DANTE’S EQUATION by Jane Jensen

DANTE’S EQUATION

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Contemporary SF thriller blending physics, mysticism, and redemption, from the author of Millennium Rising (1999).

At the University of Washington, physics professor Jill Talcott is experimenting with energy waves that somehow directly influence matter and living things. Journalist Denton Wyle, obsessed by mysterious disappearances, endeavors to track down the scattered fragments of a manuscript written in 1944 in Auschwitz by Yosef Kobinski. A kabbalist and physicist of genius, Kobinski mathematically described a dimension of good and evil; not only that, but he later vanished in a flash of light in front of witnesses! In Jerusalem, rigid, self-absorbed Rabbi Aharon Handalman studies the Bible for coded messages supposedly buried in the text. Astonishingly, he finds dozens of menacing references to Kobinski and weapons. When he learns the facts about Kobinski, he wonders whether anyone today is working on similar matters. Jill's experiment, meanwhile, causes an explosion that kills dozens of innocents. This attracts Handalman's attention—and also that of Calder Farris, part of a secret Defense Department group whose purpose is to acquire possible new weapons technology and either co-opt or silence the inventors. Ambitious Jill is minded to accept Farris's job offer, until Handalman shows up and tells her about Kobinski. At the same time, Farris attempts to grab the Kobinski manuscript from Wyle. 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.

Intriguing and often surprising, but what with a plot that doesn't add up and (with one exception) a nasty bunch of characters: mostly a tough slog.

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-345-43037-9
Page count: 496pp
Publisher: Del Rey/Ballantine
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 2003




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