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The New York Times and USA Today best-selling series 

Face the uncertain future without fear....

A year has passed since the Hell Divers defeated the machines at Kilimanjaro. The freed captives have settled into their new home at the Vanguard Islands, joining survivors from around the world. But extreme weather and failed crops have raised the specter of famine. Ships must push deeper into dangerous red zones, only to come back with less loot - and fewer soldiers.

When the Hell Divers discover a scroll on a raid, King Xavier is faced with a long-buried truth that threatens the future of his people and all of humanity. The Vanguard Islands are not the salvation the sky people thought them to be. To survive, they must venture through the Panama Canal and into the wastes beyond.  

With the future at stake, the Immortal once again dons his armor. But there is a reason the great Cazador armies never returned from the canal, and this time not even the King of the Wastes is prepared for what awaits them.

©2021 Nicholas Sansbury Smith (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

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Another incredible book by NSS

What a story! 8 bookings in and NSS still has me hooked. I seriously can’t wait for the Neal to one to arrive.
Performance amazing as always by Bray!

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Top tier.

Loved it, there was a some character development in a place I didn't massively like it- but the outcome was pleasing. Can't wait for the next book!

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  • Chris Milam
  • 14-09-21

Are you serious!

Just take my money for book 9 NOW! Mr. Nicholas, how dare you toll with my emotions and put me on a rollercoaster that's so fast-paced! I couldn’t stop listening from the moment I turned on the book. That's nearly 14 hours straight. Mr.Bray does another killer job bringing forth the characters from this epic saga!

You won't be disappointed!

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  • fox_mcclain
  • 14-09-21

Another great Hell Divers Book

This was an awesome book. Once again Nicholas knocks it out of the park and R.C. Bray brings the book to life. Can’t wait for the next installment.

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  • Kindlereader
  • 16-09-21

How do these keep getting better?

I savored this book over the past two days, the new characters, new missions, and X leading humanity in a desperate act to save them from new threats. Honestly, this book felt like Hell Divers 1, in a good way. It was full of suspense, mystery, and characters you love and fear for. Hard to believe we're on book 8 and I still get the same chills that I did at the beginning of the series. I really believe this is the best installment yet. Amazing! If you haven't read these books, and somehow see this review, you need to dive in! This is one of the best and most unique apocalyptic stories of modern scifi.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-09-21

Absolutely action packed!

Possibly the best in the series so far. Can't wait for the next book. Keep them coming NSS!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 14-09-21

Awesome Story!! Great New Characters.

This is a Great Book lots of amazing characters and moments. Don't pass this one up.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-09-21

Excellent book and series

Fantastic!!!! So far have not read or listened to a better series. Excellent story line, excellent narration. Put R C Bray together with Nicholas S Smith and u have a great story, that starts putting u on the edge of ur seat and finishes with you in the same place.
I highly recommend that you get this series!

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  • Brian
  • 19-09-21

Just Excellent

I mean, at this point, I'm not surprised that Smith was able to not only write another amazing book but, eight books in, still knock my socks off. I should have gone into this story barefoot knowing he was going to blow them off.

Normally by eight books into a series, the surprises are over. The things that the main character(s) go through are pretty much a replayed versions of what they've already been through. That's not the case with King of the Wastes. Smith was able to create new and unique things in the later books (finding the Vanguard Islands for example) and then once they found them there was a whole new set of challenges. Now, a storm is blowing in and lots of other things seem to be happening at the same time.

King of the Wastes might be the longest book in the series but it felt like one of the shortest. I distinctly remember hearing Bray read "Epilogue" and I looked up from what I was doing and said out loud to myself "No... already". Now, this is 13 plus hours into the book already. I couldn't believe it was coming to an end. I'm used to the fast-paced action-packed stories that Smith writes, but this one stands out as one of the fastest and most action-packed.

We're introduced to new enemies and new challenges as well. The "monsters" that they come across and the backstories that Smith was able to sneak into this story were nothing short of amazing. I love that even eight books in I'm still learning more about the Wastes since the characters are still learning more. Add in the incredible narration by R.C. Bray and you have my favorite series. Hell Divers hasn't let me down yet and I think it's because they haven't let themselves down yet. They dive so humanity survives. And as long as they're still diving, these stories will keep getting better and better.

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  • Eric
  • 16-09-21

First time review

Well first started this is one of the best stories I ever heard from the book 1 through eight so I get gratitude and grateful for the storyline. It is so amazing that you can get into a story. I thank you for this opportunity to hear your book. And can’t wait for the next vote come out and keep up the great work and always do all the books that you have I have them all thank you thank you Mr Smith plus love hear RC Bray voice it makes more characters alive .

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  • Kindle Reader
  • 15-09-21

Fantastic!

The 8th book in this series did not disappoint! Xavier must make sone difficult decisions for the inhabitant of the Vanguard islands. Lots of action and nail biting scenes. Highly recommended ifbyiu like post apocalyptic books.

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  • Linda
  • 24-09-21

Phenomenal Action Packed Series

The Hell Divers series is by far the best series I have listened to. Nichols Sandsbury Smith is a master writer that will take you on an amazing action packed adventure filled with colorful characters that will make you, laugh, cry, cheer for, and some you will hate ( in a good way). I really hated for this book to end and looking forward to Hell Divers 9.

RC Bray is an mastermind when it comes to narration. He breathes life to each and every character and really brings these books to life.

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