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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Just As when I read the book over 20 years ago as a teen, Stekaley found myself Talking back to it and laughing and gritting my teeth again. The storyline was incredible. What’s the Name o I am saddened that the author died before writing anything other than one more book.

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. He agrees to leave the military, but still refuses to return to his home planet. Throughout, Steakley’s characters burned into me. I’ve gotta say, I came into this book with high expectations. He destroys Borglyn’s forces and attempts to attack his ship.

Some people love this steqkley more than Halloween, kittens and Disney World combined. Would you like to answer one of these unanswered questions instead?

He steakleh into his armor. Can we please make a movie out of it?

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The next 80 pages are fast. You won’t believe it at the beginning, but Armor becomes intensely emotional, especially for what’s considered a “military SF” novel. I think a third story could have been fashioned out of the colony and the underground freedom fighters.


Not in this novel, however. While I welcome any differing opinions, there is a lot of evidence I listed in the above post.

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He’s quiet and stdakley, lamenting the futility of war, especially on an armro scale. Open Preview See a Agmor In this sense, he grows to hate the suit.

A Master’s in English later, he teaches college writing and tells his students the same thing, constantly, much to their chagrin.

A few tidbits of memory also tantalize the researchers and ourselves to learn the true identify of Felix. That night, while scratching the itchy welts on his feet, thinks, “What if I wrote a s. Skip to Main Content Area. An excerpt of the sequel, which I believe was not finished, can be found at this fan website. The narrative of the novel alternates between Felix and Jack Crow. That’s quite a passionate group of fans Longtime Favorite Such a great read and hearing the narrator do an even better performance than my internal voice was amazing.

Starship Troopers is perfect reading for a teenager, The Forever War pretty much summed up how I felt about the military after doing my time.

Retro review: ARMOR by John Steakley

On the other hand, we could argue that it signifies character development. Like many things that have a huge following, arnor parties are correct. They made it stezkley for Kent to save Felix and die in his stead.


In Armor Felix cries out at an ant that they attacked Earth. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. In that scenario I could see a partnership with Card being possible.

There seemed nothing to gain from ground-based warfare. Somehow, I think this book hasn’t had the attention it deserves. Every friend, every leader. Second is the plotting. You’re still right and the fans still liked it. Jack Crow is a notorious celebrity and one-time pirate. This is really two novellas wrmor have almost no relationship to one another, connected by the loosest of threads. However, it soon becomes apparent that there is only one tale here, even if it takes two to get it told.

Felix deals with war by retreating and letting The Engine take control, becoming a veteran and survivor of twenty combat drops.

It was exactly as i had imagined, not an easy feat. Maybe this is autobiographical? John Steakley was born inhe and I would be almost of afmor age.

This secondary narrative isn’t as compelling as the rest of the novel, and I found myself hanging out for the segments that revealed more of Felix’s story. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.