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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Dundurn; 1 edition (July 25 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0888821700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0888821706
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 16.1 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 381 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #343,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ima Pseudonym on 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 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Burgess on June 6 2013
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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 "treasure". No real evidence was used in the writing of this book, just wild guesses, which are then used as evidence. They even suggest that Francis Bacon hid some important writings here because someone found a tiny paper with "VI" written on it during one of the drilling tests. Wow, I'm convinced.

What boggles me is how the don't once try to speculate how the people who created the money pit were supposed to retrieve the treasure. Yes, no one knows, but surely this would be more worthwhile writing about than the Templars (who have nothing to do with Oak Island).

It is an interesting mystery, but this book does not add to the information available elsewhere. Very badly written and "researched".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maura Johnston on April 30 2004
Format: Paperback
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. This book is badly written, confusing and overly presumptive. Do not buy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 19 2000
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 3 1999
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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Too hard to read and too much guesswork. drivel
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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?.. I find all his books very interesting and thought provoking. More power to your pen Lionel as we all love your writings.
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