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Hell Divers II: Ghosts

The Hell Divers Series, Book 2
Narrated by: R. C. Bray
Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times and USA Today best-selling series

Betrayal and sacrifice in the skies...

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? 

Nicholas Sansbury Smith delivers another heart-pounding thriller in Hell Divers II: Ghosts, the second audiobook in the acclaimed science fiction series. 

©2017 Nicholas Sansbury Smith (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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loving the series soo far

this is a great series just as good as expeditionary force, the whole series. amen

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Fallout meets Resident Evil

This was a great book that kept me enthralled.

R.C. Bray is a phenomenal narrator and I tend to gravitate towards the books he reads. In that respect it has opened up a whole new set of literary genres that I normally wouldn't be interested in.

The Hell Divers series reminds me a bit of the 2 video games Fallout and Resident Evil
Radiation monsters, genetic experiments gone
awry and on the edge of your seat action.
I highly recommend listening to these
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The length of them is a bit short but I will still use a credit for the next one in the series...it's worth it.

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Such a good series!!

The story keeps getting better and better! I have never read a book that makes me more angry at a character than this book. Fantastic writing and story.

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very good

even some of the more predictable parts you might of guessed, are interesting when explained how and why they are happening.
really enjoyable series so fair!

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  • JSM
  • 2018-01-02

better than the first

enjoyed it, especially the 2nd half. thought it was better than the first book and I'm looking forward to the third.

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  • Todd (Toad) Vogel
  • 2017-07-31

Can't wait for the next book!

This is an excellent follow up to book 1. Nicholas Sansbury Smith has become one of my favorite authors! I am loving this series so far. Lots of action! It's not your typical post apocalyptic series. This series takes place 250 years after WW3. Humanity has been forced to live in sky ships where it is safer. The planet is full of mutated life and electrical storms. This is one of those books you just can't put down! Great narration by R. C. Bray! He is one of the best narrators out there in my opinion. Looking forward to book 3!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-06-26

I can only take so many monster fights

Narrator was excellent, the plot was interesting enough to keep me going, but I found myself fast forwarding through the (way too many) creature battle scenes so I could get back to the story.

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  • Michael - Audible Editor
  • 2017-07-19

Thrilling, Fast-paced, Horrifying, Awesome!

Hell Divers is so cool, and this second book absolutely adds to the series.

This is from my Editor's Pick for July:

I was already totally set on listening to Hell Divers II before I met author Nicholas Sansbury Smith at the 2017 Book Expo America, but I secretly freaked out when offered the surprising chance to talk to him. He’s a young guy, early thirties if I recall correctly, but he’s already penned more than 16 books. 16 books! Can you imagine? All of that work has more than paid off in his fine-tuned Hell Divers series. Beyond a brilliant concept, Smith’s writing is fresh, fast-paced, and chock full of compelling characters. What’s more, the second book in the series does a remarkable job adding depth and excitement to an already sophisticated storyline. In talking to Smith we were both super excited about R.C. Bray’s narration, and you will have to agree that with Bray – the modern day voice of Sci-Fi – this all-star combo is one that cannot be ignored.

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  • Linda Durham
  • 2018-08-31

Too Much Gunplay, Not Enough Research

Interesting story, fairly good characters, but the author gets too many little things wrong. Not to mention glaring errors in his own timeline. And the battles are too repetitive to be interesting after the first couple.

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  • crazybatcow
  • 2018-08-03

Yeah, somehow the author pulled it off

I couldn't imagine how the story was continued after book one, but... it was... successfully too.

Do I believe the new captain would be so stupid? Probably... given the state of the world today: people clinging to power, regardless of the repercussions.

It was a struggle, however, to accept the fundamental premise that humankind could survive, genetically, with less than 500 individuals to reproduce, and/or that a "world" with so few survivors would risk the lives of anyone who could pass along their genes. But this struggle existed in book one too... the story here was believable, if you accept this underlying premise.

I will read the next in the series. Narration is very good. There is nothing very graphic.

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  • Robert
  • 2017-07-21

Wow!!! You've Got To Get This Book!

When I checked and found that 6 hours had already elapsed I couldn't believe it. Then I realized, with sadness, that it was almost over. Book 1 was great. Book 2 is absolutely fantastic. Everything about it improved. Except that X is personally only in the story for a small portion of this book. Not saying if he lives or dies, just that he only appears in the story for a short while. The action is fast paced. The plotline is great. Captain Jordan is a poo rag who spends every day rationalizing and justifying his increasingly Stalin-like rule of The Hive. Tin is a stud. Weaver is every bit equal as a leader to X. Magnolia is actually a pretty decent human being. The Earth bound monsters are just as tough as ever. And narration is spot on. This is perhaps the #1 series I've ever listened to on Audible.

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  • Kindle Reader
  • 2017-07-18

Even better than the first

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. RC Bray is a great narrator, and with Smith's story, this one is impossible to stop listening to.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Michael Everheart was very cool. It was interesting to see how evolved from the boy, Tin, in Book 1.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended. Obviously, if you haven't read/listened to the first, you owe it to yourself to do that before this one. This is an excellent sequel.

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  • Melissa and Josh
  • 2017-07-27

A dive that everyone must take!

Josh here and oh my, what an emotional roller coaster! My favorite author’s work being read by my favorite narrator, what a ride. This is the series that introduced me to, and hooked me on, Nicholas Sansbury Smith’s works late last year. To say that I have been anxious for the first sequel in this trilogy would be the understatement of the century. This was a sequel that was worth the wait and then some.

Let me start by saying that the transition from the first book to the second was very well done. The opening to this book picked up right where I am certain every fan of the series wanted it to. What happened to X? Where has he been? Did he even survive? I now know the answer and, to steal a quote from the Starship Troopers movie, “I would like to know more”.

This was a book that I wanted to push through as quickly as possible, but also didn’t want to finish because I know part three is some time off still. I couldn’t wait to start the book and watched as I became more and more depressed as the time on the Audible app ticked down to the end of the story. There were times I considered slowing down the narration just to make the story last longer.

Nick uses his masterful writing and descriptive talents to bring us up-to-date, 10 years later, about the status of X, the hell divers, and the other citizens of the Hive. As I said above, there were several key emotional scenes throughout this story that had me angry, upset, and intrigued. The issues surrounding Janga and her prophecies (I came to refer to her as The Oracle) brought about great anger later in the story. Witnessing the evolution of Michael (Tin) from the timid boy to the commander of a Hell Diver team was like watching the child you once knew grow up into a successful adult. The new monsters (Vultures, eyeball creatures, and the vines) left me imagining them the story progressed and I listened to Nick’s vivid descriptions.

The origins of the creatures on the surface is explained in this chapter of the series and helps paint a new picture on whether or not humanity actually stands a chance on the surface. The challenge, of course, is whether or not the hive will actually make it to the surface given the drama surrounding the new pilot of the Hive. To give you an idea of what I mean, I will give you a simple quote from the book: “There is no room for mercy in the sky”.

This entry in the series is filled with just about every thematic element I could think of. Relationship building, betrayal, drama, action, horror, suspense, it is all there. And it is all masterfully tied together through Nick’s wordsmithing skills. There is a new team bond formed and I can say that I am proudly a member of Team Rodgnolia.

If you have not listened to or read the first entry in this series yet, please do so; you will not regret it. If you have, then what are you reading my review for as you already know the awesomeness that surrounds this series. Go forth and read/listen! If you have read the books, I highly recommend giving the Audible narration a try as R.C. Bray does an absolutely fantastic job of bringing Nick’s words to life. I was almost taken aback mid-book as I listened to R.C. Bray narrate his purposeful mispronunciations of the names of US cities and America, only to realize that I would have understood had I read the physical book. My wife had to set me straight on this one.

This is an easy 5/5 although I am now saddened about having to leave as I now know that I have to wait for the conclusion. At just over 8 hours, this is a book where you will find yourself wishing it were twice that length.

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  • James
  • 2017-08-31

Good, but felt a little stretched.

If you could sum up Hell Divers II: Ghosts in three words, what would they be?

Top ten narrator!

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

(SPOILER ALERT) The most interesting aspect is the play of the Divers against the Captain. The fact that we don't learn more about X.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Michael, Layla, and Mags show up to save Weaver and Roger from the Siren's nest.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No.

Any additional comments?

I very much enjoyed the first book in this series. I waited and waited for this second book. The narrator, spot on as always! However, the story line seemed a little stretched, like the author was reaching or rushing the content. I feel this book could have been refined a bit, some things expanded on more. Overall, still enjoyed it!

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  • Lilyn G.
  • 2017-08-23

I love the author's imagination!

I have mixed feelings about Ghosts. On one hand, I liked the action and loved hating on the new Captain. On the other hand, there was hardly mention of the one character from the first book that I really liked, most of the story focused around minor characters from it that I didn't particularly care about, and the crazy got old pretty fast. I spent most of my time waiting for the author to get back around to the characters I wanted to hear about, and that just didn't happen. However, I will say the POV choice regarding the Captain, given the issues involved, was a good one.


The Hell Divers series is an interesting one. I love the concept that Nicholas Sansbury Smith created these novels from. A post-apocalyptic Earth is nothing new. But generally humans have migrated to the stars, or they're wandering the earth in small patches. A world where the last remaining humans are floating above the earth in giant airships? Yes, I like this! I want to read more!


Ghosts is a book filled with emotions that run the gamut from obsession to vengeance. The first book left us with a sense of hope for humanity. This one not so much. I suppose there is something to be said from the introduction at the end of the book, but the situation still feels very bleak. Readers can only hope that the author delivers a pulse-pounding return to hope and victory in the final book.


R.C. Bray does a good job narrating Ghosts. While Bray's vocal range isn't very wide, his voice is a pleasant rasp to listen to, and he is able to communicate emotions (particularly sarcasm) clearly. His delivery is well-paced and nicely suited to the science fiction and horror genres.


Overall, Ghosts was a well-written book but it didn't particularly satisfy me. It, like so many other middle-of-the-trilogy books, suffers just a bit because of it's role. I have no doubt that Nicholas Sansbury Smith is going to pull something epic in the final book, though, that will make up for the bridge that Ghosts is. And I can't wait.


Disclaimer: I received a copy of the audio book of Ghosts from Blackstone Audio for review consideration (though I ended up purchasing the Audible version on my own when my CD player crapped out.)

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