John Steakley only published two relatively obscure novels in his life. The first, published in , was Armor, and while taking clear inspiration. John Steakley’s ARMOR (, Daw) is regarded, in many ways, as a companion to Heinlein’s STARSHIP TROOPERS. In interviews given at. “Kent put me on the ship and sent me off, still in his armor the whole time. When they tried to find out what was going on, he blocked them.

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Armor by John Steakley

Dave Alpern January 12, – By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of serviceprivacy policy and cookie policyand that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. I also cannot keep a copy of this book on my shelves, as I am constantly giving them to people who need to read it.

Jack is fascinated by a black scout suit he finds and he carries it to the research lab as a gift to Hollis, the scientist who runs the lab.

I did find my interest waning a bit during our first encounter wit John Steakley was born inhe and I would be almost of an age. Also by John Steakley.

The character of main protagonist is pretty deep, and without too much spoiler, I can imagine the character development of this main character until the end. The Jack Crow story is more fun but so disjointed and just lacking background in key areas.


It’s during basic training that he’s found to have unique warrior skills; a remarkable adaptability to combat situations and an incredible, almost superhuman will to live.

Like I mentioned, these two tales appear to be unrelated, but there is one thing that connects them: Suffering, being injured, but never being destroyed, and continually throwing himself and being thrown back into the fray.

I rarely feel compelled enough to write reviews, but I still feel so strongly about this book that I could no longer hold myself back. It then morphed into a kind of mystery that lead to soul searching and still more dead aliens, ending was a bit sad but still awesome, wish Eyes was there. He was Horrified by Felix, the anomaly. Customers who bought this item also bought. Willing to die, he never does. Yet Felix’s story is crippled by Steakley’s loss for words. Before dying she confesses to Felix that she always loved Kent.

The wikipedia article on this novel says it was the ‘trigger-happy security’ of the ship who killed him.

Can we please make a movie out of it? Start reading Armor on your Kindle in under a minute. Troops were badmouthed and smeared. Damn, the more I ramor about it I had this one written down on a little piece of paper I keep in my wallet after reading a gushing review at another website.

If only Steakley had stuck with Felix’s story, I might have considered Armor a good novel. Jack, having been imprisoned, is successful in an escape attempt, permits him to reach the ship of a mutineer and deserter from the Antwar joyn Borglyn.

Armor (novel) – Wikipedia

A military action book with heart and compassion. The journey is worth it. How can I not try to read this book?


Alas, there are two or three great stories here, but none are fully fleshed out. Post as a guest Name. This is probably my third or fourth re-read of this great book. He probably had an impulse to write steqkley Jack Crow and couldn’t resist.

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Put simply, it’s horrid. Why would the military want to hold such a planet. There are some obvious nods of the head to Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers, while telling steakoey story with its feet firmly planted in a military much like the one many of us in the late ’60s through the mid’70s knew. I take a different perspective As Crow and others become more and more sucked into Felix’ world of despair and terror, made only more terrifying by his unstoppable will to never quit, their own problems only grow.

The two sub-plots intersect at the end, with each providing answers and insight into events of the other.

The book is like its main characters, hard on the outside but emotionally tender. This book succeeds not for the writing – Which is either brilliant literary eccentricity, or just not that well crafted depending on your perspective – or even for the plot. There’s a brief bit where security starts going after Felix.