Hell Divers

Hell Divers

by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

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Now a USA Today bestseller and New York Times bestselling series

From the bestselling author that brought you the award-winning Extinction Cycle series, comes an all new vision of the apocalypse and the future of humanity.

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 for 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 Aging and outdated, most of the ships plummeted back to earth long ago.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.

"Amazing settings, great characters, the end of the world shouldn't be this much fun!"--Matthew Mather, bestselling author of CyberStorm

"An exciting new take on the end of the world and a thrilling race to survive... Sure to delight fans of survival and post-apocalyptic thrillers." --A.G. Riddle, best-selling author of The Atlantis Gene

"Relentless action and danger in a gritty postapocalyptic world where survival depends on a few brave men and women. Hell Divers is one hell of a page turner!"--Bob Mayer, New York Times bestselling author of the Area 51 series

"An action-packed page-turner...You won't be able to put this book down until the last searing page. And then you'll want the next book."--Mike Shepherd, New York Times bestselling author

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158507625
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Publication date: 07/19/2016
Series: Hell Divers Trilogy Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 357
Sales rank: 30,608
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Nicholas Sansbury Smith is the USA Today bestselling author of the Hell Divers series, the Orbs series, the Trackers series, and the Extinction Cycle series. He worked for Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management in disaster mitigation before switching careers to focus on his one true passion—writing. 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, their dogs, and a house full of books.

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Hell Divers 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Silk-Serif More than 1 year ago
Xavier Rodriguez, the most senior Hell Diver with the most dives survived, has seen almost everything the world could throw at a Hell Diver team, but nothing has prepared him for his most recent jump. It isn’t just the nuclear radiation that could kill them all, but the creatures that X christens Sirens. Sirens are bloodthirsty creatures that have evolved to be impervious to the high levels of radiation that renders Earth uninhabitable. Humanity is not prepared to face creatures made of teeth and speed that particularly seem to enjoy human flesh, but when the Hive is gravely damaged in a storm when attempting to aid the ill-fated sister ship Ares, the Hell Divers have no choice but to visit the most dangerous city on Earth, Hades. Inevitably, it seems, Hades is also monster central. X and his team must rely on Ares Hell Diver Weaver navigated the long forgotten streets of Hades, but can they survive long enough to locate the precious supplies their family and friends above so desperately need? Meanwhile, in the air, a rebellion breaks out among the lower deckers that threatens to ground the Hive for good. The Hive is losing altitude, a social unrest explodes into violence and the Captain struggles to keep the ship from entering a dangerous electrical storm that imperils everyone aboard. Hell Divers is an action packed ride that delivers a gritty and exciting tale about human survival and desperation. Hell Divers is an adrenaline rush with plenty of bullets, life threatening situations and exceptional world building to make a story that is easily immersive. Plus, the Sirens are seriously creepy. When I first read the synopsis of Hell Divers my reaction was “meh”. The story sounded terribly boring and it had hints of steampunk in the mix (I don’t hate steampunk, but it’s not really a preferred genre either). I’m incredibly glad that I decided to request Hell Divers on NetGalley since the synopsis definitely did not do this novel justice. This is a novel that fits the military driven horror mold more so than steampunk dsytopian fantasy that the synopsis initially lead me to believe. Smith delivers plenty of suspense and human interest to develop a plot that is exciting, but also has an undercurrent of social commentary. I mean, lower deckers vs upper deckers, the fall of civilization due to nuclear winter, the importance of history and the lack of knowledge about the “world before”? Whether or not Smith meant it, I definitely loved the various aspects of this novel that could have been discerned as slightly more intellectual in nature. There were a few aspects of Hell Divers that bothered me: The ending was a giant let down for me. Sorry. Also Tin’s acceptance of X was too easy and required a bit more struggle for it to be believable. Finally, the love interest was a character that I repeatedly prayed to the literary gods would die a horrible death because of her history with the main character, but thankfully the romance department is tertiary to the actual plot. I had a positive experience and found Smith’s writing both engrossing and entertaining. I enjoyed the unique take on the usual “end-of-the-world” trope and the use of a multiple story line approach to further develop a world that will only become more interesting as the series continues. I suggest reading Hell Divers because it’s an extremely exceptional change from the usual post-apocalyptic novels. The synopsis does NOT do it justice!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazingly fun! A mix of post apocalypse and a dystopian society. I can see this becoming a movie! Absolutely loved the concept and the well developed characters. A definite must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great new twist to the Dystopian, end of the world style books. Full of fresh ideas, great characters, and if you have read anything else from this Author, you know that the storyline, and plot are all first class as well. Beautiful descriptive writing, that will draw you into the story, and not let you go. Don't start this book, if you don't have some time on your hands.. Because once you do, you will not be able to put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book about a post apocalyptic earth. How the remaining humans survive is creative and I love the characters. It's a thrilling read and kept me on the edge. I can't wait to read the next book! If you like post apocalyptic books and monsters you'll love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another brilliant post apocalyptic story from the author of the extinction cycle. The story pulls you in and keeps you until the end. It really makes you think about our world and what could happen if we forget that we need to take care of it. The characters really show you what we can do as a species if we work together. The depth of the storytelling is absolutely amazing and the details in the work paints a picture in your mind like no other. I look forward to the rest of the series and what is in store for the characters
EmpressReece More than 1 year ago
"Today we dive so humanity survives!" That is the motto of the Hell Divers who risk their lives to dive to the earth's surface to scavenge for parts to keep their last two surviving airships in the air. Pretty cool slogan huh?!! Well that's just a taste of a very amazing book! It was creative and intense and there was never a dull moment. I totally loved the airship setting and the dives to the surface. Smith paints such a vivid picture that I felt like I was transported to another world for a little while. Another thing I loved about the story- there weren't any cheesy love triangles in it. The plot stayed focus on the divers and the survival of the airships. This story really just hit all of the right notes with me and is one of the best books I've read this year. If you like post-apocalyptic stories, then you don't want to miss this one! The author is truly at the top of his game and I can't wait to see what he has planned for the rest of the series! *I received this ARC from NetGalley & Blackstone Publishing in exchange for an honest review! Thank you!
wclan More than 1 year ago
A post apocalyptic book similar to The 100 but with much more action. The story is based around a group of people that call themselves Hell Divers. These people are tasked with parachuting down from the upper atmosphere to earth to collect needed parts and supplies to save humanity. However the divers have now encountered a new threat. Aside from the immense radiation, uncontrollable weather, and a devastated landscape. Dealing with the new threat presents a whole new set of difficulties unlike the HDs have never seen. I went into this book with hesitation. I normally go more for the zombie military end of the world books. This book did not disappoint. Nick does an awesome job developing his characters and giving back stories. I hope that he continues to write in this universe as I am anxious to find out the fate of team raptor!
Proudfoot73 More than 1 year ago
Stand up straight. Suit up. For tonight we dive into Hell! The Gist: Set 250 years after World War 3 has all but decimated humanity, A brave few live on Airships. Surviving on scraps and constantly battling furious storms to keep afloat, They send down to the surface Hell divers so humanity can survive. What works: This is an exceptionally thrilling and well crafted book, the action never lets up. The characters are suitable flawed but with good hearts, we have monsters that prowl the surface, villains and heroes. The author wrote the best selling extinction cycle series and he steps it up several notches with this new exciting book. The book is fast paced but gives you some breathers, the dialogue expertly captures the bleak and haunting nuclear wasteland, I loved the way the author describes what the character's see and feel, it really transported me into the nightmare. When you create a post apocalyptic world it needs to be believable and it totally is. What doesn’t work: I simply can not fault this book, I tried to get pedantic over something but couldn’t. Overall: A perfectly crafted post apocalyptic thrill ride, with plenty of action and military bangs and even a few jump scares. An epic movie in the making, Just call me for the casting. You’ll love it. Hands down one of the best books I’ve had the pleasure of reading. 5 out of 5 stars.
T1F968 More than 1 year ago
Hell Divers is one of the best books I have read in recent years. This book is filled with great action and fully realized characters and was an absolute joy to read. The author has created a variety of characters that are fully realized and make you care about all of their fates. There are characters that represent the lower classes in the air ship as well as more privileged people. The author has created the world so well that I felt I was living the story instead of reading it. This story is a great mixture is dystopia, sci fi, thriller and monster movie. The action is very well drawn and is very tense but the slower parts on the ship are just as riveting. No part of the book was boring in any way. I just found this to be a wonderful story that I read through very quickly. I am excited to read the next book in the series and I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book. It was definitely a different take on the post-apocalyptic genre, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Unique creatures, too. I'm thoroughly looking forward to the sequel.
Anonymous95 More than 1 year ago
Nicholas Sansbury Smith has done it again! This story delivers his distinctive rapid-fire action, powerful characterizations and ingenious new twists on familiar tropes. He has masterfully created not one, but TWO desperate worlds. First is the ravaged earth two hundred fifty years after nuclear holocaust. The other is roughly twenty thousand feet above the planet’s surface in massive dirigibles never designed with long-term human housing in mind. There’s a great deal going on here and it all plays out magnificently. My favorite character, Xavier “X” Rodriguez, is the perfect anti-hero. Self-absorbed. Tormented. Flawed. His skydiving scenes are breathtakingly realistic. Even my husband, who has thousands of jumps under his belt (albeit never into a post-apocalyptic nuclear stew) was very impressed. We both highly recommend this intrepid new series.
Yalonda More than 1 year ago
This is edge of your seat, heart pounding action right here, folks! X marks the spot! The only negative I've got is I have to wait till 2017 for Book 2. It's a dystopian world with nasty, ugly creatures. "We dive, so humanity survives". Get yours today, you'll love it! Mr. Smith once again takes you on a roller coaster ride. :)
alw0830 More than 1 year ago
Another great book by Nicholas Smith! Hell Divers keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering just how can we survive such a hostile and chaotic apocalyptic world. Even the success or failure of the hero is a guessing game since all the rules have changed. A must read.
AMeyers11 More than 1 year ago
Love it! Where's book 2?!?
Doc1949 More than 1 year ago
Hell Divers is everything you will expect from N. S. Smith. A great author with a wonderful imagination.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An imaginatively written story. Full of suspense and unexpected twists. A thoroughly enjoyable read.
Drewano More than 1 year ago
Hell Divers is a interesting look at post apocalyptic life but it wasn’t for me. The plot doesn’t really go anywhere. The majority of the time is spent on the mission to save the Hive but since its meant to be a series I feel like we’re missing much of the overall story and how it will end, which is one of my pet peeves. The flip side is that characters are interesting and engaging and helped rescue the story a bit. I have the next two books in the series, so I’ll move on in the short term but I’m not sure what to expect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
called Hell Divers parachute down to the hell-ish radiation riddled earth from old floating relics of a by gone era that was once used in war times. They dive to the surface to find much needed parts and other supplies to help keep their home floating in the air. However on this particular dive they find more then just much needed parts. Plenty of action and the story keeps moving ata good pace. They dive so that humanity can survive.
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
World War III happened a long time ago. The Earth is now scorched and uninhabitable. The remains of humanity reside is large air ships that are slowly falling apart. Hell Divers are the only hope left. They make dangerous dives to the planet to scour for anything that could be used to keep the ships afloat. It’s a dangerous job. From the moment they jump they have to worry about massive storms. If they make it to the surface without being fried by lightning, they have to worry about the mutant life forms that now call the planet theirs. This had everything I could have hoped for. Real life characters, danger and action leaping off the pages, and some nasty mutant creatures. It’s all presented in strong writing. And I used my imagination and several movies to visualize the story. While I try not too choose a favorite character so I can enjoy them all, one just wouldn’t stop popping into my head. X. Oh, X. How I do love thee! About the ending. Say it isn’t so! I had to know what would happen next and rushed right over to grab the next book. While there, I went ahead and pre-ordered the third book. Let the fun continue.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Steam punkish with mutants.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced with characters that were fun to like or hate and fun story line.
TimothyCWard More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining and unique picture of a post war future. Great audiobook production that kicked off with a fascinating idea of divers who visit the surface to retrieve vital supplies to keep humanity's survivors floating above the destroyed and poisonous remains of our world. I had moments where I wanted to see more of the world below, and that was mostly satisfied by the end. There was a little bit of a let down when I didn't get the adventure on the surface that I thought I was in for, though I enjoyed the personal aspect involved in the sub plots taking place on the ship. I wondered if I liked the main character enough, but by the end I was glad to have read his story. He's not the only one I cared for, so overall a very good story. Great climax that didn't give us an easy out, and added to the emotional impact, as well as my interest reading the next book.
Tazy More than 1 year ago
Dive right into this book, Great story Get a good night’s sleep, keep food and drink handy, start the book on a day off and jump right in. Another book that fascinates. His books never miss the mark. As usual his story line is so well written and his character development makes you feel as if you know them. Way to go Mr Smith, you've done it again
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Glad I puchased this book and just preordered the next book. Very solid writing style and obviously checked for grammar (Thank heavens.) I hope the author revisits the same characters so we can find out what becomes of them in the future. Would also like more explanation regarding the reason for the earth being abandoned and how the mutants developed. Not a thrill a minute read, but did keep my interest!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting and unique story. I enjoyed readind it and i think you will enjoy reading also.