Ghosts (Hell Divers, #2)
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?

Ghosts (Hell Divers, #2) Details

TitleGhosts (Hell Divers, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 18th, 2017
PublisherBlackstone Publishing
Rating
GenreScience Fiction, Apocalyptic, Post Apocalyptic, Horror, Fiction, Dystopia, Audiobook

Ghosts (Hell Divers, #2) Review

  • Veronica
    January 1, 1970
    Picking up ten years after the events of the first book, Ghosts continues the frenetic pace set by its predecessor...maybe even a tad too frenetic. Some breathing room would have been appreciated. Still, RC Bray did another great job with the narration in bringing this post-apocalyptic story to life. The ending left me clamoring for the next book, if for no other reason than to see a certain character meet the ol' head on a pike fate. I'm reeeaaalllly looking forward to that.
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  • Nikki
    January 1, 1970
    Worst part about reading a NSS book? Having to wait a whole year for the next one!! WAAAAA!!!I always wait too long to review NSS’s books. It’s obviously not that I don’t love them, I just always think if I give myself some more time the perfect review will just come to me.That is not the case. So, I’m going to keep this short and sweet.If you enjoy post-apocalyptic fiction with a militaristic viewpoint, and you haven’t read a Nicholas Sansbury Smith book yet, then shame on you! I can say for ce Worst part about reading a NSS book? Having to wait a whole year for the next one!! WAAAAA!!!I always wait too long to review NSS’s books. It’s obviously not that I don’t love them, I just always think if I give myself some more time the perfect review will just come to me.That is not the case. So, I’m going to keep this short and sweet.If you enjoy post-apocalyptic fiction with a militaristic viewpoint, and you haven’t read a Nicholas Sansbury Smith book yet, then shame on you! I can say for certain that NSS is one of maybe 5 authors I will immediately read whatever they write because I always enjoy them. Hell Divers 2 was no different. I devoured this book once I started it! And if you’ve read HD1 then you know exactly why. Taking place almost 10 years after Hell Divers 1, we are definitely left with a lot of holes to be filled. Many of these are taken care of in this 2nd installment, as the book goes on, but again, we get to the ending and I’m screaming and throwing my hands up in the air as I silently cry and pout about not having the next book yet. HD2 had just as much action and mutants as HD1, but HD2 gives us a whole different kind of villain. A man who is selfish, despicable, and I swear, emotionless. I’ll be very happy to find out what his comeuppance ends up being in book 3.I’m not going into anything else because I don’t want there to be spoilers for anyone that is trying to decide if they want to pick up this series, or not. But here’s my advice, READ IT! READ IT NOW!!! Then join me in my misery as I wait for book 3…Received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Kristen Burns
    January 1, 1970
    4 StarsReview:*I received an ecopy of this book via NetGalley. This has not influenced my review.*Much like the first book, this was an intense, gripping post-apocalyptic read. The world-building in this series is incredible and really makes me feel like I’m there, especially on the bleak, terrifying surface. The characters are all flawed and gruff, but most of them are still likeable and good people. The concept of the airship and the hell divers is such a unique one (I mean, come on, just look 4 StarsReview:*I received an ecopy of this book via NetGalley. This has not influenced my review.*Much like the first book, this was an intense, gripping post-apocalyptic read. The world-building in this series is incredible and really makes me feel like I’m there, especially on the bleak, terrifying surface. The characters are all flawed and gruff, but most of them are still likeable and good people. The concept of the airship and the hell divers is such a unique one (I mean, come on, just look at the kickass suit on the cover). In short—these books are so well thought-out and well-written, and there is so much to love about them.I felt like this book suffered a bit from middle book syndrome though. It seemed kind of repetitive (the ship was falling apart, hell divers had to go on dangerous missions, the surface was filled with mutated monsters that tried to kill them, etc.), and even though it did eventually start getting to the secrets mentioned in the blurb, it still seems like little actually happened plot-wise. But the things that did happen were significant, some info was found that shed more light on the world and the creatures, and it seems as though a lot of interesting stuff is going to happen in the next book.There was one major difference between this book and the first one though, and that was the main characters. I admit I was disappointed to find out X wouldn’t be a main character in this one since, to put it simply, his character was awesome, but all the hell diver POV characters were just as unique and well-written. I’ve read a lot of books lately in which all the third person POVs sounded the same, but I never found myself getting confused about whose POV I was in while reading this book. And for anyone who has finished Book 1 but is unsure about whether to continue because of the ending, *SPOILER* (view spoiler)[he survived! And although he did not make an appearance in this book, aside from the prologue, he is presumed to still be alive, and it seems likely he’ll make an appearance again in Book 3. (hide spoiler)] *END SPOILER*There was also Captain Jordan instead of Captain Ash this time, and JORDAN WAS AN AWFUL PERSON. He liked to pretend he had the best interests of all the people on the ship at heart, but most of his decisions were actually as selfish as selfish can get. If you like a good hate-able antagonist to root against, you won’t be disappointed. *SPOILER* (view spoiler)[It was funny, he made up a story about how the hell divers were planning to kill him, even though they weren’t, but, in a sort of self-fulfilling prophecy kind of way, they did all want to kill him by the end. (hide spoiler)] *END SPOILER*Overall, despite some repetition in the plot, this was a gripping book that I didn’t want to put down with flawed but good-hearted characters, intense scenes, and a unique, complex post-apocalyptic world!Recommended For:Fans of Book 1 in Nicholas Sanbury Smith's Hell Divers Series. Anyone looking for a crazy, intense, gritty, gripping, unique post-apocalyptic story and gruff, flawed, but still likeable characters. Original Review @ Metaphors and Moonlight
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  • Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    *4.5 StarsI love a summer sequel; getting reacquainted with some old friends, making some new ones and just enjoying the time spent together. The familiarity of the sequel is comforting. I am already invested in the world, I know the backstory, and I have an idea of where I would like the adventure to go. Ghosts fits the summer sequel spot superbly.In all honesty, I think that Hell Divers #2 had some challenges to overcome. You see, I felt like the original was a complete story. I didn’t think t *4.5 StarsI love a summer sequel; getting reacquainted with some old friends, making some new ones and just enjoying the time spent together. The familiarity of the sequel is comforting. I am already invested in the world, I know the backstory, and I have an idea of where I would like the adventure to go. Ghosts fits the summer sequel spot superbly.In all honesty, I think that Hell Divers #2 had some challenges to overcome. You see, I felt like the original was a complete story. I didn’t think that I needed anything more, but curiosity got the best of me and I jumped at the opportunity to read book #2. Well, Sansbury Smith kicked this one off with an unexpected bang and I was on board. He created a necessity where there was none.With X out of the picture, we have a new hero. Our little friend Tin from book #1 is all grown up and has enlisted in the family business. He is the perfect hero to pick up where X left off. He is everything that X is not, yet the two have so much in common. As a reader, I was glad to see that things worked out for Tin, as much as they could in this environment. It was good to see him come into his own. Tin is not X, but he is just as complex. The supporting cast contained a mix of new and familiar faces, each one critical in moving the story forward. The villain, well, he is just pure “Dr. Evil”, I loved to hate him.Ghosts was a great story that pulled me further into the franchise. Unlike book #1, this story is not over, the shit has really hit the fan and I’ll be sticking around to find out where it all lands. I have a summer sequel for 2018 already on my list.​*I received a copy of the book from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Ronie
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely love this series! Every book happens "in a blink," meaning the read is fast because the story is so compelling. Loved seeing the helldivers back in action, especially coming back around to Everheart.
  • Michael Hicks
    January 1, 1970
    Readers of the first Hell Divers novel will feel right at home with Ghosts, Smith's follow-up to last year's hit. Set ten years after the shocking ending of volume one in this trilogy, the Hell Divers continue to deploy from their airship to explore the poisoned, desolate remains of an uninhabitable Earth. This elite squad of future soldiers are constantly searching for parts to keep the Hive afloat and in one piece, a task easier said than done for a centuries old airship that has seen far bett Readers of the first Hell Divers novel will feel right at home with Ghosts, Smith's follow-up to last year's hit. Set ten years after the shocking ending of volume one in this trilogy, the Hell Divers continue to deploy from their airship to explore the poisoned, desolate remains of an uninhabitable Earth. This elite squad of future soldiers are constantly searching for parts to keep the Hive afloat and in one piece, a task easier said than done for a centuries old airship that has seen far better days. Adding to the importance of each mission is the unstated fact that humanity itself depends on their success. Aboard the Hive are four hundred souls, the last of a very nearly extinct human race.Adding to the stakes in Ghosts are a duplicitous captain seeking to keep secret the truth of what waits below on the devastated planet. As certain factions aboard the Hive get closer to uncovering his lies, Captain Jordan will go to any lengths to keep those secrets hidden, including betraying the Hell Divers.If you've been reading Smith's work for any length of time, then you'll know what to expect here - lots of frenetic military action and plenty of high-stakes adventure set against a high concept sci-fi backdrop, with plenty of horrifying, bloodthirsty monsters thrown into the mix. Hell Divers II: Ghosts has all this, plus a few new wrinkles to broaden the scope of the overarching Hell Divers story. This is a fun, fast-paced read and it sets the stage for a big, wild, head-long race to the finish in next year's Deliverance.[Note: I received an advanced copy of this title from the publisher via NetGalley.]
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  • TG KMT | QUESTL❥VE
    January 1, 1970
    is book #3 out yet..? I FREAKIN' NEED IT NOW. Awesomeness.
  • PHYL
    January 1, 1970
    This is another excellent book written by the very creative author, Nicholas Sansbury Smith. The story picks up 10 years after Hell Divers 1 left off. It is a fast paced adrenaline rush! The characters are interesting, different and well developed. I think all readers of Dystopian/Sci-Fi will enjoy this story. . I received an advance review copy from the publisher in return for an honest review.
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  • Laura Thomas
    January 1, 1970
    After the ending for the first book, which nearly killed me, I was clapping my hands in stupid glee when I read the beginning for this second book. I got all silly, talking out loud to myself about how good this was going to be.It’s many years later and there’s some new divers in town. They don’t have much of a life expectancy and recruits are always needed. When disaster strikes the sister ship and a risky rescue is attempted, no one could have foreseen what was to come. The conspiracies that w After the ending for the first book, which nearly killed me, I was clapping my hands in stupid glee when I read the beginning for this second book. I got all silly, talking out loud to myself about how good this was going to be.It’s many years later and there’s some new divers in town. They don’t have much of a life expectancy and recruits are always needed. When disaster strikes the sister ship and a risky rescue is attempted, no one could have foreseen what was to come. The conspiracies that would be revealed. The secrets kept. And…what horrors waited below, on the surface.Man, I hope they make these books into movies. They are freakin fantastic. Action explodes off the pages. Creepy things scare the crap out of you. Suspense has you chewing your fingernails. And the character’s grab hold of you and won’t let go.Is this book as good as the first one? Hell yes! And I’ve already pre-ordered the third one. Now waiting anxiously for it to be released. Stay tuned.
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  • AudioBookReviewer
    January 1, 1970
    My original Ghosts audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.Captain Jordan has a secret – well several, and they are about to be revealed!  Tin has grown into a strong man and is Commander of the Hell Diver Raptor Team.  Magnolia continues as the fastest Hell Diver of the Raptor Team but makes the ultimate sacrifice.  Hell Diver Xavier Rodriguez (X) has been missing for 10 years from an ill-fated return to the ship.  They all have one thing in common – a secret that Ca My original Ghosts audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.Captain Jordan has a secret – well several, and they are about to be revealed!  Tin has grown into a strong man and is Commander of the Hell Diver Raptor Team.  Magnolia continues as the fastest Hell Diver of the Raptor Team but makes the ultimate sacrifice.  Hell Diver Xavier Rodriguez (X) has been missing for 10 years from an ill-fated return to the ship.  They all have one thing in common – a secret that Captain Jordan does not want revealed and will stop at nothing to eliminate the risk of exposure.Every man, woman, and child on the ship are at risk.  Secrets are close to being revealed and those that know them are now on the ground facing even scarier and deadlier creatures than the sirens.  Nothing and no-one is safe.The apocalyptic future that Nicolas Sansbury Smith paints for humankind is horrendous and beyond description.  Smith gives us monsters that are fierce and rule the earth – but he further shows us just how far one person can go and will do to protect their beliefs and wants.  Not all monsters that lurk in the shadows are what nightmares are made of, but rather the two-legged human kinds are sometimes a thousand times more evil, deadly and ferocious than the creatures roaming the earth’s surface in this series.Smith is a masterful story-teller that keeps his fans riveted to their ear buds (headphones, etc.).  The bold, never-ending action and danger is gripping. This is a series that one can lose one’s self in and never want it to end.  “They dive so humanity survives”– that small phrase describes the book and its action perfectly.R.C. Bray is perfect for this series.  He captures the grittiness of each character and projects each character fully simply through his voice.  He adds to the story, making it one of the most difficult books to walk away from until the end.  Even then, his voice will haunt you – you will hear the voices of each character long after you finish the book.  Talented and skilled at narration, both R.C. Bray and Nicolas Sansbury Smith make an awesome team!There were no issues with the quality or production of this audiobook.Audiobook was provided for review by the author.
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  • Lisa Omstead
    January 1, 1970
    If you’re on blood pressure medication, you might want to swallow that pill just prior to reading HD2. This remarkable series continues to ramp up the suspense. Ten years after Xavier “X” Rodriguez was left behind on earth’s horrific surface, the dwindling survivors aboard the airship Hive are running out of time. Strong writing and an ingenious plot line meld to create an outstanding work of post-apocalyptic fiction! Looking forward to HD3 and more adventures with the stalwart "RodgeMan".*I was If you’re on blood pressure medication, you might want to swallow that pill just prior to reading HD2. This remarkable series continues to ramp up the suspense. Ten years after Xavier “X” Rodriguez was left behind on earth’s horrific surface, the dwindling survivors aboard the airship Hive are running out of time. Strong writing and an ingenious plot line meld to create an outstanding work of post-apocalyptic fiction! Looking forward to HD3 and more adventures with the stalwart "RodgeMan".*I was given an ARC in return for an honest review.
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    It's nearly impossible to describe this book without a major spoiler for the first book in the series. If you'd like to keep that a surprise before you read it, here's the place to stop.When book one of the Hill Divers trilogy ended, X (Xavier Rodriguez) was floating in space having missed his rendezvous with the main ship. He had fought off the hideous siren monsters that had followed him up into the stratosphere. Wounded and bound to fall back to earth it was pretty clear that he was dead.Book It's nearly impossible to describe this book without a major spoiler for the first book in the series. If you'd like to keep that a surprise before you read it, here's the place to stop.When book one of the Hill Divers trilogy ended, X (Xavier Rodriguez) was floating in space having missed his rendezvous with the main ship. He had fought off the hideous siren monsters that had followed him up into the stratosphere. Wounded and bound to fall back to earth it was pretty clear that he was dead.Book two opens with the surprising information that X survived. He's now alone back on an earth that is a nuclear wasteland with massive storms sweeping through and monsters everywhere. Making his way around the area where he fell back to earth he's found weapons, a cache of food, and, in a cryogenics lab, found frozen people and one frozen dog. He thawed out the dog, made protective clothing for it and now has a companion. He also found a way to send radio signals.The story jumps to eight years later. There have been major changes in the ship. Captain Ashe retired and, shortly after, died of cancer ... a common disease for many on the ship now circling the globe. The new captain is Leon Jordan, who has developed a relationship with X's love interest Katrina. Captain Jordan is overcautious. He'll barely let the Hell Divers make worthwhile dives for replacement equipment. He's also become a paranoid leader. Worse yet, he has received information that a message has been received from survivors on earth. He also knows that X survived and has been signalling the ship, but he's determined to "protect" Katrina from the information.With the growing intrigue on the ship some of the Hell Divers discover information about the survivor's message along with information that the monsters on earth were part of a genetics project before the bombs hit.As with the last book, Smith writes top-notch heroes and great action sequences. The new generation of Hell Divers has a great collection of men and women willing to risk their lives to keep the ship working. But now they need to go against orders on a drop to earth, and into one of the dangerous "red zones", to look for survivors and also to investigate a secret plan that the previous captain had to move the population of the ship down to earth and underground, sure that this last ship can't stay in the sky forever.Other than X only being part of the beginning and ending of the book, this second volume reads much the same as the first one in the trilogy.  If you read and liked that one, as I did, this one will not be a disappointment other than the need to adjust to a new cast of characters. 
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  • J.J. Nordman
    January 1, 1970
    I won this book as a giveaway. I really enjoyed it without having read the first, but probably best to read in order. Looking forward to the next book. I like post-apocalyptic fiction and this book didn't disappoint. It has an excellent story that I couldn't put this book down. It is action filled and I enjoyed the way the story is written and how the characters are developed.
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  • Vinay Badri
    January 1, 1970
    My first thought on finishing this rollicking affair is how is this not a movie yet?A book that is really a cross between Snowpiercer and Reign of Fire and I am Legend, the book packs in action, thrills, politicking, and class struggle in a desperately survivalist post apocalyptic world where what remains of humanity exists on an airship floating around and trying desperately to stay up. Picking up 8 years post book 1, things have gotten even more desperate for the embattled humanity surviving a My first thought on finishing this rollicking affair is how is this not a movie yet?A book that is really a cross between Snowpiercer and Reign of Fire and I am Legend, the book packs in action, thrills, politicking, and class struggle in a desperately survivalist post apocalyptic world where what remains of humanity exists on an airship floating around and trying desperately to stay up. Picking up 8 years post book 1, things have gotten even more desperate for the embattled humanity surviving aboard even as past sins and action come home to roost. We have mostly a set of newer characters as focus in this book but the past never really dies, be it a lost radio transmission or shared histories. The best part about the book is really how atmospheric it is. The desperation reeks through in the setting, the writing and the characters and there is absolutely no let up through the book. Be it on the airship or on the ground salvage mission, the multiple storylines keep things super tight and different. Be it the action on ground or the conspiracy aboard the ship, the tension is palpable. A blast from the past enlivens things and sets up a chase for the 3rd book, while the survivors have to wrestle with the fact that there might be no hope after all.Incredible book esp for a middle book of a trilogy. Epic
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  • Felicia
    January 1, 1970
    Set 10 years since "X" was left on the surface, the Hell Divers are still diving to the planet. Absolutely loved this one..even better than the first one, if that's possible. The Hell Divers are sent on a one-way mission, (they don't know) but that won't stop them. Death awaits on the dying planet and again they must battle for their lives. Nicholas a Sansbury Smith does not disappoint with this book. The action never ends, the characters are amazing, and the end of the book leaves you wanting m Set 10 years since "X" was left on the surface, the Hell Divers are still diving to the planet. Absolutely loved this one..even better than the first one, if that's possible. The Hell Divers are sent on a one-way mission, (they don't know) but that won't stop them. Death awaits on the dying planet and again they must battle for their lives. Nicholas a Sansbury Smith does not disappoint with this book. The action never ends, the characters are amazing, and the end of the book leaves you wanting more. Great job!!
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  • Heather Duff
    January 1, 1970
    Usually after I've read the first book in a series and I've really enjoyed it, I long for the second book. When that second book lands in my hand then the nerves set in, will it be as good as the first book, will the characters that I have invested my time in still be worth reading about.Hell Divers II - Ghosts thankfully is I feel better than the first book, it is sent ten years after the events that left X Rodriguez stranded on the godforsaken planet that was destroyed during WW3. A new crew o Usually after I've read the first book in a series and I've really enjoyed it, I long for the second book. When that second book lands in my hand then the nerves set in, will it be as good as the first book, will the characters that I have invested my time in still be worth reading about.Hell Divers II - Ghosts thankfully is I feel better than the first book, it is sent ten years after the events that left X Rodriguez stranded on the godforsaken planet that was destroyed during WW3. A new crew of Hell Divers are on duty and a new ship's captain.The main Hell Diver is Michael aka Tin from book one, now grown up he is following in his late father and his late guardian X's footsteps. I won't go in depth with the story but this instalment centres around a mysterious signal that has been received from down below on Earth. As we discovered in the last book the planet below is far from empty but the creatures that roam the planet are far from friendly and they are in the way of the Hell Divers getting to the source of the signal.Is there anyone left alive down there after all these years and why is the Captain hiding another transmission that has been broadcast?I really enjoyed this, the setting is still hellish and perfectly described. The creatures down below are still murderous and what I liked was that you get an idea of exactly how the came about.This series has gotten better which is a rare treat and has me very hopeful for the next book.Thank you to Blackstone for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Tanya Procknow
    January 1, 1970
    While I may not have started reading if I had known they were to be a trilogy, I'm glad I did. This one continued with nonstop action. It picked up the story ten years later and added to the characters flawlessly. You learn more about what brought about the changes in the world. And then with a surprise...its continued! Thanks Netgalley for the arc.
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  • BookLoversLife
    January 1, 1970
    This is book 2, and while I try to stay away from spoilers, I could accidentally spoil something for those who haven't read book 1 yet, so read at your own peril!! Set 10 years after the last book, this sees everyone aboard the Hive believing that X died, but one man knows the truth and will do anything necessary to keep his secret. The young Tin isn't so young anymore and is now a Hell Diver like his father and X. When Magnolia is though to have found out a devastating secret, she is sent on a This is book 2, and while I try to stay away from spoilers, I could accidentally spoil something for those who haven't read book 1 yet, so read at your own peril!! Set 10 years after the last book, this sees everyone aboard the Hive believing that X died, but one man knows the truth and will do anything necessary to keep his secret. The young Tin isn't so young anymore and is now a Hell Diver like his father and X. When Magnolia is though to have found out a devastating secret, she is sent on a mission and ultimately ends up falling to the earth. Michael, aka Tin, and his team mate Rodger believe she is still alive and, despite the objections from the Captain, dive down to find her. Will they survive the wasteland the earth has become? The ending of book 1 left me with a hole in my heart so I couldn't wait to dive into this straight away!! Once again, the author grabs you from the start and doesn't let go till the bitter end!!! I couldn't read this fast enough, yet I didn't want it to end. My poor, poor heart took a beating with this one! A certain character and what was happening to him had me on the edge of my seat, and when I got to the end of the book, I was cursing the author for not having him in it enough!! But it also made me extra excited for book 3 because I can sorta see where this is going, well it's more that I'm hoping I know where this is going! There's two characters I want to meet each other and I'm hoping and praying they do!! Sorry if that sounds vague but I don't do spoilers!! This one focuses on Team Raptor. Michael is the head Diver and is doing it to honour his dad. Plus, things are getting pretty bad on the ship and resources are getting thin. The lower decks are seconds away from revolting and the Divers are the only ones who can help. When one of the team, Magnolia, is lost, the Captain sends down a small team to retrieve some much needed power cells that are in the red zone near where she fell. He tells the team that their main priority is to find the equipment and if they have time then they can look for Magnolia. Michael isn't one of the initial ones to go, but he learns something that shocks him to the core and dives down to the earth. Team Raptor set off into the heart of Hell, to find Magnolia and to learn the truth that the captain has kept hidden! I loved Team Raptor! While I was disappointed that we didn't get to see one of my favourite characters, I still ended up loving all the new ones! Michael has grown into an amazing person. He is brave, strong and fights for what is right, no matter the consequences. Magnolia is as sassy as ever! She is awesome and I'm hoping she realises that there is a certain someone who is perfect for her!! I also loved Rodger. He is quite the character :) Once again, this author excels in the way he develops his characters. They are all relateable and ones you can't help but love. They get under your skin!! Lol. He also writes loathsome bad people. The captain is one of the worst and I hated him!! In all, this book is non stop! This author is a master storyteller and is firmly on my auto buy list. If you love heart stopping action and adventure, jawdropping secrets and twists, monsters galore and characters that will steal your heart, then this is a series for you!! I highly, highly recommend!! "We dive so humanity survives" R.C Bray is phenomenal!! I don't think there's any other word to describe him to be honest. The atmosphere... the fear and panic the characters felt, was brought alive with his performance. Every character was clearly defined and had their own tone. He is one of the best, and it shows!!
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  • Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.
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  • Melissa Levine
    January 1, 1970
    Let me start by saying that it was my husband who got me to listen (audiobook) to book 1 of this series. Needless to say, it caught and held my attention throughout. The author, whom he speaks to/follows on Facebook provided him with a copy of book 2. While my husband isn't a big reader, per se, he'd rather listen to a story than have to read it himself, I am. And on that note, I just finished book 2 and wow! There was so much that took place this time around with a variety of characters that I Let me start by saying that it was my husband who got me to listen (audiobook) to book 1 of this series. Needless to say, it caught and held my attention throughout. The author, whom he speaks to/follows on Facebook provided him with a copy of book 2. While my husband isn't a big reader, per se, he'd rather listen to a story than have to read it himself, I am. And on that note, I just finished book 2 and wow! There was so much that took place this time around with a variety of characters that I had a hard time not finishing the story in a single sitting. There were several surprises in this one that really had me going and glad I decided to continue on with book 2. I do have to mention that there were several times when I noticed the author forgot to include either a beginning or ending quote to dialogue (had to mention this because that's who I am), yet it wasn't detracting to the story because the story, overall, was just that good.The reason I gave this one 4 stars instead of 5 stars, I'm thinking is because I had to read this one unlike book 1 which I listened to. Since I don't usually go for these type of stories (action), having to read all the action...well, I ended up skipping over parts because it felt a little excessive to me. Again, I'm not a big action kind of person. How was X's death actually confirmed? I couldn't figure that out from book 1. Even in book 2 Weaver comments that he, Magnolia and Katrina had all witnessed his death.He'd only been keeping track of his time in Hades for a year and then gave up, yet, him supposedly having been there for two years is repeatedly mentioned.Interesting he was in the same area as he and the other hell divers were, yet, there are carnivorous plants now...There's a room that had enough "stuff" to last 500 years? That seems a little bit...questionable. Humans had created a battery of sorts that would last "...another 250 years..." where he found Miles and where other animals were located? And he had planned on leaving this magical place? In the end, I would definitely recommend this series to others and can't wait for book 3 to come out.
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  • Steve Lucido
    January 1, 1970
    Finished the Audio Book today. The second book of the series picks up a decade after the first book, and focuses on some of the younger characters from the first book and places them as the primary antagonists for this story.This book really has some problems. The small nitpicks that bothered me in the first book have now matured and become really large obstacles that I must struggle with to suspend my disbelief. Every mutant creature on the surface is a predator, and apparently has proliferated Finished the Audio Book today. The second book of the series picks up a decade after the first book, and focuses on some of the younger characters from the first book and places them as the primary antagonists for this story.This book really has some problems. The small nitpicks that bothered me in the first book have now matured and become really large obstacles that I must struggle with to suspend my disbelief. Every mutant creature on the surface is a predator, and apparently has proliferated, yet there is no mention of any docile 'non-predator' creatures they feed on, and no evidence of them. It seems the monster mutants have survived for hundreds of years off the Hell Divers delivered by the surviving air ships. Without giving away a spoiler, it was explained that some of the creatures are attracted to and even seem to feed on radiation, but yet they have thoroughly infested a rad proof bunker.This time Smith clearly indicates that only 443 people are alive on the 'Hive'. I was really hoping this had been wrong and a misread by the narrator from the first book and that a 0 had been missing, but this confirms it. So many problems with this. Mr. Smith, please go to Florida or San Diego and take a free tour of a Navy ship. You'll see quick that 443 people isn't a lot of people. My Destroyer had a crew compliment of 350. I will say he does catch himself at one point in the book when one of the characters did mention that she would like to meet a 'stranger' as she knew everyone on the ship. However, there wouldn't be nearly enough people to allow for people to run 'shops' that sell crafted do-dads. Anyone who was old enough to hold a tool would be required to man and stand posts even allowing for 3 shifts of 8 hours to keep all essential systems running, especially on a vessel as large as the air-ships are described. Smith still does fairly well of pacing the story and building suspense and describing the action. Some of the character interaction is a bit lackluster, but for the most part the characters you are supposed to like are likable and the ones you aren't, aren't. This book on its own isn't that great but as the second part of the series it hasn't dissuaded me from carrying on to read the third book in the series, though I'm hoping it will improve and that I can give the series as a whole a better rating.
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  • Brian's Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    A Great Story Full of EmotionHell Divers 2: Ghosts is set 10 years after the original Hell Divers. X was left for and presumed dead on the surface of the Earth. Since then a whole new group of Hell Divers has risen up from the ashes. A new captain is in charge of the ship and they don’t dive into Red Zones anymore. But all of that is about to change.This story jumps right back into the footsteps of the last book. Smith has a way of writing that sucks you in and keeps you on the edge of seat thro A Great Story Full of EmotionHell Divers 2: Ghosts is set 10 years after the original Hell Divers. X was left for and presumed dead on the surface of the Earth. Since then a whole new group of Hell Divers has risen up from the ashes. A new captain is in charge of the ship and they don’t dive into Red Zones anymore. But all of that is about to change.This story jumps right back into the footsteps of the last book. Smith has a way of writing that sucks you in and keeps you on the edge of seat throughout. Fans of the first book will definitely enjoy this one. The cast of characters is a little different with a few familiar faces. I particularly enjoyed reading out X’s adopted son “Tin” and his new adventures as a Hell Diver and an adult.Smith wrote a lot about struggles in this book. The struggle to stay alive (on numerous accounts), the struggle to keep the ship up, the struggle against mutiny, and the struggle for self-preservation. I like that this book had an overarching feeling of a struggle because humans struggle, especially ones that weren’t meant to be airborne for 200 years on end.The great R.C. Bray narrated Hell Divers 2: Ghosts, and did a heck of a job. His voice has the perfect range of the types of characters that Smith writes about and at times he really becomes these people.Overall, Ghosts was a great read that I finished in a couple sittings. I couldn’t put it down and now I’m anxiously awaiting the third book to be released (and recorded by Bray, I hope!)
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Outstanding book! The story begins 10 years after the conclusion of book one. Since WWIII, Earth has been uninhabitable. Orbiting Earth, in a ship called, "The Hive," is what is left of the human race. Living and surviving on the ship is challenging, and conditions are worsening. An elite group of men and women called Hell Divers, make periodic trips to the planet. They search for much needed parts, equipment, and other necessities. While scavenging, they must deal with high levels of radiation, Outstanding book! The story begins 10 years after the conclusion of book one. Since WWIII, Earth has been uninhabitable. Orbiting Earth, in a ship called, "The Hive," is what is left of the human race. Living and surviving on the ship is challenging, and conditions are worsening. An elite group of men and women called Hell Divers, make periodic trips to the planet. They search for much needed parts, equipment, and other necessities. While scavenging, they must deal with high levels of radiation, inhuman beings that seek to kill them, and numerous other hazards. During a severe storm, damage occurs that has incapacitated the ship. As divers attempt to make repairs to the outside of the vessel, the storm worsens and one diver falls from the ship and out of reach of the other divers. What follows is a story of intense drama, action, thrills and mystery. Was the Hell Divers fall an accident? What are the leaders of The Hive keeping from the people? Are there really no other humans on Earth? If you love action-packed, edge-of-your-seat, nail-biting suspense, this book is for you! I can hardly wait for the third and last book.I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Tim
    January 1, 1970
    There can be issues with book 2 of a trilogy. Book one sets up the trilogy and book three hopefully is a thrilling conclusion. But for book two it can end up being too slow or feel like one is just passing the time leading up to the final book. Thankfully Hell Divers 2 does not have those flaws. This is a thrilling book that is just as good as the first one. The author seems to always be able to create fantastic characters while filling his books with plenty of action and thrills. Neither the ch There can be issues with book 2 of a trilogy. Book one sets up the trilogy and book three hopefully is a thrilling conclusion. But for book two it can end up being too slow or feel like one is just passing the time leading up to the final book. Thankfully Hell Divers 2 does not have those flaws. This is a thrilling book that is just as good as the first one. The author seems to always be able to create fantastic characters while filling his books with plenty of action and thrills. Neither the characters or the pace is ever lacking. The pace of this book is great and I flew through this book. The author creates characters which feel real and have flaws and are very compelling. The world is well crafted and the story is filled with many scary monsters. Once again the author has created a wonderful book and I can't wait for the conclusion. I have no doubt it will rock.
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  • Kevin
    January 1, 1970
    I went into this book both excited and worried. Hell Divers was the best book I read in 2016. How could Sansbury match that? I haven't read any of his other works yet so I'm wondering if Hell Divers was a one-off work of genius or if he can give me a pretty decent sequel. Let's be honest, it's rare a sequel is as good as the original. Doesn't matter whether it's a movie or a book, the better the original, the harder it is to follow, so how does one follow a mind bowing-fast-paced-thriller/horror I went into this book both excited and worried. Hell Divers was the best book I read in 2016. How could Sansbury match that? I haven't read any of his other works yet so I'm wondering if Hell Divers was a one-off work of genius or if he can give me a pretty decent sequel. Let's be honest, it's rare a sequel is as good as the original. Doesn't matter whether it's a movie or a book, the better the original, the harder it is to follow, so how does one follow a mind bowing-fast-paced-thriller/horror/sci-fi, top selling book? Tall order if you ask me...Well, the best way to do it, it would seem, would be to release a sequel with equally great characters, with as many equally terrifying scenes coupled with some new baddies and then add some additional sideline stories. Luckily, Nicholas isn't the type of author who pumps out title after title for the cash. You can feel the passion in his writing, and I for one am hooked, He has a few other top-selling series that I haven't tried yet, but I can't think of one reason not to pick them up.
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  • Aristotle
    January 1, 1970
    We're on an express elevator to hell, going down!Better than the first book.It read like the movie Aliens where Ripley and the marines were running for their lives with the aliens nipping at their heels.The scenes on the ground in the silo were very good. The mutants were terrifying and at times their description made me laugh. One-eyed, one-horned, flyin' purple people eater.The political drama on the Hive didn't add to the book it just slowed the book down. Not sure why captain Jordan resisted We're on an express elevator to hell, going down!Better than the first book.It read like the movie Aliens where Ripley and the marines were running for their lives with the aliens nipping at their heels.The scenes on the ground in the silo were very good. The mutants were terrifying and at times their description made me laugh. One-eyed, one-horned, flyin' purple people eater.The political drama on the Hive didn't add to the book it just slowed the book down. Not sure why captain Jordan resisted finding the silo.I look forward to book 3 Deliverance.3 1/2 stars.
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  • Gregoire
    January 1, 1970
    un 5 étoiles pour l'action, l'atmosphère angoissante au possible, le caractère héroïque de ces "hell divers" et celui, plus médiocrement humain, du nouveau capitaine du Hive Une vision dantesque d'une terre et d'une humanité au bord de l'extinction ...mais que je hais les séries !!! il va falloir attendre semble-t-il 2018 pour avoir la suite (et fin ?) alors pour me venger, je n'ai pas mis de note NAH ;-))
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  • Sabrina
    January 1, 1970
    A fantastic sequel to the riveting 'Hell Divers' series! With post-apocalyptic and sci-fi blended together into an incredible adrenaline-fueled story, this book was almost impossible to put down!The characters are so real and vivid as they attempt to survive in such a dangerous environment. It was absolutely amazing!Without leaving any spoilers, I will only say that I love and fully recommend this series... And I can't wait for the third book! Incredibly well done!
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  • Michael Flanagan
    January 1, 1970
    Sooner are later I am expecting Nicholas Sansbury Smith to drop the ball. Surely he can't keep up this pace whilst maintaining the quality. Well in his this second instalment of the Hell Diver Trilogy he has managed to deliver yet another top notch read. Ghosts takes us back into the world ripped apart from a nuclear war with a handful of humans fighting for survival. After the explosive first book the author takes no hostages in the second. The Hell Divers seek the truth the only was they no kn Sooner are later I am expecting Nicholas Sansbury Smith to drop the ball. Surely he can't keep up this pace whilst maintaining the quality. Well in his this second instalment of the Hell Diver Trilogy he has managed to deliver yet another top notch read. Ghosts takes us back into the world ripped apart from a nuclear war with a handful of humans fighting for survival. After the explosive first book the author takes no hostages in the second. The Hell Divers seek the truth the only was they no know how, they dive to survive.This book was responsible for my blood pressure going sky high as the tension at times become unbearable. Nicholas Sansbury Smith definitely knows how to tell a great yarn again and again.
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  • Nathan Yokoyama
    January 1, 1970
    I had been eagerly awaiting for the second book of Hell Divers and was not disappointed in the least! The action was gripping and felt very real. We meet some new characters which I really liked and finally found out what happened to X. I love the world the author has created and am really looking forward to the third book!
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