The Militant Genome is a medical thriller set is St. Louis. Woven into the story are themes about the evil of racism, the threats of biotechnology, and one’s eternal destiny.
A master gene for race? Geneticists say such a thing doesn’t exist. However, the Colonel, founder of the Missouri White Alliance, has devised a genetic weapon capable of devastating dark-skinned peoples globally. He is only weeks, maybe days away from implementing his viral version of racial cleansing’s “final solution,” but there’s one threat to his plan. A hotheaded member of the MWA has become the target of a nationwide police search, and the unwanted attention risks bringing federal scrutiny to the previously unknown white supremacy group.
Sarah Wade, MD, has enough stress as a senior Emergency Medicine resident. She never expected that her discovery of a murdered medical student would inadvertently jeopardize her career, or that the next-day murder of a Nigerian diplomat would lead to the kidnapping of her best friend, Della Winston. The cascade of events pull her – and Seamus O’Connor, the detective assigned to the high-profile medical center murder – into a life-threatening conspiracy of murder, kidnapping, and rising racial tensions.
The story explores the issue of racism not just via the major plot line about racial genocide, but also through the unexpected relationship that develops between Sarah and Seamus. She is African-American and he is as white and Irish as they come. They have their Catholic backgrounds as common ground, but nothing more.
The potential threat of biotechnology in the wrong hands should be apparent. The definition of genome is “a full set of chromosomes; all the inheritable traits of an organism.” The genome is God’s blueprint for life. Leave it to man’s “tinkering” to lead to trouble.
The theme of eternal destiny becomes an important turning point in the story. Let’s not spoil it by giving away anything more.