I received a copy of Menace, part 12 of Debt Collector, in exchange for my review.
Wraith has now been trapped into working with Gehenna, seemingly with two options; to play along or to die. But Alexa has a plan, she wants to take down Gehenna and all they are working for, and to do that she is going to have to get into the cult in the first place, which is hard to do when Moloch doesn’t trust her. Part of getting in may even require betraying her father’s memory, something she isn’t so keen on doing.
Firstly I feel I need to clarify a misunderstanding I had in regards to the previous episode, Specter. I could just change it, but I did honestly this at the time of writing, so I’m going to stick with the original review. I had thought that the debt collector that Alexa ran into in Wraith was Moloch when in fact it wasn’t. Because I’d said that I thought there was a potential love interest between her and the debt collector in my review of Wraith, I then said that I didn’t want it to happen. Well…things change.
The debt collector was actually Zachariel (my mistake!) and I actually like him for Alexa. Still not sure whether I prefer him or Wyatt, I think they could both be good for her in different ways, but Zach has definitely grown on me. I think its to do with the way that he’s taken Alexa under his wing, not just teaching her about debt collecting, but protecting her as well, without talking down to her.
Alexa is certainly an interesting character. She’s completely different to Lirium it must be said, mainly because she’s acting the opposite. To obtain her (seemingly righteous) goal, she is willing to do anything, even if that means doing things that she doesn’t agree with, such as forcing life collection. Though she is doing ‘bad’ things, she’s doing them for what she thinks are the right reasons, which complicates things somewhat.
There was also more made clear about debt collecting relationships in Menace. Whereas before the only information the reader had had was from Ophelia’s past experiences, now someone is actually talking about sex between collectors. It is intriguing and adds more to the lore surrounding the characters and the world.
Menace counts towards Winter COYER.
by Susan Kaye Quinn
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.
“Wraith is amazing and just as compelling as Lirium—once again I'm hooked!!”
“I loved being back in this world! Wraith has captivated me.”
Wraith is a shadow in the night, haunting the bedrooms of the rich "high potentials" who have stolen life energy from the desperate and dying. The justice and the sweet mercy hit that follow keep her from falling into her own personal abyss. Her secret nighttime work also keeps her on level for her real mission: carrying on her father's legacy of attempting to bring an end to debt collection as a whole. But when a mysterious debt collector interrupts her in the act and discovers her secret, everything Wraith loves may be destroyed by the one thing she can never fix-- the original sin of being a debt collector herself.
Contains mature content and themes.
OPTIONED FOR VIRTUAL REALITY BY IMMERSIVE ENTERTAINMENT
2014 Semi-Finalist in Science Fiction in the Kindle Book Awards
The nine episodes of Season Two of the Debt Collector serial are collectively 125k words or about 500 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.
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About the Author
Susan Kaye Quinn is the author of the bestselling Mindjack Trilogy and the Debt Collector serial, as well as other speculative fiction novels and short stories. Her work has appeared in the Synchronic anthology and has been optioned for Virtual Reality by Immersive Entertainment. Her business card says "Author and Rocket Scientist" but she mostly sits around in her PJs in awe that she gets to write full time.
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