Heirs of Empire
This book is not one with mind-bending new science fiction concepts - it's more of a "space opera" with a lot of cliches. But it's a good, fun story, and the cliches are kind of mixed and matched with original bits and pieces into something that's new and - I thought - very entertaining. There's some Star Wars there, some of the pirate movies I used to watch as a kid, some Dune, and it all works well because they are tried and true story elements that people have always liked. Throw in some cool, futuristic tech, and a plot with lots of action, and it's a great book to read for enjoyment.
If you want hard science fiction, this isn't it, but if you want a very colorful, interesting world with action and adventure, it's a good book. Indeed, the author leaves a lot of things unexplained, so I'm eagerly awaiting future installments set in the same world.
I enjoyed some of Evan Currie's earlier books too, but to me it felt like this one kicked it up a notch. Given my tastes, I'd give it five stars.