Hell Divers 5: Captives by Nicholas Sansbury Smith
English | 2019 | Sci / Fi | ePUB | 1.5 Mb
Captives : Humanity has finally found a new home, but the price is blood …
After a long, perilous journey, Hell Divers Xavier Rodriguez and Magnolia Katib discover the Metal Islands, a sunny habitable zone where thousands of people live by fishing and farming. But this “paradise” is really a violent warrior society ruled by the cannibal king el Pulpo. For the first time in X’s life, he is forced to lay down his arms and surrender.
Back on the airships, the Hell Divers are recovering from a gruesome discovery at Red Sphere, where they learned the truth about World War III. Now they must fight one last war-this time for what remains of their own endangered species. As the battle approaches, alliances will be forged, and others broken.
Forced to fight in the Cazador army, X faces his toughest mission yet. Will he help his people come down from the sky and claim the promised land, or will humanity go extinct?
“Imulah, surprisingly, held his ground.
“I was once like you,” he said quietly. His voice took on a melancholy tone. “I was once a warrior. My people fought the Cazadores when they found our small outpost on the island of Ascension. There weren’t many of us, but those of us who could fight, fought.”
X narrowed his eyes.
“El Pulpo and you are from the same place?”
“Indeed, we are,” Imulah said. “We are descendants of the sky people that landed on the island and took shelter for over two hundred years in an ITC facility. Long before he became the king of the Cazadores, el Pulpo was just a boy named Maximus, the son of a man who died in the battle for our outpost. I, too, fought and lost that day. I was forced to endure the sight of most of my friends and family slaughtered, and I will never forget seeing Maximus …”
Imulah shook his head. “Even as a young boy of nine, he killed three Cazador warriors and bit the nose off the man who finally captured him. He was born to fight.”
X had a hard time believing the story. Was this just a ploy to change his mind?
“Like me, Maximus became a slave when our people were conquered. He ended up thrown into the Cazador war machine, where he fought his way to power, climbing from spearman to king—over a mountain of dead warriors.”