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Penguin Putnam
The military sci-fi classic of courage on a dangerous alien planet

The planet is called Banshee. The air is unbreathable, the water is poisonous. It is home to the most implacable enemies that humanity, in all its interstellar expansion, has ever encountered.

Body armor has been devised for the commando forces that are to be dropped on Banshee—the culmination of ten thousand years of the armorers’ craft. A trooper in this armor is a one-man, atomic powered battle fortress. But he will have to fight a nearly endless horde of berserk, hard-shelled monsters—the fighting arm of a species which uses biological technology to design perfect, mindless war minions.

Felix is a scout in A-team Two. Highly competent, he is the sole survivor of mission after mission. Yet he is a man consumed by fear and hatred. And he is protected, not only by his custom-fitted body armor, but by an odd being which seems to live within him, a cold killing machine he calls “The Engine.”

This is Felix’s story—a story of the horror, the courage, and the aftermath of combat, and the story, too, of how strength of spirit can be the greatest armor of all.

Baker & Taylor
A best-selling novel of military science fiction follows the battle of a one-man, atomic-powered, armored fighting machine on the alien planet of Banshee, home to a horde of berserk enemies of humanity. Reissue.

Publisher: New York, NY : DAW Books, c1984
ISBN: 9780886773687
Characteristics: 426 p. ; 18 cm


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Aug 18, 2015

A unique starkness pervades this SF piece. This is one of those surprisingly emotionally powerful combinations of SF & War, one suspects the author has almost actually lived the story? Not to everyone's liking, but definitely a warlike anti-war piece, offering serious insights. [I personally felt emotionally drained by it, but would highly recommend it.] Author also wrote the Vampire$ novel, which the movie, Vampires with James Woods, was based on.


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