Five stars from me. But do take into account that this is a fun, light, very silly and really quite sweary SF book. It’s not going to hit that hard for everyone. (But maybe it will!)

Charlie is a substitute teacher with money troubles and a yearning desire to buy a local bar. Then his estranged uncle dies, making him the heir to a very strange and slightly villainous business.

Turns out his pet cat has been spying on him all along, there are swearing dolphins at his command, and he now has access to satellite-exploding lasers (and more than a few moral dilemmas).

It’s ridiculous and hilarious. And a little bit brilliant. End of review.