Retief's Peace (Retief)
by William H., Jr. Keith
Cover Artist: Kurt Miller
Baen Mass Market ISBN/ITEM#: 9781416521358
Date: 22 May 2007 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
[Editor's Note: We're re-running our review by Ernest Lilley in the October 2005 issue.]
The good news is that Retief, the diplomatic savior and nightmare of the CDT (that's Corps Diplomatique Terrestrienne) is back, reconjured by author William Keith. Created by Keith Laumer, Retief is the light side of Laumer's Mil-fic, the darker, or at least deeper side being represented by the stories of cybernetic tanks known as Bolos. Though (Keith) Laumer is gone, that story line has seen several credible extensions by (William) Keith, and now he turns his hand towards the lighter side; a comedy of manners about a secret agent type who rashly violates the rules of diplomacy by finding peaceful solutions to difficult problems in intergalactic relations. The bad news is that either Retief hasn't learned any new tricks during his absence, Keith is laying on the grongleberry a bit thick. Oh well, as the Holy Mystic Fortune Cookies say, "You can't make omelets without grobbling a chutwinkle."From release/information:
Book Description: Peace, it's wonderful! Except when the Peace Movement is actually a subterfuge by the warlike and imperialistic Krll to get the Terrans to get off of a planet, leaving it defenseless and ripe for conquest. The Terran diplomats have their usual primary concerns: covering their, ah, flank and not doing anything that might threaten their careers, which means that they're not about to do anything, period. Once again, it's up to Retief to thwart the would-be conquerors, even if the unthinkable happens, and he's drummed out of the Corps Diplomatique Terrestrienne ! And Retief has never been more dangerous to the villains than when he's operating outside the rules of diplomacy!