Okay guys, so the plot is just that, pretty simple. The two characters, hero and sidekick, are just that. Like the other two reviewers say, this is just old style Sci Fi: No terrible angst, no bitter pasts, no fate of all the known worlds resting on your conscience, just a couple of guys caught up in something and taking the straightforward "beat up the bad guys" approach. And who the hell cares about the description of 'hyperspace'? For goodness sake - it's not real! As was said by A.V., if it was, we'd all be travelling to the stars. This book - and it's sequel - are there for the fun of it - something to divert you from the realities of a rainy day. It's not Shakespeare or Dickens, not Heinlein or Azimov, its just a moderate Sci Fi story. I read it many, many, years ago, found the sequel by accident and would really love to find the third book (if it ever existed). As the other guy said, put your brain on hold and enjoy some old style space opera.