Five Tribes

Brian Nelson

Blackstone , 2021

Agent: Jill Marr

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.


“Brian Nelson’s FIVE TRIBES is a tense ripped-from-the-headlines thriller. Written with the authenticity of Tom Clancy and the cutting-edge suspense of Vince Flynn, here is a must-read adventure that deserves to be read by all, especially those in the halls of power.”
—James Rollins, New York Times bestseller of The Last Odyssey


“A perfect storm of technology and unchecked power threaten civilization in this intricately plotted and fast-paced cautionary tale. A captivating warning we all must heed.” -- James L’Etoile bestselling author of At What Cost and Bury the Past.


"In Five Tribes, Brian Nelson has crafted a rock-solid political thriller melded to a science fiction epic. Often in “science fiction,” there’s a higher emphasis on the latter word than the former, but Nelson laces his fiction with believable, well-thought-out science. The former Fulbright Scholar delivers with realpolitik and high-stakes action in a knockout of a novel." — Dana Haynes, author of St. Nicholas Salvage & Wrecking and Sirocco