The Rule of Four

The Rule of Four

A Novel

Audiobook CD - 2004
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A mysterious coded manuscript, a violent Ivy League murder, and the secrets of a Renaissance prince collide in a labyrinth of betrayal, madness, and genius.THE RULE OF FOURPrinceton. 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 five-hundred-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 Fouris the story of a young man divided between the future's promise and the past's allure, guided only by friendship and love.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, [2004]
Copyright Date: ℗2004
ISBN: 9780743540292
Branch Call Number: Audiobook FIC Caldw
Characteristics: 11 sound discs (780 min.) : digital ; 12 cm
Additional Contributors: Thomason, Dustin
Woodman, Jeff


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Apr 25, 2017

I wanted to like this. Really, really wanted to like this. However, I found myself getting impatient and skipping large parts of the book. I found this to be a book-in-search-of-an-editor. Occasionally, one finds an author who is so in love with the characters that s/he forgets that we, the readers don't need to know *everything* about the characters, that some things may be interesting to the author, in fact necessary to the author as s/he develops the characters, but don't, in fact, add to the story being presented. This is one of those books. When you can skip large sections, which I *rarely* do and still feel like you know all the relevant facts about the story, about the nuances of those in the story, well... you have to wonder if this slipped through while the editor was on vacation. I don't think the story matched the description on the back of the book. Disappointing.

Mar 18, 2014

One word. Tedius. Read the Wikipedia entry on the medieval text "Hypnerotomachia Poliphili" if that's what you are after. If you want dream sequences, James Joyce's "Ulysses" is a much more interesting selection. Likewise, Proust. Unless for some reason you are intensely interested in the Princeton University campus infrastructure, save your time, skip "The Rule of Four". Not recommended.

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