This was a waste of time. The characters were predictable and un-engaging. The story line was boring. Total waste of time
The first 10 minutes predicted the total lack of depth of this work. There was no engagement with the characters and the storyline was totally pedestrian.
Waste of time
Clevour, captivating, crafted
When they use one of the warriors keying all the commands in his suit to cause a nuclear explosion to save the troup.
I thought he did very well, I would have liked a second female voice too though. Sorry Tom all the rest was great. `
Many many of the scenarios moved me.
Great book, such a treat for my old eyes not to have to read it to enjoy my favourite stories.
Outstanding story along the lines of Starship Troopers, but with greater detail to the horrors of war and loss of identity in mass combat. The way the story intertwines between the past and present is masterfully done and the ending begs for a sequel though I can't seem to find one. A great story, well narrated, and worth every penny and moment it took to listen to it both the first, and second times.
Armor consists of two storylines. One follows Felix, a soldier fighting against alien creatures known as "ants," and the other storyline -- which begins abruptly about a quarter of the way through and continues until the final quarter -- follows a criminal named Jack Crow.
Felix's storyline is decent and, at times, even good. Despite Steakley's lack of skill as a writer, he managed to create a character who was interesting, terrifying, and likable. Unfortunately, Felix's story is crippled by Steakley's loss for words. For example, early into the story, a battle scene is described as "Terrible, terrible, awful, awful." How did this get past his editor? Poor descriptions such as this are peppered throughout the novel. I often found myself backtracking, sorting through ambiguous narrative trying to construct a scene.
The second storyline is horrible. Rather than the third-person with Felix, we are stuck in first-person with Jack Crow, a sociopath whose first act is to kill an innocent man. We follow this loon around reading page after page of his babbling internal dialogue. Nothing important happens here until much later. Feel free to skim. Only in the last few chapters did the storylines merge.
Aside from the bad writing, the confusing scene changes, and annoying characters, I do not understand why Fleet could not bombard Banshee from space. There seemed nothing to gain from ground-based warfare. Why was there never any support from the air? Why no armored vehicles? And how could these dumb ants possibly create starships? There was much that did not add up.
If only Steakley had stuck with Felix's story, I might have called this a decent book. With proper editing, the ending could even have remained the same without forcing hours of pointless rambling on the reader. While Felix is a great character, a genuine sci-fi superhero, the author's obsession with Jack Crow and his hypersexual exploits all but ruined the story for me.
I've got 20 minutes to go before the end of the book, and I must admit that I'm totally at a loss. The writing is disjointed. I'm not sure what the real story line is about. The narration is almost forced. I can't recommend this book at all.
I've been trying to get into military Sci-Fi series like Starship Troopers and thought I'd give this and a several other books a try. Unfortunately, I can't really say I dug this one. It just sort of felt forgettable and dull.
I have read 1000's and 1000'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. The first one, think Starship Troopers the movie. I think the movie took more from this book than from Heinlein's story. Only this 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. I am saddened that the author died before writing anything other than one more book. If he had done more I think he would have been remembered as one of the giants of the field.
Excellent story telling. The book stands on its own but, this narration makes it so easy to just Listen and listen some more..
Anybody that is fan of high tech futuristic fiction will love this and be able put yourself in the main characters shoes and live the journey. Just As when I read the book over 20 years ago as a teen, I found myself Talking back to it and laughing and gritting my teeth again.
Loved it all.
One of the best on military scifi. Steakly wrote the book as it were on how modern military scifi should be written.
The narrator did a nice job as well.
It would be great to see a sequel but I am afraid that would ruin a great thing. This will always be on of the best. I read it when it was published and bought the audio book just to see if it was as good as I remembered...it was better.