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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 Everheart - 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?

USA Today best-selling author Nicholas Sansbury Smith delivers another heart-pounding thriller in Ghosts, the second book in the acclaimed Hell Divers science-fiction series.

©2017 Nicholas Sansbury Smith (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Even better than the first

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. RC Bray is a great narrator, and with Smith's story, this one is impossible to stop listening to.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Michael Everheart was very cool. It was interesting to see how evolved from the boy, Tin, in Book 1.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended. Obviously, if you haven't read/listened to the first, you owe it to yourself to do that before this one. This is an excellent sequel.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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BOW STON, ASEIA, PORT LAND, MT. KILL A MAN JARO

Kudo's to David, Felix and Christel for having the balls to tell the truth and of course they have paid the price. You know just because you don't agree with someone or you feel bad that you liked something they didn't, does not mean they were not helpful.

Fight Scenes
I you like books that are full of fight scenes, that is great and this is a great book for you. For me this was the typical second book in a series. People buy it because book one was so good, but nothing meaningful is written until the last hour, so you will buy book three. I loved book one and wrote a glorifying review of it. This book not so much.

FIGHT SCENES= A, Lot of them and some pretty gory
SCIENCE = D+, Very little of it and it is all borrowed from other books.
CHARACTERS= D, mostly card board cut outs, no one really sticks out, X who was in book one is only in the introduction.
TWISTS AND TURNS= D- It is all predictable. What you think in the beginning of the book as to how the monsters came about and where they came from is exactly what happens. There was one discovery toward the end I did not see happening which will aid in book three, I did not see, but it is a minor deal.

Bray is the main reason to buy this. He makes it come alive.

105 of 124 people found this review helpful

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Wow!!! You've Got To Get This Book!

When I checked and found that 6 hours had already elapsed I couldn't believe it. Then I realized, with sadness, that it was almost over. Book 1 was great. Book 2 is absolutely fantastic. Everything about it improved. Except that X is personally only in the story for a small portion of this book. Not saying if he lives or dies, just that he only appears in the story for a short while. The action is fast paced. The plotline is great. Captain Jordan is a poo rag who spends every day rationalizing and justifying his increasingly Stalin-like rule of The Hive. Tin is a stud. Weaver is every bit equal as a leader to X. Magnolia is actually a pretty decent human being. The Earth bound monsters are just as tough as ever. And narration is spot on. This is perhaps the #1 series I've ever listened to on Audible.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Can't wait for the next book!

This is an excellent follow up to book 1. Nicholas Sansbury Smith has become one of my favorite authors! I am loving this series so far. Lots of action! It's not your typical post apocalyptic series. This series takes place 250 years after WW3. Humanity has been forced to live in sky ships where it is safer. The planet is full of mutated life and electrical storms. This is one of those books you just can't put down! Great narration by R. C. Bray! He is one of the best narrators out there in my opinion. Looking forward to book 3!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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A dive that everyone must take!

Josh here and oh my, what an emotional roller coaster! My favorite author’s work being read by my favorite narrator, what a ride. This is the series that introduced me to, and hooked me on, Nicholas Sansbury Smith’s works late last year. To say that I have been anxious for the first sequel in this trilogy would be the understatement of the century. This was a sequel that was worth the wait and then some.

Let me start by saying that the transition from the first book to the second was very well done. The opening to this book picked up right where I am certain every fan of the series wanted it to. What happened to X? Where has he been? Did he even survive? I now know the answer and, to steal a quote from the Starship Troopers movie, “I would like to know more”.

This was a book that I wanted to push through as quickly as possible, but also didn’t want to finish because I know part three is some time off still. I couldn’t wait to start the book and watched as I became more and more depressed as the time on the Audible app ticked down to the end of the story. There were times I considered slowing down the narration just to make the story last longer.

Nick uses his masterful writing and descriptive talents to bring us up-to-date, 10 years later, about the status of X, the hell divers, and the other citizens of the Hive. As I said above, there were several key emotional scenes throughout this story that had me angry, upset, and intrigued. The issues surrounding Janga and her prophecies (I came to refer to her as The Oracle) brought about great anger later in the story. Witnessing the evolution of Michael (Tin) from the timid boy to the commander of a Hell Diver team was like watching the child you once knew grow up into a successful adult. The new monsters (Vultures, eyeball creatures, and the vines) left me imagining them the story progressed and I listened to Nick’s vivid descriptions.

The origins of the creatures on the surface is explained in this chapter of the series and helps paint a new picture on whether or not humanity actually stands a chance on the surface. The challenge, of course, is whether or not the hive will actually make it to the surface given the drama surrounding the new pilot of the Hive. To give you an idea of what I mean, I will give you a simple quote from the book: “There is no room for mercy in the sky”.

This entry in the series is filled with just about every thematic element I could think of. Relationship building, betrayal, drama, action, horror, suspense, it is all there. And it is all masterfully tied together through Nick’s wordsmithing skills. There is a new team bond formed and I can say that I am proudly a member of Team Rodgnolia.

If you have not listened to or read the first entry in this series yet, please do so; you will not regret it. If you have, then what are you reading my review for as you already know the awesomeness that surrounds this series. Go forth and read/listen! If you have read the books, I highly recommend giving the Audible narration a try as R.C. Bray does an absolutely fantastic job of bringing Nick’s words to life. I was almost taken aback mid-book as I listened to R.C. Bray narrate his purposeful mispronunciations of the names of US cities and America, only to realize that I would have understood had I read the physical book. My wife had to set me straight on this one.

This is an easy 5/5 although I am now saddened about having to leave as I now know that I have to wait for the conclusion. At just over 8 hours, this is a book where you will find yourself wishing it were twice that length.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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wish it diddnt have to end.

anxiously awaiting the next installment. dipped away from post apocalyptic books. but man did this drag me righr back

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Nick did it again! What an awesome book!

Great follow up after a book one. The second book is full of action, mystery and suspense, it has everything! And the story is so original, great imagination! Keeps you in your seat through entire book! Wow!

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Can't wait for Book 3!

I loved this book. Anticipated a great book but it was better than expected. Story is original and my favorite character X is still around. Enjoyed every Nicholas Sansbury Smith books and Mr Bray is in my top 2 narrators.

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Thrilling, Fast-paced, Horrifying, Awesome!

Hell Divers is so cool, and this second book absolutely adds to the series.

This is from my Editor's Pick for July:

I was already totally set on listening to Hell Divers II before I met author Nicholas Sansbury Smith at the 2017 Book Expo America, but I secretly freaked out when offered the surprising chance to talk to him. He’s a young guy, early thirties if I recall correctly, but he’s already penned more than 16 books. 16 books! Can you imagine? All of that work has more than paid off in his fine-tuned Hell Divers series. Beyond a brilliant concept, Smith’s writing is fresh, fast-paced, and chock full of compelling characters. What’s more, the second book in the series does a remarkable job adding depth and excitement to an already sophisticated storyline. In talking to Smith we were both super excited about R.C. Bray’s narration, and you will have to agree that with Bray – the modern day voice of Sci-Fi – this all-star combo is one that cannot be ignored.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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WHY ISN'T THIS A MOVIE OR TV SERIES YET

This is the best sequel book of Smith's since his Orbs 2&3..Just an outright tension-soaked post apocalyptic buffet of twists, secrets, manipulation and action.*all in a awesome sci-fi burrito of POWER*

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  • Cherish.G
  • 09-18-17

amazing everything I wanted to second book to be

absolutely loved this book, can't wait to listen to the next one! R.C.Bray is just the best to listen to. I could listen to him talk all day!!

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  • katkab
  • 09-08-17

Amazingly brilliant.

Full of action and monsters, a non stop edge of your seat story.
Absolutely loved this book, I listened to it in one go, I had to know how it ended. Brilliant narrative by R C Bray as always. I am waiting impatiently for the next book! Highly recommend. One of my favourite books.

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  • victoria
  • 09-06-17

Brilliant!

What did you like best about this story?

It is fast paced and very exciting.

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

The narration was very good and really brought the book to life

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I liked all of it.

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I didn't think book 2 would be as good as the first one but I was wrong. This is such an interesting and exciting story that I stopped what i was doing and just sat down and listened to it till the end. I can't wait for the third book to be released on audible...........I may actually have to read the book. lol

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  • Poppey
  • 08-31-17

Outstanding

It is quite rare for me to pick up a storyline immediately when there is a long lapse in time between books in a series, but Hell Divers II managed to do just that. The first book in the trilogy was a powerful introduction to this series. The second book kept up the momentum the first book started. It was a book which was very difficult to put down.

The narration was excellent and added to the atmosphere that the book permeated.

The one downside is it will probably be another year before the last instalment of the trilogy.

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  • Ian
  • 08-24-17

bring on the next book

this second book does not disappoint cannot wait for the there book!! R C Bray is once again fantastic

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  • Carl
  • 08-21-17

Worth the wait!!!

Excellent sequel. The series has definitely been worth the wait and I'm really looking forward to the next one....... hopefully not the last :(

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  • T
  • 08-21-17

Excellent foolow up book...

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A great follow up to the first book, possibly not as good a story line, but a very enjoyable listen never the less.

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  • Samuel
  • 08-19-17

Really really enjoyed this book.

I was however devastated to find that book 3 might not be out until mid 2018. Oh well, good things and all that.

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  • Angus B.
  • 08-18-17

not bad at all

I thought the story sounded a bit weak from the description but I like RC Bray's performances and gave it a go
glad I did a very good listen

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  • Kamal
  • 08-15-17

A great second book

This is a great second book in the trilogy. It didn't WOW me like the first one. But the story was still bloody brilliant.

Set ten years after the last book, it does not fail to entertain.

If you liked the first one, you'll like this and it will keep you in the edge of your seat for the third one.

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  • Tilly Hopper
  • 07-20-17

Grid and Courage, Humanity and Humour

Superb. Could not stop listening. Only drawback is the long wait for Part 3! Great will rounded characters negotiating impossible situations with humour and humanity.

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  • Sam Hepton
  • 10-11-17

Another amazing hit!

Hell Divers 2 captures the feeling of the first book perfectly and extends the story even more so! Can't wait for the next book!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-25-17

Hell divers II

This book had me on the edge of my seat the whole way through , the ending has left me hungry for more , has to be one of the best books I've read/listened to in a long time , highly recommend

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  • Kris
  • 08-02-17

Cliff hanger follow up

This book is an awesome follow up to the first book.
The way the author wove the story was brilliant. Just like the first book, this one has me waiting with great excitement for the next in the "Hell Divers" series!!!!

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