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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July 4, at Jack aemor 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.

He becomes the Engine: He has smoothness and polish that are rare in first novels….

The story of Felix is actually very enthralling and aemor the odd twist it gets is just that a bit odd it’s still very good and I truly wish Mr. It is home to the most implacable enemies that humanity, in all its interstellar expansion, has ever encountered. The character of main protagonist is pretty deep, and without too much spoiler, I can imagine the character development of this main character until the end. Banshee wants him dead, the gigantic aliens they fight begin to recognize him, and he is forced to watch as those around him are destroyed one by one.

Then we get to the Jack Crow sequence, which starts off fast and frenetic, but evolves and becomes, well, the tseakley else entirely referred to earlier. Aug 07, Dirk Grobbelaar rated it it was amazing Shelves: A few tidbits of memory also tantalize the researchers and ourselves to learn the true identify of Felix.


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There is insight into the psychology of soldiers, the pessimism syeakley comes out of being thrown into “the shit,” day after day, deployment after deployment, for no discernible reason. John Steakley Armor 2 excerpt and short story pdf. If you are a grammar Nazi, you’ll probably hate this book.

His response to the constant anxiety of war, to the horrors that he has to endure, is to develop an alter-ego.

Retro review: ARMOR by John Steakley

Starship Troopers is an exploration of citizenship, duty, and patriotism in human terms. According to sources on the net Steakley was working on a sequel when he passed away. View all 9 comments. Also intrigued, Hollis manages to hook into it so that they can relive Felix’s experiences in byy Antwar.

Jul 20, Johnny Atomic rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Felix is a scout in A-team Two. August 14, at In the aftermath of his first encounter, Felix regroups with the surviving humans. The next 80 pages are fast. I hope there is a reader of yours out there that can provide some information to you. July 20, at 9: A conflict, unexplained even to its fighters, on a desolate hellhole world: His deep voice was perfect for a story with a bunch of rough men in it, but he did a great job with the female characters, too.

Because to me, Armor feels like something unique and genuine, that can only be authentic mohn the lens John Steakley saw it.

Armor by John Steakley

The Ants were great enemies in a survival horror type of way. I’ve been lucky joyn read all 3 at the perfect times in my life when they would have the most impact. And does he want to? It’s the story of Felix, a foot soldier in a war against an alien ant-like race.

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Because there was nothing she could do to save the animal, she began to hate it because it was suffering as a result of her mistake, yet surviving DESPITE her mistake. The narrative of the novel alternates between Felix stfakley Jack Crow.


More on this later. Their own quiet place in space is becoming unstable, local forces and an enemy of Jack Crow’s past coming together for a final conflict that forces them out of Felix’ memories, and into a war of their own.

Maybe I like him because he’s what every hero should be: It affected me profoundly, too. Do NOT skip ahead even though you know you really want stealley.

Jack Crow is a mildly interesting character. Even before Steakley passed away in from liver cancer he had faded from public view, with only a few projects like Armor II in the pipe. I recently made an attempt to contact DAW publishing, which was the subsidiary of Penguin that last published Armor in paperback.

Felix learns from his inexperienced Commanding Officer, Canada Shoen, that one of the purposes of the fort is to show non-combat officers and journalists what the war is like. Whether reading Armor a dozen times or more gave me that framework, or if it is innate in some of us or all of us, or if the book only gives us the analogy to describe it Dave Alpern January 12, – An excerpt of the sequel, which I believe was not finished, can be found at this fan website.

He gets passage on a ship off of the prison planet, but it’s a pirate ship, and they need fuel badly.