An Intense Thriller With Lots of Surprises

4.5 out of 5 stars

I wasn’t sure what I was getting into when I originally looked at this one. I included it in one of my weekly new and notable posts for a couple reasons, one of them being the sweet cover art but then I read the synopsis and thought “oh crap this is gonna be good”.

Thankfully, I was not disappointed at all.  Nelson was able to write a story that was both interesting, forward thinking, and made you feel all at the same time.  There were characters and relationships that took turns right out of This Is Us.  And then the science part of it really took it ito the next level.

Nelson writes about a future where you can be killed at the drop of a hat because of the DNA in your body.  No one has to shoot you or even get close.  It’s a scary terrifying thought and I thought that he pulled it off pretty damn well.

The Last Sword Maker started off a bit slow but then really kicked it into another gear.  At one point I had to email the person who recommended it because I was so shocked by a scene in it.  And I almost emailed him again when something else related happened near the end of the book.

Brian Nelson’s The Last Sword Maker is a look into our future that’ll scare the daylights out of you.

Book Description:

Audiobook: The Last Sword Maker by Brian Nelson (Narrated by Bradford Hastings)The Last Sword Maker by Brian Nelson
Narrator: Bradford Hastings
Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
Series: The Course of Empire Series #1
Published by Blackstone Audio on October 16th 2018
Genres: Technothriller
Pages: 400
Format: Audiobook
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In the high mountains of Tibet, rumors are spreading. People whisper of an outbreak, of thousands of dead, of bodies pushed into mass graves. It is some strange new disease...a disease, they say, that can kill in minutes.

The Chinese government says the rumors aren't true, but no one is allowed in or out of Tibet.

At the Pentagon, admiral James Curtiss is called to an emergency meeting. Satellite images prove that a massive genocide is underway, and an American spy has made a startling discovery. This is no disease. It's a weapons test. Chinese scientists have developed a way to kill based on a person's genetic traits. But that is only the tip of the iceberg. The success of their new weapon proves that the Chinese are nearing "Replication" - a revolutionary breakthrough that will tip the global balance of power and change the way wars are waged.

Now the US must scramble to catch up before it is too late. Admiral Curtiss gathers the nation's top scientists, including a promising young graduate student named Eric Hill who just might hold the missing piece to the replication puzzle. Soon Hill and his colleague Jane Hunter are caught up in a deadly game of sabotage as the two nations strive to be the first to reach the coveted goal. But in their headlong race, they create something unexpected...something the world has never seen and something more powerful than they had ever imagined.

The Last Sword Maker is an exciting globe-trotting thriller with unforgettable characters that depicts a haunting vision of the future of warfare.

I received this book for free. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


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