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The Oak Island Mystery: The Secret of the World's Greatest Treasure Hunt (Mysteries and Secrets) Paperback – July 25, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0888821706 ISBN-10: 0888821700

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Product Details

  • Series: Mysteries and Secrets (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Dundurn (July 25, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0888821700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0888821706
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,180,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Oak Island in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, has a secret treasure that has now been revealed.

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3.2 out of 5 stars

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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 3, 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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43 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Ima Pseudonym on February 14, 2002
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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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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Maura Johnston on April 30, 2004
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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!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Davis on April 29, 2014
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To much jumping from subject to subject and person to person. To much unclear information and not enough follow up
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joseph T. Moran on August 15, 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dan Caviston on March 15, 2014
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Not a big history fan. The first part was good, but too much ancient history for my liking in the second part.
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By Fastestcycle on February 8, 2014
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Good read, however there was a fair amount of repetition. I enjoyed the book as a whole. A very good history of this treasure site.
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By jerry johnson on January 31, 2014
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I was disappointed that 95% of the book covered a lesson in the "history of the world" and very little of the book covered the actual efforts involved in recovering the treasure. At times I kept asking Myself if the story would skip over the "history lesson" and get to the meat of the bone. I'm less knowledgeable on the treasure itself than I was before I read the book. I keep asking Myself what I gained out of reading it. Very hard to keep focused because of all the historical events throughout the ages concerning cultures and events with history.
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