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Armor Mass Market Paperback – December 4, 1984
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Praise for Armor:
“Armor is a fascinating war-story, a unique take on the military SF genre.... Well worth a read.”—Jamie Sawyer, author of The Lazarus War series
“This is a serious book which shows the violence and brutality of war, the cynicism and hypocrisy with which it is waged, and the real and terrible fears of the combatants.” —VOYA
“The book is gripping, forceful, and compelling. The evolution of the characters is a tour-de-force.” —Kliatt
“Well-worth reading.” —Analog
“Steakley’s writing is quite good. He has smoothness and polish that are rare in first novels.... the action is so well-paced that the reader’s interest is continually held.” —Other Realms
“This book is a must read…. It’s one of those stories where the author understood the human heart and soul so much that there could never be a complete adaptation in any other medium.” —Bleeding Edge Gaming
About the Author
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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I was recommend this by Amazon bots from checking out one of my old favorites, Starship Troopers, so if you like that kind of book, you'll dig this one. I'd say the style is "older" if that makes any sense....I think the invention of the word processor and the death of the typewriter has made these kinds of books better. Plus all the new movies and television have pushed the boundaries and added to the tropes.
So, yes, I recommend it, it was a good read.
I am failing this book in a review but it is easily in the top 20 of my favorite books, and I read an unhealthy amount. One of the best book purchases i have ever made. Will remember this book for a long time.
The book's greatest flaw is that it is entirely about the soldier Felix, while most of the book is narrated by Jack Crow, who is watching the former's memories. We see his reactions to Felix's exploits and growing psychosis, but only two major incidents in Felix's soldier life are covered in the text. The Jack Crow segments are a major shift in tone, and Jack is an interesting character, but his story and background take backseat to his reactions to Felix's offpage difficulties. The final effect left me wishing that Armor stayed with Felix, with another book given solely to Crow and his history.
THAT SAID, if you're a fan of space war stories you're doing yourself a disservice by passing on this. War is hell.