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Daw Books, 1984 - Fiction - 426 pages
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The military sci-fi classic in a striking new package

Felix is an Earth soldier, encased in special body armor designed to withstand Earth's most implacable enemy-a bioengineered, insectoid alien horde. But Felix is also equipped with internal mechanisms that enable him, and his fellow soldiers, to survive battle situations that would destroy a man's mind.

This is a remarkable novel of the horror, the courage, and the aftermath of combat--and how the strength of the human spirit can be the greatest armor of all.

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I read it twice, it was that good. This story could be set anywhere in time, and it would still capture the Pathos of the grunt, the mud slogging foot soldier who does what he's told without question. I am about to read it for a third time. This one is movie quality. Starship Troopers was a good book, when I was a kid, but not like Armor. Also, Starship Troopers as a movie fell flat, just plain goofy.
I wish I knew a producer.....

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In my opinion Armor is a "Starship Troopers" written through the lens of the 1980s with a dash of soft Harold Robbins type interludes and 1970s metal health examinations of the central figure- Felix. Armor has less political theory and more psychiatry.
The first part is some of the finest hard military sci-fi written, in the league with the Sten books, Hammer Slammers, Bolo books, etc. Felix is a natural born bad ass who is broken, the broken part is what makes him such a great warrior for man, he resents it- Read the book I don't want spoil it for you. The back ground is typical for for MIL-SCI-FI of the period; fleet is more incompetent and challenged as the Late Zimmwalt US Navy losing an interplantery war with an endless amount of bugs, well ants.
The second part is the story of Jack Crow space pirate, a much harder version of say Han Solo or just rent Vampires as Jack Crow appears in that book and movie too. It is more of a story and really only works best as a vehicle to tell more of Felix's story and to develop Mr. Crow, the back ground of fleet, and to allow us to see the erosion war inflicted on Felix.
Interesting is the change of narration in the first part from Felix to Mr. Crow in the second; the perspective changes in the diction and usage as well. A recommended read for any MIL-SCI-FI fan.

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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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