Zip Armor An armored scout named Felix is dropped on the planet Banshee a hostile alien world teeming with Ants When Felix s team is wiped out on their first mission only The Engine his second per
Zip Armor An armored scout named Felix is dropped on the planet Banshee, a hostile alien world teeming with Ants. When Felix's team is wiped out on their first mission, only The Engine, his second personality, saves him. Can Felix (and the Engine) survive the war against the Ants? And does he want to...? I read about Armor on John Scalzi's blog and decided to give it a shot. At first glance, Steakley took the parts of Starship Troopers he liked the most, power armor and aliens that resemble insects, and expanded it into a novel, but Armor is so much more than that.Armor is the story about what war does to a person's psyche. Felix deals with war by retreating and letting The Engine take control, becoming a veteran and survivor of twenty combat drops. Felix is used to show the absurdity of war. As he becomes a veteran, the people around him, including the ones giving the orders, grow less and less experienced. The contrast between Kent and Felix was well done; one the public face of the war against the Ants and the other the one doing the actual dirty work.Armor has two distinct plot lines; one featuring Felix and the other featuring a space pirate named Jack Crow, who finds Felix's armor years after the events of Felix's storyline. Felix's story is told in the third person while Crow's is told in the first. I'll be honest, Crow really slowed things down for me and gave me second thoughts about the entire book. At first anyway. Then he found Felix's armor. I loved the way Crow and the others pieced together Felix's fate as the colony slowly collapsed.The Ants were great enemies in a survival horror type of way. Ten foot tall ant-like aliens are something to be feared, especially when they attack en mass.I will not give away the ending except to say that it was awesome. For fans of military sf like Starship Troopers and Old Man's War should give Armor a try. You won't be disappointed.. Armor am Books Alternate cover edition can be found here The military sci fi classic in a striking new packageFelix is an Earth soldier, encased in special body armor designed to withstand Earth s most implacable enemy a bioengineered, insectoid alien horde But Felix is also equipped with internal mechanisms that enable him, and his fellow soldiers, to survive battle situations that woAlternate cover edition can be found here The military sci fi classic in a striking new packageFelix is an Earth soldier, encased in special body armor designed to withstand Earth s most implacable enemy a bioengineered, insectoid alien horde But Felix is also equipped with internal mechanisms that enable him, and his fellow soldiers, to survive battle situations that would destroy a man s mind.This is a remarkable novel of the horror, the courage, and the aftermath of combat and how the strength of the human spirit can be the greatest armor of all.. John Steakley, born 1951 in Cleburne, Texas was best known for his science fiction writing He wrote two major novels, Armor 1984 and Vampire 1991 , the latter of which became the basis for John Carpenter s Vampires movie He also wrote several short stories in the sci fi and fantasy genres Not a prolific writer, he lived most of his life in Texas, aside from brief spells in South America and Hollywood in his youth After a long illness, novelist John Steakley passed away at his home in McKinney, Texas.. Good Kindle Armor As I finished Armor by John Steakley this morning, I laughed a laughter from the depths of me. Part 1The story's divided into pieces and begins with Felix.He’s on a military starship orbiting a hostile planet called Banshee and about to be dropped into combat along with 10,000 fellow warriors. The invasion is similar to Normandy on D-Day, and we get our first glimpse of Felix in the mess hall the morning of the drop. He’s a little like this:A woman vomits at the breakfast-line right in front of Felix, whose attitude’s one of and-no-fucks-were-given-that-day. He climbs into his armor. And it begins.The next 80 pages are fast. “Mazes,” “bunkers,” and “beacons” are about the most complex scenery beyond the scorching sand dunes. Bleak imagery and nightmare mark the killing ground of massive, ugly bugs that outnumber the warriors a thousand to one, and nearly everyone dies.By the end of the book, the symbolic hostility of the planet Banshee weaves a recurring theme. “Remember where you are,” Felix will say. “This is Banshee.” He is the sole survivor, and you get more insight into his character, as it’s slowly revealed that far from a one-dimensional badass, Felix is a broken soul, his desire to die barely matched by his stubborn, masochistic refusal to do so. More on this later.Part 2 begins the parallel story of Jack Crow, right in the midst of a messy prison escape. The shift is abrupt, and perspective changes to first-person. Jack Crow is a Galaxy-famous pirate and anti-hero, equal partsandA self-centered asshole with the morals of a cockroach, Crow mistakenly believes he’s the toughest man alive. And, being in a lot of trouble, he strikes a deal with a ruthless Captain mutineer (the main antagonist besides Banshee itself) to charmingly infiltrate and subvert a research colony in exchange for a ship and lots and lots of money. It's an ugly deal for the colony, and Crow begins to have second thoughts.Suffice it to say that before the finale, Jack Crow becomes:_________________________________________Part 3, melding of the stories.Against all odds, Felix has survived 20 drops. Banshee wants him dead, the gigantic aliens they fight begin to recognize him, and he is forced to watch as those around him are destroyed one by one.And yet, like some grotesque cosmic joke, Felix lives… for a while.That’s all I can say, except that I love Felix. They don’t make heroes like that anymore. He is indestructible but frail. Maybe I like him because he's what every hero should be: you, but better, and with thousands of dead aliens at his feet.ENDINGHoly shit the ending. I will say nothing about it.Final ThoughtsPros: 1) Short2) Surreal action3) Ample badassery4) Somewhat heartrendingCons:1) Short2) Too short3) Steakley could have written a sequel.4) Why was there no sequel?5) Fuck.John Steakley died last year. So it goes. Rest in peace. I'm sorry you never got to finish the second book. (Short excerpt of what he was working on.)Characters similar to Felix from different genres:The Witcher from The Last WishArlen from The Warded ManTakeshi Kovacs from Altered CarbonPSAs a whole, The Vorkosigan Saga is still my favorite sci-fi series, followed closely by The Hitchhiker's Guide. (How not?)PPS That more sci-fi isn’t like Armor shows a colossal failing in literature.