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Driven (Debt Collector #5)

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Urban Fantasy with a Cyberpunk Twist
***fifth episode of the nine-part 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.

Driven is approximately 14,000 words or 56 pages, and is the fifth of nine episodes in
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Kindle Edition, 54 pages
Published May 1st 2013
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Ellie
May 06, 2013 Ellie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
Serial or episodic fiction is a totally new way of reading fiction for me, but as soon as I saw Quinn was writing it I knew I’d soon be addicted. I’m a huge science fiction fan and coupling it with noir had me intrigued from the outset. Each ‘episode’ from season one is roughly the length of a novelette and readable in one sitting, something I have found I like. The drawback is that you have to wait two weeks until the next episode, but much like a television series you love, this only heightens ...more
Monica Millard
This is the fifth installment of the Debt Collectors serial/season.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this episode! Lirium has to prove himself to Kolek, the mob boss that has him, after trying to escape.

I feel like I'm vindicated a bit, because we get to see a little more of Valac and understand partially, why he is the way he is. It broke my heart a little bit.

Lirium.... Ah, how I love thee. He is definitely my bookboyfriend and has climbed the ranks of favorite leading men. He's made into the top ten! What I
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Veronica of V's Reads
May 23, 2013 Veronica of V's Reads rated it it was amazing
In this fifth installment of the Debt Collector a battered Lirium must prove his worth to his mob boss, Kolak, or risk certain death. With help from his mentor, Lirium learns how to control his collection of life-energy from both willing and unwilling donors. And, when faced with the choice between his own soulless end or the end of a high potential, he places yet another life on the line.

A fast-paced read that will have you asking "pretty-please-with-sugar-on-top" for the next episode. Now.
Devin
Aug 24, 2016 Devin rated it really liked it
This episode manages to move the story along even as the action begins to slip into a routine of debt collections and payouts for the mob. There are revelations as the power of organised crime sinks its tentacles into our protagonist. But he is maturing and becoming more powerful. The spring of plot is being pulled taut for the back end of this season.
Jessica Bell
May 06, 2013 Jessica Bell rated it it was amazing
Very much looking forward to the next installment. If you'd like to know how I feel about the series in general, take a look at my reviews of Episodes 1, 2, 3 and 4. But I can't stress enough how good this series is. So READ it.
Belkis
Dec 13, 2014 Belkis rated it really liked it
Wow this series is a heart-pounding non-stop head-rush!
Arlene Adams
Apr 06, 2016 Arlene Adams rated it really liked it
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Sandra Crow
Oct 09, 2016 Sandra Crow rated it it was amazing
Wild Ride

This story just keeps getting better. Just when I think I have an idea which way the plot is heading, boom. Another twist in the plot. This story is keeping me on the edge of my seat. To top it off, this story has me on an emotional roller coaster ride as well.
Laura Greenwood
Review forthcoming on http://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-live...

I received a copy of Driven in exchange for my review.

Having been betrayed by the woman he is coming to care for, Lirium is at an all time low while working for the mob. Realising that running might not be an option anymore, he decides to bide his time and try again later, even if that means that he has to do the mob's will in order to suceed...

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Earicka
Dec 15, 2014 Earicka rated it it was amazing
In Over His Head

This series must be read in order. The first book is Delirium (Debt Collector 1). The second book is Agony (Debt Collector 2). The third book is Ecstasy (Debt Collector 3). The fourth book is Broken (Debt Collector 4). This is the fifth book.

Lirium has decided to play along. He is a newly minted Collector for the mob. Forget all his training and the rules... They will not help him and Ophelia survive this new predicament. Lirium must learn a new set of rules and new ways of Colle
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Lola
May 02, 2013 Lola rated it really liked it
This episode is just as good as the 4 before it. I start to like Lirium more every episode and every episode there is something new we learn and the world get's darker every book it seems and still I keep hoping for a happy ending.

The story continues around a week later than where episode 4 ended. At first the pace was a bit slow, but then there where some revelations and twists that made me want to keep reading. Some things I didn't expect and people who Inever thought about being responsible f
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J.A. Belfield
May 04, 2013 J.A. Belfield rated it really liked it
I actually love how every one of the Debt Collector instalments have all so far been 4/5* reads for me. And this latest one—Driven—was just as satisfying.
Again, I find myself totally loving Lirium. It’s kinda starting to feel like we have our own fictional romance going on, and each time a new episode is released, it’s date time again—and whilst I’m waiting for that date, I have the anticipation to work with, where I get to try and predict where he’s going to take me next.
Well, guess what? So fa
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Brooke (The Cover Contessa)
So, I'm not sure what else I can say about this serial. Each episode is so great! I have my favorites and the ones I think aren't as good, but overall I just love it. I am in love with Lirium and I want to meet him. I'm not liking Ophelia so much. Lirium really needs someone to trust and I'm not so sure she's it! She has betrayed him and she made me mad! I am ready for him to have some romance to be honest, but I can wait if it's the kind that's gonna make him happy! And the story just keeps ...more
Bookphile
Sep 17, 2013 Bookphile rated it really liked it
Loved this one. I still think Lirium is an idiot when it comes to Ophelia, but I'm also starting to look at her as a literal drug to which he's addicted. Because of this, the beginning disappointed a little, but then Lirium started to take a more proactive role in his life and realize he could make choices rather than allow himself to be a victim of circumstance.

Valac is also becoming more interesting and complex and I'm interested to see what role he will have to play as the series progresses.
Julie Stafford
Apr 12, 2016 Julie Stafford rated it it was amazing
Someone Help Lirium!!!


This episode Lirium just keeps getting in deeper. Ophelia seems to be just using Lirium and the tension continues to build. Lirium has learned that he has to pretend to go along with the mob if he wants to live. He doesn't know who he can trust. Definitely not Ophelia or can he? We'll have to see with the next installment. I love this series. Quinn, as always, has a way of keeping your attention and wanting more. Her imagination continues to amaze me. Do yourself a favor an
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Heidi
May 24, 2016 Heidi rated it it was amazing
I continue to be impressed with this serial. It is well written and fast paced. Each addition to the serial leaves me wanting more and wondering what will happen next. Just when you think you know what is going on and who to hate, you are given a new perspective that really makes you think things differently.
Amie McCracken
May 01, 2013 Amie McCracken rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
Well that took a whole different turn than I expected. Right there in the last few paragraphs too! I still don't like Ophelia and am so frustrated with Lirium for not seeing it. He shouldn't trust her!

Need more!
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Susan Kaye Quinn is a rocket scientist turned speculative fiction author who now uses her PhD to invent cool stuff in books. Her works range from young adult science fiction to adult future-noir, with side trips into steampunk and middle grade fantasy. Her bestselling novels and short stories have been optioned for Virtual Reality, translated into German, and featured in
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Other Books in the Series

Debt Collector (1 - 10 of 18 books)
  • Delirium (Debt Collector,  #1)
  • Agony (Debt Collector, #2)
  • Ecstasy (Debt Collector, #3)
  • Broken (Debt Collector, #4)
  • Fallen (Debt Collector, #6)
  • Promise (Debt Collector #7)
  • Ruthless (Debt Collector, #8)
  • Passion (Debt Collector, #9)
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