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The Rule of Four
The Rule of Four
Author: Ian Caldwell, Dustin Thomason
A mysterious coded manuscript, a violent Ivy League murder, and the secrets of a Renaissance prince collide in a labyrinth of betrayal, madness, and genius.
Princeton. Good Friday, 1999. On the eve of graduation, two students are a hairsbreadth from solving the mysteries of the Hypnerotoma...  more
ISBN-13: 9780385337113
ISBN-10: 0385337116
Publication Date: 5/11/2004
Pages: 384
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.

3.2 stars, based on 307 ratings
Publisher: The Dial Press
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 6
I don't even know what to say about this book. It was hard to read and it was hard to understand what was going on. I can't say that I didn't like it because I would have stopped reading it if that was the case. But I wouldn't read it again.

I very much enjoyed The Da Vinci Code...but this one just didn't do it for me. I'm sorry, I don't see how you can compare the two...okay they are both about history, art, puzzles, and murder...but I did not get into this one near as much as I did the Da Vinci Code (which fascinated me).
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Helpful Score: 6
Picked this up at the airport and was engrossed before I even boarded my plane. Fast moving plot mixed with historical intrigue reminiscent of the Da Vinci Code, though I enjoyed this book BETTER! Great, great book.
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Helpful Score: 6
Eh. I finished it, and it read right along. Sort of a rather watered down Davinci Code encased in reliving one's college years. And I'm not sure I believe that it's that cold and snowy in Princeton - I went to school in MN and we didn't get snow on Easter. But that is a minor detail. The book is basically a weak thriller surrounding a lot of information about a mysterious ancient text. I enjoyed it enough to finish it, and if you are in to "puzzle" books, you might, too. If you haven't yet, though, I'd say read Davinci Code or that author's other work first.
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Helpful Score: 4
Convoluted, meandering and a waste of time. This is the kind of book that really makes you question the publishing industry choices of what is worth printing. What could have been an interesting story of a quest for a missing treasure is bogged down by confusing text and the desire to make the book seem scholarly. Supposedly, the authors took 6 years to write this book. I hope they spend the next 6 on something more productive.
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Helpful Score: 4
I loved this book!!
It's basically the thinking woman's (or man's) "Da Vinci Code."
If you know Latin, art history, or cryptography of any kind you can stay one step ahead of the characters, but it's still really good.
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I'm sorry but this just was not my cup of tea. I tried it because I adore The Secret History by Donna Tartt, but I simply could not get into this book. Perhaps it was because I couldn't relate to the characters (who were very wealthy/privileged, whereas in The Secret History, the main character was Mr. Everyman), perhaps it was because TWO authors penned this book rather than one, but I was slogging through the first five chapters when I decided to call it quits.
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One of the BEST books I've read; difficult to put down once you begin. These two young writers are right up their with Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child!
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Reads like a Dan Brown meets Ben Mezrich thriller. Not quite as riveting but entertaining nonetheless.