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Armored [Kindle Edition]

John Joseph Adams
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Armor up for a metal-pounding explosion of action, adventure and amazing speculation by topnotch writers—including Nebula-award winner Jack McDevitt, Sean Williams, Dan Abnett, Simon Green, and Jack Campbell—on a future warrior that might very well be just around the corner. Science fiction readers and gamers have long been fascinated by the idea of going to battle in suits of powered combat armor or at the interior controls of giant mechs.
It's an armor-plated clip of hard-hitting tales featuring exoskeleton adventure with fascinating takes on possible future armors ranging from the style of personal power suits seen in Starship Troopers and Halo to the servo-controlled bipedal beast-mech style encountered in Mechwarrior and Battletech.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 715 KB
  • Print Length: 608 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Baen Books; 1 edition (1 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AP9CTL4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #131,728 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A nice collection with appeal for most sci-fi fans 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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4.0 out of 5 stars 23 short stories on armoured warriors 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Fair bunch of tales. 27 April 2014
By Nik
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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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