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.
THE RULE OF FOUR
Princeton. Good Friday, 1999. On the eve of graduation, two students are a hairsbreadth from solving the mysteries of the Hypnerotoma... more »chia Poliphili. Famous for its hypnotic power over those who study it, the five-hundred-year-old Hypnerotomachia may finally reveal its secrets -- to Tom Sullivan, whose father was obsessed with the book, and Paul Harris, whose future depends on it. As the deadline looms, research has stalled -- until an ancient diary surfaces. What Tom and Paul discover inside shocks even them: proof that the location of a hidden crypt has been ciphered within the pages of the obscure Renaissance text. Armed with this final clue, the two friends delve into the bizarre world of the Hypnerotomachia -- a world of forgotten erudition, strange sexual appetites, and terrible violence. But just as they begin to realize the magnitude of their discovery, Princeton's snowy campus is rocked: a longtime student of the book is murdered, shot dead in the hushed halls of the history department. A tale of timeless intrigue, dazzling scholarship, and great imaginative power, The Rule of Four is the story of a young man divided between the future's promise and the past's allure, guided only by friendship and love.« less
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.
The book starts a little slow and ends a little pat, but a good, easy read. It is a little "Shawshank Redemption" meets the "DaVinci Code". Most of the characters are developed and you care what happens to them in the end. Overall....engaging, entertaining and worth the time.
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.