The Great Unmaking

Brian Nelson

Blackstone , 2023

Agent: Jill Marr

 " clearly and forcefully presented that readers will find it hard to put the book down. Nelson has outdone himself." —Publishers Weekly, STARRED review

A propulsive, mind-expanding thriller -- and the world-shaking conclusion to the Course of Empire trilogy -- about bold scientific dreams turning into nightmares … or perhaps new beginnings ...

After usurping control of the world's most powerful military technology, General Chip Walden knows the endgame is near and tasks scientist Eric Hill with one final assignment. Helped by the love of his life, Jane Hunter, Hill is haunted by premonitions of a coming catastrophe as the technology he created takes on a life of its own.

As Hill attempts to avert disaster, FBI Special Agent Bud Brown seeks revenge for the murder of his fellow agents by eco-terrorist Riona Finley. But what no one realizes is that forces are at work that have already decided humanity's fate. With the clock ticking toward an irrevocable apocalypse, it's no longer a question of if the world can be saved, but who will be the chosen few that survive.

The Great Unmaking is the grand conclusion to Brian Nelson's magisterial trilogy that James Rollins has called "a must-read adventure.


"Extraordinarily enjoyable, The Great Unmaking is the grand finale of Nelson’s epic adventure. It’s also hands down the most ingenious take on the apocalypse narrative that I have ever read. This is an edge-of-your-seat thriller." ~ Moises Naim, contributing editor, The Atlantic


“In The Great Unmaking, Nelson crafts an adrenaline-charged, white-knuckle thriller that is sure to leave you breathless. Fans of Crichton, Rollins, and Crouch will love this superb and final installment of The Course of the Empire series.”—Andrews & Wilson, the WSJ Bestselling Authors of the Tier One series

"I came to The Great Unmaking as a fresh reader. Three hundred fifty pulse-pounding pages later, I closed the book, thoroughly convinced of Nelson's mastery of a fever-pitch plot...Nelson's series explores the lines between pastoral idealism and the inevitable gluttony and decay of human civilization...High-paced, plot-driven, and brimming with action...A thinking-person's military techno-thriller...What's not to love?" -- "Strand Magazine"