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OK. THIS novel gets 5 out of 5 stars.
This is the second time I read this novel, having read it about 10 years ago. It is so good, so powerful... when I finished it yesterday I was literally shaking.
It weaves together 2 stories, one of a young French nun and her cousin and one of a Manhattan computer expert. Although the nuns live during the time of the French revolution and the computer expert lives in the 1970's, their lives are tightly entwined.
They are all players in a game not of their choosing. They are destined for things that can only be dreamed of. They are in the Game.
Alchemy, mysticism, chemisty, physics, math, history, music and CHESS. This book has it all.