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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.

    NOOOOO!!! I can't believe the book is over already!! Is book # 5 out yet? No? Please! I can't wait another year!

  2. 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.]

  3. 4 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

  4. 5 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. 5 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

    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.

  7. 5 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.

  8. 4 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.

  9. 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).

  10. 4 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 5 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.

  13. 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!!!!

  14. 4 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.

  15. 5 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.

  16. 5 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.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mike Keller

    Meg and X are sailing what used to be the Caribbean Sea searching for the Metal Islands, a habitable part of Earth that was spared the radiation and storms blanketing the planet. For 250 years the Hell Divers had secured the nuclear fuel cells and supplies that kept the great airships afloat, and the airships were home to the last surviving members of the human race. Kept afloat by huge helium-filled bladders and guided by powerful turbans, the last remaining airship flew above the lightning sto Meg and X are sailing what used to be the Caribbean Sea searching for the Metal Islands, a habitable part of Earth that was spared the radiation and storms blanketing the planet. For 250 years the Hell Divers had secured the nuclear fuel cells and supplies that kept the great airships afloat, and the airships were home to the last surviving members of the human race. Kept afloat by huge helium-filled bladders and guided by powerful turbans, the last remaining airship flew above the lightning storms that covered much of the devastated landscape. All that was left by the bombs which destroyed the structures and covered the ground with deadly radiation was incapable of supporting human life. Only deadly deformed creatures survived on the inhospitable surface blasted by the powerful lightning storms also produced by the bombs dropped from the very airships currently used as the homes of humanity. The "Hive", last of the mighty floating airships that had sheltered humanity for a quarter-millenium, was now joined to the "Deliverance", an airship like the"Hive", slightly smaller, capable of everything the "Hive" was plus it could land on the surface safely. The "Deliverance", when attached to the "Hive", helped keep it afloat. The Metal Islands, home to the Cazadores, were located near the Virgin Islands. The Metal Islands floated in a huge patch of clear, sunny skies. No radiation or poisonous atmosphere bothered the inhabitants and the Islands grew several fruits and vegetables to supplement their cannibal diet. In spite of X's wishes, Katrina and the newest rookie divers, dove to the surface to inspect a top secret military installation off the coast of Cuba, code-named Red Sphere. Hoping to find weapons and supplies for an assault on the Cazadores' Metal Islands. The expedition didn't go exactly as planned. When do they ever? A terrifying dystopian future provides an amazing storyline and characters you can immediately fall in love with, or growl and spit every time their names are printed. We've lived with and fought beside these actors, dove through forked lightning and crashing thunder. They're well known and much loved (some of them). The story keeps your pulse racing and your tired eyes wide with excitement. This is a terrific read! Don't take my word for it! Grab a copy and see for yourself!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Josh Levine

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. *** POSSIBLE SPOILERS *** This entry in the Hell Divers series brings on a shift in tone for the phrase “We dive so humanity survives”. Once you get past the first chapter, you will understand what I mean. Nick continues our tale of survival in the air in search of a place for humanity to re-establish their life on the surface. In search of the metal islands, we journey out to the sea with X and Magnolia as they seek out the next home for the human race. In this entry, there was plenty of action *** POSSIBLE SPOILERS *** This entry in the Hell Divers series brings on a shift in tone for the phrase “We dive so humanity survives”. Once you get past the first chapter, you will understand what I mean. Nick continues our tale of survival in the air in search of a place for humanity to re-establish their life on the surface. In search of the metal islands, we journey out to the sea with X and Magnolia as they seek out the next home for the human race. In this entry, there was plenty of action and story building that helped provide even more depth to each character in the tale. Watching as Magnolia was able to learn from the many years X had spent on the surface was fun and, at times, frustrating. Nick’s writing brought up an interesting ethical dilemma that I found myself contemplating throughout the narration. How does one group decide to unilaterally raid the encampment of another? In this story, it is clear cut in terms of good vs evil, but when it comes to expansion of territory and survival of the group, where is the line drawn when each side truly believes they are doing what is best for their group to survive in terms of resource and land capture? This is the ethical quandary which I found myself immersed in as the story played out. The action level was perfect for this entry in what I consider to be my favorite series by Mr. Smith. I did have two questions as it related to the story and those were how did they have SATCOM available hundreds of years after the end of civilization (who is controlling the satellites? Was it meant to be standard line-of-sight communications?) The other is aside from an individual computer station, how would any of the suit battery packs have enough juice to power-up an entire computing server in order to access records likely stored elsewhere? This is really just the technician in me coming out and didn’t detract from the story. Just two items that stood out to me as a “wait a minute” moment  R.C. Bray, as per the usual, did outstanding with his performance. In fact, as I’ve said in my other reviews, Bob is how I stumbled upon Hell Divers and Nick in the first place. Great continuation of the series and now I have to wait, after this monstrous cliffhanger, for book five.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Banshee

    And this book is another example of why I loved Nicholas Sansbury Smith's writing and why this is one of my favorite series, ever. Xavier and Magnolia are in the boat trying to find the metal islands. Along they way the come across new monsters and face mechanical problems. The citizens of the Hive have been given new hope. With the Deliverance everyone living on the lower decks can move up and no longer face radiation poisoning and starvation. These two airships are hanging off the coast of Flo And this book is another example of why I loved Nicholas Sansbury Smith's writing and why this is one of my favorite series, ever. Xavier and Magnolia are in the boat trying to find the metal islands. Along they way the come across new monsters and face mechanical problems. The citizens of the Hive have been given new hope. With the Deliverance everyone living on the lower decks can move up and no longer face radiation poisoning and starvation. These two airships are hanging off the coast of Florida waiting for word by Xavier before they move on. This novel was amazing. The plot was exciting, there was a great blend of action, character development and world building. The actual cause of WW3 was finally revealed and it blew me away. I thought it would have been a generic whose ego is bigger but I was wrong and I LOVED the actual reason. New and creative monsters are revealed that Xavier and Magnolia have to fight. My favorite was the creature from the cover, it was a scary and destructive monster. The characters were great but I didn't like Xavier and Magnolia as much as I thought I would have. Xavier was too rude to Magnolia but that is probably caused by him living on his own for 10 years. Magnolia was too reckless and had to be saved too many times. Michael, Layla, Les, and Erin do appear throughout the novel and they were good. The ending of the novel ended on one crazy cliffhanger. It was sad, suspenseful and intense. I cannot wait for volume five!!! Thanks to Blackstone Publishing and Netgalley for this ARC. I was so excited to read it and this novel was everything I was hoping for.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Danika Fedeli

    I need more! Honestly, Nicholas Sansbury Smith is, hands down, one of the most terrifying authors out there today. Why do I say terrifying? Because his stuff is just too believable at times. A government made weaponized virus escaping (Extinction Cycle), a high altitude nuclear explosion causing a nationwide EMP (Trackers), and increased technology eventually leading to the mutually assured destruction of the world (Hell Divers). Let's be honest, they aren't totally out of the realm of possibility I need more! Honestly, Nicholas Sansbury Smith is, hands down, one of the most terrifying authors out there today. Why do I say terrifying? Because his stuff is just too believable at times. A government made weaponized virus escaping (Extinction Cycle), a high altitude nuclear explosion causing a nationwide EMP (Trackers), and increased technology eventually leading to the mutually assured destruction of the world (Hell Divers). Let's be honest, they aren't totally out of the realm of possibility! In the 4th installment of this series, we have X and Mags on the ocean searching for the Cazadores and the Metal Islands. They fight off all sorts of new mutations while trying to find a possible future home for their people. Are they going to be successful? Is humanity finally going to have a place on Earth, again? Is Smith going to kill off any of your beloved characters (because, let's be honest, he has no problem with that)? You're going to have to read to find out. Be warned: in true Nicholas Sansbury Smith style, he makes you want to SCREAM as you get closer and closer to the end of the book, and you KNOW he's going to leave you with a cliffhanger after this amazing buildup to what's coming next! SMIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIITH (in my best Kirk impression)! Basically, what I'm saying is that it sucks you in, takes you through almost the full range of emotions, and then spits you out on the other side BEGGING for more! I can't WAIT for the next one!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Laurel

    From one of my favourite authors... what's not to like here?! I was really looking forward to this book's release, and when it arrived I couldn't wait to dive right in (see what I did there?). And I surely wasn't disappointed. Following hot on the heels of the third book, this one joins Xavier Rodriquez and Magnolia in their search for the Metal Islands (and just what are those, one might wonder). But all is not plain sailing by any means. The oceans bring new dangers, not least rogue waves. In t From one of my favourite authors... what's not to like here?! I was really looking forward to this book's release, and when it arrived I couldn't wait to dive right in (see what I did there?). And I surely wasn't disappointed. Following hot on the heels of the third book, this one joins Xavier Rodriquez and Magnolia in their search for the Metal Islands (and just what are those, one might wonder). But all is not plain sailing by any means. The oceans bring new dangers, not least rogue waves. In the meantime, up on Deliverance, Captain DaVita must fight through her own demons and doubts to lead her ship, and the Hive to safety. But new revelations about humanity's past threaten their fragile existence and, as with all plans in this post-apocalyptic future, every decision comes at a price. Though I didn't find this quite as gripping as previous books in the series (due to my own reading-related pressures at the time of reading), like the other three books it went down very smoothly, which in itself is a feat that Smith accomplishes with aplomb. The writing drew me immediately into the world of X and the rest, and it was easy to slip in and be taken along for the ride with no distractions. If you haven't, go and pick up HD1 because this series is one helluva ride. I cannot wait for HD5, because... goodness me. I have no idea how this'll pan out.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Terry Webb

    After reading the first book in this series I was hooked, on the series as well as everything else this author has written. Specifically to he Hell Diver series and this installment, I have to say again how much I enjoyed the first book, not realizing there were going to be additional books, but I am so glad there has been. The story is unfolded so well, and his writing style so good and his ability for the unexpected that he truly captures an audience. Each book has unfolds a little more of the After reading the first book in this series I was hooked, on the series as well as everything else this author has written. Specifically to he Hell Diver series and this installment, I have to say again how much I enjoyed the first book, not realizing there were going to be additional books, but I am so glad there has been. The story is unfolded so well, and his writing style so good and his ability for the unexpected that he truly captures an audience. Each book has unfolds a little more of the post apocalyptic world he takes us into, but this latest volume, book IV, exceeded everything before and what an impact it has as you read it. That is why I say BRILLIANT. If there was one word to describe it that would be it! One thing I highly encourage is that you read them in sequence for two reasons - first you don't want to spoil the wonder off the story and second you would miss so much of the meaning of events as they unfold. I highly recommend this book and this series, but get ready for a ride!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Maryjo English

    Another awesome installment to the series!!! As a fan of this series, I was very excited to learn that the original trilogy was being extended to five books. There was so much story that could have been told at the end of the third book, and so many directions that things could go. As usual, Nicholas has performed his storytelling magic in book four by continuing right where the third book finished. In a nutshell, the main character of the series is out to find the long sought after haven for his Another awesome installment to the series!!! As a fan of this series, I was very excited to learn that the original trilogy was being extended to five books. There was so much story that could have been told at the end of the third book, and so many directions that things could go. As usual, Nicholas has performed his storytelling magic in book four by continuing right where the third book finished. In a nutshell, the main character of the series is out to find the long sought after haven for his people to be able to leave the skies and also perform some much needed avenging against a group that is just as bad as the mutated creatures he has spent years fighting. Whew. That is hugely understating the emotional ride the reader will take with our favorite characters in this novel. I finished the last page hungering for more and will be waiting patiently for the release of the fifth and final novel. Thanks again Nick for a great book and keep them coming.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sleepless

    From the fertile imagination of Nicholas Sansbury Smith comes the stuff of nightmares! The stuggle for the salvation takes new and dramatic twists! Legendary"X", the hope of mankind, battles the monsters on land, sea and air! The wolves are at the door in Hell Divers IV. This truly epic confrontation, harbingers relentless attacks from all manner of grotesque monsters against humanities dwindling hope for survival! If you like post-apocolyptic tales, then your in for a daring adventure as the saga From the fertile imagination of Nicholas Sansbury Smith comes the stuff of nightmares! The stuggle for the salvation takes new and dramatic twists! Legendary"X", the hope of mankind, battles the monsters on land, sea and air! The wolves are at the door in Hell Divers IV. This truly epic confrontation, harbingers relentless attacks from all manner of grotesque monsters against humanities dwindling hope for survival! If you like post-apocolyptic tales, then your in for a daring adventure as the saga continues. Brilliantly written with hurculean battles, mind boggling twists and breathtaking danger! Hell Divers IV: Wolves is a masterpiece of storytelling, and further evidence that Nicholas Sansbury Smith is at the very top of the genre! Try not to get seasick! Enjoy!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Billy Barfield

    Nicholas Smith outdid himself on this book I just had the chance to read HD4 and It is I believe the best book he has ever written. It just flows across the page from chapter to chapter and the way it does keeps the reader riveted. I started the book and was absolutely mesmerized by it. I was unable to put it down until I finished it..From the moment you are on the bridge of the SeaWolf facing a 8 armed behemoth and then when you are looking at the Iron Islands , then and only then will you know Nicholas Smith outdid himself on this book I just had the chance to read HD4 and It is I believe the best book he has ever written. It just flows across the page from chapter to chapter and the way it does keeps the reader riveted. I started the book and was absolutely mesmerized by it. I was unable to put it down until I finished it..From the moment you are on the bridge of the SeaWolf facing a 8 armed behemoth and then when you are looking at the Iron Islands , then and only then will you know what to expect and at that point BOOM.. it blows up and takes a turn that no one was expecting at least of all X.. so pick it up and read it NOW !!!!!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Hallbrooks

    Be prepared for anything when you read this. The fourth book in an ongoing series. I highly recommend reading in order and back-to-back if possible. The post-apocalyptic era is no time for those sensitive to violence, as well as, adult language and situations. While a two-person team sails away to find a potential new home for those on the ancient airships, new recruits are needed for the Hell Divers teams. Is there anyone left that is willing to risk their life so humanity can survive? I really en Be prepared for anything when you read this. The fourth book in an ongoing series. I highly recommend reading in order and back-to-back if possible. The post-apocalyptic era is no time for those sensitive to violence, as well as, adult language and situations. While a two-person team sails away to find a potential new home for those on the ancient airships, new recruits are needed for the Hell Divers teams. Is there anyone left that is willing to risk their life so humanity can survive? I really enjoyed how the author shared the challenges of being a Hell Diver in a world where anything can and does happen. I was also surprised by a few things that I didn't see coming.

  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. 4 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.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Giannavola

    I've read all the reviews to date on Hell Divers IV: Wolves, and I don't know what more I can add except to say that there is a reason Nicholas Sansbury Smith earns so many 5-star reviews. He deserves them! I, too, love this series and was not disappointed in any way in Hell Divers IV. I highly recommend the Hell Divers series. Do yourself a favor and start with Book One, finish the series, and then read everything else this author has written! Nick Smith delivers everything you want in a book a I've read all the reviews to date on Hell Divers IV: Wolves, and I don't know what more I can add except to say that there is a reason Nicholas Sansbury Smith earns so many 5-star reviews. He deserves them! I, too, love this series and was not disappointed in any way in Hell Divers IV. I highly recommend the Hell Divers series. Do yourself a favor and start with Book One, finish the series, and then read everything else this author has written! Nick Smith delivers everything you want in a book and so much more.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Anita

    Another action packed thriller, page after page of anxiety riddled dives as they continue the quest to save humanity. Definition of humanity: the quality or condition of being human; human nature. Wolves shows us the darker side of humanity's survival options and it's not pretty. We sit, transfixed on each page we read, praying things work out for our heroes. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don't. How is it possible to keep repeating that each book is better than the last? A series like no oth Another action packed thriller, page after page of anxiety riddled dives as they continue the quest to save humanity. Definition of humanity: the quality or condition of being human; human nature. Wolves shows us the darker side of humanity's survival options and it's not pretty. We sit, transfixed on each page we read, praying things work out for our heroes. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don't. How is it possible to keep repeating that each book is better than the last? A series like no other in the scyfy genre'.

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