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The Rule of Four was one of the New York Times bestsellers, and remained on the list for the next 6 months. It’s also one of the debut novels that has the highest volume sales of the decade, with 4 million copies.

The New York Time praised the book as the “ultimate puzzle-book”. It’s sometimes compared to the famous “Da Vinci Code” as well.

Brief Introduction of The Rule Of Four

▶ Name: The Rule of Four

▶ Author: Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason

▶ Price: $16.54 (on Amazon)

▶ Format: Paperback

▶ Rating: ⭐3.8

▶ Volume sales: nearly two million copies in North America

▶ Country: United States

▶ Language: English

▶ Genre: Novel, Mysteries, Thriller & Suspense

▶ Publisher:  Dial Press 

▶ Publication date: 2004

▶ Best Sellers Rank: 

#1,117 in Renaissance Literary Criticism

#8,910 in Conspiracy Thrillers

#110,170 in Suspense Thrillers

#3,771,559 in Books

▶ Quotes from the book:

“Never invest yourself in anything so deeply that its failure could cost you your happiness.”

― Ian Caldwell, The Rule of Four

“The strong take from the weak, but the smart take from the strong.”

― Ian Caldwell, The Rule of Four

Regarding the Authors of the novel

About author Ian Caldwell 

Ian Mackinnon Caldwell is an American novelist that specializes in Thriller, Historical Fiction, and Mystery. He is the co-author of The Rule of Four (2004) and the author of The Fifth Gospel (2015).

Caldwell was born and grew up in Fairfax County, Virgina, during that time, he met his co-writer Dustin Thomason. Both of them graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. After that, they started to compose The Rule of Four. Then they continued to work together online for the next 5 years.

Caldwell’s second novel, The Fifth Gospel, took him 10 years to complete. It’s about 2 priests that are brothers find a way to reach an agreement between the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches by exploring The Fifth Gospel.

About author Dustin Thomason

Dustin Thomason is Screenwriter, Producer, Novelist. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Fairfax County, Virginia. Then, he attended a postgraduate course at Harvard University. 

He started his career as a writer. His notable works are The Rule of Four and 12.21, and both are on the New York Times bestsellers list.

In addition to producing, he was the screenwriter and producer of many dramas, including WGN America Manhattan, and Fox's Lie to Me.

Plot Summary of the book

The story is set in Princeton campus during the Easter of 1999. The plot revolves around two seniors, Tom Sullivan and Paul Harris, who are working on their thesis for graduation. And their thesis is about unraveling the mysteries of an ancient book, Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, which was published in 1499 in Italy. 

Since it was written in different languages and embraced complex allegory, scholars have failed to decipher it for hundreds of years. When Tom and Paul get stuck in their research, they find a long-lost diary that appears to be the key to decode Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. But a longtime researcher is murdered just a few hours later. 

It's also the time they recognize that their lives are in danger because someone was killed for knowing the old book too much, and Tom and Paul just know even more.

Top reviews from readers after reading The Rule Of Four

Tom Brown: “The Rule of Four is a fairly well-written and well-studied book, so in my view, it is worth 4-star. But after hundreds of pages, this reader's interest began to diminish, and I began to hope for a global conspiracy, or more action, or a hidden identity. But, you know—, it was not what I expected.”

Beorn S. Hall: “A wonderful story that has been well studied and fascinated from the first page to the last page. This book is far superior to other books in this genre. Lost manuscripts, plots, adventures are all interesting. Indeed, the work was very well organized, with clever plots, and overall a very good reading. I strongly recommend it.” 

D. Howard: “The protagonist's point of view is adoptable, and his perceptions are by turns wise, humourous, sad and depressing. Perfect for college graduates. The story was a bit predictable and not entirely new, but it was solid, well-spoken, and simple. I'm sure you like it.”

Above are basic information, summary, review ofThe Rule Of Four that we want to share to our readers. With fascinating and interesting details, hopefully this book will bring you great experiences with mysteries of the plot. Hope you will have wonderful moments of entertainment.

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