Six-time Hugo winner Ben Bova brings us a gripping political thriller on the cutting edge of science and technology.Dr. Jake Ross came to Washington to make a difference. As the science advisor to a newly elected freshman senator, Jake has crafted a comprehensive energy plan that employs innovative new technologies to make America the world's leader in energy production while simultaneously boosting the economy and protecting the environment. The facts-and the science-are on Jake's side, but his plan soon runs afoul of entrenched special interests, well-funded lobbies, cynical bureaucrats, pork-barrel politics, and one very powerful US senator.To keep his plan alive and secure a sustainable future for America, Jake needs a crash course in the way Washington really works. Everyone keeps telling him that his plan has no hope of succeeding, but Jake is determined to prove them wrong even if it kills him ... something that certain hostile parties may be all too happy to arrange.
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by Ben Bova
"Avid fans of master narrator Stefan Rudnicki might want to listen to this audiobook despite its weaknesses. In his usual basso way, he adds subtle touches that distinguish the characters, set the scenes, and generally attempt, with greater or lesser success, to engage us with the story. He portrays one mobster particularly well. However, while the author is a major figure in science fiction, this work and its prequel, POWER PLAY, scarcely explain his popularity. Mostly, this title is a screed on modern-day federal energy policy. Sadly, the main character is a petulant fellow who usually acts like a spoiled brat. This listener quickly became unsympathetic, Rudnicki notwithstanding. D.R.W. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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