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Hell Divers Audiobook

Hell Divers: The Hell Divers Trilogy, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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 Aging and outdated, most of the ships plummeted back to Earth long ago.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

Narrator Interview: vimeo.com/188195570/ad4a958906

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

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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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ben Allwood 17/04/2017
    Ben Allwood 17/04/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 22/12/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "Can't wait for book 2"

    This is a great story, well narrated. The storyline has good pace with plenty of tension. The imagery is immersive and the characters engaging. R.C. Bray knocks it out of the park, again.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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 !!!

    1 of 11 people found this review helpful
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  • Jim "The Impatient"
    Springfield, MO, United States
    2/02/17
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    "GUINEA PIG MEAT"

    I DON'T KNOW WHAT I SAW, BUT I DON'T EVER WANT TO SEE IT AGAIN
    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.

    WHAT ARE THOSE MUTANT F'S DIGGING FOR?
    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.

    Bray
    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.

    118 of 127 people found this review helpful
  • LetsTalkNerd
    16/01/17
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    "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.

    46 of 58 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    91 of 118 people found this review helpful
  • Marc B
    17/07/17
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    "What a Thrill Ride!"
    Any additional comments?

    Man I really ended up enjoying this book. The idea behind this book is fantastic, and the overall story and performance really exceeded my expectations. The book starts off in a sprint, and really pulls you into the story with mystery and action. The A story line is so good. Then as the book develops characters, the B, C and D story lines are also really good. At first, I didn't really care for some of the slower character progression, but boy am I glad I stuck it out. Weaver and Tin ended up being my 2 favorite characters in the book. <br/><br/>Not giving any spoilers, but I loved the ending of the book. I can't wait to jump into the sequel. I'll probably even run through the original again, it was that good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • AudioBook Reviewer
    Madison, WI, United States
    14/12/16
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    "Smith did not fail to deliver"

    The earth as we know and loved it has been nearly destroyed by humans.  Floating above the clouds and well above the radiation levels, two airships – Ares and The Hive contain the only living humans.  All others are gone, fallen to the earth in crashes leaving no survivors.  All too often, the airships need supplies that only the war-ravaged and nearly destroyed earth can provide – parts to maintain the ships.

    The ships are self-sufficient, crowded and depending on who you are – life can be pleasant or hellish.  Not only does The Hive have to attempt a rescue mission over Hades (a particularly deadly area of the world) but their ship is falling into ruin.  Hell divers are the men and women who dive from the airships and fall to the earth to scavenge what the ship needs to stay afloat.  X is one of the best but he carries so much baggage that one wonders if he still has it in him.

    Action packed, X and his crew must find the necessary parts to keep their ship afloat while the captain faces her own difficulties.  Residents are recruited younger and younger to be engineers, hell divers and more – there is no childhood anymore!  Diving to the  planet from the airship, is dangerous given the electrical storms and other conditions that mother nature throws their way.  While on the planet, X not only loses his best friend and becomes a surrogate father but he comes face to face with deadly vicious monsters that have mutated into unspeakable horrors that enjoy human flesh.  The Hive must fly, X must return with the needed supplies and the human race must survive – but is it too late?

    Nicholas Sansbury Smith brings the injustices of society, mistakes, and fallacies of humans to the forefront and mixes in unimaginable monsters with razor-sharp nails and teeth.

    I thoroughly enjoyed Smith’s Extinction series so I was looking forward to this series with anticipation and excitement.  Smith did not fail to deliver – Hell Divers is an exciting action packed book that is well written and developed fully.  Rich in detail, the characters are fully developed along with the plot.  Everything moves together – in a fluid-like manner leaving no questions or holes.

    Smith is a rare and unique story-teller; one that can grow a story into a very skillful piece of writing capturing the audience’s attention and interest.

    R.C. Bray, narrator performs this oral narration perfectly.  He captures the roughness and personality of each person; he plays his voice as if it were a musical instrument – concise and with the correct tone inflections and emotion.  He embraces the book and allows the book and its characters to shine.

    If you enjoy action and well-written stories of the apocalypse, then don’t miss out on this one.  It is riveting!

    There were no issues with the audio production or quality.

    Audiobook was provided for review by the author.

    Please find this complete review and many others at my review blog

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    63 of 84 people found this review helpful
  • Colin
    atascadero, CA, United States
    28/12/16
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    "Great but hard to swallow"

    Well written, good character development and an excellent narrator; what this booked lacked to become a 5 star listen was a glimmer of hope! Well, that and the secondary characters feel pretty flimsy. I'm not one to need my books to have a storybook endings but some hint of a possible future would go a long way to making it feel like this story has somewhere to go.

    23 of 33 people found this review helpful
  • David
    4/08/17
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    "Unique take on post apocalyptic fiction"

    I will start by saying this is another post apocalyptic book. Given that, it is safe to make some assumptions about what you are going to get. However, I will say the author has added some variables and some characters that will attach you to the story.

    Sometimes it can be hard to attach to characters because a story has to many or because they are not memorable. I did not have that problem with this book. By the end I could not stop listening because I had to know what happens to the characters not because I simply wanted to finish the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • BSW
    Ontario
    31/07/17
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    "Fun despite being full totally implausible things"
    If you could sum up Hell Divers in three words, what would they be?

    Just a good gun and guts romp through a made up apocalypse.

    Those who insist on accurate physics etc.. will be annoyed, but if you just want an entertaining book, this will definitely do the job.


    Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Standard RC Bray, which is always good


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

    Resident evil with gryo-zepplins


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Catherine
    Travel Nurse
    31/07/17
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    "Blown away"
    What did you love best about Hell Divers?

    This story just sucked me in and wouldn't let go


    What did you like best about this story?

    The world building was complete and the charters were interesting


    Any additional comments?

    I kept putting off getting this book, was very unsure about the story line. Sorry I waited so long

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas
    1/03/17
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    "wow.. just wow"

    This is the first book from Nicolas Sansbury Smith and it was absolutely amazing. I started this book the night of Feb 28th, and could not stop listening. it drew me in and made me want to know what was happening next to X, or to Tin. I don't believe I can wait to find out what happens next so the second book is a must after finishing this one. but overall I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the post apocalypse genre.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Danai
    7/09/16
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    "Average"

    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)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stewart
    Scotland
    4/08/17
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    "Hell No"

    I've never reviewed an audiobook other than the standard star system but with this one I felt the need to share my thoughts.

    Good god, this book was boring. Despite its exciting premise Hell Divers never manages to grip you, the first chapter really sets the tone for the rest of the book; clichéd and cringe worthy. For starters the main character is literally called "X" for well over 90% of the book. That's his name, I'm honestly being serious, unless of course on a mission where he prefers to be referred to as Commander X.

    Once you get over that edgy hurdle you then come to the dialogue which has a flair of 80s action movie to it. Now, 80s action dialogue I can handle with just the right amount of cheese and self deprecation but this book takes itself way too seriously which unfortunately sucks all the tension out of scenarios and replacing it with a few audible groans of despair. None of the dialogue is really good and the characters saying said dialogue are all flat, boring and for the most part unlikeable. I didn't enjoy any of the characters in this book, nothing they said connected with me and nothing they did excited me.

    The worst part about this book is there are some good ideas hidden away behind all the tropes but the execution sucked. How the hell this book was sitting with five stars when I spent my credit on it is a mystery to me so take my advice, don't waste your time or money on this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • BambooWand
    2/04/17
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    "Clichéd and predictable"

    Nothing new here. All the characters are basic caricatures. The monsters are generic. The language is repetitive, with tongues being repeatedly bitten, and blood repeatedly steaming from one hole or another. Even the characters die in the same way. The kind of story you would expect from a 14 year old. Despite this it had exciting moments, but it was far from great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • John
    Scotland
    20/12/16
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    "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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 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.


    5 of 7 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.

    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.

    7 of 11 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.

    2 of 3 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

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Soldado
    14/09/16
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    "HELL IF A BOOK"

    Hell Divers is a hell of a book. Nicholas imagination has no limit!
    If you enjoy post-apocalyptic thrilling books, then this one is for you!
    RC Bray is a fantastic narrator who will drag you along with his unique voice.
    I can't wait for book 2 to come out!!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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