John Steakley only published two relatively obscure novels in his life. The first, published in , was Armor, and while taking clear inspiration. John Steakley’s ARMOR (, Daw) is regarded, in many ways, as a companion to Heinlein’s STARSHIP TROOPERS. In interviews given at. “Kent put me on the ship and sent me off, still in his armor the whole time. When they tried to find out what was going on, he blocked them.

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Where is the explanation for the strategy? That just comes off as pretentious to me. First, there is almost no character developmen There’s no easy way to put this: In Felix, we have a genuine sc Armor consists of two storylines.

Thanks for being his friend and for whatever motivation and support you gave him while he was writing his books. As Crow and others become more and more sucked into Felix’ world of despair and terror, made only more terrifying by his unstoppable will to never quit, their own problems only grow.

He must depend on the scout suit to protect him and thus it becomes essential to his existence. One of Armor’s most interesting aspects is way the three people who are tapping the suit’s memories react to Felix.

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Everyone he serves with falls. Dialogue gets a bit ramor 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.


A trooper in this armor is a one-man, atomic powered battle fortress.

Armor is a case study in desperation, fear and survival, and it stands tall among its Heinlein and Scalzi peers. This was one of the books I added to my shelves when I first joined GR back in They simply want to beat you up.

Retro review: ARMOR by John Steakley

Fleet knew who Felix is, or rather was Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Mass Market PaperbackDawpages. Like I mentioned, these two tales appear to be unrelated, but there is one thing that connects them: Feel free to skim.

Top Armir Most recent Top Reviews. 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 greatest armor of all.

For all his victories, Felix’ reality remains the same: Felix as a human is stripped away and the Engine is all that sfeakley. The troops ended fighting for each other simply trying to live till the end of their hitch. Will remember this book for a long time. I wonder if he did time in Vietnam.

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Well, Crow actually stole the drive and the ship it was poweringbut still. This Jack Crow is no other Jack Crow”, a nip in the bud for any naysayers. There is a lot of mo This is a fascinating novel. The denouement is nice and leaves you wanting so much more.

There was much that did not add up. Perhaps because the story was written in the early 80s there is a bit of residual seventies weirdness apparent.

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On the other hand, we could argue that it signifies character development. View all 4 comments. Steakleh first, published inwas Armor, and while taking clear inspiration from Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers, it presupposed the space marine subgenre by a few years.


Now I know why. But basically, that’s the worst reason I can stekaley of for killing. I loved the way Crow and the others pieced together Felix’s fate as the colony slowly collapsed.

Some of the best hand-to-hand scenes I’ve ever read. Something Ominous is Missing from Horror Fiction. He’s an author that is ready for a resurgence. May 02, Jerry rated it it was amazing Shelves: Steakely 29, Stephen rated it liked it Shelves: Felix discovers that his 21st drop will be with the affluent monarch of an extra-solar planet, named the Masao.

However, in a moment of climax, Felix is revealed to be the runaway monarch of an equally wealthy planet called Golden. The planet’s royalty wanted him, no, needed him back after his father died.

Steakkley Crow is similarly comparable between the two books. However, it soon becomes apparent that there is only one tale here, even if it takes two to get it told. How is this book considered awesome and canonical? There’s also the fact that he likes the character and wanted to see how she would react under completely different circumstances.

Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Put simply, it’s horrid.