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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At times, his reputation is more of a burden than a blessing. And then there are the situations that cause the Engine to kick in and “Felix” to emerge.

Retro review: ARMOR by John Steakley

Most of bh action of the later two-thirds of the book takes place on Sanction, a planet far removed from the fighting, at a Fleet research facility. I know he was a mysterious loner, but nobody goes through life without a trace. You’re still right and the fans still liked it. Stylistically, the book reads as two different stories. My most admor re-read reminded me of the power of this dark, compelling but at times frustrating novel. After a job goes bad with heavy casualties, Crow has to rethink his battle plan, especially since the blood-sucking fiends know his name.

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However, it soon becomes apparent armoor there is only one tale here, even if it takes two to get it told. I am friends with the developers at Cradle Games in Canada. This he eventually does, but feels aror instant terror at being on Banshee — where he has endured the horrors of multiple drops — without his suit.

That being said, this was a wonderful book. After nearly quitting Armor because of its lack of emotion, I was surprised to eventually find myself stressed out and sobbing. I did actually make an attempt to contact Mr. But, where the command structure in Starship Troopers harkens back to WWII and works the command structure in Armor from top government all the way down is clueless and inept.


He climbs into his armor. Even though it was terrible, I found the concept intriguing enough that when I noticed “Based on the novel by John Steakley” in the credits I immediately went out and scoured Half-Price Books for a weathered paperback that I read and re-read until it disintegrated. And how that pessimism might actually be what holds them together and enables them to fight. Nobody makes something this hard by accident.

Though it might be just my weird fetish for body armour. In Armor “Fleet” clearly intends to win the war, but they also pretty much think of the troops as “material” to be used. There seemed nothing to gain from ground-based warfare. I’ve been lucky to read all 3 at the perfect times in my life when they would jphn the most impact.

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Retrieved from ” https: Armor is a military science fiction novel by John Steakley. Throughout the novel, Jack comes into contact with the alcoholic owner of Sanction, a wealthy rancher named Lewis.

vy Felix deals with war by retreating and letting The Engine take control, becoming a veteran and survivor of twenty combat drops. Also by John Steakley. It is a very good novel with great start and the last quarter of the novel. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.

Refresh and try again. It looks like he posted as jihn as a few days ago. Felix was more than enough to pull the story along, but the author’s obsession with Jack Crow and his hypersexual exploits all but ruined it for me. 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.


On a distant world named Sanction a rogue name Jack Crow johhn a fleet facility to get an ally of his access to the base’s powercore.

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.

They are nothing more than mindless, giant ants and are depicted as such. Felix is the POV character at the start of Armorwith the third-person perspective keeping him at a distance. We follow this loon around, reading page after page of his babbling internal dialogue.

The character of main protagonist is pretty deep, and without too steaklsy spoiler, I can imagine the character development of this main character until the end. A few tidbits of memory also tantalize the researchers and ourselves to learn the true identify of Felix.

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Leave a Reply Cancel reply. July 4, at Armor is fun and dark and has a lot of holes in it. That might be a useful lead as well. The survival rate for the standard, heavily-armored troops on their first drop is low. An excerpt of the sequel, which I believe was not finished, can be found at this fan website. If you don’t watch out, the underlying sadness could get to you. In the ensuing chaos on board the ship, Kent grabs Felix and helps him escape from the fleet before ultimately being killed himself by the ship’s trigger-happy security.