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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (18,657 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ian Caldwell Narrator: Josh Hamilton Publisher: Simon & Schuster Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Princeton. Good Friday, 1999. On the eve of graduation, two students are a hairsbreadth from solving the mysteries of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. Famous for its hypnotic power over those who study it, the 500-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.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Vanessa Samuel | 2/14/2014

    " Hmm, if anything i would never have thought to compare it to The DaVinci code but it was a very suspenseful book. It encourages you to think and raises many good questions .. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Katie | 2/13/2014

    " Fun, fast reading. Kind of Da Vinci Code-esque. Enjoyed reading about Florence, etc. while visiting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nathan White | 2/10/2014

    " I enjoyed this book but like so many books it spends so much time investing in the character development that it become a chore to keep slogging through to get to the good stuff. For reason I can't understand, the authors use both Last names and First name interchangeably within the story which is not only irritating it makes it difficult to keep the characters straight. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ben | 2/5/2014

    " This book kept my interest, but overall wasn't terribly exciting. It's in the code-breaking thriller genre and similar to Dan Brown novels, but not a whole lot happens over the course of this book. It's about a group of students at princeton trying to break the codes and riddles in an old book called the Hypnerotomachia, and while they figure out the book, they don't ever leave college, and nothing all that exciting happens until the last 15 pages. Even then, it's just not very exciting. "

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