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Hell Divers Audiobook

Hell Divers: The Hell Divers Trilogy, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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 Aging and outdated, most of the ships plummeted back to Earth long ago.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

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

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    Ian F 25/11/2016
    Ian F 25/11/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "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 !!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gerri 25/09/2016
    Gerri 25/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Beth
    Pasco, WA, United States
    5/08/16
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    "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.

    22 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    15/10/16
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    "Good premise"

    This story had a good premise and set up great world but the story loses substance about half way through. And the ending is formulaic and predictable. The set up of the secondary stories within were pretty weak.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jazzi
    Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
    5/09/16
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    "A Book Worthy of High Praise"
    Any additional comments?

    I knew going in Hell Divers would be okay because RC Bray is the narrator. My expectations were exceeded within the first fifteen minutes. Nicholas Sansbury Smith kept the pace moderately fast to edge of your seat nail-biting warp speed. What a ride! The only reason why I didn't rate this audio production a five is because you can clearly tell there was an effort to edit out some of the profanity. Thankfully, this was only mildly annoying. I understand kids are listening to this book. However, if the author dropped the F bomb in the book, I want to hear that explosion in the narration as well. Otherwise, Hell Divers is a total 10! I am eagerly awaiting book 2!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • EBLy
    Walterboro, SC, US
    19/08/16
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    "Loved it!"
    If you could sum up Hell Divers in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, different, well-written.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hell Divers?

    The way the writer describes the creatures is so well done, they gave me the creeps.


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

    Probably nothing because I prefer to read over listening. He was really good, though.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Earth is uninhabitable and only Hell Divers can save mankind.


    Any additional comments?

    Exceptionally well-written. Perfectly descriptive of existing conditions and characters without over doing it. Can't wait for the next book!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Theresa
    Wainwright, Alberta, Canada
    6/08/16
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    "Newbe winner!"

    What a great book to listen to for a newbe to this genre. I have a 'crush' on R.C.Bray's voice , I could listen to him all day! Great voice and inflections and like I said, I could listen to him all day. The book was a great listen for this first timer and I enjoyed the story line, some of you may not agree with me and thats fine, every person has thier own likes and this is one quite a few will like. I am now eagerly awaiting the next book, I wish this one had of ended differently, makes me curious though as to what is going to happen. Captain Ash just may have...............read it!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Senora Maven
    Houston, TX
    21/07/16
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    "I'm Hooked Big Time!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Hell Divers to be better than the print version?

    I love audio books. RC Bray is one of my favorite authors so I don't see how the written version could surpass the audio. Loved it!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hell Divers?

    There were a couple. The dives in general were very dramatic and easy to picture in my mind. I also loved/hated the ending. I have to wait till the next book to find out how it really ends. Ugh!


    Which character – as performed by R. C. Bray – was your favorite?

    Tin was my favorite. A survivor through and through. Big things in his future for sure.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was on the edge the whole time I listened to this book. The pace is electric and suspenseful.


    Any additional comments?

    The post apocalyptic genre is pretty common but this was a fresh take on it. I loved the concept and looked forward to this book more than chocolate! The cover art is great too.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Joel
    WELLS, ME, United States
    9/09/16
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    "Standard fare"

    Nothing surprising about this book. If you listen a lot then you know how it is when your minds drifts for a couple of minutes, and you have to rewind to make sure nothing was missed. Well, I didn't have to rewind while listening to this book. Not because my mind didn't drift, but because I knew there was nothing to worry about.
    True "airport fiction".

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Michael R Naval
    23/07/16
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    "Start of a great series?"

    Reading this book was a hell of a ride.Fast paced and full of action, I can't wait for the next installment.

    Combining the plot of a post apocalyptic world filled with monsters and heroes who sacrifice their lives so the rest of humanity can continue living was a great story.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Josh
    23/07/16
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    "Serious Metro 2033 vibes"
    Where does Hell Divers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Hell Divers ranks very high amongst the best of the chewy action sci-fi books I have enjoyed. Direct comparison would be an American Metro 2033. Post nuclear apocalypse, monsters, and the manliest BAMFs ever. R.C. Bray is great.


    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Bill Bucket
    23/09/16
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    "Predictable disposable sci-fi"

    This is a formulaic and instantly forgettable book. There seems to be a willful ignorance of science in order to advance the story.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • Mr. J. M. Young
    England
    21/10/16
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    "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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    Lincoln
    21/07/16
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    "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.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Kamal
    9/11/16
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    "What a pleasant surprise."

    I downloaded this book mainly because RC Bray was reading it. As a result, I expected to be okay at best. However, never have I ever been so glad to be wrong.

    It was a great book. Really entertaining and over before I knew it. Leaving me feeling a whirlwind of emotions like any good book should.

    Really looking forward to the next instalment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    8/11/16
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    "Awesome ! Bring on book 2"
    Where does Hell Divers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Hell divers ranks 2nd on the books that I have read so far


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    X was definitely my favorite character for sure ! Alex came close with his evil attitude


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

    Every single book I have listened to has been by R. C. Bray, I have tried to listen to other narrators however I just cannot get into their voice. He does it perfectly


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The scale and magnitude of Chi-Cago being the way it is now is awesome and being able to imagine it is breathtaking


    Any additional comments?

    Absolutely an awesome book. Couldn't have asked for a better listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mike D.
    27/10/16
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    "Not what I was hoping for..."

    Given some of the 5 star reviews posted for this, I was expecting a lot more from this audiobook.

    Sadly, I felt that it was an average story, with an average performance. Nothing special or compelling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jim
    22/10/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ashley
    30/09/16
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    "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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helen H.
    24/09/16
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    "Great story, great pace, great characters"
    Would you listen to Hell Divers again? Why?

    Yes, just before I read the sequel, due in 2017


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    'X'. Floored but courageous and decent. In some ways a typical all American hero, but never lapsing into stereotype and always likable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • violet_rayne
    22/09/16
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    "OMFG!!!!!! Buy this book!!!!"

    Simply amazing. I'm funny with new authors but i took a chance. Sooo glad I did. This was fast paced beginning to end. Action packed and really enjoyable. I'm not going to repeat the blurb for you. However I'd never heard of Nicholas Sansbury Smith before. After I finished listening to helldivers (audible) I went out and bought it hardback. I've also bought via kindle the orb series, extinction cycle 1-5 and pre ordered book 6. Brilliant author, up there in my top 5. Cannot wait for Helldivers: Ghosts.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kathryn Booker
    Hassocks, West Sussex United Kingdom
    19/09/16
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    "Brilliant!!!"

    An incredible concept, superbly written. Something completely new that will keep you gripped from start to finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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