The Green Trap

  • by Ben Bova
  • Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki, Kathe Mazure
  • 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Microbiologist Michael Cochrane has been murdered. His brother, Paul, wants to find out who did it and why. 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. Accompanied by a beautiful industrial spy, Elena Sandoval, Paul follows the trail from California to Cambridge, Massachusetts. Along the way, the truth emerges: Michael had found a way to get cyanobacteria to crack hydrogen out of simple water molecules, producing enough hydrogen to cleanly power the world, practically for free. No wonder everyone, from Middle-Eastern heavies to hired domestic muscle, suddenly seems to be trying to get in Paul and Elena's way.


What the Critics Say

"Bova gets better and better, combining plausible science with increasingly complex fiction." (Los Angeles Daily News)
"[A] cautionary but hopeful thriller....Bova adds modern twists and a genuinely surprising ending to the age-old clash between oblivious scientists and worldly schemers." (Publishers Weekly)
"The author's excellence at combining hard science with believable characters and an attention-grabbing plot makes him one of our most accessible and entertaining storytellers." (Library Journal)


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Green Trap

There are two parts to this book: One is the mystery about who murdered the scientist working on hydrogen fuel cells. The second is actually broken up and randomly scattered throughout the mystery, namely, jarring, unexpected chapters of boring lectures about global warming. The real mystery here is why the author created such an ungainly juxtaposition. Nothing I read previous to downloading it warned me, but now I've warned you.
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- angel


I am a real BB fan, but I wish I had done my research on this new release of his, because it is not set in space, nor in the future, but reads like a murder mystery. I am also sooo tired of narrator S. Rudnicki, who seems to work too much. Send him a message to slow down. please.
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- Kenneth

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-06-2007
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.