The Green Trap

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.
 
No wonder everyone, from Middle Eastern heavies to hired domestic muscle, suddenly seems to be trying to get in Paul and Elena’s way. 
 
As the world’s secrets—and their own—teeter in the balance, both Paul and Elena must decide what to do before it’s too late.
 
Contemporary, topical, and exciting, The Green Trap is a thriller of today’s energy skulduggery—both the kind you read about in the headlines, and the kind you don’t.

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Chapter One

Gasoline Prices
Expected to Climb Higher
 
Washington—There’s pump shock at every corner gas station, with prices well over $7 a gallon—and the government says you’d better get used to it.
 
The Energy Department projects high gasoline prices at least through next year as producers struggle to keep up with demand, which has not slackened appreciably despite rising prices.
 
Crude oil prices climbed to an all-time high of $112 per barrel yesterday, triggering a 634-point drop in the Dow-Jones Industrial average on the New York Stock Exchange.

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“Bova gets better and better, combining plausible science with increasingly complex fiction.” 
Los Angeles Daily News
 
“Bova’s excellence at combining science with believable characters and an attention-grabbing plot makes him one of our most accessible and entertaining storytellers.”
Library Journal
 
“Bova is a spare writer who nevertheless crafts the perfect voice for each of his characters…Powersat is a human drama with just a little science as its bacdrop.”
--San Antonio Express-News

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Ben Bova

A six-time winner of science fiction's Hugo Award and a past president of the National Space Society, Ben Bova is the author of over a hundred works of science fact and fiction. He lives in Florida.

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The Green Trap
Ben Bova

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Forge Books
November 2006
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ISBN: 9781429957762
ISBN10: 142995776X
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 336 pages
$7.99
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