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Debt Collector (Episodes 1-3) (Debt Collector Season One Box Sets) [Kindle Edition]

Susan Kaye Quinn
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Book Description

Urban Fantasy with a Cyberpunk Twist

**EPISODES 1-3 (Delirium, Agony, Ecstasy) of the Debt Collector serial**

What's your life worth on the open market?

In this gritty urban fantasy, debt collectors take your life energy and give it to someone more "worthy"... all while paying the price with black marks on their souls.

"Absolutely riveting!"
"Quinn has a way of writing heart-breaking characters."
"You'll be holding your breath, looking over your shoulder, and begging for more."

Lirium plays the part of the grim reaper well, with his dark trenchcoat, jackboots, and the black marks on his soul that every debt collector carries. He's just in it for his cut, the ten percent of the life energy he collects before he transfers it on to the high potentials, the people who will make the world a better place with their brains, their work, and their lives. That hit
of life energy, a bottle of vodka, and a visit from one of Madam Anastazja's sex workers keep him alive, stable, and mostly sane... until he collects again. But when his recovery ritual is disrupted by a sex worker who isn't what she seems, he has to choose between doing an illegal hit for a girl whose story has more holes than his soul or facing the bottle alone--a dark pit he's not sure he'll be able to climb out of again.

Contains mature content and themes.


2014 Semi-Finalist in Science Fiction in the Kindle Book Awards

The first three episodes of the Debt Collector serial are collectively the length of a short novel, or 152 pages.

It is recommended that you start with the first season, but each season is a complete story for that debt collector and can serve as an entry point to the series. There are five planned seasons in the Debt Collector series, the first four each from the perspective of a different debt collector with the fifth season bringing all four together. 


Season One - Lirium - COMPLETE
Episodes 1-9: Delirium, Agony, Ecstasy, Broken, Driven, Fallen, Promise, Ruthless, PassionSeason Two - Wraith
Episodes 10-18: Wraith, Specter, Menace, Temptation, Shattered, Penance, Judgment, Corruption, Atonement

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1866 KB
  • Print Length: 127 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C4Y3Y6W
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #359,004 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Susan Kaye Quinn grew up in California, where she wrote snippets of stories and passed them to her friends during class. Her teachers pretended not to notice and only confiscated her stories a couple times.

She left writing behind to pursue a bunch of engineering degrees (B.S. Aerospace Engineering, M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering) and work everywhere from NASA to NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research) to a little Venice Beach restaurant called The Green Bean (she was the bookkeeper). She has designed aircraft engines, studied global warming, and held elected office (as a school board member). Now that she writes novels, her business card says "Rocket Scientist and Author," and she doesn't have to sneak her notes anymore.

Which is too bad.

All that engineering comes in handy when dreaming up dystopian future worlds or mixing science with fantasy to conjure slightly plausible inventions. For her stories, of course. Just ignore that stuff in the basement.

Her middle grade boys clamor for more middle grade books with magic and gadgets and less teen novels with kissing. Unfortunately for them, she enjoys writing both.

Susan writes from the Chicago suburbs with her three boys, two cats, and one husband. Which, it turns out, is exactly as much as she can handle.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Thrill Ride That Only Gets Better!! 7 Dec. 2014
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This series had me from the beginning and then sucked me in further and further with each episode! It must be read in order or you will be totally lost!!!

Delirium (Debt Collector 1)

Debt Outweighs Life's Potential

Lirium is a Debt Collector. He comes to call when your debt is larger than the good you will potentially do for society. When your time is up a Collector comes to Transfer you out...In essence drain your life energy to be put to better use elsewhere. This life transfer is the biggest and best high available and on top of that it erases the signs of aging and makes you healthier and helps you live longer.

This story is about an extremely dystopian world where instead of life insurance equations to say how long you might live there are equations of debt versus your potential worth to society. When those two balance then your life is ended so that some more deserving and worthwhile person may live that much longer and better. The average person does not fall into this elite company and eventually most people pay for their debt with the remainder of their lives.

Agony (Debt Collector 2)

Down On His Luck

Lirium is still in a major funk because of Apple Girl and the illegal transfer he performed... He feels half dead and yet he still has to make his collections. One incredibly rough collection and Candy (his psych officer) is very concerned about him so she assigns him a mentor. How will he be able to handle Candy's spy on top of everything else? Will he be able to keep his secrets hidden? Or is life as he knows it about to end?
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4.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly good read 4 Jun. 2013
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This is a collection of three short stories - Delirium, Agony and Ecstacy - of roughly equal length.

Lirium is a debt collector. People nearing the end of their lives can sell their remaining time on the planet to clear their financial commitments. An agency exists to transfer this life force to those that can best use it - scientists involved in developing products to make the world a better place, for example.

But there are plenty of people who want to put this life force to use for their own base purposes rather than those of mankind as Lirium finds to his cost.

I was drawn to this series of short books by the genre description of `future noir'. As a kid I read a lot of sci-fi (where I would plant this book) and now a lot of noir so I felt this would be an interesting read. I wasn't wrong. The writing is surprisingly compelling and the world the main character, Lirium, inhabits is well drawn. It's not particularly gritty (compared to what I typically read at least) and it drifts towards being aimed at the YA genre. Yes there's sexual references, but it's relatively tame and there's no swearing within.

In the first story, Delirium, we are introduced to Lirium. He's twenty but looks significantly older, his two years as a debt collector, like a human grim reaper, has been hard on him. He constantly fears for his life, sees danger in every shadow and can't have any friends. After a hit he comes back down to earth with vodka and a sex worker, but this latter woman, Elena, has a difference - a sick sister who needs the life force to keep her alive.

In Agony Lirium has moved on, literally leaving Elena behind him. He meets his case handler who spots the trouble he is in and assigns another collector, Ophelia, to help him.
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Each of the instalments of the Debt Collector serial is around 12-15 thousand words, making this collection only just more than a novella. At first, I questioned wether 'gritty future noir' could be fully explored in just 12,000 words, but soon found the rapid pace of the writing and the economical use of detail made the series all the more compelling. I couldn't put it down.

Lirium is a very flawed character, doing a horrible job and surviving it any way he can. He's easy to relate to, to like, despite his drinking habits and recovery rituals involving prostitutes. Within the first few paragraphs he's transferred the life out of someone, effectively killing them, and yet Quinn manages to keep us firmly on his side. Important, given how little space she has to work with.

The episodic nature of the story does mean a lot of unresolved issues within each instalment, but plot threads are consistently picked up across the three episodes I've read, and the whole thing promises to have a satisfying arc if it continues in the same vein. A couple of decisions are made a little rapidly, but that's the nature of the story telling style, and not hugely detrimental to enjoyment.

In fact, the world is so intriguing and cleverly drawn - reminding me a little of the TV show Dark Angel at times - that any minor issues like that can be very easily overlooked. I found myself desperate to know more about the world - how does Lirium have his powers, what is the grander conspiracy at work (there must be one, there always is) and how do the mobs operate and so on and so on.

It's also the first time ever that I've been sorely tempted to buy the next in a self published series. I might just have to treat myself next month.

Rating: 5/5
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