FICTION BOOK SELECTION ARMOR
military SF sub-genre book
cover art by James Gurney (left)
DAW paperback - 426 pages
cover art by Jim Burns (right)
From the back cover of the new paperback:
The planet is called Banshee. The air is unbreathable, the water poisonous. It
is the home of the most implacable enemies
that humanity, in all its interstellar expansion, has ever encountered.
Body armor has been devised for the
commando forces that are to be dropped on Banshee -- the culmination of ten
thousand years of the armorers' craft. A trooper in this armor is a one-man,
atomic-powered battle fortress -- but he will have to fight a nearly endless
horde of berserk, hard-shelled monsters -- the fighting arm of a species which
uses biological technology to design perfect, mindless, war minions.
Felix is a scout in A-team Two. Highly
competent, he is the sole survivor of mission after mission. Yet he is a man
consumed by fear and hatred. And he is protected, not only by his custom-fitted
body armor, but by an odd being which seems to live within him, a cold killing
machine he calls "The Engine."
This is Felix's story -- a story of the
horror, the courage, and the aftermath of combat, and the story, too, of how
strength of spirit can be the greatest armor of all.
Read for group discussion on February 25, 1998
Amy's Summary : Armor - John Steakley
Felix is dropped multiple times on
the poisonous planet of Banshee to combat the huge aliens called "ants". His black custom-fitted scout suit gives him superhuman strength, but
the ants attack in overwhelming numbers. Felix retreats within himself
to survive. A few years later on another planet, scientist Holly Ware,
tough guy Jack Crow, and research station administrator Lya, replay the
events recorded by Felix's suit and are deeply affected by his ordeal.
This book owes much to Robert A.
Heinlein's classic book Starship Troopers (1959).
If you liked the battle scenes in
the movie Starship Troopers (1997) you would probably like
10 Wow! Don't miss it
8-9 Highly recommended
5-6 Mild recommendation
3-4 Take your chances
1-2 Below average; skip it
0 Get out the flamethrower!
U Unfinishable or unreadable
- Skipped or no rating given
John Steakley (1951- ) Is a US writer.
As well as Armor (1984), he has written Vampire$
(1990) which features a high-tech team of vampire hunters, which was made
into a movie in 1998 starring James Woods.