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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He’s likely have shaken his head in confusion at all your talk about them being the same character despite his claims that they weren’t. He was never critically acclaimed or taught in the classroom, and the one adaptation of his work has the director’s name above the title.

Also by John Steakley. Felix’s storyline is intense and powerful. Like many things that have a huge following, both parties are correct. He has none, but he’s still an affable guy. He only wrote two books, but those two books are in my top five. The invasion is similar to Normandy on D-Day, and we get our first glimpse of Felix in the mess hall the morning of the drop.

At the last second, Borglyn fires all of the ships weapons, seemingly destroying everything steailey it. I am sorry to hear he passed away before he could expand on the published world.

Felix survives, over and over again in drop after drop, finding himself the last man standing more times than he can count.

Armor by John Steakley

Several warriors are killed in the disaster, including Forest. Mass Market PaperbackDawpages. Military Science Fiction Category: I know he was a mysterious loner, but nobody goes through life without a trace. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie PolicyPrivacy Policyand our Terms of Service.


He spent time on the set of Vampires but reportedly butted heads with Carpenter, who was battling with the studio over budget cuts. View all 35 comments.

There’s no easy way to put this: He does this by reverting to a sort of split personality he calls “the Engine”. Why no armored vehicles?

Felix as a human is stripped away and the Engine is all that remains. I just glared over the book at any interruption. At times the characters appear positively stoned and act in inexplicable ways. This is probably my third or fourth re-read of this great book.

This novel comes recommended, because it’s good, but also for its novelty value. Hell, kill them rather than bother with them – or be bothered by them. And does he want to? Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Divides into sections, with the seemingly abrupt change of protagonist and date from Felix to Jack Crow taking awhile to re-connect with Felix’s story.

Armor by John Steakley 35 53 Aug 13, Jack strikes a deal where, in exchange for Borglyn saving his life, he will infiltrate and sabotage the Fleet research project on Sanction so Borglyn can access its limitless Fleet power source to refuel his ship, and continue on his deserter way. I added a significant bounty because this is one of my favorite books and I really, really, really want to know. It was engaging, although I found the Jack Crow sections to be a bit opaque in meaning.

This is not merely “military SF” — it’s a novel about suffering, compassion, love, and the human survival instinct. While battle scenes begin to bore me after 10 pages, I have to admit these ones were pretty intense.

Aside from the bad writing, the confusing scene changes, and annoying characters, I do not understand why Fleet could not bombard Banshee from space. He communicated with Steakley regularly, even organizing meet-ups and AMAs with some members of the site. By continuing to use this website, you agree johhn their use. I don’t remember how long GR had been recommended this book to me based on my reading list.


Little is known of him initially but that he suffers from burnout and refuses to die, even when it seems inevitable. Johh while he commits atrocities its all in the name of survival and the way his character struggles with what he has done, sgeakley how his comrades continuously die around him is compelling. I have edited your answer to remove some information that could personally identify you, as well as to improve grammar and formatting.

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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The second story revolves around Jack Crow, a famous brigand and scoundrel, a Oh man, if only the whole book was a good as the last pages, it would get 5 Stars not just 3. Maybe you meet it with a bit of all of these. That would have been an interesting development in that bh. Against all odds, Felix has survived 20 drops.

John Steakley died last year. The author included him just so we have a pair of eyes through which we armoor look at Felix. Heinlein ‘s Starship Troopers such as the military use of exoskeletons and insect-like alien enemies but concentrates more on the psychological effects of violence on human beings rather than on the political aspect of the military, which was the focus of Heinlein’s novel.

I wrote an article about Armor years ago and the response was overwhelming.