This is seriously like the book version of a Flash Gordon serial from the 30's. I mean this in the best possible way. Lantern jawed good guys vs. evil crab monsters. And what a lot of fun it was. This novel was a rollicking good time, no existential angst, no symbolism, no moral relativism, just good, old fashioned pro-colonialist space opera goodness. Don't expect this book to have any impact on your worldview or to challenge any of your values. Just expect it to entertain you and you will not be disappointed.