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Summary

The Easytown Novels create a frighteningly real near future world beset by climate change, social depravity, moral ambiguity, and corporate greed. Easytown is city with a thousand stories and the hard-nosed homicide detective, Zach Forrest, is determined to learn them all.

Book 1 - The Immorality Clause: Easytown’s robotic pleasure clubs are a serial killer’s playground.

The futuristic slum in eastern New Orleans is a violent place where any vice can be satisfied - for a price. As long as the taxes are paid and tourists continue to flock to the city, businesses are allowed to operate as they see fit. When a string of grisly murders rocks the city, homicide detective Zach Forrest must hunt down the killer responsible before they strike again.

Book 2 - Tears of a Clone: Torture tourism is an illegal sport in Easytown - unless the victim is a clone, then nobody cares.

When Detective Forrest discovers the mutilated bodies of three clones in a garbage compactor, he’s shocked to learn of the multi-million dollar industry of torture tourism. He embarks on an unauthorized investigation and discovers that the truth behind the clone murders is more terrifying than he’d imagined.

Book 3 - West End Droids & East End Dames: Everything comes crashing down on Forrest when a rampaging cyborg attacks, disrupting his investigation into the death of a lowly thumper club doorman who knew too much. Before he can determine his next move, a beautiful evidence clerk lands on his doorstep and forces her way into his life. Meanwhile, the precinct chief tasks him to track down and stop the street doctors who build the abominations.

But, will doing so cost Zach more than he’d expected?

©2019 Brian Parker (P)2019 Brian Parker

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Sublime Noir Sci-Fi Crime Thriller!

This series of audiobooks are simply wonderful. I listened to the first one some time ago and was blown away by it.

I literally jumped at the chance to listen to the trilogy.

The books feel like you are in an old school crime noir story but with artfully crafted Science Fiction elements.

The story draws you in and takes you along on a rollercoaster through this immersive world.

I loved the characters even some of the villains and lesser characters.

The narration performance is an elevation to an already amazing story the narration simply brings the world further into reality and lends true life into the characters.

This trilogy is worth anyones money or credit and I urge you to give it a try as I do not think you will be disappointed.

I have received this book free in exchange for an honest and impartial review.

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Superbly narrated cyber noir

A truly excellent trilogy that leaves you wanting more. Gloriously gritty with hints of humour these three books are simply perfect for fans of the cyber/bio punk genre.

The narration of Daniel Penz is excellent and his use of synthesization for certain characters enhances the whole futuristic feel of the novels.

These books are absolutely worth the time and the money

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Fantastic Gritty Detective Stories

I really liked these stories. The excellent world weary narration, the fantastic but plausible world building, and the inventive plots make for an outstanding piece of detective fiction.

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  • RN
  • 30-08-20

Immersive, great detective story.

Books 1-3 cast a vision of the near future and what we could be living like. The technology is not over stated or unbelievable and fits well with the story. The characters are well developed and each book is an individual case. Really enjoyed it.

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  • MG
  • 01-05-20

Solid Bladerunner style detective series

I recieved the first book for free, with the usual caviates of writing an honest review etc etc. I got a few chapters in, and then bought the entire trilogy - so that should give you an indication of feelings of this series

1) Immorality Clause

Immorality Clause is extrememly will written, and treads to fine line of world building, and actual story telling, with finesse. It mixes Blade Runner (but with less distopia) , a little Raymond Chandler, with the TV show Criminal Minds, and it just works. This was my first introduction to Brian Parker as writer, and Im suitably impressed. The plot is smart, and doesnt get bogged down with trying to be too clever (looking at you Neuromancer and Snow Crash...)

The book really hits the mark though, with its characterisation. The protagonist is very well written, easy to sympathise with, and dear god you are completely rooting for him to succeed all the way through. Daniel Penz's narration is perfect for the role and world, adding a lot of depth to the story.

2) Tears of a Clone

A superb follow up to Immorality Clause, writing, charactors and plot are once again on point. This entry however is a lot darker, and deal withs with social injustices, and the protagonists own personality failings, giving him even more depth than before.

Somehow this is the second story involving Clones that Ive been subjected to in the last month, both tackling similiar subject matters. The other novel was Authority, both deal with clones as property the lack of right, and an overall conspiracy surrounding them. Authority was ham fisted, Tears of the Clone however, was excellent

3) West End Droids & East End Dames

Excluding the short stories collection, at the time of writing, this is the last book in the Easytown series.

Out of the 3 novels, this is the weakest. The writing, charactors and plot are on point, but it just ends on a bit of whimper, rather than a bang. You do get a satifisying end to the series, but it feels like its missing an epilogue

I'd happily read/listen to another installment

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Fabulous storyline

I Enjoyed this audio book very much
Hopefully they will be more audio books
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Overall, decent

Decent story, decent writing, decent narration.

Nothing special, but if you're looking got a noir/cyberpunk, give this one a shot.

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  • Neesie315
  • 04-01-20

Easytown

I absolutely loved this series! I love the old time film noir detectives ala Sam Spade and the protagonist in this book, Zachary Forrest, reminds me of those fedora-wearing guys. I also love the original movie, "Blade Runner", and this series reminded me of that movie many, many times.

Futuristic New Orleans has a section called Easytown (probably today's French Quarter) which specializes in sex clubs populated with sex robots. When several patrons and employees are murdered in gruesome ways, Zach has to try to find out who is doing the killing. Along the way, he becomes involved with a beautiful witness named Paxton Amora. This relationship comes to haunt Zach in more ways than one!

This series has cyborgs, drones, droids, artificial intelligence, as well as drugs, prostitution, and murder. Zach goes about his job in a no-holds barred way, endangering love, life and limb, in order to get his man (or woman).

If you are looking for a well-written cyberpunk series with traces of noir detective novels, this is the one you need to read or listen to. At the end of the third book, Zach has pretty much used up all of his favors within the NOPD, but the author hints at more adventures to come in the next phase of Zach's life.

I love the characters, including Zach's assistant, Andi, who is little like Alexa (but much more fun). The dialogue is great and I especially enjoyed Zach and Andi's interactions. Zach has a smart-assed attitude that won't quit and adds a lot to the book. I loved the idea of the talking toilet that gives you an automatic urine analysis every time you use it.

The narration was wonderful. Mr. Penz didn't just read this book, he portrayed every scene and you feel like you are watching a movie while listening. When the character is in pain, you can feel it in the narration. His performance added a lot to my enjoyment of these books.

Brian Parker has done an excellent job with this series and I look forward to reading more of his work. He has built a world full of well-developed characters and futuristic technology that will keep the biggest cyperpunk fan reading. I will definitely recommend his writing to my friends!

I was given the chance to listen to the audiobook version of this series through Audiobook Boom! and chose to review it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-12-19

Interesting Story

Very well written. I loved the dystopian not so distant future. I was able to picture this guru really easily due to the descriptive writing. I felt very much like I was listening to an audio drama.

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  • G C
  • 20-12-19

GREAT SERIES!

This series is amazing! This series is full of action, drama and suspense. You will be entertained! The narration is outstanding. The author does an excellent job with the character builds and plot. This was my first book by this author but definitely not my last! I look forward to reading more of his books. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Frederic Likes Books
  • 04-12-19

Give this one a try!

First of all, I bought this series, and did not receive it to review. I wanted something "cyberpunk" and gritty, and this one really got me. There are 3 separate stories, each one stands in it's own right. I got really involved with all the main characters, and the setting is great. If you like cyberpunk or noir, I urge you to give this one a chance!

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  • Diane Reynolds
  • 31-05-20

A strange soap opera of an adventure

This is just fun! The plots twist just enough to maintain interest. The characters evolve just enough to be loveable. Some of the bad guys are really evil, some not so much.

Recommended to all fans of Stargate or Serenity... this adventure takes place on Earth, but it’s fun, romp around, shoot em up work of the future (with robots not aliens!)

I received this audiobook for free in exchange for a review.

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  • michael martins
  • 12-05-20

Very Fun CyberPunk Detective novels

The Easytown Novels Books 1-3 are a great series of cyberpunk detective novels that take place in a futuristic New Orleans. It follows NOPD detective Zachary Forrest who is a tough no nonsense detective who is dedicated to his work but can be a bit exuberant while apprehending some of the dangerous criminals he deals with which can lead him into a bit of trouble with his boss and the higher ups. Zack also has an AI Andi who helps him out with his job and his life and he is very dependent on her for almost everything. Easytown is the sleaziest and most dangerous part of New Orleans that caters to all of humanities depravities and is full of sex clubs including Humans and androids.

This futuristic world isn't full dystopian but it seems many morals have deteriorated and almost anything goes especially in Easytown. There are three separate stories included and they are all pretty entertaining and involve different aspects of this world, i.e. Androids, Clones, Cyborgs etc.

This is a very fun series but can be very explicit, dirty, raw and quite violent. If you don't like violence, sex, swearing etc. than this book will not be for you, if you don't mind that than this series is very entertaining.

The narration and production by Daniel Penz is top notch and really adds another element and enjoyment to the story, He has a great voice and must have some synthesizer or some other tech to do the voices of the androids, robots and AI which really make it seem more natural and life like.

Overall I would definitely recommend giving this a listen as it is quite fun and entertaining and 3 books for 1 credit is a steal. I am looking forward to see where future books in the series might go and how Zack progresses.

"Please note I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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  • Kayla Krantz
  • 14-04-20

Fantastic Cyberpunk!

I am still trying to decide how to word this review. It’s never easy to review an entire series at once, especially one that was out there as this one.

In the future, New Orleans has a section called Easytown where the French Quarter used to be. This is a spot that specializes in nightlife, sex clubs in particular. Except these are no ordinary clubs. They’re filled with sex robots. When patrons start to be murdered, the protagonist Zachary, has to find out who’s responsible.

I loved this series because not only does it have a noir feeling, it holds an interesting balance of technology like cyborgs and artificial intelligence, but it also has plenty of modern day issues like drugs and murder.

Zach is a very shoot first, ask questions later type of main character. He’s confident and not afraid to follow his gut. I didn’t like him at first, but I warmed up to him the longer I listened. All the characters, in fact, are interesting in their own ways. I liked Zach’s assistant Andi in particular.

There are some things in the futuristic world that made me laugh. Such creative worldbuilding all around.

The narrator did an absolutely fantastic job as well. He brought the stories to life.


This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • richard joesten
  • 23-01-20

Easy Town Novels

Zack is a Police Officer that is on the case and gets himself in some trouble. I love mysteries and this us a fantastic one that grabbed me from start to finish. I hope there is more in the future this series is a fantastic listen.
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  • Brian M
  • 21-01-20

Nothing's Easy in Easytown...

Except death, depravity, and debauchery. Existing in a post-caring world where everything we're afraid of now has taken root we follow a homicide detective as he continues to try to do his job in a city that's definitely not going to play ball. In these novels he fights serial killers, torturers, and abominations, but mostly he fights against the predominant way of life. It's a combination of realistic (assuming things hit their inevitable conclusion) and brutal and doesn't look away from the way things could be. And for a series of novels like that you need a strong narrator and this certainly fits that requirement. I was riveted to the point of disgust at times, but never ceased to be entertaining.

I received the review code for this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this honest review.

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  • Olivia Wylie
  • 27-07-21

Pour a bourbon and grab this series

It ain’t easy to live in the Big Easy, and according to Brian Parker, it ain’t getting any easier in the future. Parker has created a delightfully tangible world. This is one of the few neo-noir cyberpunks that feels just as real as everyday life. The tech is futuristic, but it’s neither terrifyingly and malignantly powerful nor is it humanity’s salvation. It still fritzes and glitches. AI has gotten just smart enough to talk to us, but not smart enough to realize that saying ‘he’s unavailable due to being in jail on suspicion of murder’ is really unhelpful. Your toilet can analyze your urine and hearing its health advice every morning is mandated by the city and the insurance companies, but people ignore it all the same. The cars are all self-driving, but the insurance company still keeps beaters on hand to fob off on high-risk cops who managed to sink their last model in a fricking lake (!!!) People are still people. New tech lets them be people in new and interesting ways. But their human needs and misdeeds haven’t changed. That touch of tawdry grit made this world wonderfully rough around the edges and as endearing as your favorite, worn-out sweatshirt.
A classic whodunnit-romp in the noir mold, the series’ plots move in all the ways you expect. The tired charm of noir has been updated with pleasure-bots, clones, and powerful tech, which opens up all kinds of new avenues for a good old-fashioned cop to get into trouble. The subversions and reworkings of classic tropes are tons of fun to watch. For fans of mystery and whodunnits, these aren’t the most devilishly difficult plots to figure out, but I have a soft spot for stories that let me strap in and enjoy the ride, and Parker’s work hits that spot perfectly.
The setup for this story is classic neo-noir, but it’s the characters that sell it. Zach is a lovable, flatfooted sweetheart . The reader for his character in the audiobook version sells the story perfectly: when he reads a character rolling out of bed, he absolutely sells the exhaustion and discombobulation. The performance made a well written story an absolute treat to listen to.

Zach Forrest is everything you want in an neo-noir cop. Bluff, kind of sweet, kind of clueless around the ladies. Erring on the side of gallant unless you throw a punch. And tired. So. Very. Damn. Tired.

Zach’s friends and enemies are all well-rounded and engaging, all the way from his oily sometimes-informant who goes by a name that includes Voodoo–never a good sign–to the other cops who give him shit down at the station and Andi, his adorkably clueless and sweetly competent AI who may just have a computer-crush on him. She’s a great replacement for the peppy secretary of old-world noir.

Zach’s friends give a strong sense of reality to his life, grounding it in routine and webs of interpersonal relations that are totally believable. And the people he deals with at work are humans with completely human motivations, in all their shop-soiled glory.