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The world as we know it is about to change.
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 U.S. must scramble to catch up before it is too late. Admiral Curtiss gathers the nation’s top scientists, including a promising graduate student named Eric Hill who 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 more powerful than they had ever imagined.
The Last Sword Maker is a taut, fast-paced thriller with unforgettable characters that depicts a haunting vision of the future of warfare.
"Admiral Curtiss tried to process the incredible scene. The landscape would have been beautiful if not for the four huge funnels of black smoke and the thousands of vultures he saw swirling through the sky. " (Art by Amara Checchio)
"Jack felt small and insignificant as they approached the huge hangar. In the growing darkness, the colossal structure reminded him of something out of a science-fiction movie, a monochromatic plated beast, one of the great sandworms of Dune." (Art by Josh Newton)