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Hell Divers II: Ghosts

The Hell Divers Series, Book 2
Narrated by: R. C. Bray
Series: The Hell Divers Series, Book 2
Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
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The New York Times and USA Today best-selling series

Betrayal and sacrifice in the skies...

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? 

Nicholas Sansbury Smith delivers another heart-pounding thriller in Hell Divers II: Ghosts, the second audiobook in the acclaimed science fiction series. 

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

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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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Great read

Loved it. Felt like I was next to the divers with every step was sad in some parts and some things I didn't expect. The story was unpredictable which I enjoyed.

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an excellent followup

this continued the fast pace set by the first part and along with a solid performance as usual by RC Bray it just kept me engaged from start to finish. On to part III.

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Great Series

Loved the first, the second didn't disappoint. Now straight onto the third.
Love the series so far!

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Absolutely phenomenal

A truly worthy follow up to the first book, building on extremely well set foundations.
Get this book, that’s all you need to know.

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Brilliant

Great book and great follow on from the first! Loved the story and the narrator

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Awesome series

I can’t wait for book 3 - such a brilliant series. I also hope that a series follows this as I love this writer

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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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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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  • 02-08-2017

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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  • Todd (Toad) Vogel
  • 31-07-2017

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!

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  • Michael - Audible Editor
  • 19-07-2017

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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-06-2018

I can only take so many monster fights

Narrator was excellent, the plot was interesting enough to keep me going, but I found myself fast forwarding through the (way too many) creature battle scenes so I could get back to the story.

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  • Robert
  • 21-07-2017

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.

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  • Kindle Reader
  • 18-07-2017

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.

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  • Melissa and Josh
  • 27-07-2017

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.

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  • Linda Durham
  • 31-08-2018

Too Much Gunplay, Not Enough Research

Interesting story, fairly good characters, but the author gets too many little things wrong. Not to mention glaring errors in his own timeline. And the battles are too repetitive to be interesting after the first couple.

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  • crazybatcow
  • 03-08-2018

Yeah, somehow the author pulled it off

I couldn't imagine how the story was continued after book one, but... it was... successfully too.

Do I believe the new captain would be so stupid? Probably... given the state of the world today: people clinging to power, regardless of the repercussions.

It was a struggle, however, to accept the fundamental premise that humankind could survive, genetically, with less than 500 individuals to reproduce, and/or that a "world" with so few survivors would risk the lives of anyone who could pass along their genes. But this struggle existed in book one too... the story here was believable, if you accept this underlying premise.

I will read the next in the series. Narration is very good. There is nothing very graphic.

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  • James
  • 31-08-2017

Good, but felt a little stretched.

If you could sum up Hell Divers II: Ghosts in three words, what would they be?

Top ten narrator!

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

(SPOILER ALERT) The most interesting aspect is the play of the Divers against the Captain. The fact that we don't learn more about X.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Michael, Layla, and Mags show up to save Weaver and Roger from the Siren's nest.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No.

Any additional comments?

I very much enjoyed the first book in this series. I waited and waited for this second book. The narrator, spot on as always! However, the story line seemed a little stretched, like the author was reaching or rushing the content. I feel this book could have been refined a bit, some things expanded on more. Overall, still enjoyed it!

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  • Lilyn G.
  • 23-08-2017

I love the author's imagination!

I have mixed feelings about Ghosts. On one hand, I liked the action and loved hating on the new Captain. On the other hand, there was hardly mention of the one character from the first book that I really liked, most of the story focused around minor characters from it that I didn't particularly care about, and the crazy got old pretty fast. I spent most of my time waiting for the author to get back around to the characters I wanted to hear about, and that just didn't happen. However, I will say the POV choice regarding the Captain, given the issues involved, was a good one.


The Hell Divers series is an interesting one. I love the concept that Nicholas Sansbury Smith created these novels from. A post-apocalyptic Earth is nothing new. But generally humans have migrated to the stars, or they're wandering the earth in small patches. A world where the last remaining humans are floating above the earth in giant airships? Yes, I like this! I want to read more!


Ghosts is a book filled with emotions that run the gamut from obsession to vengeance. The first book left us with a sense of hope for humanity. This one not so much. I suppose there is something to be said from the introduction at the end of the book, but the situation still feels very bleak. Readers can only hope that the author delivers a pulse-pounding return to hope and victory in the final book.


R.C. Bray does a good job narrating Ghosts. While Bray's vocal range isn't very wide, his voice is a pleasant rasp to listen to, and he is able to communicate emotions (particularly sarcasm) clearly. His delivery is well-paced and nicely suited to the science fiction and horror genres.


Overall, Ghosts was a well-written book but it didn't particularly satisfy me. It, like so many other middle-of-the-trilogy books, suffers just a bit because of it's role. I have no doubt that Nicholas Sansbury Smith is going to pull something epic in the final book, though, that will make up for the bridge that Ghosts is. And I can't wait.


Disclaimer: I received a copy of the audio book of Ghosts from Blackstone Audio for review consideration (though I ended up purchasing the Audible version on my own when my CD player crapped out.)

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  • Natalie @ ABookLoversLife
  • 30-05-2018

I devoured this!!

This is book 2, and while I try to stay away from spoilers, I could accidentally spoil something for those who haven't read book 1 yet, so read at your own peril!!

Set 10 years after the last book, this sees everyone aboard the Hive believing that X died, but one man knows the truth and will do anything necessary to keep his secret. The young Tin isn't so young anymore and is now a Hell Diver like his father and X. When Magnolia is though to have found out a devastating secret, she is sent on a mission and ultimately ends up falling to the earth. Michael, aka Tin, and his team mate Rodger believe she is still alive and, despite the objections from the Captain, dive down to find her. Will they survive the wasteland the earth has become?

The ending of book 1 left me with a hole in my heart so I couldn't wait to dive into this straight away!! Once again, the author grabs you from the start and doesn't let go till the bitter end!!! I couldn't read this fast enough, yet I didn't want it to end. My poor, poor heart took a beating with this one! A certain character and what was happening to him had me on the edge of my seat, and when I got to the end of the book, I was cursing the author for not having him in it enough!! But it also made me extra excited for book 3 because I can sorta see where this is going, well it's more that I'm hoping I know where this is going! There's two characters I want to meet each other and I'm hoping and praying they do!! Sorry if that sounds vague but I don't do spoilers!!

This one focuses on Team Raptor. Michael is the head Diver and is doing it to honour his dad. Plus, things are getting pretty bad on the ship and resources are getting thin. The lower decks are seconds away from revolting and the Divers are the only ones who can help. When one of the team, Magnolia, is lost, the Captain sends down a small team to retrieve some much needed power cells that are in the red zone near where she fell. He tells the team that their main priority is to find the equipment and if they have time then they can look for Magnolia. Michael isn't one of the initial ones to go, but he learns something that shocks him to the core and dives down to the earth. Team Raptor set off into the heart of Hell, to find Magnolia and to learn the truth that the captain has kept hidden!

I loved Team Raptor! While I was disappointed that we didn't get to see one of my favourite characters, I still ended up loving all the new ones! Michael has grown into an amazing person. He is brave, strong and fights for what is right, no matter the consequences. Magnolia is as sassy as ever! She is awesome and I'm hoping she realises that there is a certain someone who is perfect for her!! I also loved Rodger. He is quite the character :) Once again, this author excels in the way he develops his characters. They are all relateable and ones you can't help but love. They get under your skin!! Lol. He also writes loathsome bad people. The captain is one of the worst and I hated him!!

In all, this book is non stop! This author is a master storyteller and is firmly on my auto buy list. If you love heart stopping action and adventure, jawdropping secrets and twists, monsters galore and characters that will steal your heart, then this is a series for you!! I highly, highly recommend!! "We dive so humanity survives"

R.C Bray is phenomenal!! I don't think there's any other word to describe him to be honest. The atmosphere... the fear and panic the characters felt, was brought alive with his performance. Every character was clearly defined and had their own tone. He is one of the best, and it shows!!

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  • Mr. M. Mazourov
  • 03-11-2017

poor story line

it felt to me like the author struggled for long term vision for the plot

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  • Mr. R. D. Clarke
  • 02-07-2019

getting better

this story is getting better roll on book 3 hopefully it will not be too long

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  • Aidy
  • 08-06-2019

Book 3 please!

I'm now tearing through this series after letting it sit idle in my library for so long.

Things on the Hive have taken an insidious turn. I'm loving the developing madness taking place on the Hive as it is turned into a flying dictatorship! All to keep the best secret ever exposed on the Hive!

The new Hell Divers introduce great new characters to teams Rapture and Apollo, as they dive back to the surface in search of parts and the truth, it becomes so much more about fuel cells. The writing is great and RC performance will mean you'll finish this book in no time

NSS has set up what I hope will be a great showdown!!

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  • psy_yates
  • 03-06-2019

More Survived Because He Dived

How far will one man go to keep the power, and how far will another man go to survive? A great sequel to the first book which left me eager to see how it would play out

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  • Jason White
  • 05-05-2019

brilliant!!

Thrilling, love it so much, heart racing edge of your seat thriller, starting book three immediately!.

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  • J. Tasker
  • 30-04-2019

Can't get enough.

Love this series. Can't get enough of it. Exciting on the edge of your seat stuff. Love the narrator too, he just brings the books to life.

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  • Lee
  • 16-04-2019

The Hell Divers dive again...

Equally as good as the first in the series if not better. Again we find the divers trying to save the Hive, fight the mutants (we get a bit more background on them) protect one another’s backs and suss out treachery.

The author really makes you feel as though your diving with them and I found myself investing time in this book which should have been used for work but I simply couldn’t switch it off. So now on to book 3 ...

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  • michael w.
  • 28-01-2019

great

great story and always exciting to listen to I can't wait for future stories about the hell divers

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  • John Evans
  • 11-01-2019

fantastic

these books just get better can't wait for book 3.could not put it down again