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The Rule of Four

by Ian Caldwell, Dustin Thomason

The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell, Dustin Thomason X
The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell, Dustin Thomason
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    May 2004, 384 pages

    Jun 2005, 464 pages


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This book was a waste of time. It wasn't even a good mystery. The best part of the entire book was the exert that you get from the cover. I agree that the author rambles on and on about nothing. After reading the Da Vinci Code this was definetly a let down. I don't even understand why the ratings on the book are so high. In my opionion the book is not even well written. I spent the first half of the book trying to figure out who was talking and if they were talking in the past or in the present. Definetly not one that I would recommend.
Bernadette Tilger


i dislike this book
This book has to much going on in it............... I DON'T RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO ANYONE

waste of time
I hate those misleading critics! I had a neighbor who kept nagging me to finish this book because it was supposed to be the greatest book he ever read. Novels that get me hooked takes me about two or three days to read. I had been reading this novel for 2 months. I kept at it just to please my neighbor! It was soooooo boooooring! I just don't get why this book is in the bestseller list! Hey, wait I know! It was those stupid reviews at the jacket! I wished I never bought this book at the retail price! It was so not worth it!

Don't believe the Hype
This is absolutely one of the most boring, ham-handed, pretentious books I've ever read. While some praise the authors' attention to detail, I call it a fascination with trivia. Yes, this is written by TWO people. When was the last time you read a great novel by TWO people? It reads like it was written by a committee.....of robots. If you want a real historical thriller, check out Name of the Rose or anything by David Liss. These guys make Dan Brown's work read like Proust.

I had high expectations for this book prior to reading it. After finishing it though, I feel as if I was greatly let down. In my opinion, the authors spent too much time building up certain characters in the book, who frankly did not play a substantial enough role in the plot, and who if were left out, would not change the content of the book or it's plot too much. The book started to pick up slightly half way through it, but unfortunately, the authors, did not capitalize on this much and build up the plot. The book in the end just sort of fizzled. One reviewer stated that "you'll be unhappy when this story ends ... only because you can't read more of it." While I agree with the first part of this statement, I feel that the reason for my unhappiness is not because I could not read more of it, but rather because I feel that two young authors, who have the potential to be great writers, just did not live up to their potential with this book.


I'm glad that I received it as a gift, I would have been very disappointed had i actually paid for it.

wow---I finally finished this ---what secrets did we learn??? What was the great mystery???---I DO now know more about Princeton than I did before---crappy characters too....maybe I just could never read for more than 10 pages at a time---If you are a normal guy who liked Dan Brown's books, don't let anybody tell you this compares favorably---If they do and you do read it, remember to take the book and slap them upside the head when you finish!!!---It is a nice size for that---

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