Narrator: R. C. Bray
Series: The Hell Divers Trilogy #1
Published by Blackstone Audio Inc on 19 July 2016
Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
Source: Author, Submitted
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 Aging and outdated, most of the ships plummeted back to Earth long ago.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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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.
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