Book Reviews – The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason

12 Mar


People will always want, as the publishers do, to compare The Rule of Four with The Da Vinci Code, because both have as central the decoding of alleged ancient codes, cyphers and symbols. But The Rule of Four is much more a real novel, in fact it is as a rites of passage story and as an expose of the dark side of academia that it works best, in my view. It was written by its two young authors over a six year period, so I very much doubt they set out initially to compete with the then little-known Dan Brown. Check the reviews linked above. It is not a perfect novel, but a very good first novel nonetheless, paying considerable homage to F Scott Fitzgerald — but that is no bad thing.

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Posted by on March 12, 2006 in America, book reviews, Fiction, Thriller, writers


One response to “Book Reviews – The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason

  1. Steve Hayes

    May 5, 2006 at 4:01 am

    Haloscan 13 March 2006

    Well that’s interesting. When I read The da Vinci code I reread a couple of other conspiracy novels to see if they were quite as bad. Most weren’t. But I’ve resisted buying new ones that publishers compare with The da Vinci code in case they are equally bad.

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