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Editorial Reviews. Review. Praise for Armor: “Armor is a fascinating war-story, a unique take on Armor - Kindle edition by John Steakley. Download it once and . Read "Armor" by John Steakley available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first purchase. The military sci-fi classic of courage on a. Armor by John Steakley. Read an Excerpt. Buy Buy the Ebook: . “Armor is a fascinating war-story, a unique take on the military SF genre. Well worth a read .

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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 home to the . Get this from a library! Armor. [John Steakley] -- Felix is an Earth soldier, encased in special body armor designed to withstand Earth's most implacable enemy-a. When I was a kid, John Steakley was an author I was immediately interested in for two reasons. He wrote cool, pulpy genre fiction with an.

He's an author that is ready for a resurgence.

At the start, Felix is a "greener", a new recruit about to do his first drop into battle as a scout. The planet is Banshee, a desolate wasteland, and the initial battle is a disaster with only Felix surviving. The new lead is Jack Crow, a space pirate that escapes prison and falls in with a motley crew aiming to heist a research colony.

Along the way Crow discovers an old suit of armor, and revelations result.

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Jack Crow is the leader of a group of Vatican-sanctioned vampire hunters. With the religious angle, these are relatively traditional creatures of the night affected by churches, blessed silver and the sun, and Team Crow has never been able to kill one at night.

After a job goes bad with heavy casualties, Crow has to rethink his battle plan, especially since the blood-sucking fiends know his name.

He introduces the idea of silver bullets to his squad and recruits an old buddy from his DEA days, a "gunman" named Felix. Felix, however, is a reluctant warrior and only agrees to help on certain conditions, namely money and a temporary status.

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The pieces in place, they take the fight to the enemy. The eventual movie adaptation would only take this as a loose framework, with the first 15 minutes staying relatively true to the source material only to veer off in a new direction that included leaving Felix out. So why reuse the same two characters? This Jack Crow is no other Jack Crow", a nip in the bud for any naysayers.

In Newman's case, however, there's a bit of meta play going on as the latter two feature a who's who of fictional icon appearances, so Newman is perhaps inducting himself into the canon.

There's also the fact that he likes the character and wanted to see how she would react under completely different circumstances. More than likely that's what Steakley was aiming for, a kind of "what if?

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If you were born in a different era, under different circumstances, would you still be you? Felix is the POV character at the start of Armor, with the third-person perspective keeping him at a distance.

He's quiet and resentful, lamenting the futility of war, especially on an intergalactic scale. He's not from Earth, but it's unclear where he was born. He's fearful but relents to the Engine, allowing it to take charge with little resistance. Later in his life, and this is treated as a twist in the book so this is technically a spoiler, he becomes a wealthy ranch owner named Lewis, a pacifist drunk that doesn't allow weapons on his planet.

He does, however, don his armor one more time and saves Crow's life in the process. He's a former man of violence, an ex-drugrunner that Crow met in Mexico.

He's constantly referred to as "gunman" by the other vampire hunters, and is admired for his inherent, almost unconscious skill that kicks in during battle. This is described as being "Like a robot" by one character, and not coincidentally, "Like a machine.

Jack Crow is similarly comparable between the two books. He's introduced in Armor as telling his story from first-person perspective, a remorseless pragmatist that caves in a dwarf's face while escaping incarceration.

He doesn't have much patience for nonsense, is quick to bed willing participants, and his eyes light up at the sight of green.

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 home to the most implacable enemies that humanity, in all its interstellar expansion, has ever encountered. A trooper in this armor is a one-man, atomic powered battle fortress. But he will have to fight a nearly endless horde of berserk, hard-shelled monsters—the fighting arm of a species which uses biological technology to design perfect, mindless war minions.

Felix is a scout in A-team Two.

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Highly competent, he is the sole survivor of mission after mission. Yet he is a man consumed by fear and hatred.

John Steakley — was an American author best known for his science fiction writing. Steakley also wrote four… More about John Steakley. Praise for Armor: Well worth a read.

The evolution of the characters is a tour-de-force. He has smoothness and polish that are rare in first novels….

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If you are science fiction fan then this is a must read. Jack Crow is similarly comparable between the two books. A Hymn Before Battle by John Ringo — Earth is introduced to extraterrestrial life by the Galactics, who tell world leaders that an invasion by another alien race, the Posleen, is coming, and they are bringing with them a terrible book cover.

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