- Hardcover: 338 pages
- Publisher: Blackstone Publishing; Unabridged edition (7 May 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1982561262
- ISBN-13: 978-1982561260
- Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.3 x 23.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 644 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
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Hell Divers V: Captives (Hell Divers Series, Book 5) Hardcover – Unabridged, 7 May 2019
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About the Author
Nicholas Sansbury Smith is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Hell Divers series. His other work includes the Extinction Cycle series, the Trackers series, and the Orbs series. He worked for Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management in disaster planning and mitigation before switching careers to focus on his one true passion -- writing. When he isn't writing or daydreaming about the apocalypse, he enjoys running, biking, spending time with his family, and traveling the world. He is an Ironman triathlete and lives in Iowa with his wife, their dogs, and a house full of books.
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The Hell Divers Series
A Postapocalyptic Earth
Two hundred and fifty years after World War III went nuclear, the surface of the planet is still uninhabitable. Devastating weapons left behind a barren, radioactive wasteland. Electrical storms block out the sun, and cities have been reclaimed by nature. No one remembers how the war started, or why, but the survivors living in the sky have seen the aftermath and know the truth—there’s no returning to the surface any time soon.
“If this was turned into a movie, I’d be there on opening night.” — Scott Sigler, New York Times bestselling author
What remains of humankind exists on two massive flying airships: the Hive and Ares. The ships circle the globe, the crews tirelessly searching for areas to raid on the ground and holding out hope that someday they will find a habitable place to set down.
Betrayal and sacrifice in the skies...
On the Hive, there is tension among the lower decks, where the passengers face starvation and disease. A militia is tasked with keeping order, but growing unrest threatens the fragile peace.
The Hell Divers
They dive so humanity survives...
Hell Divers are the courageous few that accept the dangerous duty of sky diving to the surface, where they search for the parts essential to keeping their floating homes in the air. After diving twenty thousand feet through electrical storms, they face further danger as they navigate the deadly ruins of civilization, in order to save what’s left of humanity and recover fuel so desperately needed by the airships.
The surface is a deadly place, but the Hell Divers think they are trained for anything—until they encounter a threat no one has survived to describe. In a race against time, the Hell Diver teams must fight their way across the surface and uncover mysteries from the past. The very future of the human race will depend on their bravery.
“I couldn’t stop reading.” — Orson Scott Card, New York Times bestselling author
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They use brave Hell Divers to retrieve power sources, medical supplies and technological items.
Finally they find an area on the surface of the earth on which the first living humans are discovered. It is not on land but on the “Metal Islands”. There are perhaps thousands of people living in sunshine and good weather. The “Sky People” want to join them and live on the Metal Islands till they find out more about the people that call themselves the Cazadors.
Their leader is a maniac serial killer and the Cazadors are cannibals. They scour the earth to find other small groups of humans to use as slaves, or food…….
Nicolas Sansbury Smith has become the best writer of horror and of Sci-Fi drama. This book is one of his best. Every story he writes tends to get better and better. I view his talent as the new Stephen King or the new Dean Koontz. His books, in my opinion, are every bit as good as the top writers of this genre and I enjoy his stories a lot. I find them scary and entertaining!
And, as always, I will be buying this book when it comes out because I want to support this author.
April 29, 2019:
I just finished re-reading HELL DIVERS V and what an adventure it was. This is one of my favorite series by author Smith. 260 years in the future after World War III decimated the world, there's finally a glimmer of hope for the survivors who we've followed in the series who live in a huge airship high in the sky.
There's talk of Metal Islands in an uncontaminated area of the ocean where the sun actually shines. A prior team of Hell Divers went to investigate and are now missing.
Non-stop action, human cruelty, human bravery and the possibility that after 260 years their search might be over - but at what cost?
This is my favorite of this series so far and that's saying a lot. One thing I truly appreciate about author Smith he writes quickly. I've already pre-ordered HELL DIVERS VI due out in November 2019. And of course I've pre-ordered HELL DIVERS V even though I get Advanced Reading Copies of his books but this is definitely an author I want to support.
I received an Advanced Reading Copy of this book from Blackstone Publishing and Edelweiss in the hopes that I would read the book and leave an unbiased review. No problem there.
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