Retief's War (Retief #6)
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Retief's War (Retief #3)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  284 ratings  ·  9 reviews
It's Retief the galactic policeman and Earthman on a visit to the planet of Quopp, where Earthmen must tread quietly or not at all. But Ambassador Longspoon has a plan to unite all the hostile tribes of Quopp under one government -- to make them more friendly to Earth.

Yet already Retief has learned of another plan -- the evil, half-human, half machine Groaci's plan to dest...more
Paperback, 172 pages
Published 1978 by Pocket (first published 1965)
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This is probably the third or fourth time I've read this book and again, I enjoy the way Laumer pokes fun at liberals, bureaucracy and bureaucrats. Retief is the "James Bond" of the galaxy, deftly handing any manner of problem that may pop up, working his way around bumbling superiors and rescuing both planets and babes from the hands of those power-hungry minions that would do harm to both.

His tongue-in-cheek presentation will keep you chuckling.
Robert J. Sullivan
Retief, the resourceful and indomitable diplomat who faces countless dangers in the service of the Corps Diplomatique Terrestienne, is on the planet Quopp, with its many forms of wheeled and rotored inhabitants. The Voion, one of the races, have been selected by the CDT to set up a planetary government to replace the cheerful chaos the inhabitants employ. Unfortunately, the Voions idea of peace is subjugating or exterminating all the others.

Retief has his hands full setting up a counter-revoluti...more
2.5 stars:
It had been 7 years since I last read a Retief of my first reviews ever! I read several Laumer books in the interim, so I figured it was high time to get back to what started it all, Retief.

Sadly, this wasn't that great. Just like the first time I read some Retief, I feel like he overstays his welcome in a short novel, and is much better in Laumer's short fiction. Retief's War felt largely like "There, he barely got out of that one, what should I throw at him next?". It jus...more
This novel postulates a charming alien adaptation; every creature on the planet incorporates the wheel in some form or other as part of its body scheme, even flying creatures with rotor blades instead of wings, as a means of locomotion.

Retief is possibly Science Fiction's most humorous, and also invariably triumphant, recurring character; embodying the intelligence and machismo of James Bond (Retief's portrayal on the cover art of some of the books is rather remininiscent of James Coburn as Dere...more
#3 in Laumer's Jame Retief science fiction series. These were written in the 1960's, but are still fun to read. Retief is a diplomat in the Corps Terrestienne Diplomatique which are the "good guys" in the inter galactic rivalry with the Groaci who are the "bad guys." This is an essentially tongue in cheek series in which Retief's superiors are hopeless incompetents and Retief's always is there to save the day and set things right.
Mar 30, 2009 Debbie rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Debbie by: Brian
Shelves: 2009-read
This book was not as much fun as Retief of the CDT. It deals mainly with war and rebellion tactics than the crazy antics of incompetent diplomats. I generally find war and battle scenes borng. Would I have been more interested if it took place on a planet full of bunnies and puppies instead of insects? Maybe....
Steve Bryan
A fun but loosely written romp! If you have read other Retief's you will enjoy this... If not, better to start on one of the earlier works....
Retief's War by Keith Laumer (2000)
Retief - need I say more
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John Keith Laumer (9 June 1925–23 January 1993) was an American science fiction author. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, he was an officer in the U.S. Air Force and a U.S. diplomat. His brother March Laumer was also a writer, known for his adult reinterpretations of the Land of Oz (also mentioned in Keith's The Other Side of Time).

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