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The Easytown Novels: Books 1-3

Narrated by: Daniel Penz
Series: Easytown Novels, Book 1-3
Length: 28 hrs and 5 mins
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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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  • Neesie315
  • 04-01-2020

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
  • 27-12-2019

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
  • 20-12-2019

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
  • 04-12-2019

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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  • richard joesten
  • 23-01-2020

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
  • 21-01-2020

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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  • Rob Cooke
  • 31-01-2020

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.