|Plot Summary of The Rule of Four|
|"This is a suspense novel about a Princeton student, Tom Sullivan, who is coming of age with his three college friends. As they all complete their senior thesis, Tom must face his past and the death of his father. Paul Harris, Tom's roommate is a brilliant senior who is on the verge of solving a 500 year old riddle written in a book called the Hypnerotomachia. Paul is solving the book's riddles and is on the verge of uncovering some of the world's yet unknow Renaissance treasure. Tom must help Paul solve the mysteries hidden in the book because Tom's father devoted his life to investigating the same book before his tragic death. Mysterious deaths and threats dog the students as they race to solve the riddles hidden within the book before they become victims to the book's allure and tragic ending. The story take place within the tradition rich Princeton campus but also within the beauty and wisdom of the Renaissance era.
Jerry Naradzay, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Rule of Four|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 10%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 50%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
Time/era of story:
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- search for gems/treasure/money
General Crime (including known murderer)
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How much violence does he/she use?
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Smarter than most other characters
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- a little/some
- Very much smarter than other characters
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
How many deaths?
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason Resident Scholar Profiles|
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