Saturday, February 3, 2018

Book Review: 'The Immorality Clause' by Brian Parker

The buff and smiling Brian Parker is an Active Duty Army soldier having served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – not surprising as he was born and raised as an Army brat. He enjoys spending hiking, obstacle course racing, writing and football – and writing - both a traditionally- and self-published author with an ever-growing collection of works across multiple genres, including sci-fi, post-apocalyptic, horror, paranormal thriller, military fiction, self-publishing how-to and even a children's picture book--Zombie in the Basement, which he wrote to help children overcome the perceived stigma of being different than others. An entrepreneur, he is the founder of Muddy Boots Press, an independent publishing company that focuses on quality genre fiction over mass-produced books. In other words, before even opening one of his books he is already a friend.

In an author’s note Brian sets the pace – ‘This is the first book in my exciting new sci-fi noir detective series, the Easytown Novels. The world of Easytown is an easily recognizable future, a continuance of modern day technology that is feasible and doesn't require an impossible leap of faith to believe the tech could work--too bad, Zach always breaks everything he gets his hands on...’

Brian’s synopsis reveals enough to allow entry into this strange world (and even stranger people): ‘Easytown's robotic pleasure clubs are a serial killer's playground. Easytown, a 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.’

Or as Brian describes, ‘At last count, there were fifteen sex clubs in Easytown, all of which offered a variety of human and robotic prostitutes depending on the client’s tastes and willingness to catch a disease. There’d been murders in four of them just in the past few weeks. Scattered between the sex clubs were ten thumper clubs, where patrons went to dance long into the night and risked the occasional accidental death
or maiming. Visitors had to be careful about which type of establishment they wandered into in their drunken stupor or they could accidentally get charged hundreds of dollars before they realized they were in the wrong place. Buyer beware and all that.’

Turn on your most satisfying imagination state of mind and jump on for an extraordinarily well-written sci-fi noir detective series. Brian has it – and we want more! Grady Harp, July 16

Editor's note: This review has been published with the permission of Grady Harp. Like what you read? Subscribe to the SFRB's free daily email notice so you can be up-to-date on our latest articles. Scroll up this page to the sign-up field on your right.

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