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by Ian Caldwell

  • Author: Ian Caldwell
  • ISBN: 0440241359
  • ISBN13: 978-0440241355
  • ePub: 1790 kb | FB2: 1512 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Action & Adventure
  • Publisher: Dell; Reprint edition (June 28, 2005)
  • Rating: 4.3/5
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The Rule of Four ePub download

The Rule of Four is a novel written by the American authors Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason, and published in 2004.

The Rule of Four is a novel written by the American authors Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason, and published in 2004. Caldwell, a Princeton University graduate, and Thomason, a Harvard College graduate, are childhood friends who wrote the book after their graduations. The Rule of Four reached the top of the New York Times Bestseller list, where it remained for more than six months.

Ian Caldwell is the author of a forthcoming novel set inside the Vatican. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa in European history from Princeton University, and lives near Washington, . with his wife and three sons. Dustin Thomason is also the author of 1. 1. But, after a couple hundred pages, this reader's interest began to wane, and I began to wish there were a global conspiracy, or more action, or hidden identities. Sort of like- Well, you know.

The Rule of Four book. Comparing Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason to Fitzgerald? Blasphemy

The Rule of Four book. Comparing Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason to Fitzgerald? Blasphemy. As for comparing them to Dan Brown, they're not even the poor man's Dan Brown - more like the homeless man's, if that. I haven't read Umberto Eco, A Mr. Nelson DeMille writes on the back of this book that, "If Scott Fitzgerald, Umberto Eco, and Dan Brown teamed up to write a novel, the result would be The Rule of Four. words fail me. F. Scott Fitzgerald must be spinning in his grave right now.

The Fifth Gospel is that rare story: erudite and a page-turner, literary but compulsively readable

The Fifth Gospel is that rare story: erudite and a page-turner, literary but compulsively readable. It will change the way you look at organized religion, humanity, and perhaps yourself.

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.

Authors: Ian Caldwell, Dustin Thomason. Publisher: The Dial Press, New York, 2004. 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. Suspenseful, passionate, and wise, it is certain to propel Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason to the forefront of contemporary fiction. He graduated from Harvard College and received his . from Columbia University. Thomason has written and produced several television series, including Lie to Me. He lives in Venice Beach, California. The two have been best friends since they were eight years old. Bókfræðilegar upplýsingar.

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 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

The Rule of Four Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason. The Hypnerotomachia Poliphili is one of the most treasured and least understood books of early Western printing. Fewer copies of it survive today than do copies of the Gutenberg Bible.

The Rule of Four Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason. Scholars continue to debate the identity and intent of the Hypnerotomachia's mysterious author, Francesco Colonna. Only in December of 1999, five hundred years after the original text was printed, and months after the events depicted in The Rule of Four, did the first complete English translation of the Hypnerotomachia appear in print.

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An ivy league murder, a mysterious coded manuscript, and the secrets of a Renaissance prince collide memorably in The Rule of Four—a brilliant work of fiction that weaves together suspense and scholarship, high art and unimaginable treachery.It's Easter at Princeton. Seniors are scrambling to finish their theses. And two students, Tom Sullivan and Paul Harris, are a hair's breadth from solving the mysteries of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili—a renowned text attributed to an Italian nobleman, a work that has baffled scholars since its publication in 1499. For Tom, their research has been a link to his family's past—and an obstacle to the woman he loves. For Paul, it has become an obsession, the very reason for living. But as their deadline looms, research has stalled—until a long-lost diary surfaces with a vital clue. And when a fellow researcher is murdered just hours later, Tom and Paul realize that they are not the first to glimpse the Hypnerotomachia 's secrets. Suddenly the stakes are raised, and as the two friends sift through the codes and riddles at the heart of the text, they are beginnning to see the manuscript in a new light—not simply as a story of faith, eroticism and pedantry, but as a bizarre, coded mathematical maze. And as they come closer and closer to deciphering the final puzzle of a book that has shattered careers, friendships and families, they know that their own lives are in mortal danger. Because at least one person has been killed for knowing too much. And they know even more.From the streets of fifteenth-century Rome to the rarified realm of the Ivy League, from a shocking 500 year-old murder scene to the drama of a young man's coming of age, The Rule of Four takes us on an entertaining, illuminating tour of history—as it builds to a pinnacle of nearly unbearable suspense.From the Hardcover edition.
4 stars for a wild-axxed potboiler fiction. But take away at least 1 star for its almost complete lack of historical truth about the historical Friar Francesco Colonna. Far better to buy and read the source used by these two authors: Godwin's first ever complete English translation of 1499 Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, subtitled "The Strife of Love in a Dream." Godwin's Introduction, tables, graphs, maps, and appendices make it quite clear that the Friar was the author, not some hypothetical (i.e., thus far fictional) noble of Rome. Once you've read the historical summary of what's known about the rebellious friar, whose monastery was very close by a similarly unconforming nunnery near Venice, you'll be convinced "the Friar dunnit!" My, what fun those monks and nuns had back then, in the time of the Borgia Pope, his bastards Lucretia and Cesare, and their occasional hangers-on, Machiavelli and da Vinci! If you have interest in these topics, feel free to contact me at BEORNsHall AT earthlink DOT net
If you went to Princeton or live near it, this is a must read. Nothing inherently wrong with the plot if you like 4 guys stumbling around campus and you have to wait forever for something interesting to happen. Despite the author’s obvious talent (he has plenty) this New Jersey-based fare was sleep inducing for the first 150 pages. That is why I only offered two stars.

If the author wants 5 stars, next time he should write a book about the University of Pennsylvania and let them try this stuff in West Philly. I don’t think they would be able to survive outside of the vaunted dinner clubs.
I just wasted 7 hours of my life reading this, hoping it would at some point get better. The majority of this book is all about the backstory of each character in the book. Way too much backstory. When the story would actually start to pick up pace, the brakes would be slammed and then for no reason, another backstory would be inserted. By the time they got back to the story, interest would be lost. I will soon forget that I ever read this book and I highly doubt I will ever read anything by either of these authors again if this is how their style of writing is.
Great fun read. The only tie to Da Vinci Code is the use of a history mystery. Great use of a rare, unusual, mysterious historical book that has been debated and questioned for centuries. There is the "flaw" of of trying to force a rush of time Da Vinci Code style. Snow and the nude run in late April--a bit much. That late into their senior year and still shallow (in terms of work done) on their senior thesis. No. The authors could have stretched those events over a longer period of time during their senior year, made it more believable and still had the same "conclusion". Again, too much time compression here at the end of the school term--not to give away the story but the last month of the school term is written as if months or years had expired when looking back (MAJOR events on a college campus and within 2-3 weeks it is ancient history disappearing into time-think not). I suspect some heavy handed editor influence trying to copy the Di Vinci Code style as I cannot imagine the authors putting that much time into the story and historical research to screw up those details but an editor over his head in terms of historical research/knowledge would try to emulate Di Vinci for popular buzz.

I am far from an eating club elitest...2 yrs of a junior college before a real 4 yr College (not University) but I have a deep appreciation and understanding of history and the search for historical documents, aka scholar adventures...which many reviewers apparently do not and thus the negative reviews I see.

While predictable--most endings are (what they weren't going to solve the Di Vinci Code by the end of the book) the slight twists and turns as to how the future (5 yrs later)goes with this story was vey nicely done. The "tube" used to great effect.
Yes, it's literary, and yes, the name, Hypnerotomachia, is off repeated, but the story focuses on Tom and Paul and how this astonishing book affects their lives and their closest friend's.

I loved this book.
I found it a wonderful read. I expected enigmatic equation I didn't expect the wonderful wrapping of human equation around and through that.
For me the level of character development and description of scenes and action was perfect. Enough to foster my imagination but, not loquacious.
I didn't agree with all of the assumptions that the main character came to about people and relationships. However, the way that he presented his assumptions allowed me to differ without violating the theme or the plot. Someone has used the description "coming of age" for this work. I don't believe that this phrase casts the correct light. The characters appear to come on stage already wise beyond their years and not terribly naive.
I expected a lot from this book. I had to force myself to finish it. I liked some of the history but the character development was shallow. It was a really slow paced book. I was expecting it to be more rapid paced only because it was on the NYT bestseller list and compare to the DaVinci code.
I think they could have chopped this book in half and it would have been just perfect. I really liked the Fifth Gospel, and I read this thinking it would be the same (and hoping for better).
A wealth of detail and erudite literary conceit gets in the way of the common tale. The coming of age of "the four" is buried in academia and local color to the extent that the denouement fails to satisfy. Princeton and Florence are fascinating, as always, but the characters fail to grace the scenery.
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