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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: North Star Press of St. Cloud, Inc. (August 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878393129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878393121
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Scott Wolter is a professional geologist and has spent over ten years studying the Kensington Runestone. Geologist Scott Wolter has authored eight books and has been president of American Petrographic Services since 1990 and is responsible for the independent petrographic analysis testing laboratory where the Kensington Rune Stone was brought for investigation in 2000. He's been the principal petrographer in more than 5,000 investigations throughout the U.S. and around the world, including the evaluation of fire damaged concrete at the Pentagon following the attacks of September 11, 2001. Wolter and his wife, Janet, have two children, Grant and Amanda, and live in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

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If you are a history buff, this book is an absolute must read.
Scott T. Werle
As a Professional Geologist, Wolter objectively approaches the subject matter through sound scientific methodology and makes inferences based in historical fact.
Trevor C. Conlow
The book, "The Hooked X" by Scott Wolter, is another must read in his research for facts of America's history.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia on October 23, 2009
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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.
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96 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Stephen St Clair on September 9, 2009
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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.
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58 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Lee Pennington on August 28, 2009
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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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Scott T. Werle on November 8, 2009
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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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