The Green Trap

The Green Trap

Book - 2006
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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."
Publisher: New York : Forge, 2006.
ISBN: 9780765309242
Characteristics: 331 p. ;,25 cm.


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Jul 08, 2017

Not quite his best work.

Bova proves adept at combining two features that we seldom see in one book: a page-turning thriller, and a scientifically-literate speculation. He gives us a cat & mouse story within the framework of the green energy debate. Both aspects of the novel are fascinating and informative.

Jan 04, 2012

An interesting idea but the unconvincing characters leave that idea falling far short of its potential. Highly disappointing read.

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