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An Audible Editor's Pick of 2016 and An Audible Best of 2016 Science Fiction.

More than two centuries after World War III poisoned the planet, the final bastion of humanity lives on massive airships circling the globe in search of a habitable area to call home. Aging and outdated, most of the ships plummeted back to Earth long ago. The only thing keeping the two surviving lifeboats in the sky are Hell Divers - men and women who risk their lives by diving to the surface to scavenge for parts the ships desperately need.

When one of the remaining airships is damaged in an electrical storm, a Hell Diver team is deployed to a hostile zone called Hades. But there's something down there that's far worse than the mutated creatures discovered on dives in the past - something that threatens the fragile future of humanity.

Narrator Interview: vimeo.com/188195570/ad4a958906

©2016 Nicholas Sansbury Smith (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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GUINEA PIG MEAT

I DON'T KNOW WHAT I SAW, BUT I DON'T EVER WANT TO SEE IT AGAIN
Scary, Adventurous, exciting and puts you in the middle of the action. Smith has really come up with a winner here. His apocalyptic world is filled with scary eyeless mutants, that want to eat you. It is has these huge electrical storms and no sun light. A little over 500 humans are surviving barely, on an airship that was not meant to be home to anybody. My first review of a NSS book was damaging and just not good. I am glad I gave this author a second chance. This book will put him on the map. NSS has built two great worlds. One is the destroyed earth and the other is in the air. The writing is so well done, that you feel you are there.

WHAT ARE THOSE MUTANT F'S DIGGING FOR?
I really like the mutants in this book. I love the diving even more. The characters are a bit cliché, their are no light moments and this will never be considered a classic piece. None the less, this entertains 100% of the time. At the time of this writing, this is number Uno for Sci-Fi contemporary. That is because it was a daily deal. It will fall below Martian, Bob and Expedition, but it will hang around the top ten for a long time. In July, when the sequel comes out, it will probably start as number one, so you might as well get this read now.

Bray
What can I say about this guy that I have not already said? I feel sorry for Science Fiction, Horror, or adventure writers that can't get Bray to do their narrating. His name alone, sells audio books.

148 of 164 people found this review helpful

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Dystopia in a Dirigible

I liked this book and so will you. It's filled with heroic men and women, fast paced action, and believable science fiction. I thought the primary premise of the book was uniquely interesting, and the overall story was consistent with no annoying plot holes. This is not a literary masterpiece, and the characters don't have much depth, but it compensates by being very entertaining. As always, R.C. Bray brings these types of books alive, and he held my attention for the entire book. I gave the story 4 stars, but only because I reserve 5 stars for those very rare books that provide both entertainment and substance. So it is very entertaining, but one you'll never have to write a term paper about.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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A unique apocalyptic experience!

I just randomly stumbled across this book while looking for something to use my credits on and I'm happy that I decided on this.

At first I thought it would be a generic apocalyptic story that included aliens or zombies as humanity attempts to survive but what I heard/read was a much different tale than what I am accustomed to.

A short background on the story without saying to much is that this story takes place a few hundred years in the future after a catastrophic nuclear war breaks out on Earth leaving the land destroyed and radioactive. Uninhabitable by human life, humanity takes to the sky in the very machines that doomed their world. In these large flying vessels, the last humanity has struggled to survive. Everyone has their role on the ships, one role in particular is the job of a Helldiver. Whose purpose is to deploy down to Earth's surface and scavenge the land for parts and supplies to keep the ships afloat. This job is only for those brave enough to give their lives to ensure the safety and continuation of humanity on the ship. The story focuses around a few main characters on the ship and switches between them in each chapter. The main focus is of course on the Helldivers and their missions to the surface during a time when the fate of humanity on these ships hangs in the balance.

This is a tale of hardship, survival, and duty.
The author really keeps things moving throughout the book and I was entranced the entire way through. The narration by Mr. Bray was superb.

I'm really looking forward to the next iteration in this story which comes out later this year.

If you're looking for a different apocalyptic experience, try out this book.

52 of 65 people found this review helpful

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  • Beth
  • Pasco, WA, United States
  • 08-05-16

Give the Hero a Break, please?!

I love R. C. Bray! I listen to anything he narrates. I'm a huge fan of his. Once again he did not disappoint.
OK. That's out of the way.
I argued with myself about my rating here. I devour fast paced, non-stop action books. My library is full of them. But... I don't want to give away any spoilers. Hmmm...
Everything is perfect here, except. I kept hoping for redemption for these last souls. I clung on for the whole book! I wanted to internally clap and fist bump in the air. I wanted to feel that relief you feel when the hero triumphs. Instead, I waited, I waited and I actually cried at one point.

So you see, I had a very hard time rating this. I loved it and at the same time I felt like I was dangling onto the action, one foot on the cross , the other off kind of feeling. WHEN am I going to be able to root as they meet their goals!! Oh god!! Another person dies! Please stop, stop !! Another sad scene! For the love of God.....isn't there ANYTHING to brighten this great book?!

I'm not used to crying while listening to a pseudo military action packed book!

Sigh, near the end I cried B_llsh_t! I was so pissed, I actually said," Oh come on for god's sake DONT DO THIS TO ME"!!!

Great action, sad book. Would say more but I really don't want to spoil this.

106 of 135 people found this review helpful

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Thrilling story

Nail biting story that will keep you ancious until the last second of the recording. Performed perfectly.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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good concept well executed

A nice twist on the post-apocalypse, a full world well realized, with engaging characters and strong plotting. But why does the ship only hover over the former USA?

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Thrilling and awesome

Action packed that wrecked my nerves! RC Bray delivers again. I'm really into the disruptive post apocalyptic genre. to all the Fallout series gamers - this really brings good memories from radiated USA and the nuclear wasteland

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Predictable

Would you try another book from Nicholas Sansbury Smith and/or R. C. Bray?

I barely suffered through this inane fantasy. I just couldn't get past the idiocy of the plot - creatures that evolve in a mere 250 years, keeping a huge airship aloft with helium.... duh. The story was predictable, the prose even more predictable, and the character development horribly weak.

Has Hell Divers turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

Would you be willing to try another one of R. C. Bray’s performances?

Unlikely

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No

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What an utterly maddening disappointment!

"But there's something down there that's far worse than the mutated creatures discovered on dives in the past - something that threatens the fragile future of humanity. "
This is an outright lie. There is NO greater threat or mystery. It's literally just more mutants that can also fly and plot driven bad weather.
That would be so bad except MULTIPLE TIMES it's hinted there's a greater force at work. That there is more to hades.
Instead it's just endless Sirens and weather that "can't possibly be doing what it's doing"
Seriously there is so much potential in this book! But by the end every single bit of it is squandered and ignored.
There is no mystery to be unraveled, no greater threat, no real change other than more people are dead return to status quo.
I don't mind bleak tragedy, if written well it can be compelling but this book has no idea what it wanted to be and just left me with that sour frustrated angry feeling. What a freaking shame.
Bray does a wonderful job narrating as alwaya

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A fast, intense engaging, story. <br />

But over the top for me
I'm 70 now, 20, or even 10 years ago I would have feasted on this story and fished for a sequel, at least more from that author.
I had to slow the speech speed down to 80% for my focus to keep up, even then I had to laugh at how short each listening session was.
With aging my mind is slowing. I've been, & done; lived so much. Experience with, doesn't keep you up with action.
Yes I will follow up with other stories by this author, but I'll space them out giving my elders ears some rest & recovery.

I have a "PS." for this review :
I am a Nam vet and a combat grunt.
I was impressed with the author's grasp of what goes on in the mind, fear.
Fear is addictive, that pounding heart adrenaline and something unanticipated awakens when one accepts I'm going die, this is the my end, I can't survive this!
This, can't end with me alive.
With acceptance comes a kind of peace. With that peace a kind of unanticipated courage.
It can't matter what I try; I'm done anyhow. Then a kind of gratitude that, at last, an end. The exhaustion I'm so weary.
That alas is then, it's later, having survived, comes the withdrawal, the hunger to be fully alive in the moment. It leaves one unfit for a normal life. But 'oh the cost in nightmares, the runaway hyper-vigilance. One learns how to use rage for an energy boost. You don't unlearn such things.
Oh-yes, many find booze a useful tool for the rest of oblivion; - any, not all.
Some recover; kind of.
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16 of 21 people found this review helpful

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  • Danai
  • 09-07-16

Average

This is my second novel from the same author nick s smith, the first was extinction cycle. If you enjoyed that I think you will enjoy this. I think the problem I have with this author is his writing style its adequate and serviceable but not that exciting. I had the same problem with extinction cycle. So if ur a fan of the author plz get this book you will love it and the narration by RC Bray is amazing. Otherwise if ur looking for a post apocalyptic tale plz listen to Arisen it's beyond amazing (also narrated by RC Bray)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • John
  • 12-20-16

Overall not to shabby

Would you listen to Hell Divers again? Why?

I will when the second book comes out to get back up to speed

Would you be willing to try another book from Nicholas Sansbury Smith? Why or why not?

Yes his writing is enjoyable

What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He is the best narrator out of any on Audible

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

So others may live (US Coast Guard moto)

Any additional comments?

If you like RC Bray or you enjoy post apoc books give it a listen, its worth the credit.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Mr. J. M. Young
  • 10-21-16

Boring, not joined up, plot holes

I really wanted to enjoy this book as the premise sounded so good. However, after forcing myself to listen to hours of this I don't understand what all the good reviews are for.

The good: RC Bray is on his usual high form and I can't fault that. The idea is good, a different take on the post world scenario.

The bad: I wanted to understand about living on the airships. So much potential with the upper and lower decks. This is hardly touched up except for cliched comments.
The hero worship (main character) is dull and predictable with no depth. This is the kind of tough guy I imagine a 15 year old boy would like (like watching an Arnie tough-guy film).
There is one part with a child who goes from hating the main character to loving him in a single paragraph. There should have been so much tension but.. nothing.

The monsters are described well but makes no sense, they just appear. How did they evolve? Why had they not been seen for hundreds of years? Again so much opportunity lost in place of tough guy lead character.

This book could have delivered so much but was flat and boring.


5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • 07-21-16

Omg, I mean......wow.

This is one of the best books I have ever listened to. A word of advice though..... don't start listening to this book at night, I couldn't turn it off or fall asleep. So thank you Nicholas Sansbury Smith, its now 9am and I'm an exhausted slobbering mess with spots floating before my eyes, I hope you're happy. Amazing book, but I am now going to fall into a coma. I almost forgot (exhortation) R. C. Bray did an amazing job with this book, honestly couldn't have been done better.

8 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Jim
  • 10-22-16

Good, but could be better

Story has a good premise and the characters are interesting but it never really lives up to expectations. I'm not sure what was missing but for me it dragged a bit in places. Still enjoyable though.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Ashley
  • 09-30-16

Awesome

I loved it, can't wait for the next audio book. The character development is great, gripping story and superbly narrated by RC Bray

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • A Soldado
  • 09-14-16

HELL IF A BOOK

Hell Divers is a hell of a book. Nicholas imagination has no limit!
If you enjoy post-apocalyptic thrilling books, then this one is for you!
RC Bray is a fantastic narrator who will drag you along with his unique voice.
I can't wait for book 2 to come out!!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • zombie reader
  • 10-24-17

First dive into the series

This was my first book in the series and half way through it I bought the second excellent book very well written can’t wait to start book 2

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  • DVT
  • 10-20-17

Alien meets resident evil

Alien meets resident evil but with more heart a better plot. Really enjoyed it and will be downloading sequel immediately

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  • Lollingsgrad
  • 10-10-17

Shouty American Army Man Trash

It's not terrible, the setting is interesting but the characters might as well be cardboard cut outs with pull strings that make them yell American military jargon. The events are nominally exciting but as I didn't care about anyone in the book I lost interest and stopped listening half way through.

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  • Gerri
  • 09-25-16

Boys Own Adventure.

loved it. Hit me back to my childhood when I used to read all the things like Flash Gordon and other thrilling tales.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Ben Allwood
  • 04-17-17

great performance, but hole filled plot

great performance, but hole filled plot with limited backing detail. so much of the dynamics of the situation do not make sense and that drags away from the story.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-22-16

Can't wait for book 2

This is a great story, well narrated. The storyline has good pace with plenty of tension. The imagery is immersive and the characters engaging. R.C. Bray knocks it out of the park, again.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Juan Carlos Torres
  • 12-06-17

I think I saw this one before...

Mix of doom and snowpiercer with an airship instead of a train, very basic and predictable plot. Good to fill up the ears with some noise while commuting!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-16-17

Oustanding read from start to finish.

Any post apocalyptic fan will be hooked from the first chapter. A must for all die hard sci-fi junkies.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-18-17

Was good, but lacked depth.

Narration was great, the story packed depth though so it was all over so fast with such little information. Wasn't terrible, but could have been better. :)

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  • Sam Hepton
  • 10-06-17

Amazing!!

I got this book thinking it would be a simple, easy to listen to action novel. I never expected it to be as amazing as it was! It had me hooked from start to finish! The writing, story, world building and characters are all perfect! ... Now if you'll excuse me I'm off to buy the next book.

Oh and as usual R. C. Bray did an amazing job reading.

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  • Michael Zhu
  • 09-26-17

Surprisingly deep, good length.

Hell Divers starts off at full throttle and rarely lets up.
Big fan of the narrator RC Bray who perfectly adopts a different tone and voice for each of the main characters, whose performance fits perfectly into the rough and tumble world of this tale.

The world is shrouded in radiation and death in this story, with humankind surviving on airships which depend on &quot;hell divers&quot; to parachute to the ground and scavenge for fuel and supplies.

Xavier is a deeply broken man, with much loss in his life but also much &quot;diving&quot; experience and value to his ship.Tin the kid was my favourite character. Listen to see if you agree.

For videogamers, imagine Metro 2033 and replace the Russian metro with airships as the last bastion of hope.

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  • Kris
  • 12-20-16

Absolutely awesome!!

One of the best audiobooks I have listened to.
Post apocalyptic living with a twist!
I would recommend anyone get this title and give it a chance to Captivate your imagination

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  • Ian F
  • 11-25-16

Unsatisfactory ending as usual

Just as in his orbs series the ending of this book was really weak , I will not bother to read further books by this author.
The world is a miserable enough place as it is.
And like many others I read as a form of escapism and sansbury smith goes out of his way to make sure that his books end in death and sadness. At the end of this book he is so keen to end it with sadness that he goes against the personalitys of the characters that he worked so hard to develop.
There is no way that the characters he had created would give up on the hero of the book so easily and just fly away.
The end of this book sucks !!!!!!and sansbury smith has lost a listener.
NOT HAPPY !!!

1 of 11 people found this review helpful