Reading Google news today reminded me of Mission Earth. Mission Earth is a very sardonic satire, written by L. Ron Hubbard 20 years ago. It's a 10-part series that starts on the planet Voltar.
The hero is one of the great heroes of fiction - Jettero Heller. He's 100% competent, compassionate, brilliant, athletic, responsible, trustworthy (and all without being a wuss). Oh. Did I say gorgeous? That too.
The heroine, the Countess Krak, matches him perfectly in all aspects.
The villains are overwhelmingly evil.
The books were written by L. Ron Hubbard who also composed rock music to accompany Mission Earth. The album of this music was recorded by Edgar Winter and it is great rock and roll.
One of the songs, Cry Out, was adopted as the anthem of the 20th anniversary of Earth Day International.
The premis behind Mission Earth is that Voltar, the seat of an intergalactic empire, maintains its economy through a series of planned conquests of planets. There is a plan that extends for many thousands of years into the future and this plan is inviolate. However it is threatened by the fact that planet earth, known on Voltar as Blito P3 (our sun being known as the star "Blito" and P3 standing for 3rd planet from the star) is going downhill so fast, with pollution, threat of nuclear annihilation and rampant drug abuse, that it threatens to blow itself up or destroy all life on earth.
Hence - Mission Earth. In other words a mission needs to be fired from Voltar to salvage Earth to guarantee it will still be there when Voltar is ready to invade.
And the mission? One Jettero Heller and his "Mission Operator" Soltan Gris who is really a member of the FBI-like "Apparatus" and whose real agenda is to sabotage Jettero, and continue the destruction of Earth.
The book is available in English and from New Era Publications in many other languages as well.
It is also available as an audio book series
Of course L. Ron Hubbard has written a great many different fiction books, all very worth reading.