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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The soldiers successfully create an impregnable fort on Banshee. You steak,ey know it as a large retailer now; as large as a Brazilian river! The survival rate for armored troops is very very low.

Maybe you meet it with a bit of all of these. It’s like ‘Full Metal Jacket’ that is really two movies connected by Pvt. Want to Read saving….


John Steakley died last year. Little is known of him initially but that he suffers from burnout and refuses to die, even when it seems inevitable. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Steakley has extremely readable prose with crackling action scenes and hilarious gallows humor.

It almost takes on a life of its own, becoming something malignant and dehumanising. If you just have to, I found it here as an. Most of the action of the later two-thirds of the book takes place on Sanction, a planet far removed from the fighting, at a Fleet research arnor.

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Felix is disgusted by this revelation. Felix and his fellow soldiers are ambushed by ants on their way up the hive. In this sense, he grows to hate the suit. Delighted to find your review after looking up John Steakley to discover his other work.


At one point, a doctor checks on a person who fainted, and their diagnosis? The stakley of the novel alternates between Felix and Jack Crow. Jack Crow is a notorious celebrity and one-time pirate. He’s constantly referred to as “gunman” by the other vampire hunters, and is admired for his inherent, almost unconscious skill that kicks in during battle.

Just nuke it if necessary. Return to Book Page. Puts a stick through one of the small holes and lo and behold ants stream out. Jack Crow is a mildly interesting character. He cannot, will not, be defeated. A decent read but not the slam dunk I was expecting. Instead, he keeps getting dropped steakey the hordes of Ants on Banshee, and he continues to survive while everyone else dies. Dec 02, Tina rated it really liked it. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

Seems like that will be not just the best, but ONLY source of info. Dec 26, Dan Schwent rated it liked it Shelves: This is The Forever Warwith stdakley book’s decades of battles condensed into one year. She tells of a dog that her brother owned and of how she let it out one day when she was home alone.

Retro review: ARMOR by John Steakley

Rather than third-person with Felix, we are stuck in first-person with Jack Crow, a sociopath whose first act is jkhn kill an innocent man. Like many things that have a huge following, both parties are correct.


Steakley’s close friends, many of whom were at his funeral.

Inspired by Your Browsing History. Lewis is profoundly anti-war and doesn’t allow his citizens to carry energy weapons.

John Steakley was writing a sequel when he died in November At first glance, Steakley took the parts of Starship Troopers he liked the most, power armor and stexkley that resemble insects, and expanded it into a novel, but Armor is so much more than that.

Damn, the more I think about it, the more I start to like it. It reminded me a little of Consider Phlebas mainly the character of Jack Crow as well as The Forever War though it seems like every sci-fi soldier book I gy reminds me of that one. But overal This often-overlooked military Sci-Fi novel has some of the best pulse-pounding, page-turning SF shoot-em-up action you will ever read.

Jul 20, Johnny Atomic rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Imagines he is fighting a battle with the ants. Lists with This Book. The author included him just so we have a pair of eyes through which we can look at Felix.

And the “Fleet” personnel are portrayed beyond dumb, just not believable. Ante Zivkovic Please, what is your theory on this, Cartman? I figured it just would apply when the time ran out anyway. He’s introduced in Armor as telling his story from first-person perspective, a remorseless pragmatist that caves in a dwarf’s face while escaping incarceration.

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