Armor

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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 would destroy a man's mind.

This is a remarkable novel of the horror, the courage,...

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Overview

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 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.

The long-awaited reissue of Armor--the perennial science fiction bestseller! It is the story of Felix, a man consumed by fear and hatred. It is a story of the horror, the courage, and the aftermath of combat, and also of how strength of spirit can be the greatest armor of all. Ads in Locus. Reissue.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780886773687
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/1984
  • Series: Daw Science Fiction Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 185,844
  • Product dimensions: 6.86 (w) x 4.14 (h) x 1.18 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2006

    Amazingly intriguing

    Let me start by saying that Sci-fi is not my normal reading choice. I was surprised by the author's ability to make me savor the psycho-analyses of Jack Crow and Felix (the two main characters in the book) over any action scenes. A very multi-dimensional read even though it doesn't appear to be at all times. I think its a read where if you skim through it fast and read it only for the action junky side you will miss the main idea Steakley had with this one. The farther I got into it the more I was hooked. Slowly the characters drew me in and entrapped me in the pages of this book, as Felix is in his armor during each drop. I highly recommend this one. Enjoy. And thank you Mr. Steakley for writing this.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2005

    We've seen the elephant, and it is us.

    Steakley does what almost no fiction author present or past has managed to really do: make the perspective of the combat veteran even vaguely comprehensible to the outsider... including the desperate need to make sense of it all once crisis has passed, and the long, slow, banal complexities of 'real life' have once again reasserted themselves.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 4, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    This is the first review I have ever written about any thing. I feel compelled to add my 2 cents though. This character got to me more than any other ever has!!! If you havent read it you must.

    I have read syfy and fant. all my life maybe a thousand books - perhaps more. This book has stuck in my mind like no other.
    I must say anyone that doesnt give this book 100 out of 100 has a personality incomprehensible to me. No insults intended. I never would have imagined others felt the same about this book but their reviews show it, I can even sort of understand why some take this book with them all the time -- lol:)
    P.S. I liked the original cover a lot more - oh well.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 10, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    My Favorite SCIFI book

    Armor is a great SCIFI book in the same family as Forever War, Forever Peace, Enders Game, Cadre one, and Starship Troopers. Great story that almost makes this to a mystery novel. For people who have served in the military in combat, this books will re-kindle old memories. The Hero is a guy who doesn't want to be a Hero, just wants to get away from a problem or do what needs to be done. I hope Steakley writes another book, a continuation of this would be great!

    One of the few books I routinely re-read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2009

    My favorite book

    Of all the sci-fi books i have read, this is my favorite. The depth of character i believe is the most impressive. The battles are intense and you will not be able to put this book down once you pick it up. It has a very dark tone, which i enjoy, and it is amazing how in touch you feel with the main characters, especially Felix. you will not be sorry if you purchase this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2003

    The Greatest Sci-Fi That Ever Too Grace The Pages Of A Novel.

    Steakley must have labored over and loved this book. I have Read many Science Fiction novels and the is the only one I keep out at all times, it is now worn and torn from lending and being passed around, But remains apart of me I will never forget. This novel puts a twist on how you see things after you read it, a man consumed by fear and hate, But will never just die or give up, Felix is What we all would hate too become but still we love him and embrace his story. I Recomend This book to anyone Beginning too read Science Fiction or the old novelist.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2001

    The best Sci Fi ever written

    Sci-Fi's are great escapes but rarely memorable. Steakley wrote one book, and with this one shining effort, surpasses the likes of Bradbury, Asimov, and Herbert. If you like pure science fiction--that based on science, and not pukey fantasy--you'll love this. And the story is riveting. Felix is as human as any one of us--the engine....if you've ever felt the calmness in the hurricane's eye of a blind rage, you'll know what he's talking about. (*This is probably exclusively a masculine phenomenon). Similar to the first person warrior adventures of Edgar Rice Burrough's or a 'Mack Bolan' but more profound--the dichotomy mentioned in other reviews consists of the raging warrior contrasted by the humanity of Felix's middle aged character. I haven't read this book for 10 years and I still remember it that well.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2001

    The Engine will be my savior, yet again.

    What a tremendous labour of love this book must have been. To say that it is a good book would be truly an understatement, more likely akin to insult. I would rate this as a work of truly exceptional and quite extroridary talent. Felix as complex as he was simple. Steakley or anyone for that matter could not have written anything better about man's inner conflict and the circumstances that surround them. It allows us a glimps at what we all share as human beings...The ability to rise up and overcome any trial or tribulation. I imagine that anyone who loved this book reveled in the fact that Felix was ordinary in many ways, but found deep within himself a person that he did not know existed. This gave him the strengh and the willpower to survive each and every drop. I can't imagine not walking away from this book without some insight into your own psychi. I recommand this book to anyone. Even those outside the scifi genre'. It's a shame John Steakley only wrote this one book about Felix, but I guess that one book said it all.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2001

    Military Science Fiction as it should be

    There is not doubt that John Steakely borrowed heavily from Starship Troopers to write this book, but it many ways it is even more of a masterpiece than that perennial SF favorite. Armor follows two completely different story lines, that of the combat warrior Felix and the intergalactic pirate Jack Crow. Both of them have pasts they'd rather leave behind, and both of thim have two different sets of ethics forming internal conflicts. In all ways a book obsessed with dichotomies, Armor explores two different men struggling between raw survival and honor and the love they're learning to feel and the hatred that drives them. Between the exploration of the psyches of two men and the intense action scenes, Armor's intensity and emotions are rarely matched in literature.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2013

    This is probably number two or three of the best Sci-Fi books ev

    This is probably number two or three of the best Sci-Fi books ever written. An absolute must read.

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  • Posted September 14, 2012

    A life changing story

    Still one of my all time favorite stories. A look into the effects of war that will change your life, and your outlook on the sacrifice soldiers give for their countries and their families.

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  • Posted December 23, 2011

    Exhilirating! Should be adapted into a movie!

    This book is a fast paced actione packed sci-fi blockbuster. If you like sci-fi and action this is the classic read you may be missing from your collection. I absolutely loved it; coudn't put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2010

    good story,.. needs some help

    it was a great story but i really had a hard time following his writing.. its almost like the sentences didint makes sence .. had a real hard time reading it.

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  • Posted August 26, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    Read for Character Depth, Not for Action Scenes and Hollywood Explosions

    I finished reading this book for perhaps the third or fourth time tonight. As others have done I would also like to thank John Steakley for writing this wonderful story of Felix and company. It is a book I come back to over and over again and think about because of the tremendous character building and depth to the story. Maybe it is due to my growing maturity, but I have noticed many significant layers to the story that Mr. Steakley embedded into the folds of the book that I hadn't caught the first couple times I read it (and I'm a slow reader!).

    I would suggest this book to almost anyone. One thing I would suggest to anyone picking up this great work for the first time, is to not be focused on sci-fi, action scenes, the cover art, or the superficial aspects that make up the appearance of the book. I'd suggest everyone take a look at the books meaning, and read it for that. You will notice the author's great effort to tell a story worth remembering, feeling, thinking of well and always.

    Like most books and stories, the hidden truth to most, though all can find an appreciation for something unique and well put together, each and every book is more meaningful to those who can and do relate to its core meaning and truth. This one's is quoted as follows in the opening of the book:

    You are
    What you do
    When it counts
    ~The Masao

    Words to live by...

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  • Posted April 12, 2010

    Armor - John Steakley

    I have a Sci-Fi book collection better than most book stores. All of those books have been read 2-3 times each at least. That being said Armor is one of the best combat scifi books I have read.

    The book introduces the reader to Felix through the discovery of a mechanical suit and it's connected memory module that records the experiences of the previous wearer(Felix). The discoverers of the suit have to reevaluate their own self-perceptions in light of what Felix went through while wearing the suit. Combining action oriented combat and character self reflection the novel leaves the arena of pure action sci-fi and leaves the reader begging for a sequel that is equally well written.

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  • Posted October 8, 2009

    ARMOR A LETDOWN

    The first chapter is all action it grabs you and puts you in mortal combat wilh ant like beings, But it does not get any better it does get silly, And I found myself reading just to finish it. I enjoy good sifi this is not.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2009

    Many plots to follow, decent sci-fi book but be ready to keep up.

    There are several subplots in this story which can make it a little confusing at times. The main characters are flawed and don't fit the mold of what a hero should be but this will only make them more believable. The story switches point of view several times without much explanation as to who the reader is now shadowing. If you want a book that is a casual read this may not be the book. It had good detail in regards to what had taken place to make the story happen. There is so much going on that putting the book down and trying to come back to it may be a problem if you don't retain everything you have already read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2008

    Nothing special

    If I could give it 2.5 stars I would but I'm rounding down. Starship Troopers is an all-time favorite of mine but I can objectively say this book in no way has the depth of that story. My three critics: 1' the reason why all this is happening and why is he 'or anybody else for that matter' there is in this situation? 1a' it's hinted at first and confirmed at the end why he is, but - ehh 2' Maybe I'm spoiled by W.E.B. Griffin books and the like, but the military aspect is dull and unimaginative 3' and mostly, the writing is nothing special and at times nags at me as something a kid would type out along the lines of, 'And he was all alone, but still killed over a thousand enemies, that came from him at every side, with his bare hands after his rifle gave out and made it back to safety - again! 'Not a direct quote, but that's the idea.' I'm always looking for the next great read, and if you're like me and are always hoping to find that 'something' in the book you pick up that makes it above average, then I don't think you'll get too much of a kick out of this one.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2004

    A great read on many levels.

    Steakley tells a fast paced good yarn that keeps you interested. But more than that, there are lessons, such as: 'A man is what he does, when it counts.' quoted as being from the Masao. Friendship, bureacratic frustration, the toil of life - Armor is an excellent book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2003

    Good story, Surprising climax, Cheap ending

    I found this book after reading 'Starship Troopers' by Robert A. Heinlein, and was severely let down. Then I decided to go with the same 'man vs. giant insect' theme and hit a homerun with this story. Great read the climax was quite a surpise, but I did feel a bit cheated at the end. Overall I definitely recommend.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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