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Hell Divers X: Fallout (Hell Divers Series, Book 10) (Hell Divers, 10) Audio CD – Unabridged, February 28, 2023
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Much is lost, but hope in one man remains . . .
In a shocking betrayal, Captain Rolo has vaporized the supercarrier Immortal with a nuclear warhead, all but wiping out the Vanguard army. Little does he know that King Xavier and the surviving Hell Diver and Cazador teams from Brisbane were not aboard.
In Panama, Outpost Gateway has suffered a very different disaster: attack by carnivorous vines. Director Rodger Mintel sent out a desperate SOS as the voracious coils ripped into the bunker.
At the Vanguard Islands, Charmer has framed Michael Everhart for two murders. Michael's wife, Layla, is frantic to prove his innocence as evidence against him mounts.
Back in Queensland, knights of the Coral Castle dragged captive Hell Diver Kade Long to their leader, known as the Forerunner, before locking him in a cell in the Coral Castle.
The truth of what happened at Brisbane is spreading, and so is radiation from the nuclear blast. The fallout threatens everything in its path, putting the Coral Castle and X's remaining forces in dire peril.
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- Publisher : Blackstone Publishing; MP3CD Audio edition (February 28, 2023)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1665020903
- ISBN-13 : 978-1665020909
- Item Weight : 2.92 ounces
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,109,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #4,345 in Technothrillers (Books)
- #9,766 in Dystopian Fiction (Books)
- #17,353 in Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction (Books)
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A familiar character, King Xavier “X” Rodriguez, the protagonist from previous Hell Divers books, plays the major role in this book. As an old guy who served 30 years in the Army and retired as a senior officer, I understood and appreciated the burden of command he faced daily. As a Vietnam veteran, I appreciated how the author employed vivid imagery and realistic scenes of combat.
The characters are complex and fully developed. The author displays exceptional insight into how leaders handle crises as X has to weigh the welfare of the many against the lives of the few as he strives to ensure the survival of humanity. Other than X, my favorite character was Kade who is originally from Australia where I was lucky to have served two years in the mid-1970s.
The author includes several perceptive statements and quotes about leadership:
- “… stow his fear out of sight.” This thought by X recalled the quote by General Stonewall Jackson. “Never take counsel of your fears.”
- “… I have seen countless people die… I don’t know why I’m still here when better men and women are not…” I struggle with this thought every day.
- “Accept your past without regret.” Sage advice but difficult to do. I constantly relive bad decisions.
- “So far, things weren’t going to plan, but in war things rarely did.” German military strategist Helmuth von Moltke sagely noted in 1880, "No battle plan survives contact with the enemy."
I was impressed by the way the author began Hell Divers X with a recap and prologue and concluded with an epilogue foreshadowing additional adventures and challenges. I can hardly wait for Hell Divers XI.
I've been following this author since his first series (Orbs) and let me tell you, he hasn't disappointed me in any way.
Picking up from HD IX, we follow the trails of X and his Hell Divers and Cazadores allies from the bizarre lands of the Panama Canal to Australia. If you thought everything can kill you in Australia today, imagine 250 years of radiation fed mutations, where water bugs an cut through steel, spiders have human features, and of course the ubiquitous Sirens. Meet the last resident humans of the Coral Castle, where their elite soldiers wear medieval style armor. After a tragic dastardly deed by Captain Rollo, X is left with almost no options on how to get back to the Vanguard Islands. Plus an emergency radio message from Rodger and the men and women who were left in Panama while X continued on to Australia in search of radiation free lands and supplies does little to make X feel like a leader or The Immortal he's held up to be. The ending of this book, to me, is bittersweet, but also fulfils the reader's need for a conclusion to this story. BUT, it also opens up the possibility of other story lines to continue the Hell Divers saga. I can’t wait for HDXI !!!!!
The man just knows how to tell a story! The storyline keeps the action divided by the different groups, groups of good guys, better guys and the scum sucking dogs that vilify the name of villains! Rolo and Charmer should be afforded a fair trial, then found guilty and sentenced to slow, tortured execution over the course of several days. I've seldom been so worked up by the villains, but those two must gotta go! Absolutely the best characters in Post-Apocalyptic survival thrillers, in my own humble opinion! X is such a strong hero, it takes two of the worst antagonists to counter him. But don't count out Layla!
Almost the entire book is breathtaking, spellbinding, blood pounding, can't put it down long enough to catch a breath, fights! The last 100 pages held me rapt until the last drop of blood spilled from a bloody axe head. This is an amazing read!
What can I say about this series that hasn't already been said? It's excellent - and the long haul story just keeps getting better and better! I can't wait for the next book!
X and Miles survive yet again when the unthinkable happens, and they rise to the occasion despite the creeping effects of age. When duty calls, they answer without hesitation. New threats appear on the horizon! What happens? Read it for yourself! It's quite an exciting ride!
I've been reading Nicholas Sansbury Smith's books and series for years - and I love everything that he has written thus far! Why? With each book he writes, the stories are better and better! He somehow keeps outdoing himself! I can say that his writing has certainly grown better with each book and series! (however, I find I can still go back and reread the other stories once again and still enjoy them immensely!) How many authors can you say that about? He stays true to people... no matter the situation. His world building is very vivid to where you can see it in your mind.
Read this and some of his other work! You will be enthralled!
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The imagery, the action, X and crew are a ride a minute. You know you are hooked when you want to kick something each time the bad guy appears on the scene.
10 books and still as gripping as the first - here's to many more!