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The Oak Island Mystery: The Secret of the World's Greatest Treasure Hunt [Paperback]

Lionel & Patricia Fanthorpe
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July 25 1996 0888821700 978-0888821706 1

It began innocently enough ... in 1795 three boys discovered the top of an acient shaft on uninhabited Oak Island in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. The boys began to dig, and what they uncovered started the world's greatest and stangest treasure hunt. Two hundred years of courage, back-breaking effort, ingenuity, and engineering skills have so far failed to retrieve what is concealed there.

The Oak Island curse prophesies that the treasure will not be found until seven men are dead and the last oak has fallen. That last oak has already gone - and over the years, six treasure hunters have been killed. What can the treasure be?

Theories include Drake's plate and jewels, Captain Kidd's bloodstained pirate gold, an army payroll left there for safety by the French or British military engineers, priceless ancient manuscripts, the body of an Arif or other religious refugee leader, the lost treasure of the Templars, and part of the ancient, semi-legendary Acadian Treasure linked to the mystery of Glozel and Rennes-le-Chateau in France.

After years of research the authors have finally solved the sinister riddle of Oak Island, but their answer is challenging, controversial and disturbing. Something beyond price still lies waiting in the labrinth.


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It began innocently enough ... in 1795 three boys discovered the top of an acient shaft on uninhabited Oak Island in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. The boys began to dig, and what they uncovered started the world's greatest and stangest treasure hunt. Two hundred years of courage, back-breaking effort, ingenuity, and engineering skills have so far failed to retrieve what is concealed there.

The Oak Island curse prophesies that the treasure will not be found until seven men are dead and the last oak has fallen. That last oak has already gone - and over the years, six treasure hunters have been killed. What can the treasure be?

Theories include Drake's plate and jewels, Captain Kidd's bloodstained pirate gold, an army payroll left there for safety by the French or British military engineers, priceless ancient manuscripts, the body of an Arif or other religious refugee leader, the lost treasure of the Templars, and part of the ancient, semi-legendary Acadian Treasure linked to the mystery of Glozel and Rennes-le-Chateau in France.

After years of research the authors have finally solved the sinister riddle of Oak Island, but their answer is challenging, controversial and disturbing. Something beyond price still lies waiting in the labrinth.

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It began innocently enoughin 1795 three boys discovered the top of an ancient shaft on uninhabited Oak Island in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. The boys began to dig, and what they uncovered started the worlds greatest and strangest treasure hunt. Two hundred years of courage, back-breaking effort, ingenuity and engineering skill have so far failed to retrieve what is concealed there.

The Oak Island curse prophesies that the treasure will not be found until seven men are dead and the last oak has fallen. That last oak has already goneand over the years, six treasure hunters have been killed. What can the treasure be?

Theories include Drakes plate and jewels, Captain Kidds bloodstained pirate gold, an army payroll left there for safety by French or British military engineers, priceless ancient manuscripts, the body of an Arif or other religious refugee leader, the lost treaure of the Templars, and part of the ancient, semi-legendary Arcadian Treasure linked to the mystery of Glozel and Rennes-le-Chateau in France.

After years of research the authors have finally solved the sinister riddle of Oak Island, but their answer is challenging, controversial and disturbing. Something beyond price still lies waiting in the labyrinth.


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The mystery of the Oak Island Money Pit is equalled only by the riddle of whatever it was that Father Berenger Sauniere and Marie Denarnaud found at Rennesle-Chateau a century ago, and by Monsieur Fradin's amazing discoveries at Glozel near Vichy in 1924. Read the first page
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1.0 out of 5 stars Complete and utter rubbish Feb. 14 2002
Format:Paperback
I have researched the Oak Island "mystery" for many years from the viewpoint of skeptic and folklorist and still cannot believe what I found in this book. Fanthorpe, a former pulp science fiction writer from the UK, spends the first part of the book reviewing the story of the infamous 'Money Pit'--a procedure that all Oak Island authors feel compelled to emulate despite the fact that the tale is well documented in numerous earlier works. He then launches into a poorly constructed, patched together list of coincidences and assumptions in order to link the island to the Templars--one of his favourite conspiracy groups. In a word, he fails.
The book is rife with "wallpaper" phrases (e.g. "of course it follows that," "clearly," and "from this it is obvious...") that show the author has no actual evidence. In order to conceal this shortcoming he resorts to grand, unfounded assertions, but overall the book is rather like a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta: full of words and music but signifying...nothing.
The credulous will undoubtedly enjoy it, but anyone who thinks the book will offer an even marginally rational viewpoint will be sadly disappointed. Fanthorpe offers no reference material other than the usual, tired old books that are in themselves massively flawed, so I suppose this should be expected. Don't waste your time or money.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money May 3 1999
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Format:Paperback
I purchased this book because I had heard various stories about the excavations on Oak Island (near Nova Scotia) which have taken place over the past two centuries. Supposedly, there is a complex, man-made construction in the form of a pit or tunnel. Supposedly, there is buried treasure in the pit. I bought the book hoping to learn the facts associated with the attempts to unearth the secrets of Oak Island. I also thought I would hear possible explanations or hypotheses about what might be down there and who might have constructed the pit. Instead, I wasted my money on what is probably the most poorly written book I've ever read. The editor(s) should be fired for allowing the manuscript to become published. The authors cannot complete a thought without introducing some tangential idea that truly has nothing to do with the paragraph's contents. This makes the book difficult to read but that might be their intention. If anyone is looking for an overview of the goings on at Oak Island, this IS NOT the book you should buy. Don't waste your money.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Still A Waste Of Money July 19 2000
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Format:Paperback
Looks like the dear friends of "Lionel and Patricia" (Fanthorpe, the authors) all got together in June/July 2000 and decided my original review (May, 1999) was simply unacceptable. Bottomline is that this is such a poorly written book that it is, indeed, a waste of time and money. And I imagine this statement will cause the dear sweet reviewers from the UK to begin to twitter again. I cannot speak about the authors' other books, only this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Th Oak Island Mystery June 23 2000
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I read, with much astonishment, the review posted by a reader from Calmest, SC on the Oak Island Mystery by Lionel and Patricia Fanthorpe. I have come to the conclusion that we must have read different book!
As a student of the para-normal and things Mysterious, I have always found the works of Lionel and Patricia Fanthorpe essential, and fascination reading.
Their books are well researched, and written with a clarity, and just a touch of humour , which makes reading their work such a pleasure.
The Oak Island Mystery is no exception in my humble opinion. This book is not a waste of money for anyone who wants the facts and conclusions presented by a noted, and notable authority on the Mysteries of life, which Lionel Fanthorpe undoubtedly is. Nor is it a waste of money for anyone who just wants a thundering good read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Oak Islan Mystery June 23 2000
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I read, with much astonishment, the review posted by a reader from Calmest, SC on the Oak Island Mystery by Lionel and Patricia Fanthorpe. I have come to the conclusion that we must have read different book! As a student of the para-normal and things Mysterious, I have always found the works of Lionel and Patricia Fanthorpe essential, and fascination reading. Their books are well researched, and written with a clarity, and just a touch of humour , which makes reading their work such a pleasure. The Oak Island Mystery is no exception in my humble opinion. This book is not a waste of money for anyone who wants the facts and conclusions presented by a noted, and notable authority on the Mysteries of life, which Lionel Fanthorpe undoubtedly is. Nor is it a waste of money for anyone who just wants a thundering good read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Oak Islan Mystery June 23 2000
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I read, with much astonishment, the review posted by a reader from Calmest, SC on the Oak Island Mystery by Lionel and Patricia Fanthorpe. I have come to the conclusion that we must have read different book! As a student of the para-normal and things Mysterious, I have always found the works of Lionel and Patricia Fanthorpe essential, and fascination reading. Their books are well researched, and written with a clarity, and just a touch of humour , which makes reading their work such a pleasure. The Oak Island Mystery is no exception in my humble opinion. This book is not a waste of money for anyone who wants the facts and conclusions presented by a noted, and notable authority on the Mysteries of life, which Lionel Fanthorpe undoubtedly is. Nor is it a waste of money for anyone who just wants a thundering good read!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Pure Speculation
Avoid this book, though it does have a good history and summary of the Oak Island Mystery, most of the book deals with the various "theories" on who buried the... Read more
Published 14 months ago by N. Burgess
1.0 out of 5 stars The real mystery is how this book got published!
I am not a follower of the Oak Island mystery, just someone who read an interesting article in Rolling Stone about the mystery and then went in search of more detail. Read more
Published on April 30 2004 by Maura Johnston
1.0 out of 5 stars I WANT MY MONEY BACK
Too hard to read and too much guesswork. drivel
Published on Jan. 6 2004 by Lori Sager
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Regarding the reveiw of Clemson. I have recently completed an in-depth study of Oak Island and my revelations will answer many questions. Read more
Published on July 8 2000 by Mr Cerris Francis
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I find it strange that anonymous from Clemson could not understand Lionels writing,(maybe that is why they failed to put a name against the review)another mystery perhaps?.. Read more
Published on July 2 2000 by "bowyer@cnage99.freeserve.co.uk"
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Published on June 23 2000 by Annmarie Loirng
5.0 out of 5 stars New insights into an old mystery!
After reading the latest book regarding the Oak Island Mystery, I found it a facinating read. Especially regarding the possibilities of the Knights Templar being involved. Read more
Published on June 21 2000
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