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Streets of Payne

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Humanity is in the eye of the beholder. But for street-smart detective Amber Payne, it's the eyes that aren't human. Cybernetic implants replaced the organics she lost in the line of duty, and their appearance often causes Amber to doubt her self-worth. Rookie detective Kevin Glass is her partner. And though he may be new, Kevin's unparalleled skill as an elite cyber-surfer makes him an invaluable asset. When Alta Corp contracts the two of them to solve a case of high stakes data theft, they will need every bit of skill, experience, and determination to succeed. For the more they investigate, the more it becomes evident that this case is much more than it appears, and its resolution may forever alter the world in which they live.

©2013 Jeff Brackett (P)2013 Jeff Brackett

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    Michael G Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 02-08-14
    Michael G Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 02-08-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Futuristic police procedural"

    Brackett's Streets of Payne is a gritty and futuristic police / detective story. Detective Payne works for a contract law enforcement company along with her partner who is an ace hacker and investigates first some missing files and then a kidnapping in connection with company making computerized prosthetics. The overall mood is a cyberpunk / Bladerunner style.

    The sci-fi element are mainly artificial body parts, monster AIs, and computer hacking. The pacing is excellent with a good flow of back and forth between real world action (high tech weaponry and armor) and cyberspace battles. Payne is continually being put back together and with a sequel could end up becoming a female robocop.

    The narration is first rate with an excellent range of voices

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Karowski 04-08-17
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    "Johnny mnemonic and matrix all rolled together"

    Cyber enhancement, A.I.'s, mental jacks and more Lewis's
    Out to some great sci-fi listening. Cool weapons, intrigue, action, all rolled into one great package. The author and. Aerator deliver a wonderful experience with a great set of characters. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    George hopkinsville, KY, USA 03-08-15
    George hopkinsville, KY, USA 03-08-15 Member Since 2002
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    "not sure where all the 5's came from"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    not sure... if you want a harlequin romance for detective stories set in the future, i suppose. and don't care about character development, or plot that reminds me of my high school creative writing class.


    If you’ve listened to books by Jeff Brackett before, how does this one compare?

    first book by mr brackett


    Have you listened to any of Joy Nash’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    the narration was OK. There just wasn't any story to grab onto


    What character would you cut from Streets of Payne?

    not sure if cutting a character would help the book. I just did not care about any of them, or find them the least bit interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened for about an hour and a half before changing to another book. I was forcing myself to listen, as maybe it would get better or I would somehow get used to the book. I switched to a John Scalzi book and it was like coming in from the desert to a cool drink of water.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Fan Princeton, NJ 10-07-14
    Mary Fan Princeton, NJ 10-07-14

    Sci-fi/fantasy junkie, storyteller, devourer of books, workaholic

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    "Awesome cyberpunk mystery"

    Well, fuggle me blue! This book was everything it promised to be—and more. I was lucky enough to receive an audiobook version of Streets of Payne, narrated by Joy Nash. The only downside to this is that I have no idea how anything is spelled, so apologies in advance if I get things wrong.

    In a future in which law enforcement has been privatized, street-smart Amber Payne is a detective with Securi-Tech, partnered with hacker extraordinaire Kevin Glass. The first thing people notice about her are always her eyes—or rather, the cybernetic implants that replaced her eyes, after she lost hers when street bangers attacked her.

    When Amber and Kevin are hired by the powerful Alta Corp to investigate the theft of valuable data, they stumble upon something, much, much bigger than corporate espionage. They find themselves in the crosshairs of a powerful enemy, one who will stop at nothing to end them.

    Where to start the gushing? This book has everything a good sci-fi adventure ought to have: intriguing characters, awesome tech, snappy dialogue, thrilling action, and even a touch of philosophy… And the street slang Amber employs is infectious. Brackett really brings his world to life.

    The first thing that came to mind when I read (or rather, was listening to) this book was Gibson. And then as the book progressed, I felt shades of Philip K. Dick. Brackett seems like a natural heir to these sci-fi greats. His novel explores the possibilities of cyberspace and artificial intelligence, as well as the possible future of cosmetic surgery. In this world, people can get enhancements of all kinds—muscles, limbs, and more all have artificial counterparts that are more powerful than the real thing.

    Pretty much every character in this book counts as a cyborg—part human and part machine. For Amber, it’s her cybernetic eyes. For Kevin, it’s his virtual alter-ego, K2. And then there are the street bangers and mercenaries they run into, who are so jacked up with tech, you start to wonder if they still count as human.

    The plot of takes the stories on twists and turns, leading the characters in unexpected directions. I found myself more than once yelling, “What!” The mystery turns out to be far more complex than Amber anticipated, and there were times when I found myself wondering, “What is going on here?!” But the threads all come together in the end, leaving the reader with a satisfying resolution.

    As a character, Amber is a familiar figure—the haunted, tough-as-nails detective who will stop at nothing to solve her case. But Brackett also brings her human side to the surface—the compassionate woman who cares about her partner and who isn’t without her faults.

    Overall, this book was a very enjoyable read, and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a healthy dose of sci-fi. And if you’re too busy to curl up with a book (like I am these days), the audiobook is phenomenal. Joy Nash’s narration really makes the characters and action come alive, giving each person his or her own voice.

    What more can I say? If you’re a fan of Gibson, the TV show “Almost Human”, Bladerunner, or anything else by Philip K. Dick, I highly recommend you give this book a try.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    The Lone Mopper Brookfield, WI, United States 05-22-17
    The Lone Mopper Brookfield, WI, United States 05-22-17 Member Since 2017

    Ken Galo

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    "A snapshot of the future"
    Where does Streets of Payne rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a good science fiction novel, plenty of bad guys with advanced tech and police too.
    This story integrates advanced computers and computer science with cool weapons, enhanced humans and a clever/intriguing story line. If you like a bad-ass crime solving heroine then this is a good choice for you.


    Any additional comments?

    “I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lori 05-14-17
    Lori 05-14-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Slow start...but entertaining"
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    I was really looking forward to this book but I ended up having a really hard time with it. While the story overall is entertaining, engaging and enjoyable it just wasn't holding my attention. It wasn't one of those books I had to listen to every chance I had. It took several hours for me to really become even semi-interested in the story. It wasn't until Chapter 16 ( 3 hours in) that I really became interested in the story. Normally, by this time I would have thrown in the towel on a book.

    After an initial bit of action the story slows down and very slowly builds back up again. The mystery and intrigue build slowly as well especially in the beginning. If the story had been a bit more fast paced with a bit more action in the beginning it would have pulled me in much sooner and had my full attention from the start.

    It has all the elements that make a really enjoyable listen. An interesting story with a good mixture of action, suspense, intrigue and mystery. Great cast of characters, as well as a great narrator. Other than the rough start, once the story is setup and the action really gets started the story becomes really entertaining and interesting. The characters take a while to grow on you. But just as the story grows on you so do the characters.

    Joy Nash does a great job with the narration. This is the first time I have listened to her narrate a book. Pleasant voice. Easy to listen to for long periods of time. Clearly spoken with a nice pace. The character voices are great. Both male and female, but between character voices the narration sounded flat at times. Overall though her narration was very enjoyable. I would definitely listen to her narrate other books.

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MSEreads Marianna, FL 05-03-17
    MSEreads Marianna, FL 05-03-17 Member Since 2001

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    "Lots of action + srong cyber mystery."

    Amber Payne is a street-smart detective and a valuable asset to her employer, Securi-Tech. The company provided Amber with Cybernetic implants when she lost her eyes in an attack by street bangers. Amber may still have nightmares but she doesn’t let that stop her tough investigative talents, and hands-on defensive skills.

    Amber is teamed with a rookie detective, Kevin Glass, who is a computer whiz. If she can get him to the computer, he can hack into the information they need to help solve their cases. They are called in by Alta Corp to solve a case of data theft that involves confidential, ‘need to know’ project plans. Amber and Kevin push to uncover the clues to solve the case but when they return to Alta Corp offices to make an arrest they meet unexpected resistance. As they battle the criminal mastermind – or madman as they see him – they uncover startling secrets that could endanger the world… or certainly the world of technology. The resolution of that first case changes their lives as Amber recuperates from crushed legs and Kevin battles inner demons that keep him awake most nights.

    Many months later Amber and Kevin are called back to Alta Corp to investigate the kidnapping of one of their high-level computer researchers/analysts. They track down the kidnapper but have to go into the most dangerous part of the city to try to rescue the researcher. Before they can escape safely, Amber is attacked by an armed team equipped with armaments that even Securi-Tech has never seen. As Amber fights against eight enemies, Kevin faces cyber attackers who are making it difficult for him to provide intel to his partner. The battle at both levels is intense, leaving Kevin in a coma.

    Amber gets a temporary partner and added assistance from an unexpected source which she isn’t sure she can trust. The clues begin to lead to a horrifying tie-in with the first case. A terrible danger could be released if they aren’t successful in bringing down the threat.

    I really enjoyed the kicking action and the well woven mystery. The intense, smart characters and the easy flowing dialogue added to the entertaining mystery. I liked the cyber aspects as an integral element in the suspense. Perhaps a little graphic in violence for any younger or squeamish audience and there is limited cursing with some of that being creative words i.e. not current, real curses. I recommend this to any mystery buff and especially those who like cyber elements.

    Audio Notes: Joy Nash does a fine job with the narration. She presents different voices and attitudes fitting the characters. I appreciated this in audio format.

    I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review. My rating 4.5.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen M. 04-23-17
    Karen M. 04-23-17
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    "Good Sci-Fi Mystery"
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    This isn't my usual genre but it turned out to be a refreshing change. Detectives Amber Payne and Kevin Glass are contracted to investigate a case of data theft. Her street smarts and his computer skills lead them to the realization that the case has implications far beyond what they imagined.

    Streets of Payne is an action packed adventure with great dialogue and a heroine who kicks butt. The narration was well done and I really enjoyed the story. I would recommend Streets of Payne.

    I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator. This review is my honest opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Terry Mixon League City, Texas 04-18-17
    Terry Mixon League City, Texas 04-18-17
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    "A great cyberpunk story!"

    It's been a long time since I've consumed cyberpunk, but this offering hit all the bright spots in my memory. The story was fabulous and the narration amazing.

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    Tammy 04-08-17
    Tammy 04-08-17

    I am an avid reader and listener of all types of books. I am always willing to try any book or audiobook.

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    "TOP JOB Jeff Brackett and Joy Nash "

    I was gifted this ARC from the author for a honest and unbiased review. I thoroughly enjoyed this book as the story was riveting and entertaining. I really hope that there are some follow up books and that it will be a mini series.

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  • Norma Miles
    4/18/17
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    ""No one ever sees past the metal.""
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    Jeff Bracket's audiobook, Streets of Payne, has brought together a superb narration by Joy Nash with an innovative, exciting science fiction futuristic police procedural mystery adventure.
    Amber Payne is a law enforcement official who still suffers constant nightmares of the street bangers who took her eyes some years before. Her replacement occular cyber implants might have several advantages over the old, organic ones but the obvious metallic grey has crippled her self esteem. And left her with a ten year debt. Partnered recently with rookie Kevin Glass, the best cyber surfer she knows, the pair are sent to investigate the disappearance of two major research files from Alter Corp, a job which will have far reaching implications not just for Amber and Kevin but for the future itself.

    The story is intriguing, fast paced, and with great characterisations which felt real despite the futuristic aspect. People might be altered, but they stay the same. The earlier half of the book is often sardonically funny, with good, natural dialogue, and the story develops into an action packed race to solve the mysteries. Ms.Nash mirrors the pace throughout, with a warm, rounded voice, clarity and intonation to match the text and the emotions. She is a perfect choice for the determined, yet still slightly fragile, Amber, and her performance of the other characters is also distinctive and very appropriately voiced. An exemplary narration.

    I very much enjoyed Streets of Payne, with it's twisting tale of twisted people and of the others who aim to keep the ordinary folk safe. So deep thanks to the rights holder who gifted me my copy, via Audiobook Boom. This is the first book by this author that i have read but it will certainly not be the last. And although this story was complete in itself, i hope that there is more to come of Amber Payne and her friends. Recommended to all who enjoy their investigative-style science fiction stories both cyber and character rich.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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