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Rom by Bernie Unrau
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Dr. Gum is discussing the impending opening of the garish renovation to the ROM - Royal Ontario Museum, a bizarre series of aluminium geometric shapes growing from the old original facade like a tumour. Chin's Crystals is named after the billionaire Michel Lee Chin, who bequeathed $30 million for the addition, though he never set foot inside. The bar-tender at the rooftop terrace at the Park Hyatt Hotel across the street from the ROM explains that there is a rumour circulating that Chin has recovered hundreds of dinosaur eggs off the coast of Costa Rica and brought them back to one of the best dinosaur displays in North America. A lightning storm sweeps across the city. A direct hit on the ROM has unleashed an unbelievable sight. A swarm of raptors have escaped and soon wreak havoc on the entire city and spread their reign of terror throughout south-east Ontario. The Canadian Prime Minister Crouton discards the deadly broadcast as a hoax as the predators swim up the Rideau Canal toward the capital. The United States is building up its forces at Niagara Air Force Base across Lake Ontario poised for a pre-emptive strike in the event the predators attack. The Americans attack Toronto Island to position their troops to eradicate the pesky prehistoric terrors. An unusual 'avian flu' and newer extinction theories finds their way into the harrowing thriller.

Author Biography

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.
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September 11th, 2008
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