Dante's Equation by Jane Jensen

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“Powerful . . . A combustible mixture of science and mysticism, a high-altitude
thriller fizzing with intrigue.” –JOHN CASE, Author of The Eighth Day

In a breathless thriller that explores the relationship between science and the divine, good and evil, space and time, Jane Jensen takes us from the world we know into a reality we could only scarcely imagine. Until now.

Rabbi Aharon Handalman’s expertise with Torah code–rearranging words and letters in the Bible–has uncovered a man’s name. Who is Yosef Kobinski, and why did God hide his name in His sacred text? To find the answers, Aharon begins an investigation, and discovers that Kobinski, a Polish rabbi, was not only a mystic but also a brilliant physicist who authored what may be the most important lost work in human history.

In Seattle, Jill Talcott’s work with energy wave equations is being linked to Yosef Kobinski, now deceased, who claimed nearly fifty years ago that he discovered an actual physical law of good and evil. But when Jill’s lab explodes, she is forced to flee for her life, realizing that her cutting-edge research is far more dangerous than she ever has imagined. And that powerful people have a stake in what she may have uncovered.

Now Jill, her research partner, and a writer fascinated by Kobinski are about to meet Handalman in Poland–all four desperate to solve the astonishing riddle. Searching through the past, they trace Kobinski to a clearing in the woods near Auschwitz. And in that clearing they come face-to-face with the inexplicable: that Kobinski, drawing on his own alchemy of science and the Kabbalah, made himself vanish from the death camp in a blaze of fire. Now, with intelligence agents hot on their trail, the investigators have no choice. They must follow Kobinski –to wherever he may have gone. . . .

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About Jane Jensen

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Jane Jensen is the creator of the Gabriel Knight computer game series and novels. She lives in Seattle, Washington.
Published July 29, 2003 by Del Rey. 608 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Soon, everyone will converge on the spot outside Auschwitz where Kobinski vanished—and find themselves doomed to fates at least as strange as that of Kobinski himself.

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Talcott and Andros are not yet aware of the full destructive potential of their experiments, but the government is, and its agents are soon on Talcott's trail as she takes up the search for Kobinski's manuscript.

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The skillfulness of these characterizations becomes especially apparent in the second part of the book, when Aharon, Denton, Calder, and Jill with Nate in tow are whisked off to worlds that reflect their deepest natures in ways that only slowly become fully clear.

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Soon these four individuals will find their paths converge at the site where Kobinski allegedly vanished with the Feds on their trail as only the government fully understands the strength of the force that Kobinski and now Talcott have discovered.

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