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They dive so humanity survives. Now they take to the sea. In the fourth installment of the award-winning and USA Today bestselling Hell Divers series, the Sea Wolf sets out to search for the Metal Islands. Leading the expedition is legendary Hell Diver Xavier Rodriguez. After enduring for a decade on the poisoned surface, his survival skills will be put to the test on the They dive so humanity survives. Now they take to the sea. In the fourth installment of the award-winning and USA Today bestselling Hell Divers series, the Sea Wolf sets out to search for the Metal Islands. Leading the expedition is legendary Hell Diver Xavier Rodriguez. After enduring for a decade on the poisoned surface, his survival skills will be put to the test on the dangerous open seas. But storms, sea monsters, and the cannibalistic Cazadores aren’t the only threat to X and his small crew. Their mission will uncover hard truths about the history of the war that left humankind stranded in the air for centuries. And the fate of those still living on the airships might very well rest on this fragile and perilous journey to find a new home.


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They dive so humanity survives. Now they take to the sea. In the fourth installment of the award-winning and USA Today bestselling Hell Divers series, the Sea Wolf sets out to search for the Metal Islands. Leading the expedition is legendary Hell Diver Xavier Rodriguez. After enduring for a decade on the poisoned surface, his survival skills will be put to the test on the They dive so humanity survives. Now they take to the sea. In the fourth installment of the award-winning and USA Today bestselling Hell Divers series, the Sea Wolf sets out to search for the Metal Islands. Leading the expedition is legendary Hell Diver Xavier Rodriguez. After enduring for a decade on the poisoned surface, his survival skills will be put to the test on the dangerous open seas. But storms, sea monsters, and the cannibalistic Cazadores aren’t the only threat to X and his small crew. Their mission will uncover hard truths about the history of the war that left humankind stranded in the air for centuries. And the fate of those still living on the airships might very well rest on this fragile and perilous journey to find a new home.

30 review for Wolves

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nikki "The Crazie Betty" V.

    What can I say about an NSS novel that I haven’t already fangirled about in all my other reviews? Just when you though X and his friends were going to find some semblance of piece, you realize another war is just about to begin. I can’t really say anything here without spoiling the story for anyone that hasn’t already read the first 3 books of the series. But, suffice it to say, this has all the action, emotions, and radioactive monsters you would expect from an NSS book. And, just like every ot What can I say about an NSS novel that I haven’t already fangirled about in all my other reviews? Just when you though X and his friends were going to find some semblance of piece, you realize another war is just about to begin. I can’t really say anything here without spoiling the story for anyone that hasn’t already read the first 3 books of the series. But, suffice it to say, this has all the action, emotions, and radioactive monsters you would expect from an NSS book. And, just like every other book in one of his series, it ends with me screaming at myself for not just waiting for the whole dang series to be out so I could go right on to the next book. Received via Netgalley and reviewed of my own accord.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Faith

    When I started reading this series I didn’t realize that it was going to have so many books. Fortunately they have managed to hold my interest, and the end is in sight. I don’t usually read series, and when I do I tend to skip around, but you really need to read this series in order from the beginning. Characters introduced in the first book are still around, and still looking for a permanent home on Earth for the survivors of the mysterious events that forced all remaining humans to take to the When I started reading this series I didn’t realize that it was going to have so many books. Fortunately they have managed to hold my interest, and the end is in sight. I don’t usually read series, and when I do I tend to skip around, but you really need to read this series in order from the beginning. Characters introduced in the first book are still around, and still looking for a permanent home on Earth for the survivors of the mysterious events that forced all remaining humans to take to the sky in airships. I like the characters, and the author has a way with exciting action sequences. He is also good at creating new monsters to battle, including a giant octopus and killer robots. In case you are sensitive to this, you should be aware that a dog is repeatedly endangered and injured in this book. The book ends with a cliffhanger. One more book to go. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Michael Hicks

    In the final moments of the third Hell Divers novel, Deliverance, Nicholas Sansbury Smith promised to change up the formula a bit and deliver a fourth novel covering some terrain we hadn't seen too much of in this sky- and radioactive wastelands-focused series. Smith immediately delivers on that promise in the opening chapter of Wolves, shifting the focus of his series from the deadly skies to the equally terrifying seas. As a fan of aquatic horror and survival at sea stories, this is very much In the final moments of the third Hell Divers novel, Deliverance, Nicholas Sansbury Smith promised to change up the formula a bit and deliver a fourth novel covering some terrain we hadn't seen too much of in this sky- and radioactive wastelands-focused series. Smith immediately delivers on that promise in the opening chapter of Wolves, shifting the focus of his series from the deadly skies to the equally terrifying seas. As a fan of aquatic horror and survival at sea stories, this is very much a welcome expansion to the Hell Divers canon, but it's not all smooth sailing for the book's characters. Xavier "X" Rodriguez and his partner Magnolia Katib has hit the high seas on a mission of revenge, aiming to track down the Cazadores, a cannibalistic cult of killers, and lead the small remnants of humanity of the Metal Islands, possibly the closest thing left to paradise on Earth. Although X's adventures by boat are a large part of Wolves's focus, Smith hasn't forgotten about the airships and their crew. The addition of the airship Deliverance has helped make life more comfortable for those aboard the Hive, but they can't get too cozy just yet. After all, it wouldn't be a very exciting story if half the book's characters were able to just lounge about sipping tea. There's still plenty of action left for those characters in the skies, and the fresh squadron of Hell Divers manage to find themselves in way over their heads in short order. Smith keeps this book running right from the opening pages, with the pace cranked all the way up to frenetic, juggling some big action set pieces between both the A- and B-plots. Wolves is a fast, energetic read, and it's easy to sink into the narrative. The climax is exciting as hell with its Mad Max-at-sea action - a welcome source of post-apocalyptic inspiration, and one I hope Smith elaborates on further in the next book. However, with a fifth Hell Divers title on the way in the first half of 2019, a lot of Wolves feels like prelude, giving it a middle-child vibe a lot of series suffer from. Wolves cannot resolve all of its plot elements, and much of what's here is set-up for Captives, purportedly the series finale, to resolve. That said, Smith certainly packs Wolves full of new material, expanding on the historical record of his series and introducing some new and highly durable threats that I hope to see more of soon. Between the change of scenery and a few new enemies for X and his fellow Hell Divers to confront, Smith has injected a welcome bit of freshness into the end-game of his series. Wolves sets the stage for the grand finale, but as the Hell Divers series as a whole has shown, for Smith, the sky isn't the limit - it's just a good place to start. [Note: I received an advanced reading copy of this title from the author.]

  4. 4 out of 5

    Koeur

    Publishing Date: November 2018 Publisher: Blackstone ISBN: 9781538557105 Genre: SciFi Rating: 3.7/5 Publisher's Description: Sea Wolf sets out to search for the Metal Islands. Leading the expedition is legendary Hell Diver Xavier Rodriguez. After enduring for a decade on the poisoned surface, his survival skills will be put to the test on the dangerous open seas. Review: If you have a hard time suspending your disbelief in lieu of a factual story line....forget reading this series. But....if you like Publishing Date: November 2018 Publisher: Blackstone ISBN: 9781538557105 Genre: SciFi Rating: 3.7/5 Publisher's Description: Sea Wolf sets out to search for the Metal Islands. Leading the expedition is legendary Hell Diver Xavier Rodriguez. After enduring for a decade on the poisoned surface, his survival skills will be put to the test on the dangerous open seas. Review: If you have a hard time suspending your disbelief in lieu of a factual story line....forget reading this series. But....if you like a Doc Savage-esque modern rendition of over-the-top action and unbelievable scenarios then hop on board the Silly Train. X (Xavier Rodriguez) is a manly mans-man with manly mannerisms steeped in vitriol. He has a penchant for revenge laced violence while sacrificing self in order to save the ones he loves..... or kinda likes.  He is constantly wounded yet battles through the pain to overcome all manner of beasties including teeth clacking cannibals. So while I was picking the corn out my shjt I noticed a few firearm fails and the impossibility of new species born of the nuclear holocaust after only 200 years. Godzilla could not be reached for comment  so grain of salt and all that. Giving this novel a good review rating is like admitting you like disco music. But dammit, whats not to like about giant mutant octopi, armored hog/wolves, crazed laser shooting robots and man-sized predacious vultures? You can get all of my reviews HERE.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)

    I was ready for a change of pace with this series and Sansbury-Smith delivered it with Wolves. He takes us from sky to sea in this story as X & Magnolia search via boat for the Metal Islands, a place they hope that all the people on the Hive & Deliverance can call home one day. Of course, they're met with tons of obstacles like an oversized octopus, cannibalistic Calzadores and murderous AI's, just to name a few. This book was basically a segway into the last book, Captives, and final sho I was ready for a change of pace with this series and Sansbury-Smith delivered it with Wolves. He takes us from sky to sea in this story as X & Magnolia search via boat for the Metal Islands, a place they hope that all the people on the Hive & Deliverance can call home one day. Of course, they're met with tons of obstacles like an oversized octopus, cannibalistic Calzadores and murderous AI's, just to name a few. This book was basically a segway into the last book, Captives, and final showdown with the Cazadores. I'm looking forward to its release to see how that all plays out.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kristen Burns

    4 Stars Review: *I received an ecopy of this book via NetGalley. This has not influenced my review.* These books are so intense, every single one of them! It doesn’t matter if the characters are in the air, on land, or at sea—the author still writes a gripping, nail-biting story. This was another great book in the series with the same great things as the others. The world was complex and horrifying, yet believable. The characters were complex and flawed and gruff and realistic but still likeable for 4 Stars Review: *I received an ecopy of this book via NetGalley. This has not influenced my review.* These books are so intense, every single one of them! It doesn’t matter if the characters are in the air, on land, or at sea—the author still writes a gripping, nail-biting story. This was another great book in the series with the same great things as the others. The world was complex and horrifying, yet believable. The characters were complex and flawed and gruff and realistic but still likeable for their good qualities and their good intentions. The Hell Divers especially deserve some recognition, not just for the way they risked their lives going to the surface but for the way they constantly risked their lives for each other, never willing to leave someone behind if they could help it. The relationships between characters were also imperfect and complex. The scenes that took place on the surface and at sea were full of danger and action and monstrous creatures. *The next three paragraphs of this review may contain SPOILERS for previous books in the series.* Much like previous books, this one had multiple POVs and multiple groups of characters doing different things, but it’s a format that works because there’s always a lot going on, and all of it is important. X, Magnolia, and Miles (X’s dog) were off in a boat trying to find the fabled Metal Islands. Being at sea brought some slightly different dangers, and there was just as much detail and immersion and realism in regards to the sailing as there’s been for weapons, airships, and everything else in this series. (At least, I assume so since I don’t actually know anything about any of these things.) But the characters were still the most interesting part, especially X. He was still the same person, but he was also a little different then he was before his ten years on the surface, which makes sense. He was even more gruff, he had little patience for other people, and he seemed to have some problems with anger, but he still had a good heart and, more than anything, wanted to keep his friends and loved ones safe. Plus, he’s one badass old man! Ok, he's not actually old, but he's not young either, and "badass middle-aged man" doesn't have the same ring to it ;-) Not to mention that life has not exactly been kind to him. I think he manages to pull things off through sheer determination sometimes. Meanwhile, Katrina and all the old and new Hell Divers undocked the Deliverance and left for a mission. Like the captains before her, Katrina had to make some hard decisions, while Michael, Layla, Les, and Erin ended up back on the surface facing dangers of their own, including some new monsters. The Raptors are a great team though; they really look out for each other, and I love that. *END SPOILERS* This book had a few surprises, some good, some bad. And although there were consequences and things are still bleak for many of the characters, there’s hope too, and I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen next! Recommended For: Fans of Books 1-3 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

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ronie

    This series is amazing. Both my husband and I read it and thoroughly enjoy it. This had a massive cliffhanger that both of us were quite frustrated with--but only because it meant we had to wait to see what happens. Cannot wait for 5.

  8. 4 out of 5

    BookLoversLife

    Book 4 sees a change of pace for all involved.... Ha, only kidding, this is a Smith book after all!! The book starts with an absolute bang and doesn't let up. I devoured this as fast as I could and forwent sleep to finish!! Literally within the few pages the ship that X, Magnolia and Miles are on is attacked by a giant monster! They have their hands full and things are extremely tense. The author makes it such a way that you can't see what's coming. My heart was in my mouth because I didn't know Book 4 sees a change of pace for all involved.... Ha, only kidding, this is a Smith book after all!! The book starts with an absolute bang and doesn't let up. I devoured this as fast as I could and forwent sleep to finish!! Literally within the few pages the ship that X, Magnolia and Miles are on is attacked by a giant monster! They have their hands full and things are extremely tense. The author makes it such a way that you can't see what's coming. My heart was in my mouth because I didn't know what was going to happen. In fact, through out the whole book, I was kept on tenderhooks because I had no clue where the plot was going!! There are so many twists and turns that it was impossible to tell. Then we have the characters that are on the airships. At the end of the last book, they had managed to get another airship, Deliverance, and with that, life upon the ships have gotten better for all. Yet the Hell Divers are still needed and their latest dive is going to test even the hardest one! Certain things come to light when the Divers land on an island that will shake them to the core. There is so much I want to say about the plot and what is revealed, and what happens to certain characters and what happens to other characters, but I can't!!!! I truly believe that this is Smith's best work to date. The pacing never lets up and the characters will squeeze your heart. So much is revealed and so much is set in place for the next in the series! You can just tell that everything the author does here is a set up for what's sure to be an explosive end! This author has never failed to deliver an amazing read, and this one is no different. Its everything you could want in a book!! Jam packed with action, adventure, edge of your seat pacing, characters that will captivate you and a story you will fall in love with. Absolutely epic installment in one of my favourite series! Highly, Highly recommend.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    "Accept your past without regrets. Handle your present with confidence. Face your future without fear." First of all, if you haven't read the first three books in this series, you really should. NOTE: There might be minor plot spoilers in this review. This was another excellent addition to the continuing saga of the Hell Divers and surviving humanity. It is 260+ years in the future after the catastrophic World War III. Xavier "X", Miles the husky dog, and Mags set sail following up on the rumors of "Accept your past without regrets. Handle your present with confidence. Face your future without fear." First of all, if you haven't read the first three books in this series, you really should. NOTE: There might be minor plot spoilers in this review. This was another excellent addition to the continuing saga of the Hell Divers and surviving humanity. It is 260+ years in the future after the catastrophic World War III. Xavier "X", Miles the husky dog, and Mags set sail following up on the rumors of the Metal Islands. Mags is still mourning the loss of Rodger "Dodger" in book three. Both the HIVE and the DELIVERANCE airships are now being used as homes for surviving humanity and are now led by Katrina, the new Captain. The story continues with excitement leading the way through the pages of the story. Humanity now has some hope for better days in the future but the hope doesn't come without loss. I loved this installment as much as previous books. Author Smith has a very real talent for drawing readers into his stories. Excitement, battles, Hell Divers, horrific foes, and even surprises are in this book. I received an advanced reading copy of this book from Blackstone Publishing in the hopes that I would read it and leave an unbiased review. I also have pre-ordered the book (as always) because this is an author I definitely want to support.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Aristotle

    Terminus "Sanctuary for all. Community for all. Those who arrive survive." It's a trap! Run! Cannibals! This was an episode of The Walking Dead. Xavier Rodriguez is Rick Grimes. The Walking Dead has gone on too long. Find the cure and end the show. One of the problems with TWD is i feel little for the 2nd generation of survivors. That's how i feel about book 4 of Hell Divers. Who are Les, Layla, Edgar, Vish, Sandy, and the others? X, Mags, Miles, and Pepper's story was interesting but the second gro Terminus "Sanctuary for all. Community for all. Those who arrive survive." It's a trap! Run! Cannibals! This was an episode of The Walking Dead. Xavier Rodriguez is Rick Grimes. The Walking Dead has gone on too long. Find the cure and end the show. One of the problems with TWD is i feel little for the 2nd generation of survivors. That's how i feel about book 4 of Hell Divers. Who are Les, Layla, Edgar, Vish, Sandy, and the others? X, Mags, Miles, and Pepper's story was interesting but the second group uhm i forgot their names not so much. Giant octopuses, armored hogs, and man sized birds not to mention cannibals. Hey what's not to like about this book but feels that this would have worked better as a trilogy instead of a pentalogy. C-3PO is a killer? So how do they know how to pilot the USS Zion a Navy ship? Was the key left in the ignition? The radio and satellites work after sitting idol for over two centuries? Anyway lets get back to C-3PO and his laser gun.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Brian's Book Blog

    See this and many more reviews on Brian's Book Blog HD4 Enthralled Me From Beginning To End I’m not sure whether to call this book Hell Divers IV or Wolves so I might go back and forth (and I’ll definitely throw in an HD4 for simplicity) – so please stick with me. First and foremost. Good lord was this book fantastic. It opens with an epic fight against one sea creature. And within a few minutes, they are attacked by another one. I’m a big fan of “deep sea thrillers” and Wolves took some of my fa See this and many more reviews on Brian's Book Blog HD4 Enthralled Me From Beginning To End I’m not sure whether to call this book Hell Divers IV or Wolves so I might go back and forth (and I’ll definitely throw in an HD4 for simplicity) – so please stick with me. First and foremost. Good lord was this book fantastic. It opens with an epic fight against one sea creature. And within a few minutes, they are attacked by another one. I’m a big fan of “deep sea thrillers” and Wolves took some of my favorite elements from these books and threw them into a world decimated by bombs and left to thrive and evolve on its own after humans were basically wiped off the face of it. I also wasn’t sure why NSS called it wolves until a while into the book (and I won’t ruin it for you). I literally went “ohhh” out loud when he revealed it. There are some main points that I want to cover because this book had a lot going on in it. One is that NSS is able to write an entire series without ever diving into politics. I wasn’t sure at one point of Wolves if he was going to go a little into it, but right when he could have finger-pointed and gone completely political he about-faced and threw me for a complete freaking loop. Seriously, I’m pretty good at guessing plot points and major “fake outs” but I did not see the major and massive plotline Smith wrote in HD4. It’s even harder because I can’t go into what happened that shocked me so much since it’s a pretty major spoiler, but know that for the first time in four books we have an idea of what the heck happened to cause the surface of Earth to become hell reincarnate. (This point will contain spoilers from the other three books). Another point that I wanted to dive into (ahhh get it?) is the way that Smith is able to write a character who was a loner, then wasn’t (because of Tin), then was left to die so became a loner again. He found a dog and realized he didn’t want to be alone anymore. He’s finally found by his ship and doesn’t want to go back, and then is forced to go back and forth with this all during book 4. It’s amazing to watch the back and forth growth of X and the situational-specific feelings he was able to have. It’s something you rarely get since character arcs don’t look like waves they usually look like a rainbow or a diagonal line. Hell Divers IV is one of those books that makes you feel – numerous times about a number of things. You feel for X, you feel for Miles, and for Tin. You feel for the people around him, for the people in the Hive, and for many others. Smith is able to write characters that feel real. X feels like a real person. The things that he thinks and says out loud feel real. I’ve never had characters jump off the page more than when I was reading the Hell Divers series and Wolves was no different. A few times I had to actually pause the audiobook just so that I could gather myself. One of those times was dealing with X’s dog, Miles, and I was damn near hyperventilating because of it. The final point I wanted to make is that Smith is also able to write about human experiences in such a way that even though he’s writing speculative fiction about the future – it could be re-written as a narrative of things going on today. I love that and loved Hell Divers IV: Wolves more for it. On top of all of this, throw in the master R.C. Bray’s performance and you have what could be one of my top 3 books of 2018. I know that I won’t forget this book for a long time. Bray’s performance of X specifically just seals the deal. It feels like it’s just an extension of Bray’s voice. I know if I chose to read vs listen to another HD book I would hear X’s voice as Bray. I believe I’ve mentioned this in other reviews, but easily one of the best parts of the audiobook is when Bray has to say a place name different than how we know it (Florida as “Floor-id-a” for example). In an older book, it was Miami as “my-ah-my”. In Wolves, the one that got me was Chicago as “Chick-ah-go”. I know that saying these places had to be tough for Bray and I picture him saying it as a normal American would and then realizing it and having to go re-record it at least once. If you’re looking for a new post-apocalyptic series to read, especially one that isn’t political (at all) but still has all the feeling then Hell Divers is for you. If you’ve read HD 1-3 and aren’t sure about 4, what’s wrong with you? I know that HD4 will stick with me until HD5 comes out (hopefully in 2019).

  12. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    Somehow these books just keep getting better. Impressive writing, amazing plotting, and characters that keep things compelling. I didn't think the early books had the steam to keep things running this long. I was very wrong. The way book #4 ends, #5 is likely to be just as good.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mari (Smut Duchess)

    3.0 - 3.5 *** I skimmed through this book. It was more of the same. Non stop action. Mostly took place with X and Mags on a boat. This one ended on a cliffhanger. I'm glad I skimmed the series but I'm not crazy about he direction of the story so I may pass on the next book when it comes out Spring '19.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Šimon Tóth

    I miss the excitement of the previous books.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Tucker

    Another great chapter in the series, they just keep getting better! Do they always have to end on such grand cliffhangers though? I'm already jonesing for chapter V!!!!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Laura Thomas

    This starts off pretty much where the last book left off. X and Magnolia, along with his dog, Miles, are braving the dark ocean on board the Sea Wolf, searching for the ever elusive Metal Islands. What used to appear to be a myth is now looking more like the real thing. And Katrina is settling into her role as captain of both the Deliverance and the Hive. Her command comes with tough choices and a learning curve. As X and his motley crew deal with their demons from the deep, so Katrina deals wit This starts off pretty much where the last book left off. X and Magnolia, along with his dog, Miles, are braving the dark ocean on board the Sea Wolf, searching for the ever elusive Metal Islands. What used to appear to be a myth is now looking more like the real thing. And Katrina is settling into her role as captain of both the Deliverance and the Hive. Her command comes with tough choices and a learning curve. As X and his motley crew deal with their demons from the deep, so Katrina deals with her own inner doubts and all the complications of making decisions for the good of the last remaining survivors of Earth. Yes, I was hoping this would start with a bang, and it sure did. X and the gang are soon in over the heads as the author throws the book at them; killer sharks, a mutant kraken, giant vultures and man eating metal-skinned hogs. The action never really lets up. Not for the occupants of the Sea Wolf and not for those floating in the ships above. The author adds more danger with a surprise enemy or two. As I neared the end of the book my anxiety was through the roof! It was exciting to see the crew from Deliverance finally land on the surface. They’d been there before, seen the horrific conditions, the deadly monsters, but they still weren’t ready for what they encountered. Some perish while others face what seem to me to be insurmountable odds. This is nothing new in the series. With mutant creatures ruling solid ground, death is always looming. What got me was a couple of scenes with Magnolia and Miles. The author had me in tears and that takes some doing with me. And a rescue scene with X had me so tied up in knots I feared to read on. Sure, X is a main characters and the all powerful alpha male, but that doesn’t mean he’ll survive and continue to the end of the series. I was about to say this series keeps getting better and better, but that’s not necessarily what I want to convey. I can’t choose any book that is better than the other. Each books is awesome. The action is super fast. And the situations are mind blowing. Where it gets better in each book is the character growth and the secrets revealed. I finally learned how the world ended. I should have guessed it, but I didn’t. Loved Wolves. Hell Divers IV. Love the Hell Divers Series. “They Dive So Humanity Survives.” And the author can’t write more fast enough. I have my fingers and toes crossed that these will be made into movies! I received a complimentary copy from Netgalley. My review is voluntarily given.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    AMAZING! I really loved this and loved that there was a lot of X, my favorite character. 🙂 This one was full of some nail biting action, and had such a huge surprise that I loved! I can’t wait to see what the next book brings.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Callender

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Ugh, I love this series, but this book didn't live up to the others. The ending is extremely disappointing, I wish they'd have cut earlier to have a better cliff hanger going into the next book, or finished this story arc. Instead we are left basically mid sentence.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Levine

    I love this series! I felt like I'd been waiting for book 4 to come out for so long. While I felt the beginning was a little slow-going, overall I liked this story. I'm wondering if perhaps I felt the beginning was slow because I'm a huge fan of X, and, therefore, was really more interested in what he was doing as opposed to those up in the sky. Either way, I loved the new creature; it sounded very interesting. I love how the author always has the reader, at least me, sitting on pins and needles I love this series! I felt like I'd been waiting for book 4 to come out for so long. While I felt the beginning was a little slow-going, overall I liked this story. I'm wondering if perhaps I felt the beginning was slow because I'm a huge fan of X, and, therefore, was really more interested in what he was doing as opposed to those up in the sky. Either way, I loved the new creature; it sounded very interesting. I love how the author always has the reader, at least me, sitting on pins and needles and scared when Miles is taken or in some kind of bad situation, leaving me wondering if he'll end up dying. Now I have to wait for book 5.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Aaron Mullins

    This book almost felt more like a filler novel, building up to something big in # 5. Still an entertaining read, but I just felt like it was missing something.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Omstead

    There is plenty going on in this story and all of it will make your pulse race. X is back and he’s neck-deep in trouble, battling horrific mutations both on land and sea. This poor guy just can’t catch a break. Meanwhile, high above on the Hive and Deliverance, Captain DaVita is working on a plan to relocate the occupants of the airships to a relatively small, non-toxic area of Earth’s surface currently inhabited by a psychopath and his minions. HD4 continues the author's legacy of crazy-great w There is plenty going on in this story and all of it will make your pulse race. X is back and he’s neck-deep in trouble, battling horrific mutations both on land and sea. This poor guy just can’t catch a break. Meanwhile, high above on the Hive and Deliverance, Captain DaVita is working on a plan to relocate the occupants of the airships to a relatively small, non-toxic area of Earth’s surface currently inhabited by a psychopath and his minions. HD4 continues the author's legacy of crazy-great writing combined with top notch action scenes.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Vinay Badri

    1st book in this series that kind of didnt have that same sense of desperation that permeated the previous books. It could be cos its the start of a new arc but it still lacks that sense of urgency The stakes are still high but some of the actions of the players feel a bit odd. I think it was that inconsistency and the ending that didnt up the bar for me. Otherwise, this series has been quite a good find. Desperate, action packed thriller that works pretty well

  23. 5 out of 5

    Scot Parker

    Smith delivers another nail-biting thriller with Wolves. If you've been enjoying the series so far, this one will not disappoint you. This book takes us from the sky to the sea, as we follow X in his search for the Metal Isles. We get to see a new part of this broken world Smith has created - the hellish monsters that live in (and sail upon) the sea. This book leaves you hanging with some burning questions; if you are seeing this review before starting the series, consider waiting until Smith has Smith delivers another nail-biting thriller with Wolves. If you've been enjoying the series so far, this one will not disappoint you. This book takes us from the sky to the sea, as we follow X in his search for the Metal Isles. We get to see a new part of this broken world Smith has created - the hellish monsters that live in (and sail upon) the sea. This book leaves you hanging with some burning questions; if you are seeing this review before starting the series, consider waiting until Smith has finished writing it. I am starting to wish I had.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Chris Spalding

    The others I was a bigger fan of but this one seemed to venture off a little bit from what I suspected. I feel as if the book could have been a little longer to help flesh out the story a little more. All that to say I liked it but not sure what he is going to do from here because there are so many different routes and unanswered questions that seem kind of crazy...

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    While this was still a good read, I didn't enjoy it as much as the previous books. It felt a bit like a novella that had been padded out. Ill continue with the series but I'm hoping for more from book five.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bruce

    Cliffhanger alert :( Well, I guess I have to take back my praise for the author from my review for book #3. It is no longer a well-crafted trilogy with a satisfying ending. It has been resurrected, and this time a cliffhanger ending has been inflicted upon us. If you're like me, and despise cliffhangers, you'd best wait for book 5 to come out before you pick up this one -- assuming the author doesn't try to stick it to us yet again (sigh). It's time to move on and think up something new, Nicholas Cliffhanger alert :( Well, I guess I have to take back my praise for the author from my review for book #3. It is no longer a well-crafted trilogy with a satisfying ending. It has been resurrected, and this time a cliffhanger ending has been inflicted upon us. If you're like me, and despise cliffhangers, you'd best wait for book 5 to come out before you pick up this one -- assuming the author doesn't try to stick it to us yet again (sigh). It's time to move on and think up something new, Nicholas...

  27. 4 out of 5

    Trish

    This series is far outside my normal reading repertoire, but a friend mentioned in and I had enjoyed the series. Sadly, I can't say I love this installment. The actual amount of plot could have been addressed in two or three chapters; sadly, I felt like this book was an awful lot of filler (oh look, more mutant monsters to battle!). I honestly didn't care much about the new information (view spoiler)[Mutant A/Is actually destroyed Earth (hide spoiler)] and while the last chapter revealed a bit o This series is far outside my normal reading repertoire, but a friend mentioned in and I had enjoyed the series. Sadly, I can't say I love this installment. The actual amount of plot could have been addressed in two or three chapters; sadly, I felt like this book was an awful lot of filler (oh look, more mutant monsters to battle!). I honestly didn't care much about the new information (view spoiler)[Mutant A/Is actually destroyed Earth (hide spoiler)] and while the last chapter revealed a bit of a twist as well, it isn't enough to draw me back for #5. So long, hell divers. Best of luck to you...

  28. 5 out of 5

    Robert Chapman

    This is the fourth book in the Hell Divers series. As with the rest of the series, this installment of the series continues to flow well and progress the story. The residents of the Hive and the Deliverance are searching for a permanent home on the ground - something that seemed impossible until recently. That home goes by the name the "metal islands". Nothing comes easy though as the divers again clash with old enemies. Book 5 should be great based upon the ending of this book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Trae

    Good tie-in to the rest of the story. The focus on Michael and X was probably the best part of the read. Instead of jumping around and dealing with people that may or may not be significant to the story down the road, this was a tightly focused read. Not a big fan of the new enemies, but maybe it will move well in the next book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jeannie Mancini

    Before I meander into an official book review of Helldivers IV, I’d like to say that this fourth installment was OUTSTANDING! I feel it was the best book in the series so far. What a fantastic adventure story! Opening the first page of Helldivers IV will have you right where you left off in book three with Xavier and his Hybrid Siberian Husky Miles aboard the Sea Wolf heading out to unknown waters. Reminiscing with anger and resentment, X’s thoughts roam to the past of his decade of diving from Before I meander into an official book review of Helldivers IV, I’d like to say that this fourth installment was OUTSTANDING! I feel it was the best book in the series so far. What a fantastic adventure story! Opening the first page of Helldivers IV will have you right where you left off in book three with Xavier and his Hybrid Siberian Husky Miles aboard the Sea Wolf heading out to unknown waters. Reminiscing with anger and resentment, X’s thoughts roam to the past of his decade of diving from the sky aboard the airship Hive. Also on board ship is the trusty and familiar AI Timothy Pepper, who we met in HD3 and is navigating X, Miles, and Magnolia Katib, another Helldiver who chose to throw cares to the wind by joining X on this uncertain voyage. Magnolia is always checking for radiation in the air, or mercury in the rain, as they sail cautiously into eerie waters forever exposed to the elements. Violent storms , giant waves and an enormous kraken to battle, X is immediately flung into the fray once more as they journey across rough seas with the mission of finding the Metal Islands, a fabled groups of Islands known to be radiation free. Finding this paradise will allow the surviving humans of the air a new place to live on land once more. Adding the element of magnificent sea adventures to the Helldivers series was for me a big plus and a welcomed change of pace. I am a die-hard Jules Verne fan and was happily surprised to see a bit of Verne’s style thrown into the fray. Meanwhile while Mags and X are experiencing Captain Nemo like chaos at sea, up in the air Hive & Deliverance, two old rust-bucket airships with the remaining survivors of Earth’s apocalypse, are trying to stay afloat. They are experimenting with terraforming to create additional food crops that will keep the crew and residents fed and healthier as they continually battle sickness and death from radiation poisoning. Characters we met in the first three books are either mentioned or appear briefly, but Helldivers IV splits story time between what is happening with X and Mags at sea, and the rest onboard the Hive with our new Captain, Katrina. Katrina struggles to maintain authority and trust from her people showing them she is capable of taking care of their well beings and will make the best decisions to protect them and keep them alive. At the same time she makes and even harder choice when she decides to dive down to earth to help X and Magnolia and the other team divers who have run up against some horrifying Hybrids that are part robot and part human. And nasty creatures they are….!!! The hunt is on for all involved to find the mysterious Metal Islands. Resources aboard the airships of food, medicine and other needed supplies are running low, the airships are decaying, and time is running out for the Hivers and Divers. Will they find the fabled Metal Islands? Will they be alone or will they find other humans alive? Can they stay alive long enough to locate this Garden of Eden? HD IV really rocks! It bursts out of its bindings with high octane adventure, a plot that twists and turns you upside down, loveable realistic heartwarming characters, frightening enemies, beloved friends, bloody battles, and terrific well penned writing. And….and…a cliff hanger of an ending that will have you gasping because there are no more pages to turn!! Nicholas Sansbury Smith just keeps getting better and better and better. Standing ovation Nick! Five stars without a doubt.

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