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Publisher's Summary

Countdown to Doomsday

The year is 2026. The US military has a new weapon in its arsenal: an intelligent life-form so versatile that it can not only create a new generation of weapons but can become a weapon itself - entering a host’s body to manipulate (or kill) them. Admiral James Curtiss is tasked with deploying the new weapons, first in Cuba, then Venezuela, then China. But the news of the military’s breakthrough has gotten out and there are menacing forces trying to steal it.

What’s more, a single man has somehow harnessed the new power and has become something more than human - godlike and seemingly indestructible. He is known only as the Inventor, and he has a warning for humanity: abandon the new technology or the human race will face extinction. It’s a countdown to doomsday. But humanity’s final fate may be decided in the most unlikely of places: among the primitive tribes of the Kalahari Desert where a top secret military mission has just taken an unexpected turn.

©2021 by Brian Nelson (P)2021 by Blackstone Publishing

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Not Nearly as Good as "The Last Sword Maker,"

Gut Feeling Summary: Disappointingly, Brian Nelson's Book 2 (Five Tribes) is not on the same level as Book 1 (The Last Sword Maker). This is comparable to "Ready Player One" to "Ready Player Two."

I thought "The Last Sword Maker" was cream of crop modern sci-fi audiobooks IMO. I became an instant fan of this unknown author and immediately preordered the sequel. Unfortunately, Five Tribes (Book 2) misses many elements that made Book 1 a winner. There's no real direction to the story or scifi tech in Five Tribes. The same cast of characters return, but it is more of a bland version of them seemingly going through the motion of events set forth in the book. I didn't feel much internal character dialogue/ growth/internal drive and the environmental imagery was poorly done. All this is in contrast to book #1, which blew my mind.

Best thing:
Story arc of the Chinese poisoner (the husband of one of team USAs spy/engineers). That was the only chapter/story arch that had similarities to Book 1. Unfortunately, we stop following this character as soon as he gets rescued early in the book.

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My least favorite story line is where our protagonist spends some time with a group of hunter-gatherer natives. It really felt pointless, boring, and artificially forced by the author. I think the reason for this story arc is to show the reader why our protagonist will adopt an anti-technology view for future books. By the way, the protagonist girlfriend's had 2 chapters where she, too, developed an anti-technology view independent of our protagonist's story arc. So in the end of it all, two entrenched tech-industry engineers happen to develop anti-technology views independently in the same allotted time frame to set up their conflict for Book 3.

My guess is that perhaps the author may be "investing" Book 2 to "set up" a multibook series. Or perhaps Book 1 was something written over 10 years, while book 2 had had a deadline of a much shorter time. Either way, Five Tribes lacks many of the good things that made up The Last Sword Maker.

Brian Nelson, I thought 'the Last Sword Maker" was an amazing book. I hope you will continue to produce novels along those lines, because we scifi fans really need more amazing stories that come from your imagination and talents. Thank you Brain Nelson.

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Just a nudge over meh

I just realized that I'm 3 chapters from the end and, realize that I could have slep through most of the book, and not missed much.
Yes, there are some plot components but by the end of this we'll written and superbly narrated book, everything is entirely forgettable. don't think I'll return the book as I may go back and listen again, but... it's hanging by a thread.

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major let down

the first book in this series was outstanding and I was looking forward to this book coming out. however, this entire book is simply a setup for the next book. hours of this book was spent on one of the main characters living with one of the most backwards tribes in the world. learning their language, learning their customs to the point that the main character becomes a cannibal just to keep from offending some of the members of the tribe and why are they cannibals? you guessed it, because of the WHITE MAN!!!
there were many unbelievable things such as this. for the first week he is blind from a head injury and in this time the blindness causes his other senses to sharpen and even begin to rewire his brain to the point where becomes able to connect with animals on a spiritual level and even anticipate their movements! he spends a few weeks with them and in this time decides that this is how he wants to live his life, not back in California and his preeminent position with the Naval Research Laboratory but in the African desert living a cannibalistic, hunter gatherers life on the most primitive level. "how he was meant to live".
there were many, many ridiculous moments in this book such as those. in the first book there was much time spent getting the message across that the character is scared of inheriting a genetic disorder that caused his dad to go crazy and kill himself. he CONSTANTLY heard two voices in his head, one positive and one very negative. in this book... not ONE WORD on that. now it seems he's perfectly sane.
story lines that just end... I assume to be finished in the next book, however I don't know that. there were HOURS of seemingly USELESS dialogue, useless situations that left me saying... "wait, that's ridiculous, WHO would do that/choose that/want that" ? or "it just doesn't work like that".
it received an overall 3 stars from me but NOT because of the story but because the narrator was clear, well spoken with a consistent volume level. That picked the book up the extra star or it would have stayed a 2 star rating.

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Second book too political and agenda driven

Too bad, the first was great, I read to escape, not be preached to about climate change and the evil European white man dominance. Too bad too because I liked the story line, done with this guy.

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Disappointing

Honestly, I couldn't even finish it. I quit with only three hours left. Book one, The Last Sword Maker, was good, but this one was a big disappointment. The story started out interesting and then plummeted into the abyss of "not interested". Writing a series that maintains a good story is no easy task. This author has a great story idea, but I don't think it's going in a good direction. It also doesn't help that he dabbles in the "woke" cult when it comes to the African Pygmies. As is often the case, deception comes from what's not said as much, if not more, than what is said.

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Fantastic!

This is a great series! Can't wait for the next installment! More please! Who knew bananas emit antimatter?! It's true! One positron every 75 minutes.

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the end isnt

the author's willingness to stretch your imagination is balanced with narrative genius. Resulting in a believable story that makes you rethink the last 50,000 years and the next 50 with a new, bittersweet perspective.

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the best book

I could hardly put this down. really great all the way around! a must get, way more than I expected!

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Eager for story to continue

I loved this book, the story and it's performance were immaculate; here's to hoping for a sequel

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Great continuation, top notch story!

This would probably be somewhat confusing without the background which was as compelling as this. I couldn’t put it down and remain amazed over how Brian Nelson could put so much detail into the story and leave me so emotional in parts. Bradford Hastings did another great job of narrating which makes or breaks any book. Great partnership! And so many truths about life, people and where we may be headed.

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  • 10-03-21

Loved the second in this series

Loved this book, developed the characters and I can’t wait for the next book! Really enjoyed them both!

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  • 10-03-21

Loved it

After getting the first book I had to get this too a gritty insight to the very new future when is book 3 coming? Can't wait