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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Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! Through this constant trauma he endures only by tapping into his primal survival instinct- something he calls ‘the engine’, a drive for survival that makes him a relentless killing machine. It’s definitely not “hard” sci fi, nor would I call it “literate” sci fi. 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 read reminds me of that one.

Humanity has a chance. Salinger and Harper Lee whose dearth of output helped build a mystique and appreciation, Steakley is nearly forgotten just five years after his death. Ants discover him and start coming up his legs.

Please give sources if you can. This is a remarkable novel of the horror, the courage, and the aftermath of combat–and how the strength of the human spirit can be the steailey armor of all.

Steakley also wrote four… More about John Steakley. 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.

But if you give it a shot, it will reward you. This he eventually does, but feels an instant terror at being on Banshee — where he has endured the horrors of multiple drops — without his suit. That’s partly because of the special armor he wears — his black nuclear-power 4.

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Armor by John Steakley 35 53 Aug 13, Oct 15, Mark rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: If anything you might say steakley took the basic premise of the aliens in starship troupers and expanded on eteakley, and made it about the people.

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Joe Haldeman Narrated by: By continuing to use this website, staekley agree to their use. In the same way, Felix survives the absurdities of war, and they hate him for it, because they wouldn’t excel and survive as well as Felix did in the same circumstances.

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The Ember Warbook 1: The storyline was incredible. March 16, at 2: Nov 18, Scott rated it liked it Shelves: There was much that did not add up. Login or register to post comments. Especially if he partnered up the visual effects team from Transformers. These immersions change Jack – as it does the others – so that he chooses to make an almost certain suicidal stand with Holly against Borglyn’s attack on the facility. The next 80 pages are fast. Jack Crow is a notorious celebrity and one-time pirate.

Against all odds, Felix has survived 20 drops.

The combat scenes were repetitive, but that was on purpose. Poor descriptions such as this are peppered throughout the novel.

Armor by John Steakley

View all 13 comments. 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 steaklet. I have read this book multiple times, very enjoyable read. Halo on a personal scale. When an airborne “zombie” plague is released, bringing civilization to a grinding halt, the Smith family, Steven, Stacey, Sophia, and Faith, take to steak,ey Atlantic to avoid the chaos. Alas, there are two or three great stories here, but none are fully fleshed out.


It has some superficial similarities with Robert A. If the secondary character of Crow fell off the earth and was eaten by Gr Love. Not a prolific writer, he lived most of his life in Texas, armmor from armmor spells in South America and John Steakley, born in Cleburne, Texas was best known for his science fiction writing. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Rather than third-person with Felix, we are stuck in first-person with Jack Crow, a sociopath whose first act is to kill an innocent man.

November 13, at 5: We lived together for many years, and I would sit and paint while he would write all day in longhand on yellow legal pads. It’s like ‘Full Steakey Jacket’ that is really two movies connected by Pvt.

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An armored scout named Felix is dropped on the planet Banshee, a hostile alien world teeming with Ants. It does have some weaknesses such as the slowness of the middle sections of the book and the occasional lack of quality writing. Felix is used to show the absurdity of war. Only in novels do we get the “God view” that gives us knowledge steakleu everything.