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West End Droids & East End Dames

Easytown Novels, Book 3
Narrated by: Daniel Penz
Series: Easytown Novels, Book 3
Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
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Just when his life seemed to be getting back on track, Detective Zach Forrest finds himself in the midst of a whirlwind of treachery, lies, and mayhem that threatens to unravel the delicate balance of power in Easytown. 

Everything comes crashing down on Forrest when a rampaging cyborg attacks him, 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, mysterious evidence clerk lands on his doorstep, forcing her way into his life despite the NOPD's rules against fraternization. 

Meanwhile, to combat the rapidly increasing number of cybernetically enhanced criminals, the police chief assigns him the difficult task of tracking down and stopping the street doctors who build the abominations at any cost. 

But, will it cost Zach more than he'd expected?

©2017 Brian Parker (P)2019 Brian Parker

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  • timj26
  • ontario canada
  • 07-19-19

Fun series

Great addition to the trilogy
A typical day in the life for Zach only now he has human cyborgs and drug manufacturers to deal with
Daniels narration has been stellar in all three books
One of many entertaining series from Brian Parker highly recommended
I received a free review audiobook and voluntarily left this review

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Wonderful series, and this book is no exception!

I loved the other Easytown Novels... they were just fantastic, and this book is no exception! There's the classic, gritty feel that you get when reading a Noir Mystery, while still holding fast to the envisioned futuristic city of New Orleans, and it's truly wonderful... it's a finely crafted juxtaposition of the old and the new!
I've mentioned in other Easytown Novel reviews, that our hardboiled protagonist, Detective Zack Forrest has girl problems, but that's nothing compared to the trouble that he's gotten into with the fairer sex in this tale! In addition to his "women issues", Zack's job is on the line. The powers that be have Zack in their sights, but that's not going  to stop Zack from doing his job. He's gonna stop the manufacture and trade of a highly addictive, toxic street drug! Plus he is dealing with a "chop-shop" that's giving humans illegal cybernetic upgrades!
Daniel Penz has become one of my favorite narrators, primarily due to his stellar work on the Easytown series!  Grab this audiobook, and let Penz take you into Easytown... the dark, underbelly of the New Orleans of the future!

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Best EasyTown book yet

Once again Parker and Penz put out another fantastic audiobook.
I found myself caught up again in this series cheering on Forrest just as much as wanting to punch him in the face for being an idiot. I don't think I've ever listened to anything quite like it. I just hope it isn't the last in the series. My mind is racing as to where Parker could take it from here and I just know that my mind wont do it justice. Hands down one of my favorite series to listen to!
"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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  • S A
  • Portland, OR USA
  • 09-23-19

Nothing but Trouble

The main character seems to run into nothing but trouble, often of his own making. He is a frustrating, flawed but ultimately good guy and always interesting.
The Easytown series is well written, interesting and has enough twists and turns to keep you listening.
Daniel Penz is a good narrator and keeps the story moving along.
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Another unique 5 star book by this author

West End Droids. Just love the whole series and book 3 is no exception.
Unique and oh so entertaining. They just suck you into Easytown s world.
Sci-fi at its best. So realistic you'll think your there with Det Zac Forest.
I do hope that Brian Parker will find the time to write more in this series.
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Great conclusion to the trilogy

Very satisfying conclusion to Detective Zach Forrest's story. Kept me gripped throughout.

Narration was above and beyond us usual.

I wish there were more novels in this series.


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Just as good as the rest of the series

I am not sure how much more I can say about the Easytown novels that I haven't already mentioned in the previous two reviews. This is just a great series with perfectly fitting narration.
I just hope there will be more books to come.

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Couldn't put it down

I loved book two. Somehow books two and three proved to be even better. I mention the second book with this because I finished books two and three in three days. This is for the audiobook version and Penz did another excellent job bringing Zachary to life.

The Easytown Novels is a gritty, cyberpunk, detective noir series focused on Zach Forrest - the New Orleans Police Department homicide detective. After dealing with droids in book one and clones in book two, now Zach has to deal with cyborgs and a new street drug called synthane. All while his personal life falls out from around him. The gritty novel had me hooked with Parker's excellent writing and I'm pretty sure I screamed "What?!" out loud multiple times. The book answered a lot of questions and wrapped up pretty much all of the questions giving us a nice finish but leaving just enough that I'm still craving more from Zach Forrest. I really hope there's a fourth Zach Forrest novel but until then I picked up High Tech, Low Life to tide me over.

The author graciously gave me a code in exchange for my opinion.

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  • Dee
  • LA
  • 07-18-19

Sad to see the series end

I ordered book three the very day that I finished book two. I know that was to be the last in the series and I was chopping at the bit to get back into Easytown.

This was not my favorite of the three books but it was still most excellent. Zach Forest was not as clever or on his game as much in this but it lead to a very satisfying end to the saga.

I'm going to miss Daniel Penz in my ear with his smooth, rough, and sometimes quizzical delivery as Zach Forest. He made the charm that is Zach very charming indeed.

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Waiting for book 4 in the series...

Author Brian Parker and audiobook narrator Daniel Penz hit another home run in the Easytown series of science fiction noir novels. The third book in the series is titled “West End Droids & East End Dames”. If you have not yet listened to any of the Easytown stories, I highly recommend you give them all a try as the writing is fantastic and the narration is clean and professionally performed. As you listen, simply close your eyes and you can easily imagine you are in the world or watching a big-screen movie production. I do have to warn the listener that this audiobook is not at all intended for young audiences and only mature listeners should give the series a try. I also hear rumors of a potential forth book in this great detective procedural series, yet I have not seen anything on Audible at the time of this review. Even if you are not a fan of the detective genre, as I’m not, the deep story, compelling characters, and wonderful atmosphere makes it a story nearly anyone could enjoy. As with the previous two books in the series, the third is well worth a prized Audible credit.

Each of the books in the series can be listened too as a stand-along novel. However, I highly recommend you listen to each in order to get the most out of the stories as you can. Many of the characters, issues, and locations carry over from one book to the next as Easytown is a living breathing place where these stories come alive. If you are at all familiar with the series, all of the regular characters are back in this story. The most important is our main character who is a fedora wearing detective (Zach Forrest) who is an officer with an attitude. We also have Andy who is his snarky computer assistant. Voodoo and Tegan also make their experiences as well. And, like the other books, this one jumps right into the action and entertainment right from the first chapter.

I felt this book had more complexities than the first two. However, I enjoy seeing an author mature in his writing style and complexity is not always a bad thing. It is not that the story itself is overly complex, but that our main character faces more treachery, lies, and mayhem from not only his regular enemies, but even some of those who appear to be his friends. Even with this new and elevated pressure, Zach remains a man of morals and justice. He believes that his purpose in life is to help others. He holds to the motto which says officers are “To Protect and to Serve”. The friendships are strong, the relationships are shaky, and the enemies are more powerful and difficult to address. Zach begins to understand that the consequences of one decision can have grave consequences upon not only the individual but others as well.

The author paints a very gritty and grimy futuristic cyberpunk works and weaves a compelling story with believable characters and actions. The technology was not overly strange, but updated and recognizable to the listener. As with the other two books, the author understands the need to throw in some humor and emotional elements to offset the rather deep and dark topics covered. Sometimes these are simple little wisecracks or jabs at others and other time it is relating to the environment and situation. Learning about how Zach sees the miracle of a cooking colander to a public service announcement to not mix antibiotics and large amounts of alcohol together. Another that made me laugh was learning that OSHA (The Occupational Safety and Health Administration) has been disbanded in the future. The author takes you on an emotional ride with times of love, laughter, and loss. Some more involved relationships and broken hearts as well. All of this occurs while the main dark and dreary aspects of the story unfold. I cannot say enough for the detailed writing and character depth.

For the audiobook’s narration, let me say that narrator Daniel Penz encompasses all that I imagine Zach Forrest, the book’s main character, to be. I’m not sure I could find a better fit for the character as well as someone who does an exceptional job with the narration itself. The volume is consistent, there are no audio artifacts I can recall, and the little added audio effects made the audiobook come alive. The characters felt unique and well voiced with both male and female characters sounding distinct.

For parents and younger listeners, I recommend this book only for mature audiences. The are some rather graphic violence, heavy sexual themes, and volumes of vulgar language. The book also includes some references to substantial alcohol and illicit drug use. Although it is a very well-written story, because of these items mentioned, I would say this audiobook is only appropriate for adult listeners.

In summary, the audiobook is a solid procedural story with heavy cyberpunk influences. The setting is strong, the writing is strong, and the narration is strong. All items that make for a really good and enjoyable book. There is plenty of action, adventure, and intrigue keeping the story flowing. But there are also times of sadness, loss, and romance to help balance out the experience. I have reviewed and enjoyed the previous two audiobooks in the series, and this one is no different. I recommend you go and give it a listen.

Disclaimer: This book was provided to the listener by the author, narrator, and/or publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 09-24-19

Everything I'd done was to keep the city safe.

The Third of the Easytown novels featuring Detective Zack Forrest relating his latest problems in the first person as he struggles to hold on to his job. Brash, rude, bullying - but committed to making things right for the people he protects, even if this means his position as a detective gets jeapardised. He's been there before and only massive public and media support saved him: will it do so again as he faces up to murderous enhanced droids and the factory outfitting the cyber implants? Lots of action and thrills, natural conversations, and Andi the AI assistant is there, too, watching his back as far as she is able. Great stuff!

This book by Brian Walker hits all of the right detective noir cyberpunk buttons. Well written, fast action, developed background world and a larger than life, does-it-his-way hero. This is all complemented by the excellent narration of Daniel Penz, who becomes the rather irascible detective, this time in a more contemplative state of mind. Not that this will stop him from charging in where he feels needed.

My thanks to the rights holder of West End Droids and Easy End Dames, who, at my request, freely gifted me with a complimentary copy via Audiobook Boom. Although third in the series, it can be read as a stand alone. I very much enjoy this Easytown series: hope that there are still more to come.