Ian Caldwell was Phi Beta Kappa in history at Princeton University. He lives in Newport News, Virginia. Dustin Thomason won the Hoopes Prize at Harvard University. He lives in New York City. They began writing The Rule of Four after graduating in 1998. The two have been best friends since they were eight years old.
The book in one sentence: Best friends Tom and Paul unravels a 500-year-old mystery that will astound the world, if they can stay alive while everyone else connected to this book is killed left and right.
Who would you recommend it to: Someone looking for an ‘intellectual’ thriller.
OK bits: I like the whole ‘intellectual’ thriller bit.
Boring bits: Some parts I don’t quite understand. I need to read it another time.
Random review quote:
“A stunning first novel, a perfect blend of suspense and a sensitive coming-of-age story. If Scott Fitzgerald, Umberto Eco, and Dan Brown teamed up to write a novel, the result would be The Rule of Four.” – Nelson DeMille
Verdict: The book is like a blended college version of S. E. Hinton’s The Outsiders and Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. I picked up the book for the hype and now I understand why. 🙂