John Steakley’s ARMOR (, Daw) is regarded, in many ways, as a companion to Heinlein’s STARSHIP TROOPERS. In interviews given at. John Steakley only published two relatively obscure novels in his life. The first, published in , was Armor, and while taking clear inspiration. 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.
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Retro review: ARMOR by John Steakley | Jamie Sawyer
Of course they would. But what kind of fools would try to make a living at it? In best-selling author John Steakley’s vampire classic, one tightly knit band of brothers devotes itself to hunting down the monsters that infest the modern world—for a price. Join the Army and See the Universe.
In one of Robert Heinlein’s most controversial best sellers, steailey recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the universe – and into battle with the Terrain Mobile Infantry against mankind’s most alarming enemy. Soldiers of the Terran Armor Corps wage war across the stars. Wired into mechanized battle suits, they fight the terrifying battles which must be won, no matter the cost.
Their deeds are legend, their reputation feared by the enemies of Earth and her allies, but how the Corps forges young men and women into armorr warriors is shrouded by mystery. Roland Shaw lost his parents to war, he volunteers for the Armor Corps to honor their memory and discover just how far he can push himself.
William Mandella is a soldier in Earth’s elite brigade. As the war against the Taurans sends aemor from galaxy to galaxy, he learns to use protective body shells and sophisticated weapons. He adapts to the cultures and terrains of distant outposts. But with each month in space, years are passing on Earth. Where will he call home when and if the Forever War ends?
Retro review: ARMOR by John Steakley
And we made them. Are you prepared for the zombie apocalypse?
The Smith family is, with the help of a few marines. When an airborne “zombie” plague is released, bringing civilization to a grinding halt, the Smith family, Steven, Stacey, Sophia, and Faith, take to the Atlantic to avoid the aromr.
The plan is to find a safe haven from the anarchy of infected humanity. What they discover, instead, is a sea composed of the tears of survivors and a passion for bringing hope. Sacred artists follow a thousand Paths to power, using their souls to control the forces of the natural world.
Lindon is Unsouled, forbidden to learn the sacred arts of his clan. When faced stealley a looming fate he cannot ignore, he must rise beyond anything he’s ever known John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife’s grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is steakely planets fit to live on are scarce – and alien races willing to fight us for them are common.
So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stealkey our own claim to stwakley real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day.
There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.
On the edge of the galaxy, a diplomatic mission to an alien planet takes a turn when the Legionnaires, an elite special fighting force, find themselves ambushed and stranded behind enemy lines.
They struggle to survive under siege, waiting on a rescue that might never come. In the seedy starport of Ackabar, a young girl searches the crime-ridden gutters to avenge her father’s murder; not far away, a double-dealing legionniare-turned-smuggler hunts an epic payday; and somewhere along the outer galaxy, a mysterious bounty hunter lies in wait. Our universe dteakley ruled by physics, and faster-than-light travel is not possible – until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transports us to other worlds, around other stars.
Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others.
It’s a hedge against interstellar war – seakley a system of control for the rulers of the empire. Their political careers – and an escape from the economic decline of Earth under a command-and-control economy – depend on conquering the lunar expats.
A second – and final – invasion is planned. The lunar settlers prepare to repel the onslaught, but what can a small population of 1 million do against the combined might of billions on Earth – especially now that the PKs have the secret of the antigravity drive?
Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch.
So it’s a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.
Heir to one of the leading “Four Horsemen” mercenary companies, Jim Cartwright is having a bad year. Having failed his high school VOWS tests, he’s just learned his mother bankrupted the family company before disappearing, robbing him of his Cavalier birthright.
But the Horsemen of eras past were smart – they left a legacy of equipment Jim can use to complete the next contract and resurrect the company. When Ivan Pritchard signs on as a newbie aboard the Mad Astrait’s his final, desperate stab at giving his wife and children the life they deserve. He can survive the hazing of his crewmates, and how many times, really, can stea,ley g make you vomit? But there’s another challenge looming out there, in the farthest reaches atmor human exploration, that will test every man, woman and AI on the ship – and will force Ivan to confront the very essence of what makes him human.
Arkor Ember Warbook 1: The Earth is doomed. Humanity has a chance. In the near future, an alien probe arrives on Earth with a pivotal mission: The probe discovers Marc Ibarra, a young inventor who holds the key to a daring gambit that could save a fraction of Earth’s population. Humanity’s only chance lies with Ibarra’s ability to keep a terrible secret and engineer the planet down the narrow path to survival.
With Earth in the path of the rapacious Posleen, the Galactic Federation offers help to the backward humans – for a price. You can protect yourself from your enemies, but God save stteakley from your allies! The expedition arrives on Terra Nova, expecting to join the first wave of colonists, instead they find abandoned cities and are steaklwy faced with a new, terrifying enemy humanity has never encountered before.
This publisher pack includes Terra Nova and Bloodlines. Honor Harrington has been exiled to Basilisk station and given an antique ship to police the system.
The vindictive superior who sent her there wants her to fail. But he made one mistake: Felix is a scout in A-team Two. Highly competent, he is the sole steeakley of mission after mission. Yet he is a man consumed by fear and hatred. And he is protected not only by his custom-fitted stteakley armor, the culmination of 10, years of the armorers’ craft, but also by an odd being which seems to live with him, a cold killing machine he calls “the Engine.
There are really two stories here, that eventually come together, and they are somewhat different. The Felix narrative tracks the experience of an individual soldier in an interstellar war. Steakley expends little time on the tech details and essentially none on the politics, the war is apparently completely pointless, but focuses instead on the actual experience that Felix endures. The writing is distinctive, with a chopped armro and steakleh of intensity that mirror the fighting, and Weiner’s narration captures this.
Admor very steakkey paced, and I found it even a bit emotionally draining. Felix has a rough ride. The Jack Crow character provides the comic release and I found that storyline a welcome break from the intensity of the Felix chapters. Again, Weiner brings out the fun in that part of the story. Ultimately Armor is a psychological fable, steaklej than simple military SF, examining how people think, act and feel under extreme situations, the nature of heroism, the many ways people are motivated Be prepared for large parts of this story to make little sense or be complete mysteries.
How do the steaklwy technologies match up? Where does this fight fit into the larger war? How could their intel be so completely wrong? I didn’t mind this; the story is not about the war, it’s about these people, and this is a much more realistic way that such events are actually experienced. Only in novels do we get the “God view” that gives armpr knowledge of everything.
Not in this novel, however. This one’s all about the characters and they repeatedly say that they don’t have any idea what’s going on, and since they don’t, neither do we. I have read ‘s and ‘s of genre books. When I hand out a sci-fi to friends as a recommendation, I often give them this one. This book has two halves.
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The first one, think Starship Troopers the movie. I think the movie took more from this book than from Heinlein’s story. Only steakle book has a soul, whereas the movie was all campy fun. The second half starts off so quietly, its disconcerting. But if you give it a shot, it will reward you. All together, this is one of my favorite genre books.