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Science Fiction's Best,
This review is from: Armor (Mass Market Paperback)
Of the two dozen or so sci-fi titles I've read over the last two years (while enjoying the longest advanced training the Army offers) John Steakly's Armor has been certainly my favorite. At first I expected the book to be a meld of Starship Troopers and The Forever War, but the introduction of Steakly's second major character, Jack Crow, turned the story completely around -- and into a tale that transcends its dystopian future setting.
As a reader you may be at first a little confused about the change of perspective in Armor. Half of the novel is written in the third person following the story of Felix, our power-armored soldier, and the other half is told by space adventurer/pirate/prisoner Jack Crow in the first person. This element is essential to understanding the story, and is reconciled later on as we learn more about Felix's story. So give it a chance even if you're at first put off by the shift in perspective.
As many other reviewers have mentioned, the combat sequences in Armor are indeed exceptional. As Felix flung himself into combat against his alien foes there was no way for me to remain outside the battle. Steakly believingly portrays brutal hand-to-hand combat through the eyes of a frantic soldier as he loses himself in the struggle to survive a terrible war on a bleak world.
If you're a science fiction fan or military fiction fan, you can't afford to pass up Armor. It's one of those few stories that pick you up and take you along an exciting 400-page ride, but still leaves you with a simple moral at the end.
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Initial post: Feb 23, 2011 6:31:47 PM PST
Oxen Free says:
I read this 7 years ago and I am upset that I cant get it on Kindle, I want to read it again and I want to buy it for everyone I know. You dont have to be a sci-fi fan or military fiction fan anyone can appreciate this book
Posted on Oct 31, 2011 9:00:20 AM PDT
Richard L. Early says:
Why can't I get this at the Kindle Store? That is truly cruel and inhuman.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 23, 2013 4:25:03 PM PST
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Minsc and Boo says:
Dystopian, Futuristic Military Sci Fi book - only available in dead tree format.
Posted on Feb 5, 2013 10:32:24 PM PST
This is seriously THE best sci-fi novel I have ever read. This is the story that stays with you for a lifetime. Why it is not considered one of the great literary sci-fi stories of all-time, I have absolutely no clue.
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