CRUSH by Rob Ashcom
Approx. 141,360 words.
Published on November 15, 2009.
A chemistry graduate student makes a discovery that will change the human race. Julia Diaz, working alone in the desert, is ready to reveal the discovery in five days. She hires Daniel Kiernan, hyper-trained National Security Agency dropout, as her bodyguard. Michael Donegan, a wildcard inside the government, is instructed to put the genie back in the bottle - then deep-six the bottle...