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Ian Caldwell

Author of The Rule of Four

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Ian Caldwell is an American novelist who co-authored the 2004 novel The Rule of Four. His second book, The Fifth Gospel, was published in 2015. He was born in Virginia where he met his future writing collaborator, Dustin Thomason. Caldwell was a Phi Beta Kappa at Princeton University where he show more graduated in 1998 with a degree in history. After college, while working with Thomason on their first novel, Caldwell worked at MicroStrategy in Tyson Corner and taught test preparation for Kaplan. After graduating from their respective colleges, Caldwell began working with Thomason on the novel The Rule of Four. After writing together for a summer, the two continued to collaborate online for the next five years. The plot centers on four Princeton seniors attempting to solve a mystery related to the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, an Italian work from the early Renaissance. The book was published by Dial Press in 2004, spent 49 weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list. It took Caldwell ten years to complete his second work, The Fifth Gospel, which was published by Simon and Schuster in 2015. This solo work tells the fictional story of two brothers, both priests, exploring the Diatessaron, the "fifth" gospel, and how it might lead to reconciliation between the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Includes the names: Ian Caldwell, Iain Caldwell

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McSweeney's Issue 22: Three Books Held Within By Magnets (2007) — Contributor — 338 copies, 4 reviews

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This is book is simply excellent. Thanks Jess for recommending it.
 
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tarullo | 173 other reviews | May 1, 2024 |
the bits about the hypnerotomachia- the mysterious ancient manuscript were fun-but overall it didn't draw nme in as much as I had hoped
 
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cspiwak | 173 other reviews | Mar 6, 2024 |
(2004) Pretty good story of 4 college students at Princeton that try to solve the mystery of a 15th century book that has puzzled investigators over the year. It leads to two murders and the death of one of the 4. Much better written than any of Dan Brown's books of similar subject matter.
 
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