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The Hooked X: Key to the Secret History of North America [Paperback]

Scott F. Wolter
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  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: North Star Press of St. Cloud (July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878393129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878393121
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars E.A.James Swagger 22 May 2013
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The Hooked X: Key to the Secret History of North America by Scott Wolter is a truly remarkable, commendable, and immensely significant journey of research and investigation. Wolter has documented the events, research, and discovery outlined in the book meticulously and has added not only what he discovered but how they were discovered and in what circumstances; the reader thus continuously identifies with the events accordingly and the historical adventure throughout the book. The research and results provided are at times emotional for the individuals involved in the research, but overall the significance of the unfolding evidence surrounding the Hooked X shines through and will undoubtedly mesmerize. The book never ceased to impact on me right to the very end. There is a satisfaction left in the reader that an important episode in history has been righted. Even for a non-American civilian this book is a must read, if not for the information within but the lessons one can learn from how history at times is handled.

E.A. James Swagger, author of `The Newgrange Sirius Mystery' and `The Megalith Acoustic Mystery'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars hooked x 18 Dec 2010
By chris
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excellent book, really enjoyed reading it. Really makes you wonder about so called experts interpretation on all things ancient.
Made me go and investigate the Temlars/Cistertion monks more.
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The book gives you a reasonable research but at once starts mixing a lot if ítems together which lead to a number of conclusions which may not be so adequate. Would have more "clout" if some scientific footnotes by the co-researches would be added.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sacred Geometry Linking the New and Old World 23 Oct 2009
By Cynthia - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was eye opening. Wolter's premise is that members of the Knights Templar and the Cistercian order came to the US during the 1300's! His research begins with a rune stone that was discovered buried on a farm in Kensington, MN in the 1890's. On the surface the notion that Europeans have been to North America as early as the middle ages seems like pseudo or fringe science but Wolter does an excellent job of going through his and others' evidence bit by bit. He's logical and concise and provides wonderfully clarifying pictures and graphics. He also succinctly shows the link between the rise of Christianity with some spiritual elements reaching back to ancient Egypt. Wolter begins his exploration with an open mind but allows his readers to see the personal impact of his research.

He studies three principal sites: Spoon River in Cape Cod, Maine, the Ohman farm in Kensington, MN and a cathedral like structure in Narrangansett Bay, Rhode Island. Together they create a triangulation. The first two sites include Rune Stones whose commonality is a distinctive variation of the `A' rune. The author ties this rune back to Sweden where both the Knights and the Cistercians originated or had a strong presence. Interestingly only one of these three sites, the Rhode Island structure, was continuously visible during modern times. Though there were changes to this structure as early as colonial times, there seems to be enough of the original intact for accurate study. Both of the other sites, the two rune stones, were isolated and/or buried and thus fairly protected. Most interesting to me was the science the Knights and Brothers used concerning the use of Venus both for navigation and as well as spiritual importance. Wolter also discusses the use of sacred geometry and it's far reaching implications. All the symbols explored are multilayered, they had a practical component but also a spiritual one, they all served at least a dual purpose. It amazed me, though it probably shouldn't, how sophisticated these people were. I'm excited to see what else may turn up in the future. This is a small book but it has a large potential impact.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for Students of North American History 10 Sep 2009
By Stephen St Clair - Published on Amazon.com
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I've known of Scott Wolter's work on the Kensington Runestone, the Newport Tower and other areas, but there's new information here that clearly represents years of digging. I've never seen anyone connect the dots into such an interesting and completely plausible history. The lay reader will find the detailed methods of the science of geology presented in a way that makes them instantly understandable. Then Wolter lets those scientific proofs lead him (and the reader) into a historical context that is totally compelling.

As a member of the Sinclair family and director of the St. Clair DNA study, I've heard the Prince Henry story for many years, but Scott's work brings an entirely new dimension to it and presents it in a way that wraps up a lot of loose ends.

This book is a must-read for any student of the history of North America. I've read other alternative histories, but none with such a grounding in hard science. To refute this story is to question scientific method.
58 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked X a Must! 28 Aug 2009
By Lee Pennington - Published on Amazon.com
Scott Wolter's new book, The Hooked X, Key to Secret History of North America, is an exceptional piece of detective work that results in a shattering, well-presented, and very convincing hypothesis.
Those who have been saying for years that there is not a single thread of evidence for pre-Columbian contact on this continent have been blinded by the power of a long-running paradigm, one that has outgrown its usefulness. There is substantial evidence indicating pre-Columbian contact. For the most part, however, such evidence has not been accepted simply because it does not fit the paradigm.
What Wolter has done in this book is shatter that no-contact paradigm with evidence so strong that scholars will either have to change their opinions or ignore the book completely. I can't imagine their doing otherwise.
Clearly in his previous book, The Kensington Rune Stone, Compelling New Evidence, Wolter, and co-author Richard Nielson, scientifically established the authenticity of the Kensington rune stone. In The Hooked X, not only that stone, but several others declared hoaxes have also been proven to be authentic. The only alternative to that conclusion is to say that hoaxers knew many things, including the hooked X, that even the greatest scholars of our time were unaware of.
Wolter followed the clues world wide and photographed important evidence supporting his thesis, and these photographs appear throughout the book--letting you see what he saw, letting you decide on the evidence.
If this book proves one thing, it is that history is not something just in the past. It's all around us, permeating our daily lives.
I predict this book will be around for a long time and will act as a guide for future studies concerning history (some would say pre-history) on this continent.
I suggest if you read only one book this year, read this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting research thwarted by lousy editing. 8 Nov 2009
By Scott T. Werle - Published on Amazon.com
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"The Hooked X" is packed with fascinating findings that place Vikings deep into North America 150 years before Columbus. The author, Scott Wolter, presents his findings in a clear and easy to read manner. He backs up any claims he makes with the best evidence he has. Some things he says are a tiny stretch, but so is teaching our children, to this day, that Columbus discovered America. The evidence is there, the dates and facts seem well and good, but my biggest gripe with this book is its miserable grammer. Call me crazy for caring, but every chapter has multiple misused words, mispelled words, repeated sentences, even two complete paragraphs reprinted on the next page. This, to me, is devestating to a book that is trying to look as professional and well thought out as possible. In my opinion, rewriting history as we know it deserves more attention to detail.

That gripe aside, the book is hard to put down. If you are a history buff, this book is an absolute must read. It may change the way history is taught.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too many tangents... 8 Mar 2010
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Scott F. Wolter's investigation of the Kensington Rune Stone has shed much light on this enigmatic stone which has been scorned as a hoax for more than a century. He deserves credit, as a geologist, for his work on the weathering and erosion of the stone itself which should exonerate Olaf Ohman (the finder of the stone in 1898) as a liar and hoaxer.

Mr. Wolter writes with enthusiasm and a down-to-earth manner the general reader will find enjoyable. His analysis in regard to the geology of the stone was peer-reviewed by his fellow geologists who overwhelmingly agree with his conclusions. The stone would seem to be far older than was previously thought. In light of L'Anse aux Meadows, it should not be so easily dismissed by historians. That medieval sailors could have made journeys to North America should be viewed as more than plausible, even probable.

Many runic characters on the Kensington Rune Stone have been shown to be of a writing style used during the medieval period (including the hooked x), but were unknown at the time the stone was found. This lends credence both to it's authenticity and the innocence of Olaf Ohman. Mr. Wolter certainly deserves credit for his research which brought this aspect of the stone to light.

While I agree with Mr. Wolter's analysis in regards to the Kensington Rune Stone and some other artifacts, I find myself disagreeing with many other speculations (and he is honest in labeling them as such) such as Knights Templar/Cistercian heresies, links to Masonic "sacred geometry", and the whole "DaVinci Code" connection.

The story is poorly written from a standpoint of methodically laying out evidence in a logical fashion. Each chapter more or less stands on its own, unrelated to the subject of the previous chapter or the one following. His writing seems to fly off on tangents at will and I wished he had approached the work with a better synthesis in the presentation of the many subjects he speculates upon.

I find myself agreeing with him broadly on the subject of medieval exploration of the North American continent by european voyages but disagreeing with him on most specifics simply because there is so little hard evidence that can be analyzed in a scientific fashion. He tends to almost indulge in flights of fancy at times, taking unsubstantiated claims at face value. Given the resistance by historians to the authenticity of the rune stone, I can understand this attitude to a degree.

Although I disagree with many of the connections he makes (Templars-Cistercians-Da Vinci code junk history, etc.), I find myself in agreement with many conclusions he makes within areas of his expertise (geology) and the likelihood that others followed in the wake of Leif Erikson.

In spite of errors of presentation and the many tangents he allows himself to be pulled toward, I was nver really bored with the book. His writing is irrepressably enthusiastic and I enjoyed the read. In my estimation, it was well worth the money paid. I recommend this with three stars.
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