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Daw Books, 1984 - Fiction - 426 pages
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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 most implacable enemies that humanity, in all its interstellar expansion, has ever encountered.
Body armor has been devised for the commando forces that are to be dropped on Banshee--the culmination of ten thousand years of the armorers' craft. 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. Highly competent, he is the sole survivor of mission after mission. Yet he is a man consumed by fear and hatred. And he is protected, not only by his custom-fitted body armor, but by an odd being which seems to live within him, a cold killing machine he calls -The Engine.-
This is Felix's story--a story of the horror, the courage, and the aftermath of combat, and the story, too, of how strength of spirit can be the greatest armor of all.

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User Review  - cahallmxj - LibraryThing

Title: Armor: a spirit that won't die, a man that wants to. Story Summary: Felix is a anomaly, in more ways than one. He survives when others do not. Drop after drop he is the only scout that returns ... Read full review

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User Review  - dougcornelius - LibraryThing

A great military sci-fi book that tries to bring more to the table. There is plenty of blowing up aliens and to superhero-like protagonists. It comes up a bit short, but the attempt to reach some emotional issues is a good effort for this genre, even if it falls a bit flat. Read full review

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About the author (1984)

John Steakley is best known for his science fiction writing. He has published two novels, including his acclaimed military science fiction novel Armor, as well as four short science fiction and fantasy stories.

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