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Lost Tomb of the Knights Templar by Ben Hammott: 100 year old clues left by a French priest 100 years ago, lead to an amazing discovery. Paperback – May 15, 2012
This book tells of the mysterious happenings at Rennes-le-Chateau, a small village in the South of France. However, this is not the usual regurgitated story about the mystery or the mysterious priest named Berenger Sauniere who found something hidden in his church that made him a very wealthy man, this book brings new information and objects to the table. There has been much speculation on what it was Sauniere found but until now it was just that: speculation. Ben Hammott has done something that it seems no other person who has visited the ancient church before has been able to. Ben has managed to solve some of Sauniere's clues that over 100 years ago he cleverly and subtly embedded in his church decorations. These clues led to some amazing discoveries, including a lost Templar Tomb, 2000 year old relics and some treasure!All of Ben's research and discoveries are revealed in detail and with the inclusion of more than 300 photographs you really get a feel for how Ben managed to solve the clues and then followed them to make his discoveries. It is like you are there walking the landscape with him. Ben's refreshing, and at times humorous way of writing is a joy and makes for a very pleasurable, entertaining and informative read.This book is a valuable addition to anybody interested or researching the Rennes-leChateau mystery.A.P.Oppenheimer ResearcherI know you think I am biased, maybe I am ... but its a good book. The layout (which i believe was done mostly by Bill Kersey) appears to me to be excellent. Easy on the eye. The font size (that some of you here criticised) seems to me to be the correct size too. The illustrations are good, plentiful and seem to me to be all relevant. I must say, this must have been a labour of love for all concerned. It must have been a mammoth job to get it finally into print. It looks prefessional even though it was not 'professionally' published. Its a very different animal to the 'usual' books concerned with Rennes Le Chateau. Its just one persons story about how he became embroiled in Rennes Research. And the unfolding of that story ... All the infamous papers are there ... and the other items discovered. How will you interpret it all? Now you can make up your own mind ... when you read it straight from the horses mouth as it were ... : )Sandy Hamblett Archaeologist. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Ben Hammott's life commenced at the outset of this adventure when he assumed this nom-de-guerre as a protection against threats and actual physical destruction of property. But for Berenger Sauniere the Priest, who prepared an elaborate series of tests and security measures to protect the lives of himself and those near to him, Ben Hammott was such a man. The Priest needed a man of integrityand ingenuity possessing special qualities to whom he could entrust secrets for a future generation to discover and reveal to the world aghast. Now, in this future generation Ben Hammott (an anagram of 'The Tombman), reveals all. But there is yet more! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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If you purchased the book before 12 April 2012 (the probable date of the admission) he offers a Refund...when he gets some money. I guess it says a lot about my gullability that I was seeking to purchase the book after viewing the movie. The scenes at the "tomb" were very suspicious to me. I've read a ton of material about the whole Bloodline, Templars, Freemason, Hiram Abif, estoteric agenda, etc. etc. going back way before Dan Brown's bogus novel. There's something about the Cathars, the Templars, and secret history of the West (inc. the USA) that intrigues. It's really a shame that people like Dan Brown, Ben Hammott and a host of others don't have the integrity and sense of the importance of human history to maintain a shred of honesty. I realize that Dan Brown was just writing novels. Ben Hammott watched as his book was given a "Best Nonfiction 2010" award just to rub our faces in it.
Since the film is now on NetFlix a lot of people will become interested in the book. Watch the film for 'free', there is some good background information there. Obviously it would be a waste of money and time by the book.
Not only do we read about Ben Hammott's treasure hunting escapades in the remote village and climbing through caves, trekking up steep hills and mountains, but we get an insight into the every day Hammott, working at home but having his life disrupted by eerie people turning up at his door and there's even an...explosive surprise!
All-in-all I found this book an enjoyable read, (all 688 pages of it!) and found the pictures in it (331!) assisted with placing in one's mind the pretty little village anybody interested in Rennes-le-Chateau (of Da Vinci code fame) wants to visit.
I would recommend this book if you have an interest in the Da Vinci Code, Rennes-le-Chateau, treasure hunting, adventure or mysteries! Ben Hammott has been likened to Indiana Jones by a presenter from America and I have to say I agree! He has climbed down lots of caves, hiked up mountains in the middle of the night and discovered lots of secrets around Rennes-le-Chateau, like the bottle messages left by Sauniere, the Priest. Fantastic read - I would have given this book 10 stars if it was available.
The only thing I would say is that there are some (minor) grammar mistakes, but Ben is the first to admit (at the front of the book!) that he does make such mistakes when writing and it really didn't really bother me. Great book, buy it!
Oh, one more thing to add - Ben Hammott is featured in the recent documentary film Bloodline, directed by Bruce Burgess, and watching that before reading the book really gives it extra depth and you are able to see what Ben talks about in his book...enjoyed the bits at the end of the film but not so much the talking at the beginning.
Bloodline  
What makes it so important to present one's point of view with such sarcasm and bitterness? To criticize one's colleague is one thing - if you have something important to say and back up. But to just lay into someone as a basis for the *first pages of your book* is not only poor taste, it personally turned me off completely and made me dismiss the work as pure condescending drivel. After all, who cares what Henry Lincoln was wearing in his documentary?
There are so many things to write about and research - what makes this a good opener to a book?