Book Review: The Last Sword Maker by Brian Nelson

We are all aware of how deadly a pandemic can be. But what if a virus could be used by the government to wipe out specific groups?

Goodreads Blurb

The Last Sword Maker by Brian Nelson

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 a 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.

The Last Sword Maker Book Cover


If you love a good conspiracy story as to what the government is actually up to, then you will love The Last Sword Maker. Call me naive but I try to trust the government as much as possible. However, after reading this book and getting an insight into the future of warfare, chills ran down my spine. The fact that nanotechnology is currently being explored made the story even more real.

There is a lot of science and politics in The Last Sword Maker. Personally, I would have preferred more about the ordinary person, which is why my favorite scenes were those set in Tibet. The inclusion of so much science also meant that some of the text went over my head, unfortunately. While I could appreciate how well-researched the book was, I myself am not equipped enough in the area to truly comprehend some of what was included. That meant for me a feeling that the book could have been shorter, and have a less complex plot.

Saying that I enjoyed the level of action present in The Last Sword Maker, and how it progressively increased as the book went on. I wanted to know how everything wrapped up in the end.

Sounds like your kind of book? Pick up your copy of The Last Sword Maker here.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  1. Ah I thought this sounded like an amazing book but it can be a bit frustrating when the science is too complicated as it takes you out of the story. Still sounds really enjoyable – great review!

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