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The military sci-fi classic in a striking new package
Felix is an Earth soldier, encased in special body armor designed to withstand Earth's most implacable enemy-a bioengineered, insectoid alien horde. But Felix is also equipped with internal mechanisms that enable him, and his fellow soldiers, to survive battle situations that would destroy a man's mind.
This is a remarkable novel of the horror, the courage, and the aftermath of combat--and how the strength of the human spirit can be the greatest armor of all.
Dominguez appeared beside him on the wall. Do you know what the hells going on? he asked bluntly. What do you mean? Felix replied. Dominguez hooked an armored thumb over his shoulder toward the warriors in the courtyard, all two hundred plus of them, forming up. Were moving out, for chrissakes, Felix! Can you believe it? Why? Dominguez shrugged, snorted angrily. Ya got me, Man. They go to all this trouble to build this goddamned miracle out in the middle of nowhere, then
occurred to anyone. Nervously, all eyes turned to the Knuckle. And, on cue, it opened. . . The ants came in waves that were perhaps half as wide as the Warrior emplacements. They came right at the center of the humans strength. Because of clever positioning, the ants in the front ranks were clearly visible long before they reached the trenches. Also, only one or two in ten actually carried the blasters, which were of dubious value anyway considering the length of time they must remain
didnt buy it. I had drunk water and swatted flies on alien soil again and again and they had been man places. I had felt that with a subtle certainty. I still did. Another idea used the model for the universe bit as well but extended it to mean that there were Homo Saps out there who had nothing to do with Earth at all. These other guys were supposed to have sprung full-blown from another place but be just like us. The thinkers who thought this thought something else. They thought we would run
smile, now bitter throughout, remained. Never mind. Jack, he said in a patronizing tone. You wouldnt understand. I jerked the door open angrily, stopped, barked acidly back: Or care. He only nodded. Or care, he agreed reasonably. I went hurriedly out, slamming the door behind me. I made too much noise stomping away to be able to hear it if he was laughing behind me. So bizarre. . . . X Grumbling, I retraced my steps back through the maze. The lain was over for now. The last bit
Freeze! he snapped again, looking past her down the canyon. Ants! Just around the corner of her helmet, he could see the four ants coming back into the canyon. He was in a lousy position to see anything, but he was afraid to attract their attention by drifting. He settled for severing Connection, a slight movement. Dont move, he said. Theyll come right by us. I cant move, she replied softly. Where are they now? Shut up! he ordered bluntly, watching them shuffle across the