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.
After finishing my fourth listen-through of this book, I'm struggling to understand why it isn't more well known. I've never read something that put you so firmly in the middle of the action, and without endless detail or "world-building". John Steakley effortlessly eases his reader into the universe he's created, then violently jerks at every one of their heart strings. I can't recommend this book enough.
Giving out fewer stars because I was inflating my start in a way that did not differentiate the mediocre and the fantastic.
I would try another book narrated by Mr. Weiner, but I don't know if I would read another Steakley book. While it was pretty good it was not terrific.
If the price was right maybe, but this book, while fun, is not worth a credit.
He has a great set of voices to use in the narration. His emotional tones were perfect.
Probably, because I love war-Sci-fi
Mileage varies for each reader. I found the main section of the book to be rather tedious and the main character in the middle to be unbelievable even when sustaining my disbelief. That does not make the book bad.
It has a fairly original story line that snuggles into familiar stories.
While I am always a fan of military Sci Fi, this books pace and unfolding storyline when I first read it in book form kept me reading till I finished it in one sitting. I was surprised to see it in audio.
The main character. Since this is a first person book.
His narration made you see and feel with the character. Many readers detract from the story with their performances. This one helps pull you into the narrative.
The first scene in the book which is of considerable length, serves well to draw you into the rest of the book.
I have read and listened to this a number of times and the story is always one I like revisiting. The action is well paced and believable. The storyline unfolds well and hints at a greater revelation of the main character. Unlike many military Sci Fi books, the details of this one seem plausible and don't get in the way of the story. If you are looking for a good action book with decent character development and some twists and turns... pick this one up.
Fictional writings can be a window into the personality of the author. This author is boring, confusing, depressed, and riddled with guilt. I got this book based on the positive reviews it received. Now, I honestly can't understand why it got any positive reviews. I understand that the author was trying to have two separate story lines that combine at the end and I applaud the unique way in which he did that. This was just a case of really bad writing overall.
I'd listen to Tom Weiner read the tax code as long as the tax code wasn't written by John Steakley.