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Space Opera full of larger-than-life character

Title: Hellhole
Author: Brian Herbert

additional author: Kevin J Anderson

In the core worlds of the Constellation, corrupt nobles scheme and compete for power, and for the chance to be named the heir to the reigning Diadem.  Meanwhile, on the most dangerous and inhospitable planet of the Deep Zone, exiled rebel general Tiber Adolphus is about to make a discovery that will enable him to rise and challenge the power of the Constellation once more.

If you like your space opera full of larger-than-life characters, twisted, sadistic villains, and grand schemes that go horribly, disastrously awry, then you might like to check out this trilogy.  The first book is followed by Hellhole: Awakening and Hellhole: Inferno.