My Monday Minis #34 ~ Hell Divers!

Posted: January 1, 2018 in apocalypse, reviews, Science Fiction
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Welcome to my Monday Minis where I share shorter reviews of books I’ve read.

It’s a new year and it was an easy pick on which book would be my first review for 2018. It’s actually two books from the Hell Divers Series by Nicholas Sansbury Smith.

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Hell Divers #1

by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

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Genre: Science Fiction / Post Apocalyptic

My Review

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.

5 Stars

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Synopsis

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 Aging and outdated, most of the ships plummeted back to earth long ago. Enter the Hell Divers—men and women who risk their lives by diving to the surface to scavenge for parts that keep their homes in the air. When one of the two surviving 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.

Amazon / B&N / Audible

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Hell Divers #2

Ghosts

by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

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Genre: Science Fiction / Post Apocalyptic

My Review

After the ending for the first book, which nearly killed me, I was clapping my hands in stupid glee when I read the beginning for this second book. I got all silly, talking out loud to myself about how good this was going to be.

It’s many years later and there’s some new divers in town. They don’t have much of a life expectancy and recruits are always needed. When disaster strikes the sister ship and a risky rescue is attempted, no one could have foreseen what was to come. The conspiracies that would be revealed. The secrets kept. And…what horrors waited below, on the surface.

Man, I hope they make these books into movies. They are freakin fantastic. Action explodes off the pages. Creepy things scare the crap out of you. Suspense has you chewing your fingernails. And the character’s grab hold of you and won’t let go.

Is this book as good as the first one? Hell yes! And I’ve already pre-ordered the third one. Now waiting anxiously for it to be released. Stay tuned.

5 Stars

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Synopsis

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?

Amazon / B&N / Audible

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And coming this summer 2018!

Warning: Contains spoilers from the other books. Read on only if you’ve read the other books.

Hell Divers #3

Deliverance

by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

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Genre: Science Fiction / Post Apocalyptic

Synopsis

They will dive, but will humanity survive?

Left for dead on the nightmarish surface of the planet, Commander Michael Everhart and his team of Hell Divers barely escape with their lives aboard a new airship called Deliverance. After learning that Xavier ”X” Rodriguez may still be alive, they mount a rescue mission for the long-lost hero.

In the skies, the Hive is falling apart, but Captain Jordan is more determined than ever to keep humanity in their outdated lifeboat. He will do whatever it takes to keep the ship in the air — even murder. But when he learns the Hell Divers he exiled have found Deliverance, he changes course for a new mission — find the divers, kill them, and make their new ship his own.

In the third installment of the USA Today bestselling Hell Divers series, Michael and his fellow divers fight across the mutated landscape in search of X. But what they find will change everything

Pre-Order Links

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Comments
  1. Hell Divers is on my must read list for this year. I love the author’s zombie series so I need to read this and the first book in the Trackers series!

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I’ve ordered the first book in both of those other series. Knowing what you like, I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy this series.

  2. So glad you loved it! I completely agree about the realistic characters, the action leaping off the pages, the strong writing. And I was also so happy when I started the second book! Can’t wait for the third one!

  3. I had never heard of these, and suddenly everyone’s raving about them! Guess I really need to read them!!

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I came across them recently on some firend’s blogs and boy they were right. This series is killer! I’d love to see these as movies.

  4. So many of my blogging friends love this series and now I can add you to the list. I own the first one so I guess there’s no excuse. So glad you like them!

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I think part of the thrill with these was visualizing the scenes. Had lots of shows and movies to draw from. And the characters. Some good ones! Can’t wait to hear what you think, Barb!

  5. Met this author at a convention and got an autograph of the first book, only thing I remember is that he didn’t really seem very interested to be there signing his book. Never have gotten around to reading it either…lol.

    • fuonlyknew says:

      That’s too bad. You’d think an author would be thrilled to have people wanting their book signed. This is a terrific series.

  6. HI! This does look like a terrific series! Totally new to me!

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I’m so glad I bit the bullet and bought these. It’s not often I spend a lot on an ebook but it’s money well spent.

  7. Lelia T says:

    Gonna have to go get the audios on these 😉

  8. Daniela Ark says:

    isn’t this series SUPERB???!!!! OMG He;; Diver III cover is out already??? I LOVE IT!!!

  9. Daniela Ark says:

    I had to skip the blurb. I DON’T WANT TO KNOW ANYTHING!!! LOL

    • fuonlyknew says:

      LOL I can’t wait for the third book. I pre-ordered it but will be a while before its released!

  10. Guess you loved em. They do look good.