By John Steakley
The planet is termed Banshee. The air is unbreathable, the water toxic. it's the domestic of the main implacable enemies that humanity, in all its interstellar growth, has ever encountered. physique armor has been devised for the commando forces which are to be dropped on Banshee - the end result of 10000 years of the armorers' craft. A trooper during this armor is a one-man, atomic powered conflict castle - yet he'll need to struggle an almost unending horde of berserk, hard-shelled monsters - the scuffling with arm of a species which makes use of organic expertise to layout excellent, senseless, conflict minions. Felix is a scout in A-team . hugely efficient, he's the only real survivor of project after venture. but he's a guy ate up by means of worry and hatred. And he's secure, not just via his custom-fitted physique armor, yet by way of a wierd being which turns out to stay inside of him, a chilly killing computer he calls "The Engine". this can be Felix's tale - a narrative of the horror, the braveness, and the aftermath of wrestle, and the tale, too, of ways power of spirit might be the best armor of all.
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My ire rises from how they considered our treasures maleficarum, ‘tainted’, and almost certainly destroyed them rather than wield them in battle. To consign such relics to ruination is a far bleaker insult. I ended that story when I took the axe from his dead hands. Although their primary use was in remaking the weapon as a focus for psychic release, they also reacted with a certain ‘hostility’ when anyone but me touched the handle. A golden wolf’s head bared its teeth towards the blade’s killing edge; when the axe was activated, the coruscating lightning played across its feral features, seemingly bringing the beast to snarling life.
Accept it,’ I replied. Such rare restraint, for one of his Legion. I had always imagined I would be killed by a blood-maddened Fenrisian primitive, and here I was about to be murdered by a scholar. Behind his reply, I could hear the muted whirring of his armour joints as he sprinted through the ship. ’ I asked. ‘He is one of them,’ said Kadalus. How easy it is to flee from retribution, yet how impossible it is to outrun shame. ’ ‘I have made my offer,’ the Sardar replied, refusing to be baited, though I was sure he was no longer smiling.
The lack of gravity was an aid to them as they kicked off from the walls and launched down the hallways, heading to the hangar bays where their gunships waited. I simply had another avenue of escape. ’ Lheor’s question was a throaty growl. His warriors had already fled. ‘Falkus,’ I began. AshurKai’s voice in my ear had an air of sardonic nursemaiding. ’ he added, speaking to me again. Initial torpedo salvoes already cut the dusty void, streaming fire as they dived towards our vessels. The first impacts were coming.
Armor by John Steakley