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The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason
  

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Dubbed ‘The Davinci Code for people with brains’ by the Independent. The book centres on a 15th-Century manuscript and a bunch of American students and scholars bent on cracking its mysterious code and finding a hidden crypt. A definite winner

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The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason

Tom Sullivan is about to graduate from Princeton. He's intelligent and popular, but haunted by the violent death several years earlier of his father, an academic who devoted his life to studying one of the rarest, most complex and most valuable books in the world. Since its publication in 1499, the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili has baffled scholars who have tried to understand its many mysteries. Coded in seven languages, the text is at once a passionate love story, an intricate mathematical labyrinth, and a tale of arcane brutality. Paul Harris, Tom's roommate, has deeply personal reasons of his own for wanting to unveil the secrets the book hides.

When a long-lost diary surfaces, it seems the two friends have found the key to the labyrinth - but when a fellow researcher is murdered only hours later, they suddenly find themselves in great danger. And what they discover embedded in the text stuns them: the passion of a Renaissance prince, a hidden crypt, and a secret worth dying to protect.


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"...an assured piece of fiction that weaves together the past and the present seamlessly. I enjoyed it tremendously." Peter Guttridge Observer

"An extremely erudite thriller" The New York Times

"Prepare for an engrossing read..." Eve

About the Author

Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason
Ian Caldwell was Phi Beta Kappa in History at Princeton University. Dustin Thomason won the Hoopes Prize at Harvard University. The two have been best friends since they were eight years old. They began writing The Rule of Four after graduating in 1998.

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Publication date

6th June 2013

Author

Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason

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Publisher

Arrow

Format

Paperback
544 pages

Categories

Action Adventure / Spy
Thriller / Suspense

Thriller / suspense

ISBN

9780099557487

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