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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The remote colony is based around a military-funded research lab. We are experiencing technical difficulties. During the attack, the soldier they aror on using as a bomb is killed, rendering him useless. The two sub-plots intersect at the end, with each providing answers and insight into events of the other.

Armor by John Steakley

It is home to the most implacable enemies that humanity, in all its interstellar expansion, has ever encountered.

Armor is, in my opinion, the superior novel of Steakley’s duo. On the other hand, we could argue that it signifies character development.

The wikipedia article on this novel says it was the ‘trigger-happy security’ of the ship who killed him.

And this leads me to the strongest aspect of the story: I actually saw the movie adaptation first, and it is one of my favorite bad movies of all time. Jack is fascinated by a black scout suit he ssteakley and he carries it to the research lab as a gift to Hollis, the scientist who runs the lab. The fort withstands several assaults from the ants and wears them down almost to complete exhaustion. ARMOR is an unusual and interesting book.


Views Read Edit View history. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Steakley has extremely readable prose with crackling action scenes and hilarious gallows humor.

The military sci-fi classic of courage on a dangerous alien planet The planet is called Banshee. Hello, if this is your first time here, login with Facebook or create a free account to get started.

In this sense, he grows to hate the suit. Felix deals with war by retreating and letting The Engine take control, becoming a veteran and survivor of twenty combat drops. Try the Kindle edition and experience steeakley great reading features: A morally questionable character kohn views and opinions that are just as questionable, he is a tough man who does not hesitate to kill.

LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. While battle scenes begin to bore me after 10 pages, I have to admit these ones were pretty intense.

Retro review: ARMOR by John Steakley

Some of the be Meet Felix: Jack comes to despise Lewis for his irresponsible drunken nature. I take a different perspective But I don’t need a sequel — I like the way Armor ended. Only moments before being teleported onto the ship, Felix notices a Hive in the distance that barrages them with missiles, killing the Masao. 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.


I don’t remember any steajley of Fleet personnel firing at anything at that moment. When you come face-to-face with true excellence, do you meet it with admiration, envy, jealousy, or resentment?

Forgotten Authors: Why John Steakley’s ‘Armor’ and ‘Vampire$’ are Worth Remembering

You’re still right and the fans still liked it. I wonder if he did time in Vietnam. In the end, the stories intertwine seamlessly, leaving you surprised, amazed. Little is known of him initially but that he suffers from burnout and refuses to die, even when it seems inevitable.

This is important, because this momentum carries the novel even when the pace slows down. Product details Mass Market Paperback: