The Last Sword Maker by Brian Nelson

Title: The Last Sword Maker

Author: Brian Nelson

Published on: 15 October 2019

Genre: Mystery and Thrillers

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Wow! What a fantastic thriller! The Last Sword Maker is a fast-paced, adventurous and mind-numbing spy thriller by Brian Nelson. The advance in nanotechnology plays a major role in this story.

The story starts with Admiral Curtiss waking up drenched in sweat. Years after the incident at Syria, PTSD still clings to Curtiss like a parasite. He is called in for a briefing. Men, women and children have died in Tibet – A strange new disease that affects only a certain race of human being has wiped out entire villages. Meanwhile, Sonam has just been released from prison and when he reaches home, his father sends him away on a mission.

Eric is a hard working PhD student. His dream is to work for Bill Eastman. A call from Eastman’s office changes Eric’s life for good. As he is enrolled into the program, he learns of the program’s objective – make a nanotech cell that can replicate itself and perform many other functions.

Two nations are in the race for inventing the cell. Eric and his team mates are caught between a deadly game of sabotage.

Doesn’t the blurb sound amazing? The story is set in 2025 – yep! We have seen a lot of advances in the technology field and on some level, this story sounds like something that might happen in real in the near future. Of course, as is the case with any new invention, the results could either be made use for the betterment of human life or… the worse.


Eric plays a major role in the story. The story is divided into three parts. In the first part, Admiral Curtiss and Sonam play a bigger role. But as the story proceeds, it becomes obvious the spotlight is on Eric. Eric’s work kicks forward the stalled project.

The change of scene from Sonam’s struggle to Eric’s life brought about a new angle to the story. Halfway through the story, Sonam was never mentioned and I wondered if that was the end of Sonam’s role in the story. I was so, so wrong! Man!

I cannot divulge details about this book without making this review a spoiler. But I can tell you this – The Last Sword Maker is surely not the kind of thriller you might have read before. The excellent concoction of a spy thriller with nano-technology advancement and how it changes life in the future – is what makes this story worth a read or two.

A lot of research has gone into writing this story. The communist propaganda, hunger for power and domination, people’s struggle and much more, Brian Nelson has done an excellent job in portraying these in this book.

I highly recommend you to read The Last Sword Maker. If you are on the look-out for a unique spy thriller, The Last Sword Maker is THE book for you!

Many thanks to Michelle from FSB Associates for a copy of this book. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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