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The Rule of Four (2004)

by Ian Caldwell, Dustin Thomason

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Two Princeton University seniors are struggling to solve the mysteries of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, a cryptic text that has baffled scholars for 500 years. When a long-lost clue surfaces, they have a chance to decipher the final secret. But when a fellow scholar of the text is murdered for knowing too much, they realize that they know even more.… (more)
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It should be good. I got the audio book from the library. I can't finish it... there is no contrast between characters. I had a really nice nap though. I'll try again with the actual book. ( )
  gypsymaia | Oct 14, 2022 |
Enjoyable, slow at times, nice twists and good characterisation. Not comparable to the Da Vinci Code (this is good thing), but simmers to a film-like conclusion with a nice epitaph. Recommended. ( )
  tarsel | Sep 4, 2022 |
Very interesting and enjoyable. More literary than I expected; reminded me at times of Richard Powers (although these authors are not quite as erudite or skilled). ( )
  MarkLacy | May 29, 2022 |
Strong writing and mysterious plot. A friendship book. ( )
  dtumbarello | May 19, 2022 |
Tempo sprecato.
Una mediocre esposizione storico/artistica sprecata.
Inutile. ( )
  louchobi | May 12, 2022 |
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As a thriller, The Rule of Four is not especially fast-paced, but the personalities and relationships are well-handled, as is the narrator's conflict between his desire for a normal relationship with his girlfriend and the sense that he is being dragged into dangerous obsession. This is good entertainment, a Da Vinci Code for people with brains.
added by danielx | editThe Independent, Jane Jakeman (May 31, 2004)
 
This promises well for the future of the authors, either together or separately. Next time, their ambition may vault lower and their presentation smoother, but meanwhile The Rule of Four is a great read on its own youthfully brash terms. The title, by the way, refers not (or not only) to the roommates or to their college years but again to the encryption in the Hypnerotomachia. It is never fully explained.
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Caldwell, Ianprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Thomason, Dustinmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Hamilton, JoshNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Risvik, KariTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Risvik, KjellTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wahlund, TorstenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Woodman, JeffNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Two Princeton University seniors are struggling to solve the mysteries of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, a cryptic text that has baffled scholars for 500 years. When a long-lost clue surfaces, they have a chance to decipher the final secret. But when a fellow scholar of the text is murdered for knowing too much, they realize that they know even more.

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