Get Free Copy

100 free copies left

This novel is limited to 100 free copies due to its part in Inkitt’s Novel Contest.

0
Free copy left
You can read our best books
Ant Ulijn would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

Collector

By Ant Ulijn All Rights Reserved ©

Action / Scifi

The Runner

Travis looked down at the screen and frowned. He had been tracking this Runner for a few days now, waiting for the ideal time to apprehend him and claim the bounty. It was the usual story. The guy had made one too many promises to the wrong people and when it came time for them to collect on said promises, he came up short. Very short. Hardly remarkable on the surface but it was the story behind the story that made this one the most lucrative and possibly last hunt he would go on.

Avery Hubble was the son of one of the most influential men in Cable City. He was also a well known cocaine addict and gambler who often needed his father's help to bail him out of his debts. Recently his father had disowned Avery quite publicly and with that revoked all the privilege the young man had become accustomed to. He had also removed the only protection Avery had against people like Travis.

Travis was a Collector. Not exactly the most inventive or original of titles but it pretty much described what he and others like him did. Collectors were engaged by people who had exhausted all other avenues of debt collection or were collecting on debts of a less that legal nature. To the Taxation Authority, he was a self employed consultant but it would be far more accurate to call him a bounty hunter. Travis chuckled at the idea of handing in his Income Statement each year with the job title of Bounty Hunter on it. Would raise a few eyebrows and more than a few few red flags no doubt.

Avery's tracking chip gave off another blip, the screen lighting up briefly, and Travis noted the speed at which is was moving , a clear indication he was in some kind of vehicle. The government mandated chips were surgically implanted at birth into every person on Earth and anyone found without one was held in custody for interrogation, implanting and incarceration. Whilst the original idea behind the chips had been noble and well thought out, they were technology and technology can always be exploited. It was this technology that Collectors made their money on by hacking the global tracking system known as Prodigal .

Starting his car, Travis linked his tracker into the guidance system and the vehicle took off at a moderate speed. This function allowed him to pay attention to the tracking information and not have to watch the road. His car was fairly inconspicuous. It wasn't old enough to look un-roadworthy but wasn't new enough to draw attention. Everything about being a collector revolved around blending in and the better you were at it the more bounties you collected. Travis noted that the tracking signal was now stationary and coming from a less than desirable section of this precinct.

Pulling the car over manually, he made sure he had everything he would need for apprehension. He wasn't a big fan of the more traditional weapons but he always carried a fully charged Imobiprobe on him in case things got out of control. The small tube fired self propelled darts which delivered a heavy but not lethal dose of sedative which took effect in seconds. It was a last resort as carrying a dead weight was not something any Collector looked forward to but in some cases it was necessary. Taking a deep breath to centre himself, Travis opened the door and prepared for the chase


Continue Reading Next Chapter
Further Recommendations

Nymeria: Really can't get enough of this story. It flows well, it captivates the reader from page 1, and throws you into such a well-written, well conceptualized world that you'll believe it's real. Everything in the book is meshed together really well. From character backgrounds to plot twists, you can t...

spooky jedi: Love your story!I really hope more people read this story!Its amazing!! The plot is very unique and different, which is very good to have in a world full of stories. You have very complex and intellectual plot line, with your many loveable character and that hint of 'will they, won't they' is ju...

263Adder: Okay so I adore this story. I only knocked one star off plot for historical inaccuracies because I'm a bit of a stickler for that. The ending broke my heart though, considering you already changed history couldn't you (SPOILER) change it a bit more and have them together!!!! I want an alternative...

Dina Husseini: It was a great hook. I do not like reading scifi because they end up being like all the rest but this one kept me wanting more.

Hawkebat: Playing both Kotor I & II and Swtor I found the story line interesting and it held me until chapter 35 Very good story and plot flow until then, very few technical errors. I felt that the main character was a bit under and over powered, as it fought for balance. The last few chapters felt too f...

Ding Fernando: very nice read.so realistic you can hardly put it down,i really like the character so human despite posessing immortality and eternal youth.though i would prefer a better ending..i still love this novel and i am recommending it to all sci fi fans to give it a try .you will love it too!!

borkarprasad: Nicely laid story. Needed a little more ghost and Raven conversations. Initially, Had everyone on suspect list but satisfied by the precision to capture the killer. Waiting for more Raven and Cade adventures.

Dave Baxter: Generally, a good story. The plot was a bit predictable but not overly so. The first bit might have been better if it instead focused on how the main character becomes a host and not with how humans first interact with the aliens. This might allow more recognition of the various transitions sh...

Jasmine Chow: As I read this story, I was reminded some what of Terry Pratchett, especially some descriptions of politics and economics. The sci-fic setting is quite intriguing. Writing style is quite lovely and grew on me slowly. I was also slightly reminded of Mark Twain, especially his book A Connecticut Ya...

More Recommendations

Pablo Rojas: Love the story, at the end it is a western story, simple, yet giving hints and pieces of the situation that is happening all over ravencroft´s universe. easy to read and always keeping with the main stream story I want to keep reading about, Olafson´s adventures.

PaulSenkel: If you like Arthur C. Clarke's Odyssey, especially The Final Odyssey, then you will probably also enjoy this book. I definitely did.It does, however, address a more adolescent public than the above-mentioned book.I enjoyed the story and finished it in a few days. The overall situation on earth an...

Melissa Davis: Interesting book and an enjoyable read. Had something different to it, that made me glad I picked it up.

John Smith: This is what Sci Fi is all about. Reads like early Heinlein. In the style of Space Cadets. No esoteric problems..but good ol blaster and space action with a host of relatable characters

re8622: The Last Exodus quickly grabbed my attention. Almost as soon as I started reading the story, I couldn't put it down. I found that the ideas the author put forth were very thought provoking given the turmoil we have seen gradually rise over the last several years. I felt that I could understand th...