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Childrens SciFi, Mars, Martial Arts, Tunnels, Aliens and an Iron Suit.

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Edited: Apr 16, 1:54pm Top

Hello all,

When I was in single digits as a child (which was a LONG time ago as I am 35), I read a book in my school library which was about a hero on another planet (I believe it may have been Mars but I can't be certain). I can not remember this hero's name. He was a martial artist and I believe he had some sort of an animal companion.

I believe he was human, but was hiding from (and often getting into fights with) alien soldiers. It was a central detail that the main thing this character had going for him was his super human abilities with martial arts (but a made up/alien variety). Somewhere amongst the early chapters of the book, there were a few fight scenes in underground tunnels.

On the old copy of the book I was reading there was an illustration of some sort of hollow Iron Suit; maybe some sort of armor. I believe the name of the book was even some sort of reference to an iron suit, iron man, red suit, martian suit, hollow man etc. Problem is that whenever I search anything similar I just find 100's of Marvel references, to which this book was unconnected.

I would love to find out what this book was called as I loved it as a child and would even quite like to pass it on to my kids, if only I could remember what is was called. Any help would be much appreciated!

In summary:
About 30 years ago.
Childrens SciFi,
Strong emphasis on Martial Arts (but made up),
Another planet,
Underground Tunnels
Possibly Aliens, an alien army or alien soldiers,
References to some sort of suit of armor, possibly made of Iron.

Many thanks!

Apr 16, 2:46pm Top

Possibly Edgar Rice Burroughs Barsoom series? A princess of Mars, The Gods of Mars, The Warlord of Mars, etc.

Apr 17, 7:20am Top

Probably not Barsoom if the armor is an important plot point. Burroughs' Martians never wear much more than a few leather straps for carrying things. Some of this makes me think of the Sunset Warrior Cycle (https://www.librarything.com/series/Sunset+Warrior+Cycle) by Eric Van Lustbader, but that is most emphatically NOT for children.

Edited: Apr 17, 8:22am Top

Hmm... I don't think that's the one, but it sounds like a good series though. Might have to give it / them a read! Thanks.

I'm pretty sure that the book I'm thinking of was set on another planet like Mars or somewhere. Also, I don't know how significant the armor was as I never finished the book, but I do remember it forming the cover illustration...

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