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Armored: Part Human. Part Machine. All Soldier.
Edited by John Joseph Adams
Cover Artist: Kurt Miller
Review by Ernest Lilley
Baen Mass Market Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781451638172
Date: 27 March 2012 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Here are nearly two dozen stories that peel back the shell surrounding tomorrow's super-soldier to take a look at how armor makes us tougher, sure--but ironically how it often makes us more vulnerable at the same time. Is armor something you put on, or is it something that takes you in? Either way, the heroes in these stories will all be changed by putting on their suits.

From official release/information:

Product Description: Armor up for a metal-pounding feast of action, adventure and amazing speculation by topnotch writers (including Nebula-award winner Jack McDevitt, Sean Williams, Dan Abnet, 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.

First, when the armor starts to take over, even the generals may be at its mercy–and under its control. Then solve the problem of armored rescue when irradiated vacuum stands between the frail flesh of the living and safety. And what happens when the marriage of soldier and armor becomes a bit too intimate--and that marriage goes sour!

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.

(Source: Baen)

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