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The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell
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Feb 23, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction
Read from February 23 to March 10, 2011

I picked this one up completely randomly (you would think with a "To Read" list as long as mine I could actually manage to knock some of those off, instead of pulling things from the library shelves based solely on cover art) but anyway, my high rating results from the fact that I went into this with no expectations. If I had known it was a "phenomenal" best seller, and with the inevitable comparison to The DaVinci Code, I might have judged more harshly. But as it was, I found it an enjoyable ride.
I think the authors flirted with some off-putting habits (lengthy exposition, unbelievably convenient plot points, and an extremely unrealistic time frame, to name a few) but never went all-in with those, so that I found myself inclined to be forgiving. I liked the narrator, which helped a lot when that nagging inner voice of realism piped up with, "Okay, there's no way that could have happened." My Let's-Enjoy-the-Story self would answer, "Yeah, but Tom wouldn't lie to us, so it MUST have happened!" And on we would go.
Other than those contrivances mentioned, the writing was actually quite good for a suspense thriller (especially compared to Dan Brown), and I liked the ending, and enjoyed spending time with the characters. An interesting and fun work of fiction.
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