Hell Divers 4: Wolves - more post-apocalyptic action
Wolves picks up shortly after the end of Deliverance with X and Magnolia aboard the Sea Wolf looking for the Metal Islands as a potential home on the surface that would allow humanity to leave the air and return to the Earth. Of course finding that new home is really just an excuse that X used to justify this mission and his real agenda is to kill the leader of the cannibalistic Cazadores who live in the Metal Islands. X quickly finds out that the sea is just as dangerous as the land and the mission goes south quickly as all manner of unexpected obstacles need to be overcome. The action sequences come one after another and let up just long enough for the story arc to move forward as the true cause of the war that devastated the planet is finally discovered.
While things remain dangerous for X and Magnolia on the sea, up in the sky circumstances have gotten much better. Captain DaVita has two airships at her disposal and the quality of life for the inhabitants has greatly improved, although a settled life in the air isn't for everyone. X may have an ulterior motive for seeking the Metal Islands but Captain DaVita actually wants that new home down on the surface and she will do whatever it takes to make that happen, even risking that new found stability.
This book jumps from one action sequence to another and just when it was starting to feel like it might be mostly filler the story arc progresses just enough and the ending leaves you wanting more. I have grown to care about the characters and I can't wait for the next installment to see how it plays out. For the audiobook version R. C. Bray has established himself as one of the best narrators around and he delivers another excellent performance here. His performance as X is spot on.