• Hell Divers VIII: King of the Wastes

  • The Hell Divers Series, Book 8
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (4,599 ratings)

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The New York Times and USA Today best-selling series 

Face the uncertain future without fear....

A year has passed since the Hell Divers defeated the machines at Kilimanjaro. The freed captives have settled into their new home at the Vanguard Islands, joining survivors from around the world. But extreme weather and failed crops have raised the specter of famine. Ships must push deeper into dangerous red zones, only to come back with less loot - and fewer soldiers.

When the Hell Divers discover a scroll on a raid, King Xavier is faced with a long-buried truth that threatens the future of his people and all of humanity. The Vanguard Islands are not the salvation the sky people thought them to be. To survive, they must venture through the Panama Canal and into the wastes beyond.  

With the future at stake, the Immortal once again dons his armor. But there is a reason the great Cazador armies never returned from the canal, and this time not even the King of the Wastes is prepared for what awaits them.

©2021 Nicholas Sansbury Smith (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

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Are you serious!

Just take my money for book 9 NOW! Mr. Nicholas, how dare you toll with my emotions and put me on a rollercoaster that's so fast-paced! I couldn’t stop listening from the moment I turned on the book. That's nearly 14 hours straight. Mr.Bray does another killer job bringing forth the characters from this epic saga!

You won't be disappointed!

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Another great Hell Divers Book

This was an awesome book. Once again Nicholas knocks it out of the park and R.C. Bray brings the book to life. Can’t wait for the next installment.

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How do these keep getting better?

I savored this book over the past two days, the new characters, new missions, and X leading humanity in a desperate act to save them from new threats. Honestly, this book felt like Hell Divers 1, in a good way. It was full of suspense, mystery, and characters you love and fear for. Hard to believe we're on book 8 and I still get the same chills that I did at the beginning of the series. I really believe this is the best installment yet. Amazing! If you haven't read these books, and somehow see this review, you need to dive in! This is one of the best and most unique apocalyptic stories of modern scifi.

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Phenomenal Action Packed Series

The Hell Divers series is by far the best series I have listened to. Nichols Sandsbury Smith is a master writer that will take you on an amazing action packed adventure filled with colorful characters that will make you, laugh, cry, cheer for, and some you will hate ( in a good way). I really hated for this book to end and looking forward to Hell Divers 9.

RC Bray is an mastermind when it comes to narration. He breathes life to each and every character and really brings these books to life.

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Just Excellent

I mean, at this point, I'm not surprised that Smith was able to not only write another amazing book but, eight books in, still knock my socks off. I should have gone into this story barefoot knowing he was going to blow them off.

Normally by eight books into a series, the surprises are over. The things that the main character(s) go through are pretty much a replayed versions of what they've already been through. That's not the case with King of the Wastes. Smith was able to create new and unique things in the later books (finding the Vanguard Islands for example) and then once they found them there was a whole new set of challenges. Now, a storm is blowing in and lots of other things seem to be happening at the same time.

King of the Wastes might be the longest book in the series but it felt like one of the shortest. I distinctly remember hearing Bray read "Epilogue" and I looked up from what I was doing and said out loud to myself "No... already". Now, this is 13 plus hours into the book already. I couldn't believe it was coming to an end. I'm used to the fast-paced action-packed stories that Smith writes, but this one stands out as one of the fastest and most action-packed.

We're introduced to new enemies and new challenges as well. The "monsters" that they come across and the backstories that Smith was able to sneak into this story were nothing short of amazing. I love that even eight books in I'm still learning more about the Wastes since the characters are still learning more. Add in the incredible narration by R.C. Bray and you have my favorite series. Hell Divers hasn't let me down yet and I think it's because they haven't let themselves down yet. They dive so humanity survives. And as long as they're still diving, these stories will keep getting better and better.

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First time review

Well first started this is one of the best stories I ever heard from the book 1 through eight so I get gratitude and grateful for the storyline. It is so amazing that you can get into a story. I thank you for this opportunity to hear your book. And can’t wait for the next vote come out and keep up the great work and always do all the books that you have I have them all thank you thank you Mr Smith plus love hear RC Bray voice it makes more characters alive .

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Awesome Story!! Great New Characters.

This is a Great Book lots of amazing characters and moments. Don't pass this one up.

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Phenomenal in my opinion.

I have listened to, and loved every single book in this series and love it more than anything. I can not get enough. This book made me feel all types of emotion and even made me audibly hoot for joy a couple times and get a choked feeling in my throat ever more so. Would give 10 stars if I could. Nicholas Sansbury Smith has created a fantastic universe and a lovable cast of characters. Also a few hatable ones (in a good way). I'm also convinced that R.C. Bray is a narrator God and I bet I'd even listen to the Bible on audio if he narrated it.

If you liked RC Bray and you like zombies try the Mountain Man series by Keith C. Blackmore, another favorite. Nicholas Sansbury Smith has many other great titles too!

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Absolutely action packed!

Possibly the best in the series so far. Can't wait for the next book. Keep them coming NSS!

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Outstanding Series

This book doesn't give a lot if you haven' t read the previous books. The books are action packed. The struggle that King X has is to feed a hodgepodge of surviors. They have to find new supply sources as well as conspirators. Everyone has an agenda and few are aligned. This series is well worth the money and I am anxiously waiting for the next book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-14-21

Stop please,

Im sorry Mr NSS im One of your fans, but this Book was just a really waste of time, it should had been rested when the last book, this Book have No real story just random, very very repetitive its like My 4 year old son say THE same over and over again, and again another *** spoiler*** unblink of civil war? seriusly with after all THE humanity that still left they wanna do it again? like I Said THE story is basiclly THE same as THE past books , please END THE Book and focus on E Day thank u

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-04-22

Excellent.

Great story, Loved it. what else can I say it was brill.is there more to come.

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  • christian carroll
  • 06-01-22

Brilliant

love all the books and this one did not disappoint can't wait for the next one

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  • reesgirl07
  • 05-14-22

Brilliant as per usual.

Awesome characters, extremely well written and perfectly narrated by r c bray. Another great addition to the series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-01-22

keep it up !

it's a good read and the story is evolving into a good post apocalyptic series can't wait for the next one

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  • david
  • 03-01-22

not bad

not a bad story but it feels the safe as the others just different day

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  • Mr Patel
  • 01-01-22

fantastic, can't wait for the next book

No need to say much other than when is the next book out! can't wait!

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  • JT
  • 11-24-21

EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!

Another exciting edition 2 the series I actually think they are getting better. Full of action from start to finish the story has developed and grown brilliantly throughout the series never disappointing. As always a great Audio book thanks again guy's can't wait to get stuck into the next one. 👍🏻📖🎧👌🏻😉🙏🏻

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  • Ian Clarke
  • 11-23-21

epic

downloaded & finished it inside a week, can't wait for the next installment....when it comes

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  • Mr. R. D. Clarke
  • 10-29-21

great

brilliant as normal bring on the next as soon as possible the story line gets better

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-08-22

Brilliant

Highly recommended. Brilliant book narrated by the fantastic RC Bray. This entire series is 5* and I can’t wait to start the next one.

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  • Stephanie Martin
  • 03-31-22

one of the best

I am so obsessed with helldivers just when you think there is no where else for the story to go bam you are taken down a new story direction! can't wait for the next book!

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  • bruce phillips
  • 10-29-21

Still a enjoyable ride.

After so many in the series the story writer maintains the essence and core well , little bits of diversity both add and subtract at the same time.
R C Bray is as always .......pretty well perfect.
Toast to X king of the wastes .......
next please

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  • B. Rawlings
  • 10-19-21

Love it!

Every time I see that another one of these comes out, I keep thinking "it's got to be the last", yet another one always comes out a year later... and that never upsets me! This is easily one of the best book series I've read/listened to and I never get bored of it.

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  • Tarmo
  • 10-08-21

Disappointment

Used to love the series but it's turned into a money grab now. This book was a struggle to finish. R.C. Bray was the only thing keeping it going. Should of finished with the previous book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-01-21

awesome adventure into the wastes

fantastic book in a great series.
following X into the wastes for another mission.
Edge of the seat action and adventure.
Nicholas Sansbury Smith knows how to write an epic story. I am waiting and looking forward to reading the next chapter