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Following other established science fiction and fantasy authors like John Ringo, James Clemens, and William C. Dietz, who have all tried their hand -- quite successfully -- at mainstream thrillers, six-time Hugo Award-winning author Ben Bova (Titan, Mercury, et al.) takes on the eco-thriller in The Green Trap, a cautionary tale of sorts about humankind's ever-increasing dependency on fossil fuels and the worldwide economic and environmental collapse that it will eventually trigger.
Paul Cochrane's brother Michael, a microbiologist researching inexpensive ways to produce hydrogen fuel from water, calls him with amazing news: Because of a recent breakthrough, he's about to not only become a multimillionaire but also dramatically improve humanity's quality of life. But when Michael turns up dead and his laptop goes missing, Paul vows to track down his killer -- and becomes entangled in a deadly game that involves powerful heads of energy corporations, industrial spies, and terrorists that will do anything to suppress the discovery…
Bova is renowned in science fiction circles for his singular ability to blend character-driven story lines with visionary hard science speculation. And while The Green Trap is chock-full of sagacious "Bovian" initiatives concerning numerous energy and environmental issues, some of the main characters fall well short of Bova's usually high standards and never evolve into anything other than two-dimensional, cardboard clichés: the overly naive scientist, the ruthless industrialist, etc. Regardless, Bova is a master storyteller, and the breakneck pacing and jaw-dropping plot twists throughout make The Green Trap an eco-thriller that delivers the goods -- and just as important, the message -- in a big way. Longtime fans of Bova's Grand Tour novels will get exactly what they've come to expect: an ambitious, insightful, and utterly thought-provoking read. Paul Goat Allen