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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 Pure Speculation June 6 2013
Format:Paperback
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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1.0 out of 5 stars The real mystery is how this book got published! 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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1.0 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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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 I WANT MY MONEY BACK Jan. 6 2004
Format:Paperback
Too hard to read and too much guesswork. drivel
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oak Island July 2 2000
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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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