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.
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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About Ben Bova

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BEN BOVA is a six-time winner of the Hugo Award, a former editor of Analog, former editorial director of Omni, and past president of the National Space Society and the Science Fiction Writers of America. Bova lives in Florida.
Published November 14, 2006 by Forge Books. 348 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction

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Bova depicts a near-future when crude oil costs $110 per barrel in this cautionary but hopeful thriller (after 2006's Titan ) that hinges on scientist Michael Cochrane's discovery of a cheap, safe way to produce hydrogen fuel.

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While this book does take place in the not so distant future and does involve plausible science – it could be termed science fiction – this book is more of a mystery thriller than a techno thriller.

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