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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hounslow Press (1 Feb 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0888821700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0888821706
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 880,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It began innocently 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Steven Willis on 19 April 2006
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I found out about this book whilst doing a web trawl for information on the mystery of Rennes-Le-Chateau, and, after a little bit of cursory research into what the Oak Island Money Pit was all about, found myself completely intrigued by the whole thing. I was looking for answers, and this book could provide them - or so I thought.

The book is essentially split into two parts, the first details the history of Oak Island and the numerous excavations into the 'Money Pit' over the years, and the second covers the various possibilities as to who created the pit and what could actually be down there. The documenting of the historical events surrounding the Money Pit is fantastic, giving a clear insight into who investigated the shaft, how and when they did so, and what they found. Some of the discoveries made through the years are absolutely breathtaking, but remain tantalisingly enigmatic. Without giving away any of the discoveries, I was amazed that some of them were not more widely known about, or publicised.

The section of the book which deals with who created the Money Pit covers a host of possible candidates, from pirates and Templars, to early 'sea rovers' from the British Isles and even religious refugees from the Middle East. Most of these theories require a leap of faith - or a suspension of rational thinking - to be realistically considered, although it has to be said that every possibility is sensibly discussed.

The claim that the authors have 'solved the mystery' is a little misleading, as they have merely outlined which of the many theories they feel is most likely.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Peter Smith on 10 Jan 2009
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This book is in two parts.
The first section deals with the mystery of the Oak Island Money Pit in a reasonably ordered and logical fashion, presumably because the authors are looking at indisputable facts that are well established. The second section - the alleged explanation of who built the Pit and what's hidden at the bottom of it - is arrant nonsense. It's a scatter-gun approach gone mad, with ever more bizarre and ludicrous 'explanations' offered on no historical or logical basis whatsoever. If the authors are to be believed, the 'treasure' of the Money Pit is a Viking burial, plus the treasure of the Knights Templar, plus Drake's plundered gold, plus the entirely mythical 'Emerald Tablets', plus the writings of Francis Bacon, plus the Holy Grail, plus pretty much anything else you can think of. There's even a vague suggestion that the Pit might have been dug by aliens.
What's particularly sad is their unquestioning reliance on anything found in the Bible - they treat the parting of the Red Sea and the Exodus as established fact when there's actually nothing in the historical record that even hints such events really occurred - and they even seem to believe in wholly discredited fictions like the so-called Philadelphia Experiment.
And that's a pity because the book is actually quite well-written. It's just well-written rubbish.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tootoot on 22 Mar 2011
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The 'treasure pit' on Oak Island is one of those strange mysteries that seem a little too strange to be true, but it really exists. It has obviously been there for a very long time and is obviously man made, but by whom and why?
This book goes into great detail about as much of the history of the pit as is known and covers the many expensive but futile attempts to find out what may be at the bottom of it. It also covers the booby traps that the original builders incorporated and the various attempts to get around them.

The book is a fascinating read although it ends up by posing more questions than it can possibly answer. Some readers may feel a bit unsure of the authors' offerings as to who may have built this strange pit and why, but overall I enjoyed the read.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Travis on 27 May 2007
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If you're truely interested in Rennes le Chateuu, don't bothered with this book.And even if you're interested in the "Money Pit" at Oak Island don't buy it !!

It's pure fantasy, bringing in every unexplained "mystery" and tenously linking it to Oak Island, ending with a theory that links The Emerald Tablets with Oak Isalnd!!!

It's been along time since a book so annoyed me.
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
Don't waste your money 3 May 1999
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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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Complete and utter rubbish 14 Feb 2002
By Ima Pseudonym - Published on
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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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The real mystery is how this book got published! 30 April 2004
By Maura Johnston - Published on
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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!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Difficult to Read 30 April 2014
By Elizabeth Davis - Published on
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To much jumping from subject to subject and person to person. To much unclear information and not enough follow up
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Too in depth for a relaxing read but a decent read 15 Aug 2013
By Joseph T. Moran - Published on
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Theories abound about who buried a treasure or supposed treasure on Oak Island centuries ago. Was it some tribes from Egypt, pirates from yesteryear, Vikings, native Indians, Celtics, etc. And is there really a treasure in the first place and why in the 21st century can't it be "discovered"?
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