• Five Tribes

  • Course of Empire Series, Book 2
  • By: Brian Nelson
  • Narrated by: Bradford Hastings
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (1,253 ratings)

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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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  • 07-08-21

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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I can’t stop thinking about this book.

Love the mix of old world and the new. The final fight is so one sided I wondered how it could be compelling and I wasn’t disappointed. I keep checking for updates on the next book in the series because I have to know how this progresses.

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A great story that adds depth to the first book.

This departs from the first book's story lines, settings, and characters partially and seems to be adding new elements and even new history.

It seems to me, that it is written to build depth, emotion, and complexity to the story and characters and their motivations.

I would say it succeeded fully.

It is different and it does seem incomplete and a deliberate setup to more books. However, I liked the change in focus, it was well done, important for the characters development and captivating still, and don't see a problem with the author starting new stories in the world created in the first book.

Don't listen to the zombie critics who condemn any expression of authentic empathy, compassion, self-awareness, or objectivity as political, while accusing everyone who isn't towing the line of their demented views of being political.

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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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  • ben jones
  • 12-07-21

Wow brilliant

I loved book 1 and book 2 was just as good I need book 3. The story is brilliant and so is the narrator

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  • Burning Crowe
  • 03-13-22

Warning: not a complete story

Do not download this if you are expecting a complete story. This is a set up for a series.

Okay so, that said, this is a decent book. It reminded me of two of my favourite writers, Don Winslow and William Gibson. And it is sort of a cross between the two.

It isn’t as good as either , but it’s really not bad.

The writer has clearly done a lot of research, and he presents this challenging story with real confidence. And it’s engaging too. The Namibian portions of the story, especially. As I listened I kept wondering how Nelson was going to tie all the strings together.

Unfortunately, the answer is that he doesn’t.

So by all means, download this book. I’ve heard a lot worse, but be warned . This is not a self contained novel.

I would not have listened had I realised.

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  • Alan R
  • 02-23-22

Surprise!

Got this on Plus. wouldn't normally have taken a punt, but what an excellent story! Solid character development, good pace, tense action scenes.

Genuinely enjoyed this, will have my eye open for subsequent books

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-14-21

Fast-paced sci-fi action thrillers

Great narration. The bushman journey was a great experience. Strong characters.
Excellent authorship. Look forward to the next one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 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

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  • Brian
  • 04-21-22

Futuristic and well told.

I came to this book as included. being the second book in the series I will now have to get the first book. Good read.

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  • ronnie
  • 04-08-22

Not the Frankie goes to Hollywood tribes

second book in the series and it loses nothing. Just as incredibly exhausting as book one.
This volume is fast paced and full of intricate plots and story lines.

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  • Amelia
  • 04-06-22

A Good 2nd Book

I really liked this, it had drama and plenty of relationships to follow, just like the last book but the setting was very different this time. Familiar characters return and the overall technology story is clearly gaining momentum for more books in the series. I will definitely put them in my list as soon as they appear.

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  • Rick Timmis
  • 03-30-22

Totally engaging, intellectually very interesting

This is a great book, but read 'The Last Sword Maker' first. The narrator is absolutely first class, what a great story teller.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-20-22

Interesting read

The first book was better. Interesting story but a bit long winded in places.
The end is a clear setup for book 3 but for me I’ll probably give it a miss.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-17-22

Great story

This was a beautifully read and wonderful development of a great story. Well worth it.

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  • Kim Irving
  • 12-18-21

What we could become

An amazing story that could well be a sight into the future, which followed the Last Sword Maker!
Couldn’t put either down..

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-02-21

great listen

I loved this book, this series. I listened all the way through and want more.

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  • MM
  • 11-28-21

Intelligent Author

After starting to scrape the barrel for contemporary Sci Fi, this was exceptionally original and intelligently written.
Looking forward to more from this Author.

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  • Dave Purse
  • 10-27-21

Totally Engrossing

Simply brilliant once again. In parts brought tears to my eyes. In addition this book demonstrates the awful future we or our children could face should this technology become real and the ramifications if held in the wrong hands, be that unscrupulous politicians, terrorists or big companies with unethical agendas. Simply, God help us all! Another excellent book and I can’t wait for the sequel.