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. But a string of violent murders threatens to upset the delicate balance between pleasure and safety.
As homicide detective Zach Forrest tries to unravel the mystery and prevent the next murder, he embarks on a mind-bending investigation that will change his perception of reality forever.
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The Immorality Clause is absolutely, by far the best audiobook I have ever listened to! I listen to them during my two hour daily commute, so I get through quite a few each year. The narrator doesn't just read the story, he brings it to life! There's nothing cheesy or cringe worthy about how he does each character. He truly is an expert and brought this novel to life with his talent.
The story itself is an intriguing concept that may not be all that far-fetched. Robots taking over job that humans aren't too thrilled about performing has already begun. The plot is fast paced and the characters, especially Andi, are quite endearing. Not for the feint of heart, there is quite a bit of foul language as well as blood and gore to be found within the pages, but it's all tastefully done and adds to the story rather than detracting. This was the first book by Brian Parker that I've read, but I'm sure it won't be the last.
Great story that keeps you wanting more. The narrator has a myriad of voices to keep the characters separated and unique. This AudioBook is very well read and written from start to finish. Well worth a go, I hear the second book in the series is coming out soon and I will make sure I listen to that as soon as it is.
Homicide Detective Zach Forrest is invited down to Easytown, a kind of Storybrook-esque slum of New Orleans, to investigate a murder in one of the sexbot establishments there. This gets him involved in a strange and dangerous mystery which involves a serial killer and a political assassination on the eve of worldwide robotic legislation. The book has a nice down-to-Earth feeling which I felt made it stronger. Zach is a Detective but even he can afford an A.I. to manage all of his affairs. New Orleans, already one of the more diverse cities in the world, now has a bunch of Arabic immigrants. The world-building is subtle rather than in your face and works better for its groundedness. It simultaneously manages to have a 1940s-esque feel in some places while also feeling like it could plausibly take place in the future.
Zach Forrest is a much nicer man than Bladerunner's Decker but he's still an individual who is deeply set in his ways and both repulsed as well as fascinated by the newest models of sexbots. Paxton is a character who exudes so much mystery the audience almost certainly thinks she's a robot herself but may well be something more complicated. The serial killer, himself, is a figure which doesn't get much in the way of development but shows himself to be clever but not quite as much as he thinks he is. The supporting cast is also interesting as we get to see New Orleans citizens from all branches of life. I also felt like the book did a good job of stretching out the investigation. As opposed to it all happening in a couple of days, the story takes place over a couple of weeks and feels more realistic. There are times when leads dry up and they just have to wait for resulted which made things feel more authentic.
In conclusion, this is an excellent work of science fiction. Brian Parker did a wonderful job of creating a seedy Noir future setting which invokes Bladerunner without copying it.
Librarian with chronic migraines which cuts into reading a LOT so I listen and it is awesome for me keeps me in the blogging/reviewing game.
In futuristic New Orleans, Easytown clubs are being haunted by a serial killer. But most don't care as long as the tourist still come with the money they bring. All that is but one police detective, Zack Forrest, and even an attempt on his life won't stop him. Zach is like a dog with a bone, he is not going to let go until he has it all figured out, and justice is done.
This is a very interesting book/audiobook with all the Artificial Intelligence (AI) and all the varying types and levels of AI. However, at the same time the author has them very well thought out and realistic in the story, you never once say to yourself, "yeah right", everything seems so real and plausible, and while listing to Daniel Penz narrate the book it is very easy to loose yourself in Easytown as well.
I had mixed feelings on this.
The author has created a fairly detailed world and defines the tech of it well. But the characters fall a little flat sometimes. For a detective, Zach Forrest is not observant on a crucial social level that I'd think most detectives would need. Other characters also seem in place to mostly encourage the character and assert most of his views with a couple exceptions. A love interest portrayed also fits into an stereotypical role to the point of being almost off-putting.
The performance was also a mixed bag. I love what was done with android and phone portrayals and the effects were seamless and convincing. Less convincing was narration through pain or drunkenness. Whenever Zachary takes a hit (which is often) the narrator portrays the pain. This is okay in the dialog portions but is distracting when the narrator is describing action.
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