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Subject: Armor
    1/20/2004 1:43:54 AM
Havent any of you picked up and read the book "Armor?" I havent heard it mentioned yet on these boards, but its one of my top picks in the Sci Fi category. Granted, its not as heavy on the military doctrine as some of its contemporaries, bur as a study of the psychology of warefare its unbeatable. Not a happy picture is painted, either.
 
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Horsesoldier    RE:Armor   3/14/2004 1:36:13 PM
"Armor" by John Steakley? Very good book, in my opinion. I always have considered it something of a post-Vietnam reinterpretaton of Starship Troopers. It think it has been criticized by some as a rehash of Starship Troopers, but I think that was exactly the point.
 
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AlbanyRifles    RE:Armor   3/17/2004 8:52:16 AM
Absolutely agree. Good read and a good object lesson. Also, a hell of a way to go out, if you ask me!
 
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   RE:Armor   3/25/2004 2:28:12 AM
I agree with you 100% horsesoldier. I read it as an attack on the "glamorous war" presented by Heinlein in Starship Troopers. Hadn't thought of it in post-Vietnam context, but it fits. Well done..
 
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Darth Vader    RE:Armor   5/24/2004 1:14:09 AM
Great book in my opinion. I don't want to think about military logistics and commanders screwing up like in real life though.
 
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ridenrain    RE:Armor   9/29/2004 10:54:32 AM
Just finished and I found it wanting. The first, and most of the battle sections with Felix were well done but the technical details were a little light, and the fact that no one ever looked at his record was pushing belief. A good read but nothing extraordinary. I think I'll switch back to the John Ringo stuff.
 
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Shooter    RE:Armor   2/10/2005 5:01:21 PM
War can be glorious! When it is fought for the right reasons, that are just and honorable, war is the single greatest act of civilisation.
 
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Uncivilized    RE:Armor   10/31/2005 2:05:15 PM
I enjoyed "Armor" quite a bit. I really have not read anything else by Steakly though. I must say It does not convey the post Vietnam disillusionmnet with war and the politicans who initiate it as well Haldeman's "Forever War". That book capture what it is like to be in the military perfectly. It is merely a future projection of the military existence as it has been for thousands of years. I could picture one of Caeser's legionaries understanding the story. It is not idealist at all. It is what I would call a hard science version of a futuristic war.
 
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