the pace is clunky with two storylines that could have been more skillfully interwoven. Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others.

The Archetype of The Eternal Wanderer.

The lunar settlers prepare to repel the onslaught, but what can a small population of 1 million do against the combined might of billions on Earth – especially now that the PKs have the secret of the antigravity drive? The machine, the monster, that lies within every man, and how he can choose to champion it, or let it destroy him.


A decent read but not the slam dunk I was expecting. He does, however, don his armor one more time and saves Crow’s armmor in the process.

However, it soon becomes apparent that there is only one tale here, even if it takes two to get it told.

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Jack is fascinated by a black scout suit he finds and he carries it to the research lab as a gift to Hollis, the scientist who runs the lab.

I just read the book again armod I finally convinced my gf to read it. Felix is the ultimate soldier in his Armorwreaking havoc on the hordes of enemy 1, “ants” that attack any military landing on the planet.

Where is the explanation for the strategy? Fear, sheer terror, is so overwhelming that a survival machine takes over, but the emotions lurk there ready to pounce if the guard is let down. Can Felix and the Engine survive steakleh war against the Ants?

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I read the paper back some years back before revisiting in this medium. March 16, at 2: Several people had recommended it to me in the past. The combat scenes were repetitive, but that was on purpose. Stylistically, the book reads as two different stories. An intense and unusual work, wonderfully performed There are really two stories here, that eventually come together, and they are somewhat different.