Good old fashioned space opera! Its funny, fast paced, well written and a really enjoyable read. The hero is instantly dislikeable but as you go on he improves on acquaintance. Lots of lovely bug eyed aliens, gorgeous lethal heroines, paranoia, skulduggery and space battles and you find yourself wanting to know what happens next. Don't worry too much about the details, suspension of disbelief is strongly recommended, but then Star Wars had its own problems too.