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Hell Divers: The Hell Divers Series, Book 1 (utgåvan 2016)

av Nicholas Sansbury Smith (Författare)

Serier: Hell Divers (1)

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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 Aging and outdated, most of the ships plummeted back to earth long ago.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 things keeping the two surviving lifeboats in the sky are Hell Divers-men and women who risk their lives by skydiving 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 far worse than the mutated creatures discovered on dives in the past-something that threatens the fragile future of humanity.… (mer)
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Titel:Hell Divers: The Hell Divers Series, Book 1
Författare:Nicholas Sansbury Smith (Författare)
Info:Blackstone Audio, Inc. (2016)
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Everything is constantly the worst it could possibly be. There is no rising tension because the book starts at 100% and then stays there until the end. It's boring. I gave up with less than 30 pages remaining. I don't care how it ends. ( )
  jamestomasino | Sep 11, 2021 |
"We dive so humanity survives!"

I would rather die in World War III than to live in Hell Divers world. ( )
  xKayx | Dec 14, 2020 |
“Hell Divers” is a gritty, intense, violent, action-packed, post-apocalyptic thriller. It takes place 250 years after humanity bombed themselves to the point of extinction. The survivors took refuge in the same huge airships that dropped the bombs. Now there are only two left.

“The Hive” is one of them. Over-crowded and under-maintained, it carries more than 500 people, clinging grimly to life and hoping to find somewhere to land where the surface radiation and the storms won’t kill them.

“The Hive” is kept in the sky by teams of Hell Divers who scavenge parts and power cells from the surface. Their moto is, “We dive so humanity survives”. The average Hell Diver lives for fifteen dives before their luck runs our.

“Hell Divers” is strong on duty, sacrifice and a stubborn determination not to let the human race become extinct. The price is high and the people paying it are far from perfect: addicted to the adrenlin high of diving, haunted by their dead, seeking respite in drink and drugs. What they do is heroic but they are believably and engagingly human.

“Hell Divers” is a cinematic book, described in a way that enabled me to be RIGHT THERE when anything was happening and in this book, something was always happening. From the first page, I could see the interior of “The Hive” and immerse myself in its shabby, decaying, poorly-lit, claustrophobic atmosphere. “Hell Divers” has “Make Me Into A High Budget TV Series” written all over it. I could see how the lighting would work and the angle of the shots. It’s completely absorbing.

I won’t go into the plot other than to say that things are bad when the book starts and get progressively worse. Nicholas Sansbury Smith keeps tightening the tension with the inexorablity of a sadist using a thumbscrew. He moves smoothly between the story lines of different groups of characters and rings out every ounce of emotion from the incessant need for sacrifice and struggle.

R.C: Bray was the perfect choice as the narrator. His rugged voice and intense delivery grabbed me by the arm and dragged me through the fights and the deaths, the impossible odds and absence of good choices.

If you’re in the mood for an original thriller, tinged with military ethics, offset by human fraility and fear, you’ll love this book.

“Hell Divers” is book one of a trilogy. Book two comes out in July. My copy is pre-ordered. ( )
  MikeFinnFiction | May 16, 2020 |
I received this book from NetGalley and Blackstone Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

I have no trouble admitting my weakness for post-apocalyptic scenarios (I can lay the blame on Stephen King’s The Stand for this…), so when I saw the synopsis for this novel I was immediately interested: the Earth surface has become uninhabitable after being ravaged by nuclear explosions in World War III, and what remains of humanity dwells on huge airships that have been transformed from instruments of death into arks in which the last survivors barely hang on through increasing difficulties. The ships are old, overcrowded; supplies and foodstuffs are never enough to satisfy everyone’s needs; and the vessels require constant maintenance, achieved through scavenging runs operated by the titular Hell Divers.

These are men and women who dare the dangerous descent toward the radiation-riddled surface in search of spare parts or fuel cells in the abandoned pre-war depots: first they glide down to the surface braving constant electrical storms generated by the massive nuclear explosions of the war, then they have to scour the land for the needed supplies, trying to avoid the dangers and pitfalls on the ravaged ground, the broken-down cities and the hot zones where radiation still runs rampant. As the story opens, a new threat is added to an already terrifying scenario: nightmarish creatures, the result of radiation-induced mutations, prey on the Hell Divers and their already dwindling numbers, adding a new level of hazard to a mortally dangerous profession.

The average life expectancy for a Hell Diver is fifteen runs, but the main character Xavier Rodriguez (simply called “X”) is a veteran with almost a hundred drops under his belt: disillusioned and despondent, he lives only for the scavenging missions, knowing that each one can be his last but apparently not caring either way. He lost his wife to cancer – a common occurrence on the ships, since the residual radiation cannot be shielded with one-hundred percent success, even far above ground – and he feels no anchor to the pitiful remnant of humanity living aboard the Hive, his days spent, like most of his fellow divers, on scavenging missions and the wild drinking bouts in-between each one.

With only two ships remaining afloat – Xavier’s own Hive and the Ares – humanity stands on the brink of extinction, and when Ares suffers a terminal breakdown and crashes to the ground, only X and the remaining Hell Divers stand between this same fate for Hive and the remote possibility of finally finding a landing place where try and rebuild some sort of civilization.

The picture painted in this premise is quite grim, and the most riveting part of the novel resides in the bleakness of the situation and the way in which human society – or what’s left of it – has adapted to the new living conditions: space aboard the ships is at a premium, and a good portion of it is devoted to raising crops and livestock to feed the survivors. Social differences have transcended color and gender and veered toward usefulness to the ship: engineers and farmers are among the privileged, right after the crew members and the Hell Divers, of course. All the others are relegated to the cramped spaces of Below Deck, where illness, malnutrition and resentment run rampant, and where the more industrious manage to eke out a slightly better life through the sale of black market goods or straightforward crime.

Conditions on the ground are even worse: under the constant cover of roiling black clouds, where electrical storms rage in waves and the sun never shines through, the land is covered by the ice of nuclear winter; rubble and the remnants of once-proud skyscrapers dot the landscape and offer a perfect breeding and hiding ground to the Sirens: blind and hungry creatures gifted with razor teeth and an unerring sense for prey – the evolution of some hardy animal or perhaps of those humans who did non perish immediately after the holocaust.

It’s on this unforgiving background that the story develops, starting without preamble with a fateful dive and from there expanding the focus to humanity’s overall situation: it’s a quick, immersive story that captures your attention and keeps it there, with almost no space for a breather. This is more of an action-driven novel, which means that deeper characterization is sacrificed on the altar of pacing and narrative speed: on the plus side, this allows for an almost cinematic quality to the storytelling – and this would indeed make for a great movie with breath-taking visuals, where the Hell Divers’ descent through the cloud layer could work as an amazing opener, and the scenes of the attacking Sirens offer several nerve-wracking moments. Still, I would have liked something more from the characters, that at times tend to be more tropes than people: the disillusioned veteran, the beleaguered captain, the former thief-turned-diver who finds a new meaning in life, and so on. A few events seem a little too convenient as well, like the young orphan who finds himself in Xavier’s care and goes from grieving, sullen silence to affectionate acceptance almost overnight with no visible progression.

Nonetheless, these are simply personal issues and the fact remains that Hell Divers is an engaging story that holds one’s attention from start to finish and will certainly satisfy the readers’ need for adventure in a post-apocalyptic scenario. The kind of book that can keep you awake till the small hours…


Originally posted at SPACE and SORCERY BLOG ( )
  SpaceandSorcery | Dec 25, 2018 |
I am an avid fan of interesting and different post-apocalypse fiction. I also love sci-fi stories that have to do with airships. Good monster tales are also right up my alley. When I was strolling in one of my favorite local bookstores and found Hell Divers, I was ecstatic to find all three in one, with the promise of a new series to boot. I had never heard of the author Nicholas Sansbury-Smith and enjoy trying new writers. All I can say is that I was not only not disappointed, I was in awe. What a wonderfully crafted sci-fi story that has it all. The concept of skydivers diving from airships in the future after a nuclear war was beyond cool.

After an apocalypse from nuclear bombs nearly wipes out all of civilization on planet earth, the remaining survivors live aboard two airships. They dive to survive, they dive for supplies. Diving through intense lightning storms like we've never imagined possible, the Hell Divers need to repetitively dive to the earth's surface through radiation and lighting in order to find any remaining food that is not contaminated, and to search for parts that will keep the aging airships afloat. The Hell Divers, and all other human inhabitants, have lived aboard these flying death ships for over two hundred years. People are dying from radiation, and food is scarce leaving hunger a serious problem. Medical supplies are limited and parts to repair airships are not plentiful.

When one of the airships is damaged and crashes down in a storm, the divers must once again jump into hell to see if there are survivors or if not, parts to claim for their own ship, sad as that is. They must jump into the earth zone they call Hades, the most treacherous and highly radiated area on the planet. But once there, they find more than they could bargain for in the shapes of deadly creatures ready to kill.

Roller Coaster ride action, greatly developed characters that seem realistic, cool futuristic high tech gadgets and very very scary monsters had this reader glued to each page and then couldn't wait for book two. I devoured this in one sitting and totally loved it. 5 stars! More please! ( )
  vernefan | Nov 24, 2018 |
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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 things keeping the two surviving lifeboats in the sky are Hell Divers-men and women who risk their lives by skydiving 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 far worse than the mutated creatures discovered on dives in the past-something that threatens the fragile future of humanity.

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