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The Green Trap

by Ben Bova

The Green Trap by Ben Bova

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Microbiologist Michael Cochrane has been murdered. His brother Paul wants to find out who did it…and why. Accompanied by a beautiful industrial spy, Elena Sandoval, Paul follows the trail from California to Cambridge, Massachusetts. Along the way, a lot of people seem to be interested in getting in their way, or discovering what they know. It’s clear that Michael was working with cyanobacteria, the bacteria that crack water molecules and release free oxygen. It’s less clear why this would get anybody killed. Or why oil billionaire Lionel Gould wants to pay Paul and Elena big money for the details of Michael’s work.

Then the truth emerges: Michael had found a way to get cyanobacteria to crack hydrogen out of simple water molecules. A process that could be industrialized, producing enough hydrogen to cleanly power the world. Practically free fuel, out of one of the planet’s most abundant resources: water.

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"Bova adds modern twists and a genuinely surprising ending to the age-old clash between oblivious scientists and worldly schemers." - PW.
"Bova brings his usual imaginative plotting and attention to detail to this contemporary thriller, and fans of the author, as well as those of Michael Crichton-style science thrillers, should be well pleased." - Booklist.
"His plot and prose are serviceable, but his characters' motivations and psychology (or, what passes for it) are so frequently ridiculous as to call the whole enterprise into question." - Kirkus.

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Ben Bova Author Biography

Dr. Ben Bova has written more than 120 futuristic novels and nonfiction books, and has been involved in science and high technology since the very beginnings of the space age. President Emeritus of the National Space Society and a past president of Science Fiction Writers of America, Dr. Bova received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation in 2005, "for fueling mankind's imagination regarding the wonders of outer space." His 2006 novel Titan received the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best novel of the year. In 2008 he won the Robert A. Heinlein Award "for his outstanding body of work in the field of literature."

Dr. Bova is a frequent commentator on radio and television and a widely popular lecturer. Earlier, he was an award-winning editor and an executive...

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