The military sci-fi classic in a striking new package
Felix 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 wo ...more
I have scoured the Internet for answers and I've yet to see one that is completely satisfying and consistent. (hide spoiler)]
The Masao was killed in a way very familiar to the military in their fight with the bugs. On the planet far away from anything going on o…more @Ante Zicovic
The Masao was killed in a way very familiar to the military in their fight with the bugs. On the planet far away from anything going on on the ship. I guess I don't see how this confusion with lead to that kind of panic. It would've been different if it was an assassination in the middle of a motorcade or something. But this was a tactic they see the bugs use it all the time and in no way could it be confused with an attack by a soldier.
Others have said confusion but to explain away such a pivotal scene as simply confusion? Personally I feel he is much more clever and subversive than that.
My ideas of the military wants and even needs this war to continue because they have their own agenda. They are concerned that any political leaders will see how pointless the war is and tried to end it. The military assassinated the Masao. The bugs used a tactic so common that it was inexplicable they didn't see it coming. They set him up .
They were trying to set Felix up too, they knew who he was the entire time which is why they kept trying to just have him die in the normal course of a drop, but he would not cooperate. Then when it looked like he might return to his role as leader, they had to kill him. they could no longer afford to wait for him to die in combat. Nor could they afford to let him return home and possibly use his leadership position to end the war with the bugs.
Kent was just running on instinct, reacting to a threat, protecting the man that he learned to respect. And in doing so becoming the hero that everyone always thought he was.
This is the only neat and tidy explanation that makes sense to me, but it seemed to take a little too much thought to get there.(less) (hide spoiler)]
The 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, whos ...more
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 e ...more
The novel opens like a fairly standard MilSF novel, reminiscent of Starship Troopers or The Forever War. This first sequence introduces us to Felix. There is a lot of m ...more
Wow! The book is written in parts. The first part is about Felix, an armored soldier who is dumped into a battle & blows all his fear breakers, so The Engine takes over. It's beautiful the way Steakley wrote this. I wonder if he did time in Vietnam. He's abo ...more
If you are a grammar Nazi, you'll probably hate this book. I'm certainly not a grammar Nazi and I ...more
This is a story of one man's desperate attempts to survive as he is dropped on a strange alien world over and over again to fight endless waves of huge ant-like aliens intent on tearing him to pieces.
Like all good stories of this nature, however, there is more to Armor than marines frying 'bugs', yelling 'HOO-rah!' and engaging in homoerotic bonding rituals.
Armor is ...more
It is a very good novel with great start and the last quarter of the novel. There are many psychological aspects in the story to make it not just a dumb action story. But I won't discuss the psy factor much, that's one of main reading pleasure for this book.
The character of main protagonist is pretty deep, and with ...more
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"...everything you were hiding from was in there with you. That's the trouble with armor. It won't protect you from what you are."
Felix is a loner, a broken man with a mysterious past. When he's dropped with thousands of fellow soldiers on a toxic planet nicknamed "Banshee," he's the only survivor of the battle with the 8-foot tall "Ants" that live there. That's partly because of the special armor he wears -- his black nuclear-power ...more
This is probably my third or fourth re-read of this great book.
It's the story of Felix, a foot soldier in a war against an alien ant-like race. It's got your standard hard-core sci-fi plot elements: aliens who are seemingly unstoppable, a hero who might be more than he seems, a crusty space pirate who might really have a heart of gold, beautiful women, space ships, interstellar t ...more
The first bit is conventional enough. Felix is a scout, The Scout, a lethal instrument alienated from his fellow man, part of a beachhead on the planet Banshee, a frozen and wind-scoured wasteland inhabited by 8 feet tall "Ants". The mission is simple reconnaissance in force, but there ...more
I like this book and found it very involving. I did find my interest waning a bit during our first encounter wit ...more
Felix's storyline is intense and powerful. Despite Steakley's lack of skill as a writer, he managed to create a character who was interesting, terrifying, and likable. In Felix, we have a genuine sc ...more
Some people love this book more than Halloween, kittens and Disney World combined. They see it as emotionally charged, creative and raw.
Others see it as a schizophrenic mess that could have more than half it's pages removed and, only then, be laudable as a very mediocre novella.
Like many things that have a huge following, both parties are correct. I loved the book and thus overlooked its flaws, which are glaring.
If the secondary character of Crow fell off the earth and was eaten by Gr ...more
The Jack Crow plot-arc was AWFUL, waffling, pointless. GET ON WITH IT. There were points where the editing was abysmal, and I'm not just talking about the occasional typo. I'm talking about bits where paragraphs collided and partially repeated t ...more
Somehow, I think this book hasn't had the attention it deserves. Can we please make a movie out of it? Or, better yet, a TV series? Please listen to me, Netflix!
It is now one of my all-time favorites. Highly recommended.
Concept art by Adam Lucas
According to Wikipedia, a sequel was i ...more
In an interview Steakley has actually said that he was inspired by Starship Troopers when he wrote Armor, and took many ideas for his book from Heinlein's. Not in an effort to steal, but as a compliment - Borrowing a scenario he loved and using it to explore a different idea.
Starship Troopers is an exploration of citizenship, duty ...more
It was OK but I'd hardly call it a classic. It does have its moments. While battle scenes begin to bore me after 10 pages, I have to admit these ones were pretty intense. And, yeah, the armor was pretty wild.
And, yeah, I did begin to feel for the poor guy. Damn, the more I think about it ...more
There are so many things wrong with this book. Where to begin?
First, there is almost no character developmen ...more
1. A combat military sci-fi about a scout named Felix. This is extremely good and I enjoyed it immensely for its rhythm, grit and realism regarding the stupidity of the brass. The intense battles are reminiscent of the ww1 carnage (unlike Starship Troopers' obvious ww2 inspiration). 5/5 is barely enough for this part.
2. Another storyline about some wiseguy Han Solo type crook and... space pirates. Yes, in ...more
The second story revolves around Jack Crow, a famous brigand and scoundrel, a ...more
Young boy with nothing to do observes an anthill. Puts a stick through one of the small holes and lo and behold ants stream out. Pokes more holes and soon has the whole hive agitated. Imagines he is fighting a battle with the ants. Ants discover him and start coming up his legs. That night, while scratching the itchy welts on his feet, thinks, "What if I wrote a...more
A soldier in a horrific and seemingly unwinnable war loses his identity and self within his armor. Willing to die, he never does. Meanwhile (in the narrative which traverses between the stories), decades after the war, a pirate/crook and a pair of scientists discover a piece of armor floating in an abandoned spaceship. They begin the process of reviewing the armor's files by basically reliving the ...more
A big part of the problem is that the story does a sharp narrative turn about a third into the book. We go from a gritty, straightforward military SF story following Felix, to the first person narration of Jack Crow, a dashing pirate who attemp ...more
ARMOR is a story of a mysterious guy named Felix who joints the Fleet Navy to escape a painful and terrible past. 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. He's made a Scout and given the standard, fully armored battle suit which is complete wit ...more
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What you do
When it counts"
- The Masao”
"Oh shit, I hope not."
"Afraid of becoming noble?" he asked, his eyes twinkling.
"That too. But basically, that's the worst reason I can think of for killing. 'That its the right thing to do'. You kill out of outrage or fury or to keep from dying or something like it, that's fine. Hell, kill them rather than bother with them - or be bothered by them. But if you're killing them because 'its the right thing to do', its only the right thing because you've done so many wrong things up until then to make that spot. It's not the right thing to do. It's the best of the last of your choices."
"That's the longest I've ever heard you talk at one time."
"That's because you never ask me about my hair.”