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Betrayal and sacrifice in the skies ...
Ten years ago, Hell Diver Xavier ''X'' Rodriguez fell to Earth. Those he left behind went on without him aboard the airship he once called home. Michael Everhart -- the boy once known as Tin -- has grown into a man and the commander of Hell Diver Raptor Team. While Michael dives to help keep the Hive in the air, Captain Leon Jordan rules with an iron fist at the helm of the ship. But unrest stirs under his strict leadership as a prophecy of hope sweeps the lower decks.
When a mysterious distress signal calls the Hell Divers to the surface, Michael and his loyal team begin to uncover long-buried truths and the secrets Captain Jordan will do anything to keep. They dive so humanity survives ... but will they survive the ultimate betrayal?
Nicholas Sansbury Smith delivers another heart-pounding thriller in Hell Divers II: Ghosts, the second book in the acclaimed science fiction series.
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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..."
- New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Series
- 2016 Indie Forward Review Gold Winner for best Science Fiction
- 2016 Audible Science Fiction Best of 2016
- Audible Editor’s Pick
Thrilling audiobooks brought to life by legendary narrator R.C. Bray!
“R.C. Bray plays his voice as if it were a musical instrument…He embraces the book and allows the book and its characters to shine. It is riveting!” — AudioBook Reviewer
''Riveting, action-packed, and brought to life with R. C. Bray's masculine performance, Hell Divers II: Ghosts is highly recommended, especially for connoisseurs of the genre.'' --Midwest Book Review (audio review)
''There's a lot of danger and shooting and killing and dying. But there are also a lot of human relationships and political maneuvering and mysteries and discoveries. I was surprised how much I cared. And I was pleased that Smith really knows how to deliver a powerful story...R. C. Bray's narration...is the kind of low-key performance that suits intense action perfectly...Bray hits exactly the right tone for a gripping adventure story.'' --Orson Scott Card, New York Times bestselling author
About the Author
Nicholas Sansbury Smith is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Hell Divers series, the Orbs series, the Trackers series, the Extinction Cycle series, the Sons of War series, and the new E-Day series. He worked for Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management in disaster mitigation before switching careers to focus on storytelling. When he isn’t writing or daydreaming about the apocalypse, he enjoys running, biking, spending time with his family, and traveling the world. He is an Ironman triathlete and lives in Iowa with his wife, daughter, and their dogs.
- ASIN : B0933NY9P2
- Publisher : Blackstone Publishing; Unabridged LARGE PRINT edition (November 9, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 352 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8200724468
- Item Weight : 2.05 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.1 x 1.4 x 9.3 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #824,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I'm glad I did.
The series really takes off.
I enjoy the setting and characters. The story is very gripping and really holds your attention. There's some bits and pieces I'd change if I could. But I still believe that it's a very good read.
Set 10 years after the last book, this sees everyone aboard the Hive believing that X died, but one man knows the truth and will do anything necessary to keep his secret. The young Tin isn't so young anymore and is now a Hell Diver like his father and X. When Magnolia is though to have found out a devastating secret, she is sent on a mission and ultimately ends up falling to the earth. Michael, aka Tin, and his team mate Rodger believe she is still alive and, despite the objections from the Captain, dive down to find her. Will they survive the wasteland the earth has become?
The ending of book 1 left me with a hole in my heart so I couldn't wait to dive into this straight away!! Once again, the author grabs you from the start and doesn't let go till the bitter end!!! I couldn't read this fast enough, yet I didn't want it to end. My poor, poor heart took a beating with this one! A certain character and what was happening to him had me on the edge of my seat, and when I got to the end of the book, I was cursing the author for not having him in it enough!! But it also made me extra excited for book 3 because I can sorta see where this is going, well it's more that I'm hoping I know where this is going! There's two characters I want to meet each other and I'm hoping and praying they do!! Sorry if that sounds vague but I don't do spoilers!!
This one focuses on Team Raptor. Michael is the head Diver and is doing it to honour his dad. Plus, things are getting pretty bad on the ship and resources are getting thin. The lower decks are seconds away from revolting and the Divers are the only ones who can help. When one of the team, Magnolia, is lost, the Captain sends down a small team to retrieve some much needed power cells that are in the red zone near where she fell. He tells the team that their main priority is to find the equipment and if they have time then they can look for Magnolia. Michael isn't one of the initial ones to go, but he learns something that shocks him to the core and dives down to the earth. Team Raptor set off into the heart of Hell, to find Magnolia and to learn the truth that the captain has kept hidden!
I loved Team Raptor! While I was disappointed that we didn't get to see one of my favourite characters, I still ended up loving all the new ones! Michael has grown into an amazing person. He is brave, strong and fights for what is right, no matter the consequences. Magnolia is as sassy as ever! She is awesome and I'm hoping she realises that there is a certain someone who is perfect for her!! I also loved Rodger. He is quite the character :) Once again, this author excels in the way he develops his characters. They are all relateable and ones you can't help but love. They get under your skin!! Lol. He also writes loathsome bad people. The captain is one of the worst and I hated him!!
In all, this book is non stop! This author is a master storyteller and is firmly on my auto buy list. If you love heart stopping action and adventure, jawdropping secrets and twists, monsters galore and characters that will steal your heart, then this is a series for you!! I highly, highly recommend!! "We dive so humanity survives"
R.C Bray is phenomenal!! I don't think there's any other word to describe him to be honest. The atmosphere... the fear and panic the characters felt, was brought alive with his performance. Every character was clearly defined and had their own tone. He is one of the best, and it shows!!
The Hive is a massive airship that is well over 260 years old. Unfortunately it is a wreck because of its age and the shortage of fuel and spare parts. The new generation of Hell Divers still risk their lives to help humanity live. The new Captain, Leon Jordan, is hiding secrets from the entire crew. The previous Captain shared them with him before she died. Jordan will do anything to hide the truth from the crew and passengers of the Hive. He will kill and even sacrifice his most valuable and loyal crewmen. He believes that only he knows the way for the people on the Hive to survive, but what if he is wrong?
The Hell Divers are sent to the ground on an impossible mission with little chance of surviving. They have to face mutant killer species, a deadly environment and carnivorous plants. They discover what really caused the mutants and a possible way to survive. They also know that they have been tricked and sent out to die by Captain Jordan. The only problem is that they have to get back to the Hive before they all die or else they can't share the truth……..
This is an excellent book. It is action filled and I loved the way the story is told and how the characters are developed. Nicholas Smith has become a top class author and I like his writing a lot. I have purchased all of his books on Amazon an I highly recommend them all to you. This new series of Hell Divers is especially well written and I rated this story at five stars. It is full of action.
This is an excellent series and you will enjoy reading it.
This is book 2 of the series and book 3 will be released soon. This is a great post apocalyptic story with a lot of action and I enjoyed reading it! What makes this story good is the great characters that are developed in the story. In addition the dangers in doing their jobs as hell divers are spectacularly described in horrifying detail. The author's imagination is fully engaged and he creates some of the most horrific monsters and living plants. They will keep you awake at night and reading!
What I enjoy is that the heroes of this story jump into a literal hell on Earth to gather things so the few surviving humans can continue to live! Their missions are life saving providing power, medicine and spare parts to keep their aging craft flying. It is the dangers they face and the horrors that exist on the surface of the earth that makes this story entertaining and fun to read.
I feel that this is an excellent story and Nicholas Smith is one of the best new authors on Amazon.
In the second book of this series, the team is called upon to dive to the surface to scavenge for supplies and search for the people who sent out an SOS.
They meet some of the same monsters that they met in the previous book of the series. That is something that they are used to dealing with.
But they aren’t prepared for the welcome they encounter from visiting a hilltop bastion.
Thank goodness violence is something that they are able to deal with.
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Originally a trilogy, but that gladly was not enough, as the story grows we fight several new adversaries, find new apocalyptic locations and creatures. Flora and fauna don't really follow an evolutionary path which is my only gripe.