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Product Details

  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Grave Distractions Publications (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982912862
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982912867
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #294,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rick Osmon was selected for the United States Air Force Academy right out of high school. He later attended Vincennes University and earned an Associates of Science in Laser and Electro-Optics Technology. He worked for defense contractors a number of years and then took a job with the US Navy as a civilian with an engineering support field activity, specializing in radar, night vision, and laser equipment for surveillance and munitions guidance Most of this work was in direct support of Special Operations forces equipment acquisitions. In that capacity, Rick also became familiar with video-teleconferencing technology. But all those years, Rick was also reading everything he could find about the weird and unusual, history, archeology, paleontology, geography, cartography, cryptozoology, cryptography, and hollow earth theory. After leaving government employment in 2004, Rick began this hunt for hidden knowledge full time. He also began blogging, researching, and writing, and, in early 2007, started an internet radio show entitled “The Oopa Loopa Cafe”. In 2008, he began pestering his long time research buddy, Dennis Crenshaw, to start another internet show about the various mysteries. Dennis chose the title “Unraveling the Secrets”. At the beginning of 2010, those 2 shows became part of an affiliation network with other show hosts to form Paranormal Soup Network. By the end of 2010, the endeavor was re-branded and renamed the Soup Media Network.

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Rick Osmon was selected for the United States Air Force Academy right out of high school. He later attended Vincennes University and earned an Associates of Science in Laser and Electro-Optics Technology. He worked for defense contractors a number of years and then took a job with the US Navy as a civilian with an engineering support field activity, specializing in radar, night vision, and laser equipment for surveillance and munitions guidance Most of this work was in direct support of Special Operations forces equipment acquisitions. In that capacity, Rick also became familiar with video-teleconferencing technology.

But all those years, Rick was also reading everything he could find about the weird and unusual, history, archeology, paleontology, geography, cartography, cryptozoology, cryptography, and hollow earth theory.

After leaving government employment in early 2005, Rick began this hunt for hidden knowledge full time. He also began blogging, researching, and writing, and, in early 2007, started an internet radio show entitled "The Oopa Loopa Cafe". In 2008, he began pestering his long time research buddy, Dennis Crenshaw, to start another internet show about the various mysteries. Dennis chose the title "Unraveling the Secrets".

At the beginning of 2010, those 2 shows became part of an affiliation network with other show hosts to form Paranormal Soup Network. By the end of 2010, the endeavor was re-branded and renamed the Soup Media Network.

Now Rick is becoming well known on the conference circuit and is writing more than blogs. His first book, The Graves of the Golden Bear; Ancient Monuments and Fortresses of the Ohio Valley released in October 2011.

Beginning Monday, December 3rd, Rick will be hosting the Oopa Loopa Cafe as a 2 hour weekday show, live Noon to 2 PM eastern on that station. He'll have first run videos from a whole covey of savvy treasure hunters, including a few across the pond, regular spots for comic book enthusiasts and collectors, entertainment news, reported directly from the west coast, local news sports and weather, a bit of weird now and then, as well as live in-studio guests. And, yes, the shows will be archived for on demand viewing.

Customer Reviews

This book is disgracefully written.
jocko29
I highly recommend this book for readers interested in the pre-Columbian history of America or for readers interested in history in general.
David Brody
Each topic is presented in a way that is accessible to the general public as well as the expert.
mound

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By mound on October 18, 2011
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I highly recommend Rick's new book The Graves of the Golden Bear.

Rick Osmon leads the paradigm shift from the "Columbus first" doctrine.

Evidence of ancient waterways connections across the Atlantic between Europe and the Americas are described. The 124 pages include illustrations and examples of Roman coins in America, Madoc and Arthur, Stone forts, and many other ancient waterways topics. Each topic is presented in a way that is accessible to the general public as well as the expert.

Again, I encourage all to check out this book.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David Brody on January 14, 2012
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Given Rick Osmon's vast knowledge of ancient history (both American and European), it is not surprising that this book is a seminal work in the area of pre-Columbian exploration of America. What is surprising is how deftly Osmon ties together such seemingly unrelated threads of history (ranging from King Arthur to Lake Superior copper, from lost Roman legions to ancient stoneworks in Indiana) into a tight, neat tapestry.

Working from the premise that "there comes a point where doubt is merely a diguise for pure obstinancy," Osmon challenges the narrowmindedness of the "Columbus First" school of thought. He does so methodically and surgically, relying on ancient maps and rare sources in addition to good old-fashioned research in the field. His discussion of ancient Roman artifacts in America, and his theory as to how they may have gotten here, is especially compelling.

As the author of 2 novels that explore European exploration of America before Columbus, I have a particular interest in and appreciation for this subject matter. I highly recommend this book for readers interested in the pre-Columbian history of America or for readers interested in history in general.

David S. Brody, author of

CABAL OF THE WESTFORD KNIGHT: TEMPLARS AT THE NEWPORT TOWER
THIEF ON THE CROSS: TEMPLAR SECRETS IN AMERICA
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M Donald on April 22, 2013
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Columbus was not the true discoverer of North America.
This is another book that I am recommending to everyone I know, especially those who have school-age children.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sean C. Markus on January 28, 2013
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I really like this book, and the material opened my eyes to many new topics I wasn't aware of before. However, there were times while reading this where I felt the book a little off topic. It would eventually conclude about ancient fortresses in the Ohio River area, but would take a while to get there.
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I love the genre, but this book is nearly unreadable. It has no organization and feels as if the author wrote in a marathon stream of conscious session. Even the best of editors would wrestle with taming this mess.
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Interesting ideas and speculation. It did provoke me into doing some gathering of information from other sources. He weaves an interesting tale of remote possibilities. Somebody got a lot of copper from here in the long ago.
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