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  • Easytown Novels, Book 3
  • Written by: Brian Parker
  • Narrated by: Daniel Penz
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins

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West End Droids & East End Dames

Written by: Brian Parker
Narrated by: Daniel Penz
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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
  • 2019-07-19

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
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  • Lonnie-The GreatNorthernTroll-Moore
  • 2019-07-03

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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  • SAM
  • 2019-06-30

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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  • grammatoni
  • 2021-07-16

West End Droids & East End Dames Easytown Novels,

Detective Zack Forrest is a non comformist. which makes life as a detective interesting and dangeous. He and his partner are on a simple investigation In the course of the investigation they are attacked by a cyborg. After a lengthy battle they manage to stop the killer. Zack's detective life takes on a life of it's own as if it's going downhill with no brakes. One case after another which seem to integrate together. Zack goes from one fast track to another as he follows clues, hints and snitches. Then a woman in one of the other departments takes a shine to him just after his girlfriend leaves him. Now he's got case after case with the added pleasure (maybe) of a woman who is definitely out to "catch" him. Then word reaches him that IA is trying to end his career. Now it's cases after case with a bulldog of a woman after him and IA bringing up the rear. Who's going to win? Lose?
Daniel Penz is remarkable as Zack and totally brings this detective to life.
Fantastic audio and story

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  • Janeleadfoot
  • 2020-06-29

Love it🧡

Parker and Penz are oh so good.
I love the mix of harshness and humor, grit and gore. Clever writing a marvelous mystery in a realistic futuristic New Orleans.
Forrest is crazily likeable even when he's being dick.
I have throughly enjoyed all the books in the Easytown series.
I was given a copy of this book at my request and am voluntary leaving a review.

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  • richard joesten
  • 2020-01-23

West End Droids & East End Dames

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.
Shauna Joesten

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  • Neesie315
  • 2020-01-04

West End Droids

Another great book in an amazingly entertaining series. Detective Zach Forest continues to be his typical hardass, rule breaking self, trying to find out who is doing illegal cybernetic enhancements and supplying Easytown with an addicting drug. Along the way, he encounters cyborgs and beautiful women (of course!) while endangering his career with the NOPD.

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. While set in a futuristic New Orleans, it contains hints of detectives like Sam Spade, complete with Zach's penchant for fedora hats.

Brian Parker has developed a world full of droids, clones, cyborgs, drones and artificial intelligence, all of which seem believable and demand to be made into a movie. His characters are well-developed and I feel like I know Zach and friends. The Detective is determined to solve cases at the expense of love, life and limb, and his stubborn insistence on doing so causes him many problems. His snarky attitude and quips, even during times of extreme pain and duress, make him one of my favorite characters in current books.

The ending hints at further books in the series (YEAH!) and I look forward to following Zach's adventures. The narrator, Daniel Penz, does an absolutely awesome job, with perfect pacing and voices that perfectly match the characters. His performance added a lot to my listening enjoyment.

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

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  • S A
  • 2019-09-23

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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  • Quella
  • 2019-09-06

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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  • Rayc
  • 2019-08-26

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.
I received a free copy of this audio book at my own request and voluntarily leave this honest review.

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