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.

This is book number 1 in THE COURSE of EMPIRE SERIES. Keep your eyes open for part two coming soon.

BRIAN NELSON is a former Fulbright Scholar who holds degrees in international relations, economics, and creative writing (fiction). His first book, The Silence and the Scorpion: The Coup against Chávez and the Making of Modern Venezuela, was named one of the Best Books of 2009 by The Economist. His work has appeared in The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Southern Humanities Review, among others. He lives in Colorado with his wife and two children.


Thanks to FSB Associates we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us what you love about political thrillers. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

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11 thoughts on “THE LAST SWORD MAKER by Brian Nelson – ** GIVEAWAY CLOSED **

  1. Political thrills, hum? With what is going on now, I am not reading them. Otherwise I like them for seeing things for both sides of the issue and just the mystery of the story.

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  2. This book sounds very intriguing and intense. I like to find out who or what the actual truth and what both sides actually think and care for the good of the people. Very, very interesting. Have a great day and stay safe. Thank you for the chance.

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  3. They make you think about the possibility that situations could actually happen, so they are intriguing.


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