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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (176 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ben Bova Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki, Kathe Mazur Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2008 ISBN: 9781455188604
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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. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • “Bova brings his usual imaginative plotting and attention to detail to this contemporary thriller, and fans of the author…should be well pleased.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amanda | 1/13/2014

    " ok, so I have to be honest. I gave up on this one. The idea was good, plot had potential, but I just didn't enjoy his style (what style, maybe he should stick to science), so I found it annoying to read. Sorry. Doesn't mean someone else might not like it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine | 11/20/2013

    " Silly dialog in an unoriginal story that is merely a case of jumping on the environmental and global warning band wagon. Very disappointing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joe | 9/16/2013

    " Not up to Ben's usual standards. Very disappointing read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jannell | 8/14/2013

    " Interesting story, could, sadly be believable. Kind of good reminder of what's possible for technology to create but not profitable for current industry. Take home message is stay on top of elected officials & keep short leash on lobbyists or they will destroy world for profit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Demetrius Davis | 12/15/2012

    " Decent mystery with a science spin. Perhaps the third star can be attributed to my affinity for science! OK read, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Duane | 9/8/2012

    " classic Bova, makes me want to dig out Privateers and Cyberbooks and read them again "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin Lundgren | 6/16/2012

    " Micahel Cochrne, microbiologist, brother Paul, Elena Sandoval, cyano bacteria,. Lionel gould, indutrial oil ginat, "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 9/25/2011

    " So far so good. A classic Bova book with short chapters and fast pace. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Smickal | 7/14/2011

    " So far so good. I love Ben Bova and have read about 100 of his books. This book a suspense sci-fi read about greed, murder, politics, and the environment. That's the big theme of most of Bova's recent works. Its great if you love Sci-Fi "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cathay | 6/6/2011

    " The science is fine; it's the dialog and hero's relationship with others and the world that pulls this down. Maybe it's just presenting more of an old fashioned (sexist) view of the world than I am used to. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 L J | 4/14/2011

    " It wasn't a great book to begin with, but it held my interest enough to finish it. However, I HATED the ending. It felt like the author said " I have had enough of this book - I quit". I wouldn't recommend it. It could have/should have been so much more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derek | 2/14/2011

    " The beginning of the Grand Tour of Ben Bova's universe and it is a good one. You don't have to read most of his books in any certain order and this one is no exception. It is very well constructed and has the typical character development strengths from Bova. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jeffrey | 11/2/2010

    " Ick, predictable story, stupid stupid protagonists with transparent antagonists. Nothing to recommend this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 10/11/2010

    " A quite believable look at what might happen if a scientist invented a fuel to replace oil: big industry tries to buy, destroy, or murder the inventors. We can't risk disruption of profits. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 8/17/2010

    " ok. a brother tries to find out who murdered his brother who was on the verge of discovering cheap alternative fuel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Evan | 7/2/2010

    " Decent premise, reasonably compelling, but a corny execution; definitely one of Bova's lesser works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allen Petro | 3/22/2010

    " I have liked his other books a lot so I picked this up without hesitation. He tried to mix in a mystery to the sci-fi. The characters are his usual type of characters, and the science part is fine as well. The mystery part was a little weak. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cathay | 1/22/2010

    " The science is fine; it's the dialog and hero's relationship with others and the world that pulls this down. Maybe it's just presenting more of an old fashioned (sexist) view of the world than I am used to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derek | 9/14/2009

    " The beginning of the Grand Tour of Ben Bova's universe and it is a good one. You don't have to read most of his books in any certain order and this one is no exception. It is very well constructed and has the typical character development strengths from Bova. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 8/10/2009

    " ok. a brother tries to find out who murdered his brother who was on the verge of discovering cheap alternative fuel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Smickal | 4/29/2009

    " So far so good. I love Ben Bova and have read about 100 of his books. This book a suspense sci-fi read about greed, murder, politics, and the environment. That's the big theme of most of Bova's recent works. Its great if you love Sci-Fi "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 1/13/2009

    " A quite believable look at what might happen if a scientist invented a fuel to replace oil: big industry tries to buy, destroy, or murder the inventors. We can't risk disruption of profits. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 L J | 11/20/2008

    " It wasn't a great book to begin with, but it held my interest enough to finish it. However, I HATED the ending. It felt like the author said " I have had enough of this book - I quit". I wouldn't recommend it. It could have/should have been so much more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allen | 7/7/2008

    " I have liked his other books a lot so I picked this up without hesitation. He tried to mix in a mystery to the sci-fi. The characters are his usual type of characters, and the science part is fine as well. The mystery part was a little weak. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jeffrey | 3/4/2008

    " Ick, predictable story, stupid stupid protagonists with transparent antagonists. Nothing to recommend this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 5/27/2007

    " So far so good. A classic Bova book with short chapters and fast pace. "

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