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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 Aging and outdated, most of the ships plummeted back to Earth long ago.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.
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©2016 Nicholas Sansbury Smith (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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By Jim "The Impatient" on 02-02-17


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.

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.

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.

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By LetsTalkNerd on 01-16-17

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.

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By Danai on 09-07-16


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)

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By John on 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.

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By Gerri on 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.

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By Ben Allwood on 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.

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