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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Well worth a read. The evolution of the characters is a tour-de-force. He has smoothness and polish that are rare in first novels John Steakley is best known for his science fiction writing. He has published two novels, including his acclaimed military science fiction novel Armoras well as four short science fiction and fantasy stories. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

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 ojhn to the most implacable enemies that humanity, in all its interstellar expansion, has ever encountered. A trooper in this armor is a one-man, atomic powered battle fortress. But he will have to fight a nearly endless horde of berserk, hard-shelled monsters—the fighting arm of a species which uses biological technology to nohn perfect, mindless war minions. Felix is a scout in A-team Two.

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Highly competent, he is the sole survivor of mission after mission. Yet he is a man consumed by fear and hatred. Read more Read less. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. Buy the selected items together This item: Ships from and sold by Amazon. Starship Troopers by Robert A. Customers who bought this item also bought.

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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. From what I know about Steakley, he intended Armor to be a Starship Troopers with better action scenes. Well, what we ended up with was something much, much more. I rarely feel compelled enough to write reviews, but I still feel so strongly about this book that I could no longer hold myself back.


This is a book that I recommend to friends, and have on more than one occasion given as a gift. Armor is really two stories. The story of Felix the scout who has the fortune to be the lone survivor on many missions in the war against ant-like creatures on the planet Banshee. While Steakley clearly achieved his goal of making a Starship Troopers with better action scenes, this book really shines in its clairvoyance. The action is very kinetic, and it totally works for me because it really paints an authentic portrait of the sudden and seemingly random nature of violence.

This book also has a transition in it that does seem jarring at first, but is totally justified. If you are science fiction fan then this is a must read. I started this book at 3 in the after noon, and after a party finished it at in the morning. It started as an awesome kill aliens book with an interesting character and mysterious past. It then morphed into a kind of mystery that lead to soul searching and still more dead aliens, ending was a bit sad but still awesome, wish Eyes was there.

Retro review: ARMOR by John Steakley

I am failing this book in a review but it is easily in the top 20 of my favorite books, and I read an unhealthy amount.

One of the best book purchases i have ever made. Will remember this book for a long time. Jack Crow was nonsense. Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase. The best part of the book is about Felix. At first, Felix comes off as a mysterious character. Little by little, Felix unravels and you get to know more aarmor his tragic past. The pieces come together and it begins to make sense, everything is put into context. Joyn didn’t care about the Jack Crow part, he was just a very arrogant jerk.

I think the story should have just focused on Felix. Most of the book felt like a chore to read. Steakley should have given Jack Crow his own book.

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Afmor probably had an impulse to write about Jack Crow and couldn’t resist. Armor is a very slow burn as a book. I also think it was pages too long. The Jack Crow part felt joohn Steakley went off on a huge tangent. I really enjoyed this book. I have not read a ton of military sci-fi but I thought this novel armkr better than both Starship Troopers and The Forever War, two classics in the genre. There are two seemingly unrelated plotlines that come together near the end of the book in a pretty cool way.

The reason I’m giving this four stars instead of five is because of the numerous spelling errors throughout the book. This is not something I usually care about or even notice but I definitely noticed it when reading this book.

Battle armor is a standard component of military science fiction, but the concept was still reasonably fresh when John Steakley wrote Armor.

The novel has its strengths and weaknesses but it still makes for entertaining reading. The first section of Armor follows Felix, armog scout wearing a battle suit who is dropped onto the planet Banshee where humans are at war with a species that would resemble ants if ants were 8 feet tall. Felix turns out to be a master at surviving combat while all around him die, a distinction that earns him the unwelcome privilege of being dropped into combat over and over again.


Felix experiences fear but has an uncanny ability to set it aside while he busies himself with the tasks of killing and staying alive. He calls that survival instinct “the engine” that takes over and drives him into or away from combat.

This section of the novel is unremarkable and not entirely believable in its descriptions of battle but is noteworthy for the psychological profile of Hohn that it begins to develop.

The story resumes four years later. The focus is now on Jack Crow, johh legendary pirate who gave humanity the Blaze-drive. Well, Crow actually stole the drive and the ship it was poweringbut still.

Everyone knows of Jack Afmor and Jack enhances his reputation by telling embellished stories of his exploits. As part joh of the novel opens, Crow is escaping from a mining prison where is being used as for slave labor.

Crow manages to gain passage on a pirate ship, the captain of which wants Crow to help him steal fuel from a Fleet Scientific Colony. Crow takes along a battle suit that the captain has salvaged and gives it as a gift to the colony’s director, who is able to access the suit’s memories, which turn out to be Felix’s memories.

Over a period of time, those memories are experienced anew by the director, his lovely assistant, and Crow. One of Armor’s steakleu interesting aspects is way the three people who are tapping the xrmor memories react to Felix.

They are initially numbed by the terror he experiences on each mission and by the knowledge that Felix will eventually die, but they begin to hope he’ll die so that the torment they are vicariously experiencing will end.

The bastard just won’t die and they hate him for it. The third section takes us back to Felix and gives us more insight into his personality. Why does he persevere? Why does he wear the armor? Is he using it as a shield or is he walling himself off from others? Bit by bit, slices of Felix are revealed to the reader. It is that unraveling of Felix, more than the relatively tiresome fight scenes with the ants, that make Armor worth reading. In part four we spend some time with the symbolic “hero” of Fleet who, unlike Felix, has never known the terror of battle.