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The Tsar's Treasure: The Sunken White Star Liner with a Billion Dollar Secret Hardcover – August 1, 2013

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Barnburner Books, LLC (August 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988876000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988876002
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #691,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Through meticulous research, contagious passion, and admirable candor, treasure hunter Bayerle explains why he's spent much of his life digging for gold buried on a luxury ocean liner that sank in the Atlantic Ocean more than a century ago. ... By reviving the story of a ship forgotten by history, he captures the political intrigue and human elements with the eye of a novelist." - Publisher's Weekly

"[Bayerle] presents a taut, well-researched account of his search and provides some zesty side plots: international political intrigue and cover up involving U.S. president Teddy Roosevelt; Russia's last czar, Nicholas II; the gnomes of early 20th-century international banking; the Titanic sinking, as well as a couple of [Martha's Vineyard] celebrity residents." - The Martha's Vineyard Times

"The author has meticulously researched legal transcripts, letters, depositions, and historical records of the events to weave and present a complex story of fate and treasure in a fun-to-read and fast-paced book that was impossible to put down." Wreck Diving Magazine

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Captain Martin Bayerle, from Brooklyn, New York, is a treasure hunter and professional researcher. He discovered the illusive shipwreck of the RMS Republic and has devoted more than 30 years of his life to solving the mystery surrounding her. Capt. Bayerle's research into the early 20th century gold market has been cited in academic journals across the country. He has also appeared in interviews on major broadcast news networks and periodicals around the world regarding his quest for the fabled gold of Republic.

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By the time you finish the book, you feel like you are a part of the ride.
Although interspersed with narrative, the historical aspects of the story have all been thoroughly researched and documented.
I recommend this read to anyone who has ever been a fan of stories related to treasure hunting, adventure, history, etc.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ian Masters on July 29, 2013
Format: Hardcover
As a student of history, I was immensely enthralled with the unfolding mystery. As a lawyer, I was thoroughly intrigued by the ensuing legal drama. As a reader, I was captivated from beginning to end.

This book revolves around the fate of a steam-powered ocean liner that was struck by another ship in thick fog in 1909. The ship stayed afloat for nearly two days before sinking and there was minimal loss of life.

On the surface, this does not sound like the makings of a page-turner. However, the ill-fated ship in question was none other than the R.M.S. Republic of the famed White Star Line (perhaps best know for another of its ships which sank three years later - Titanic).

After she slipped beneath the waters of the Atlantic Ocean in 1909, the exact location of the Republic remained unknown for over seven decades until the author, Martin Bayerle rediscovered her in 1981. Discovering Republic was merely the beginning of what would become a trying, exhausting, and nearly all-consuming quest, which Bayerle aptly refers to as "The Siren's Song."

In the opening chapter, the author reveals his personal story on discovering the Republic. The next chapters describe the ship and the sinking in vivid, painstaking detail. With the basic details established, Bayerle next moves on to the real fun stuff - the rumors of sunken treasure, the international intrigue, the web of documents (some tied to notable historical figures including Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and others. This book truly has something for everyone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By August Hock on August 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover
An explosive biography of the diver who discovered one of the most highly prized shipwrecks of all time, which is rumored to harbor a cache of gold allegedly lost in transit in an effort to quell Russian civil unrest that would eventually culminate in the 1917 Russian Revolution.

Captain Bayerle intermingles stories of his own life along with his thoroughly intriguing research in to the mystery surrounding the Republic's lost cargo. This is a research report whose diligence stands up to the analysis of the harshest criticism. Through his analysis, Capt. Bayerle judiciously describes all of the facts he has meticulously gathered along his quest, whether tending to confirm or invalidate his hypothesis, and his conclusions are wildly intriguing and well-supported by the evidence.

From Capt. Bayerle's early successes in marketing SCUBA gear, to grinding legal battles, romantic escapades, unearthing shipwrecks, to researching the alleged lost cargo of gold with international political significance, The Tsar's Treasure is a perfect read for those with an appetite for history, shipwrecks, diving or mystery, transcending the numerous genres into which it is an easy fit.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David J Faber on August 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover
When the RMS Republic sunk off the coast of Nantucket in the winter of 1909, it carried with it $3.8 million in gold Double Eagle U.S. coins. That, at least, is Captain Martin Bayerle's theory, which he developed over more than 30 years' meticulous research. While concrete proof of the treasure's existence has been elusive, the lack of confirmation from any of the parties involved in the Republic's fateful sailing makes Bayerle's `The Tsar's Treasure' all the more compelling.

Bayerle recounts the factual record of the Republic catastrophe in The Tsar's Treasure, and that story alone would be intriguing enough to carry the book. In the early morning hours of 23 January 1909, the S.S. Florida--carrying refugees from the deadly Sicilian earthquake a few months earlier--steamed out of a thick fog and collided with the side of the Republic. Unlike the deadly Titanic disaster a few years later, however, the Republic only lost three passengers. In an interesting coincidence, the Republic, which managed to remain afloat for hours after the collision, was employed to carry relief supplies to Sicily. More fascinating, however, is the other cargo that the Republic might have been carrying: the millions in gold coins.

Bayerle spends much of the book laying out his theory of the treasure lost beneath 200 feet of the Atlantic Ocean, providing supporting evidence and smart conjecture based upon the historical record (or holes therein). For Bayerle's theories, however, you'll have to read The Tsar's Treasure. Suffice to say that his theory involves Theodore Roosevelt, the Russo-Japanese war, international banking conspiracies, and not the smallest bit of serendipitous discovery. But why does it remain only conjecture?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By edchair on September 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Martin Bayerle has constructed a persuasive argument for the existence of the treasure he believes resides beneath the Atlantic. His extensive work reflects many years of research and investigation in a topic that he admits is addictive to him, and I must admit has become addictive for me.

I read much history, so beyond the obvious attraction of his personal treasure hunt, Bayerle has sketched perhaps the most historically accurate account of the sinking of the RMS Republic and the potential consequences of that disaster. The international intrigue of the political consequences of the loss of the Republic and her treasure are historical events I had never considered. Weaving a convincing connection from Paris to New York to Gibraltar and eventually to St. Petersburg keeps the reader wanting more right to the end.

Regardless of whether or not you come away believing in the treasure, the book is well worth reading for all the other reasons people read. It is enjoyable, informative, easy to read and provides one with a new perspective on a piece of history that many either have ignored or never really considered in the light provided by the author.

Give this book a try. You will not be disappointed.
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