Author Keith Laumer
Published 1961
Appears in: Bolo ; The Compleat Bolo ; The Best of the Bolos; Retief: Diplomat at Arms; Retief!


Diplomat Jaime Retief is despatched to advise the Jorgensen's Worlds of a coming Soetti attack and provide them with a secret weapon. However, he must overcome gangsters, a corrupt merchant captain and a Bolo Mark XV/B in order to do so.


The story was originally titled The Frozen Planet. It is the first Laumer story to use the name Bolo.

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