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Humanity has finally found a new home, but the price is blood …
After a long, perilous journey, Hell Divers Xavier Rodriguez and Magnolia Katib discover the Metal Islands, a sunny habitable zone where thousands of people live by fishing and farming. But this “paradise” is really a violent warrior society ruled by the cannibal king el Pulpo. For the first time in X’s life, he is forced to lay down his arms and surrender.
Back on the airships, the Hell Divers are recovering from a gruesome discovery at Red Sphere, where they learned the truth about World War III. Now they must fight another war—this time for what remains of their own endangered species. As the battle approaches, alliances will be forged, and others broken.
Forced to fight in the Cazador army, X faces his toughest mission yet. Will he help his people come down from the sky and claim the promised land, or will humanity go extinct?
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The Hell Divers Series
A Postapocalyptic Earth
Two hundred and fifty years after World War III went nuclear, the surface of the planet is still uninhabitable. Devastating weapons left behind a barren, radioactive wasteland. Electrical storms block out the sun, and cities have been reclaimed by nature. No one remembers how the war started, or why, but the survivors living in the sky have seen the aftermath and know the truth—there’s no returning to the surface any time soon.
“If this was turned into a movie, I’d be there on opening night.” — Scott Sigler, New York Times bestselling author
What remains of humankind exists on two massive flying airships: the Hive and Ares. The ships circle the globe, the crews tirelessly searching for areas to raid on the ground and holding out hope that someday they will find a habitable place to set down.
Betrayal and sacrifice in the skies...
On the Hive, there is tension among the lower decks, where the passengers face starvation and disease. A militia is tasked with keeping order, but growing unrest threatens the fragile peace.
The Hell Divers
They dive so humanity survives...
Hell Divers are the courageous few that accept the dangerous duty of sky diving to the surface, where they search for the parts essential to keeping their floating homes in the air. After diving twenty thousand feet through electrical storms, they face further danger as they navigate the deadly ruins of civilization, in order to save what’s left of humanity and recover fuel so desperately needed by the airships.
The surface is a deadly place, but the Hell Divers think they are trained for anything—until they encounter a threat no one has survived to describe. In a race against time, the Hell Diver teams must fight their way across the surface and uncover mysteries from the past. The very future of the human race will depend on their bravery.
“I couldn’t stop reading.” — Orson Scott Card, New York Times bestselling author
“Put on your helmet, you’re about to dive into the apocalypse in the award winning and bestselling Hell Divers saga..."
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- ASIN : B07J2KQ4YY
- Publisher : Blackstone Publishing; Unabridged edition (May 7, 2019)
- Publication date : May 7, 2019
- Language : English
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- Print length : 305 pages
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They use brave Hell Divers to retrieve power sources, medical supplies and technological items.
Finally they find an area on the surface of the earth on which the first living humans are discovered. It is not on land but on the “Metal Islands”. There are perhaps thousands of people living in sunshine and good weather. The “Sky People” want to join them and live on the Metal Islands till they find out more about the people that call themselves the Cazadors.
Their leader is a maniac serial killer and the Cazadors are cannibals. They scour the earth to find other small groups of humans to use as slaves, or food…….
Nicolas Sansbury Smith has become the best writer of horror and of Sci-Fi drama. This book is one of his best. Every story he writes tends to get better and better. I view his talent as the new Stephen King or the new Dean Koontz. His books, in my opinion, are every bit as good as the top writers of this genre and I enjoy his stories a lot. I find them scary and entertaining!
More than 250 years have passed since WWIII had rained radioactive hell on the surface of the Earth, leaving a tortured hell where every plant and animal mutated to kill everything remaining.
For 250 years the Hell Divers had secured the nuclear fuel cells and supplies that kept the great airships afloat, and the airships were home to the last surviving members of the human race. Kept afloat by huge helium-filled bladders and guided by powerful turbofans, the last remaining airship flew above the lightning storms that covered much of the devastated landscape. All that was left by the bombs which destroyed the structures and covered the ground with deadly radiation was incapable of supporting human life. Only deadly deformed creatures survived on the inhospitable surface blasted by the powerful lightning storms also produced by the bombs dropped from the very airships currently used as the homes of humanity.
The "Hive", last of the mighty floating airships that had sheltered humanity for a quarter-millenium, was now joined to the "Deliverance", an airship like the"Hive", slightly smaller, capable of everything the "Hive" was plus it could land on the surface safely. The "Deliverance", when attached to the "Hive", helped keep it afloat.
The Metal Islands, home to the Cazadores, were located near the Virgin Islands. The Metal Islands floated in a huge patch of clear, sunny skies. No radiation or poisonous atmosphere bothered the inhabitants and the Islands grew several fruits and vegetables to supplement their cannibal diet.
In spite of X's wishes, Katrina and the newest rookie divers, dove to the surface to inspect a top secret military installation off the coast of Cuba, code-named Red Sphere. Hoping to find weapons and supplies for an assault on the Cazadores' Metal Islands. The expedition didn't go exactly as planned. When do they ever?
A terrifying dystopian future provides an amazing storyline and characters you can immediately fall in love with, or growl and spit every time their names are printed. We've lived with and fought beside these actors, dove through forked lightning and crashing thunder. They're well known and much loved (some of them). The story keeps your pulse racing and your tired eyes wide with excitement. Now in this fifth volume of Hell Divers, the action picks up as the sky people (X and Katrina's crew and passengers) take the fight to the Cazadors. Terribly outnumbered, outgunned and out of luck, the Hell Divers lead the charge in the war for the Iron Islands. This is a terrific read! Don't take my word for it! Grab a copy and see for yourself!
And, as always, I will be buying this book when it comes out because I want to support this author.
April 29, 2019:
I just finished re-reading HELL DIVERS V and what an adventure it was. This is one of my favorite series by author Smith. 260 years in the future after World War III decimated the world, there's finally a glimmer of hope for the survivors who we've followed in the series who live in a huge airship high in the sky.
There's talk of Metal Islands in an uncontaminated area of the ocean where the sun actually shines. A prior team of Hell Divers went to investigate and are now missing.
Non-stop action, human cruelty, human bravery and the possibility that after 260 years their search might be over - but at what cost?
This is my favorite of this series so far and that's saying a lot. One thing I truly appreciate about author Smith he writes quickly. I've already pre-ordered HELL DIVERS VI due out in November 2019. And of course I've pre-ordered HELL DIVERS V even though I get Advanced Reading Copies of his books but this is definitely an author I want to support.
I received an Advanced Reading Copy of this book from Blackstone Publishing and Edelweiss in the hopes that I would read the book and leave an unbiased review. No problem there.
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And was that faith well rewarded! I should perhaps have trusted Smith more... Don't be silly. I do trust him. I'm just not so sure I trust some of those monsters he invents quite as much, though! And as is to be expected, this book is packed full of all types of monsters. But it's also chock full of good people.
Given the self-induced rocky start, once I really got into the story, it settled right down into being a classic addition to the Hell Divers' story - aforementioned monsters and all. I'm not sure if this is one of the shorter stories in the series, but it certainly went down a treat in the end. I'm glad to have read it, and I look forward to reading more about the further adventures of the Hell Divers.
PS: The dog's fine!