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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There seemed nothing to gain from ground-based warfare. The book changes pace halfway through. Trouble would be convincing the writer and more importantly, the family.

Retro review: ARMOR by John Steakley

To leave a comment Login with Facebook or create a free account. After nearly quitting Armor because of its lack of emotion, I was surprised to eventually find myself stressed out and sobbing.

Normally I don’t rate the narrator, caring more about the story instead but in this case I will say that he does an excellent job. I have read this book multiple times, very enjoyable read. Jack Crow is a mildly interesting character. Because there was nothing she could do to save armof animal, she began to hate it because it was suffering as a result of her mistake, yet surviving DESPITE her mistake. Everyone he serves with falls.

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

I think a close adaptation of Armor with the budget of Game of Thrones would be about the only way to do this saga justice. September 12, at 6: There was much that did not add up. Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered. Not just a story this is literature Like the others who have just posted reviews this is one of those books that I have been keeping an eye out for since I joined Audible. But I don’t need a sequel — I like the way Armor ended.


The soldiers successfully create an impregnable fort on Banshee.

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In an interview Steakley has actually said that he was inspired by Starship Troopers when he wrote Armor, and took many ideas for his book from Heinlein’s.

I just read the book again after I finally convinced my gf to read it. While battle scenes begin to bore me after 10 pages, I have to admit these ones were pretty intense. While hiding on the moon of the colony, the pirates show Jack an abandoned ship that they found and agree to give it to him, as well as a substantial sum of money, for helping them.

The Archetype of The Eternal Wanderer. This Crow is much more straightforward in his heroism, taking this as a credo to stand up for the little guy, whereas the pirate considers it a philosophy on why to pre-emptively take out an enemy. While this Sisyphean struggle is going on, a second narrative runs throughout the book.

June 28, at 9: This Captain Jack limits his buffoonery to a clever act that conceals a deep and tormented soul and when he has his heroic change of heart, it actually makes sense and moves the reader. Against an endless, unstoppable, enemy, a race of giant sentient ants, who never stops coming.


In the same way, Felix survives the absurdities of war, and they hate him for it, because they wouldn’t excel and survive as well as Felix did in the same circumstances. Soldiers of the Terran Armor Corps wage war across the stars.

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Join the Army and See the Universe. February 16, at 3: Sep 02, Jim rated it it was amazing Shelves: When he’s dropped with thousands of fellow armlr on a toxic planet nicknamed “Banshee,” he’s the only survivor of the battle with the 8-foot tall afmor that live there. I think what is most compelling about the story is that it captures the brutality and savagery of war despite it being set on a distant planet stsakley fighting aliens.

These immersions change Jack – as it does the others – so that he chooses to make an almost certain suicidal stand with Holly against Borglyn’s attack on the facility. Also, there needs to be a highly violent Wolverine cartoon with really high-budget animation on a premium channel. Forward Unto Dawn live action movie?

Also, Weiner’s narration is as good as it gets! If you liked Starship Troopers your’re gonna love this one, Steakley was obviously inspired by Heinlein’s work ugly giant insect-like enemies, battle armors. The action is good military stuff but against a pointless foe.