The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason

Rule of Four

7 / 10

Ever heard of Hypnerotomachia Poliphili? Don’t worry, I too, am still having a hard time pronouncing the rumored Francesco Colona authored book. It is a book graced with mystery up to this very day. For years, many are still of question of the details of the novel, its real message, its history, its publication year and its author. Such questions raised by a novel entitled The Rule of Four.

Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason unfold their research mixed with an entertaining fiction to the story and rumors about the Hypnerotomachia Polyphili. The book as said in The Rule of Four novel has a hidden code or message that raises the author’s protest of humanism against the authoritarian manipulation of the Catholic Church of knowledge in the Renaissance period.

The title, Rule of Four, is not because of the four main characters involved in the story, but more of the sequence that Tom and Paul discovered which is needed to solve the riddle of the mysterious ancient document.

The Rule of Four’s first chapters is slow-paced and boring as the authors establish the characters of Paul, Tom, Charlie and Gil. It will get interesting as you go on when the twist of the Hypnerotomachia Polyphili enters the story and how its mystery and riddles will revolve around the four friends.

Got to give credit to Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason for having well researched facts and rumors about Hypnerotomachia Polyphili. Some readers will get slacked because of too much information about it though–or is it just me? =P

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