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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  - wifilibrarian - LibraryThing

I listened to the audiobook, so preface my comments with that in mind. I've been thinking how I would review this book, as it's a tricky one. I abandoned it at least two times, it seemed to be just an ... Read full review

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User Review  - mortensengarth - LibraryThing

Think Starship Troopers with more character development. It's written in that classic fashion where several people, through a seemingly random course of events, have their stories intertwined. In that ... 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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