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  • Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books (10 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451638175
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451638172
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 4.1 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 543,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andy Phillips on 25 April 2012
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This is a great collection of short stories featuring power armour of various types. Despite the blurb and cover, not all of the tales are military sci-fi, but most of them have some sort of combat element. There is enough variety to keep things interesting, and no real stinkers in the collection. My one possible criticism is that power armour stories is quite a niche subject, but it's pretty clear that's what you're getting, so that shouldn't be an issue.

I'll try to summarise the contents of the book:

1) 'The Johnson Maneuver', Ian Douglas - Marines defend an embassy on a planet populated by crab-like beings.

2) 'Hel's Half Acre', Jack Campbell - An infantry squad is forced into a series of near suicidal attacks.

3) 'Jungle Walkers', David Klecha and Tobias S Buckell - An unarmoured infantry company faces a forced of armoured fighting machines in Colombia.

4) 'The Last Run of the Coppelia', Genevieve Valentine - A salvage crew find something unexpected while gathering micro-organisms on an ocean planet.

5) 'Death Reported of Last Surviving Veteran of Great War', Dan Abnet - An interview with a man whose lifespan is extended by being implanted into power armour.

6) 'The Cat's Pyjamas', Jack McDevitt - A ship visits a space station that orbits a pulsar.

7) 'Find Heaven and Hell in the Small Things', Simon R Green - Armoured warriors are dropped onto a planet covered in homicidal vegetation.

8) 'Power Armor: A Love Story', David Barr Kirtley - A genius inventor never takes off his armour because he expects to be assassinated.

9) 'The Last Days of the Kelly Gang', David D Levine - Steampunk power armour is invented for the outlaw Ned Kelly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JPS TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Oct. 2012
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As usual in a collection of short stories, you will find that you like some better the others and there even be a few which you simply did not like at all. It is largely a matter of personal taste. As far as I am concerned, I found that 7-8 were superb, another dozen were good to very good, and there were about 3 that I did not like. I will refrain from telling you which ones and why, partly because other reviewers have already mentioned their own preferences and partly because I do not trust myself to avoid spoilers.

My three favourite stories were Power Armour: A love story, where a man from the future has to remain permanently in his power armour to prevent him from being murdered, Don Quixote, which takes place towards the end of the Spanish Civil War, as the Republicans are about to lose, and the rather horrific and nightmarish Helmet where human beings are imprisoned into powered armour and commit atrocities. However, this does not mean in any away that the 20 other stories were not good. It only means that my personal and very subjective preferences went to these three.
As hinted to above, I very much liked this collection and most of its stories. However, the higher the number of stories included, and the higher the chances that there will be at least one of them that you may not like.

Accordingly, since it is unlikely that someone would like ALL of the stories and think that they are all wonderful, it is also somewhat unlikely that the book deserves five stars. For me, there were three weaker stories. This is less than 15% of the total number, implying a four star rating...
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All the stories are based around the theme "troops in power armor". I was actually expecting something around the lines of "warhammer-40k-marines". There are a few of those in the book (only none in that particular setting) but most are... quite unusuall. Some are not even in the future, (or the present) and many don't involve combat. I was quite pleased with the result, and I'm not a fan of short stories. On a scale of 1-10, I'd rate most stories as a 8, with some going to 9.

There's even a cat in there!
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By Nik on 27 April 2014
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I'd come across some of these before, but most were new to me.

Okay, I'm not a great fan of such tech --I've read how UK longbows decimated armoured French knights, not to mention assorted modern take-downs. Still, in their niche, on their day, powered armour would rule the battlefield...
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