The Rule of Four – Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason


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. 🙂


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. museditions
    Mar 12, 2009 @ 04:14:12

    I read this about a year ago, and liked it very much. I like the whole “davinci code” kinds of themes, too. I loved the university setting and the portrayal of student life there. The authors obviously knew their territory. I had not heard of “dining clubs” before, for instance. I agree that some of the stuff about the document was confusing…Overall a good read!

    nylusmilk: me too! i wonder if the dining clubs bit are made up? you’d think there would be written articles on it if that exists? or that other universities might pick up on this tradition too? i just bought my own copy (this was borrowed) for only rm10 (usd$3?). i’m a real bargain hunter for books. :mrgreen:


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