Now a USA Today bestseller and a New York Times bestselling series
From the bestselling author that brought you the award-winning Extinction Cycle series, comes an all new vision of the apocalypse and the future of humanity.
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 Aging and outdated, most of the ships plummeted back to earth long ago. 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.
“Amazing settings, great characters, the end of the world shouldn’t be this much fun!”—Matthew Mather, author of CyberStorm
“An exciting new take on the end of the world and a thrilling race to survive… Sure to delight fans of survival and post-apocalyptic thrillers.” —A.G. Riddle, author of The Atlantis Gene
“Relentless action and danger in a gritty postapocalyptic world where survival depends on a few brave men and women. Hell Divers is one hell of a page turner!”—Bob Mayer, New York Times bestselling author of the Area 51 series
“An action-packed page-turner…You won’t be able to put this book down until the last searing page.”—Mike Shepherd, New York Times bestselling author
“A terrific blend of high-concept and wild action…A must for fans of smart postapocalyptic storytelling.”—Sam Sisavath, author of the Purge of Babylon series
“Hugh Howey meets Michael Crichton in Nicholas Smith’s latest post-apocalyptic thriller…Smith dominates the post-apocalyptic genre with this riveting, nail-biting adventure that will grip you from the first chapter.”—E. E. Giorgi, author of Gene Cards
In Smith's (Orbs) underwhelming post-apocalyptic series opener, the last surviving humans live in two giant airships circling a radioactive Earth. The implausibility of the situation is only increased by the introduction of the Hell Divers, who jump to the surface to scavenge for supplies and send them back up to the ships. When seasoned diver Xavier "X" Rodriguez encounters a new breed of monster, the increasingly necessary dives become even more dangerous, just as the second ship, the Ares, is badly damaged in an electrical storm. On board X's ship, the Hive, class tensions are coming to a head as lowerdeckers fight for equality. Exposition dumps, stilted dialogue, and sentimentality in place of character development make it hard to find a reason to keep reading, but military SF readers and fans of The Last Ship will find enjoyment in familiar ground. Random digressions into religion and philosophy further confuse the narrative, and toward the end, it starts to feel like a video game with complicated win conditions.
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A good tale, well written.
Hell Divers After the Apocalypse
I had a hard time putting this book down! The action is crazy and keeps coming. The characters are fallible humans with limitless courage and determination. The setting is truly unique and intriguing. You’ll love it!
A Pleasant Surprise
Unusually well crafted for this genre. I’m seriously impressed. All too often you’re forced to put up with some rough edges in dialogue, plot, even basic logic for sake of a good idea. Not here. It’s obvious the hard work didn’t stop at the creative process. Some seriously good edit work made for a polished enjoyable read. This author has become a favorite.