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Power Play by Ben Bova
Cover Artist: Robert Llewellyn and Andy Sotiriou
Review by Linda Marie Schumacher
Tor Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765317865
Date: 03 January 2012 List Price $24.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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A great mystery by Ben Bova. Power Play captures the thrill of a US Senate race, a new form of power generation and a corrupt political system all in one.

From official release/information:

Product Description: Dr. Jake Ross, a university astronomer, wants nothing more than to teach a few classes each semester a
nd continue on his research. However, he is being aggressively recruited to be the science advisor to Frank Tomlinson, an ambitious politician with his eye on the U.S. Senate.

Tomlinson is in need of an edge that will allow him to defeat his opponent at the polls, and Dr. Ross can contribute just that: MHD. MHD, or magnetohydrodynamics, is a new innovation that will allow electricity to be generated efficiently and cheaply. The senate is essentially guaranteed if Tomlinson can deliver unlimited energy to voters at less than half the price of nuclear power. But MHD is still in its infancy, and although the outlook is extremely promising there are great—and deadly—risks.

The incumbent senator will not give up his seat without a fight, and as Dr. Ross discovers, the world of politics carries its own dangers. Nothing has prepared Dr. Ross for the extreme tactics that desperate and powerful people are willing to use.

(Source: Tor Books)

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