I recently finished re-reading The Eight by Katherine Neville.
And I loved it this time just as much as I did the last time.
The story centers around a figurative historical chess game using international players from world history. The plot was twisty and switched back and forth from 18th Century France to 1970's New York. Characters from both time periods travelled to Algiers as well.
I thought the story was inventive and imaginative. I'm certainly looking forward to reading her sequel.
Hamilcar and Amanda have both written more comprehensive reviews than I am capable of at this point.