- File Size: 1313 KB
- Print Length: 430 pages
- Publisher: DAW (December 4, 1984)
- Publication Date: December 4, 1984
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00NUMILJ2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,736 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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“Armor is a fascinating war-story, a unique take on the military SF genre.... Well worth a read.”—Jamie Sawyer, author of The Lazarus War series
“This is a serious book which shows the violence and brutality of war, the cynicism and hypocrisy with which it is waged, and the real and terrible fears of the combatants.” —VOYA
“The book is gripping, forceful, and compelling. The evolution of the characters is a tour-de-force.” —Kliatt
“Well-worth reading.” —Analog
“Steakley’s writing is quite good. He has smoothness and polish that are rare in first novels.... the action is so well-paced that the reader’s interest is continually held.” —Other Realms
“This book is a must read…. It’s one of those stories where the author understood the human heart and soul so much that there could never be a complete adaptation in any other medium.” —Bleeding Edge Gaming
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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. The other part is the story of Jack Crow, who is basically a notorious and infamous space pirate, who by the way simply must have been the inspiration for the Jack Sparrow character from “Pirates of the Caribbean”; the similarities are simply too numerous to be coincidental.
While Steakley clearly achieved his goal of making a Starship Troopers with better action scenes, this book really shines in its clairvoyance. If Starship Troopers is World War II, then Armor could easily be Vietnam, Iraq or Afghanistan. It’s an examination of the lifelong trauma that can come from battle, the cluelessness of military leadership, and somehow, a pseudo space western on a planetary outpost called Sanction, which is tangentially related to the Ant War.
Steakley’s writing style is direct. 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. In my opinion, it’s to the science fiction genre as “The Catcher in the Rye” or “To Kill A Mockingbird” is to general literature.
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.
Every part of this book is a story that almost tells you something but keeps 10 percent off the page so you are constantly wondering "what?" Until it sort of explains it a page or two later. I'm sure in the 70s or 80s, this was artistic and ground breaking, but today it's just haughty, irritating, and borderline bad writing.
I threw the book away at about 2/3 when the author wrote almost 3 pages about a puppy dying. I'm sure it was supposed to be thought provoking and emotional but just came off as psychotic, disgusting, and pointless. I never quit books. I also don't destroy them. This one deserves both.
Top international reviews
Lots of action early on and towards the end. With an interesting middle section.
The action sequences are exciting a visceral but the slower, more character drivem plot following Jack Crow was a disappointment... It could have been the best part but the character is inconsistent, the characters become close a bit too easily and the poor writing really shows through much more so than with all the "shoot, bang, punch, kill"
Overal I'd recommend for a fun ride but don't expect nicely written or easy to follow prose.