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The Rule of Four

6 Ratings: 2.5
A book by Ian Caldwell

Caldwell and Thomason's intriguing intellectual suspense novel stars four brainy roommates at Princeton, two of whom have links to a mysterious 15th-century manuscript, theHypnerotomachia Poliphili. This rare text (a real book) contains embedded codes … see full wiki

Author: Ian Caldwell
Publisher: The Dial Press
4 reviews about The Rule of Four
review by . November 17, 2012
Tom Sullivan is about to graduate from Princeton. He has an obsession inherited from his father, about the book, "Hyperotomachie Polyphile" which was published in 1499. Tom's father's reputation was destroyed by his research and opinions of the book.      Tom and his roommate, Paul, are both extremely interested in finding the secrets of the book, such as, who is the real  author. Tom also wants to study why the book has such a major effect of those …
review by . April 07, 2011
The Rule of Four is a coming-of-age novel built around a real-life mystery, The Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, a Renaissance book that has puzzled scholars and historians for 500 years. As a literary device, it succeeds quite well but if you're looking for a historical thriller in the style of "The Historian" or "The Da Vinci Code", you're cracking the spine on the wrong book, I'm afraid!      As a result of his academic interest in the Hypnerotomachia, …
review by . July 12, 2004
I enjoyed reading this book, but I think that the center of the work was advertised as being the unravelling of the mysterious book. That doesn't appear to be the situation, as we are treated to a tour of the Princeton campus and learning more than we would care to about customs and things at that school. I would have preferred to see more of a concentration on the mystery surrounding the book, and the characters involved in that, but when the authors did concentrate on the mystery, they did an …
review by . June 04, 2004
It is a marketing misjustice of sorts (or perhaps not in terms of sales) to compare "The Rule of Four" to Dan Brown's "Da Vinci Code" and Donna Tartt's "Secret History". Those readers expecting Brown's page-turning assured puzzle solving hero, easily reducing age-old mysteries encrypted within easily recognizable masterpieces to child's play while single-handedly fending off adversaries trained to disseminate the likes of the Terminator, will most definitely be disappointed in scholarly Tom, his …
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