The team of John Sanderson, pilot and astronaut; Dr. Gum, dentist and amateur pilot; and Dr. Bones, the archaeological specialist have convinced their sponsors to fund an elaborate undertaking. They plan to embark on an equatorial globetrotting trek encompassing some of the most remote uncharted islands, with pit stops to study some of the most isolated primitive tribes and trivia. The untested albeit airworthy aircraft is pushed to the limit in record breaking time until an emergency broadcast from Addis Ababa forces a deadly detour over enemy airspace. They arrive to discover the Ark of the Covenant has been stolen. Their search and rescue mission takes them to Jerusalem to Christ's tomb and a miraculous discovery by a local trauma surgeon leaves the crew spellbound. Some of Christ's blood has been recovered from the mercy seat from the tomb and cloned. Unfortunately the encroachment on the crucifixion site causes an unexpected 3-day delay and interrogation. Driven by the compelling medical discovery they continue on course to Rome to uncover another part of the shocking puzzle.
The original goal of the globetrotting all but forgotten now as they delve deeper into the mystery of the authenticity of Christ's blood. Has the genetic sequence of Christ's blood been unravelled to benefit all of mankind? Or is it merely a safely guarded secret to be shared only by the three local groups who claim to have found the original of the 3 Arks of the covenant.
Bernie Unrau a dentist and doctor by training, stumbled across a four minute video back in 1989, an interview with the prolific Robin Cook, a physician by training. Cook's mastery of the medical thriller inspired Unrau to embark on a 2nd career. The central character in Unrau's novels, Dr Gum, is part bumbling lieutenant Columbo, part deductive Sherlock Holmes, part Dr. Ryan from Tom Clancy's novels, and part curious Indiana Jones. Unrau brings some of his years as a dentist, lecturer, and inventor to light by engaging in espionage, elucidating an enigma, disclosing a dastardly or diabolical scheme, or dreaming up a formidable frightening future. Unrau currently resides in Calgary, Alberta.