while the main the story does sound familiar (you will be thinking of Han Solo when introduced to Cole) the plot is varied enough and clever enough that you wont mind and will probably forget anyway and become completely immersed in the adventures of the sheriff of yrnameer. the narration makes the book, it is perfect! a thoroughly enjoyable romp across the galaxy, well worth a credit.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
I read other reviews after I had already bought this - I suspect if I had known it was so much like Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, I'd have saved my money. Not that it's bad - it's not - it's just silly and pointless like HGG is. Oh, perhaps there's supposed to be some hidden meaning or commentary on the state of the world in it, but all I really got were the over the top references to commercialism and the silliness of "hero" worship.
I got those bits 'cause they were hammered into me over and over and over again.
This isn't to say that I didn't laugh, 'cause I did, several times. But... it was a bit too much of the same thing, and went on a bit too long. After 2/3 of the way in, it was only the very excellent narration that made the book bearable to finish. Of course, the plot is so weak that you won't miss anything if you just stop listening at any given point after they land on Yrnameer.
Got two-thirds through and gave up when the "hero" becomes sheriff in this silly attempt at space-age western. Couldn't take it any more, and I REALLY tried. It's not funny ... just dumb.
Whoever compared it to Douglas Adams was completely wrong. There is none of Adams wit here. Narration is over the top and the author tries too hard to be funny.. failing completely.
I howled out loud a number of times, chuckled constantly throughout, and even giggled and snorted. Dufris did a fantastic job - his characters were out of this world... literally! And the production values were top-notch.
When's the sequel???