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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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Over a period of time, those memories are experienced anew by the director, his lovely assistant, and Crow.

The novel did tie everything together – the reason for Felix’s “Engine” and his skills made sense, as did his rationale for joining the Ant War. He has a heavy reputation that clearly all the other characters in the book are aware of but we, the reader, learn almost nothing of. What’s the Name o John Steakley was writing a sequel when he died in November It’s definitely not “hard” sci fi, nor would I call it “literate” sci fi.

He’s a former man of violence, an ex-drugrunner that Crow met in Mexico.

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Shortly thereafter, Kent knocks Felix out and his life-signs cease on his suit, leading his compatriots, analyzing the memory coils, to believe that Kent killed Felix when in actuality, Kent had merely yanked Felix out of the suit. Lists with This Book. The character of main protagonist is pretty deep, and with I don’t remember how long GR had been recommended this book to me based on my reading list.


It is now one of my all-time favorites. Steakley should have given Jack Crow his own book. An armored scout named Felix is dropped on the planet Banshee, a hostile alien world teeming with Ants. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: On a savagely hostile desert world, where the air is poisonous and rivers of acid flow, millions of these huge, four-armed killing machines breed every single day with one hive-like goal, the complete destruction of the human race.

Felix learns from his inexperienced Commanding Officer, Canada Shoen, that one of the purposes of the fort is to show non-combat officers admor journalists what the war is like. So why was I so anxious to finish it and move on to something else? He destroys Borglyn’s forces and attempts to attack his ship.

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It ends in one of those mystery like endings as the story’s tied up but we don’t get all the details as to what happened. This proved demoralizing and he returned to Texas. He’s quiet and resentful, lamenting the futility of war, especially on an intergalactic scale. A down and out vagabond, with a past he doesn’t like to discuss. The contrast between Kent and Felix was well done; one the public face of the war against the Ants and the other the one doing the actual dirty work.

The same battle being fought repeatedly as they took a hill only to have the brass give it back and then order it retaken again later. Armoe kind of wonder what the point was. This he eventually does, but feels an instant terror at being on Banshee — where he has endured the horrors of multiple drops — without his suit.


View all 35 comments. One doesn’t need steaklet be too literal; no time travel is involved, and the future versions are not reincarnations of past lives. Even without the question of Felix and Jack Crow, Steakley has extremely readable prose with crackling action scenes and hilarious gallows humor.

If there is none then it is bad SF.

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Steakley worked for some years on Armor II but died before he finished it. Skip to toolbar About WordPress. And, yeah, I did begin to feel for the poor guy.

The soldiers successfully create an impregnable fort on Banshee. This is one of the few books I visit over and over again.

It just doesn’t follow. Why did the author switch to his point of view? I think the story should have just focused on Felix. The planet Banshee, a barren desert, with subzero temperatures and screaming winds. Some of the be Meet Felix: My emotions changed so often that by the end, I could feel their exhaustion. Steakley himself led an uneventful life.