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May have been published by TSR, definitely a smaller (US — maybe game-related) publisher trying to establish itself. I think the novel even opens with the scene where the protagonist gets his “suit,” which invades his nasal passages and mouth and forms a protective barrier. Everyone in the service (society?) gets this suit. It may have been symbiotic organism, not unlike Venom (Spiderman) or the symbiotic suit in Their Master’s War by Mick Farren — except this one was clear.

Standard paperback, aimed at adults, may have had a white cover. Mid-1980s to mid-1990s. Used to see it in used bookstores a lot.

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  • You could improve this question by going through the checklists here and editing in any relevant info you can think to add.
    – Valorum
    Jun 19 at 21:10
  • Stardance or one of the sequels, by Spider Robinson? The "suit" is an alien lifeform. I think it was red thought, not clear.
    – sueelleker
    Jun 20 at 11:30
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    I think there's something similar in Janet Morris's Kerrion Empire series. First book is Dream Dancer but the suit wasn't in the first scene iirc.
    – mkennedy
    Jun 20 at 18:02
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    @mkennedy The "mil-suit" gets fitted at the start of chapter 2 in Dream Dancer.... however it's a girl who endures the choking sensation as it gets fitted to her lungs etc . And it's a symbiote
    – Danny Mc G
    Jun 20 at 18:46
  • Definitely clear, not Robinson or Morris. Jun 20 at 23:11

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