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Secret Treasure of Oak Island: The Amazing True Story of a Centuries-Old Treasure Hunt 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 1592282792
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"Staggering."--Kirkus Reviews

"Exhaustive and intriguing."--Publishers Weekly

"A splendid reportorial job."--Business Week

"A highly readable volume . . . the story builds from the first page to the last."--Christian Science Monitor

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It started on a summer afternoon in 1795 when a young man named Daniel McGinnis found what appeared to be an old site on an island off the Acadian coast, a coastline fabled for the skullduggery of pirates. The notorious Captain Kidd was rumored to have left part of his treasure somewhere along here, and as McGinnis and two friends started to dig, they found what turned out to be an elaborately engineered shaft constructed of oak logs, nonindigenous coconut mats, and landfill that came to be known as the Money Pit.
Ever since that summer day in 1795, the possibility of what might be hidden in the depths of a small island off the south coast of Nova Scotia, Canada, has made it the site of the world’s longest, most expensive, and most perplexing treasure hunt. Author D’Arcy O’Connor recounts the fascinating stories and amazing discoveries of past and current treasure seekers who have sought Oak Island’s fabled treasure for over two hundred years. It has baffled scientists and madmen, scholars and idiots, millionaires and get-rich-quick schemers, psychics, engineers, charlatans, and even a former president of the United States. The island has consumed the fortunes—and in some cases, the lives—of those who have obsessively set out to unlock its secret. Despite all their efforts, the mystery remains unsolved, and not a single dime of treasure has ever been recovered.
The present-day search is an archaeological dig exceeding anything ever done anywhere for similar purposes, and it may well result in the discovery of one of the world’s richest and most historically significant treasures. But this is also the story of individuals who have dedicated years of their lives to discover what was buried long ago beneath this strange island. They are driven by a lust for gold, by archaeological curiosity, and by their determination to outwit the engineer who was responsible for the Oak Island enigma.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: The Lyons Press; 1st edition (June 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592282792
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592282791
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Barry Memory on August 26, 2006
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I corresponded with D'Arcy in Oak Island forums before I found out that he was an author. When I asked people in the forum for literature they all reccommended D'Arcy's books and I purchased two of them.

I found them to be very informative. D'Arcy has done his research well and presents information in a manner that is easily understood.

If you want to learn about Oak Island this is probably the book to buy. I reccommend it highly.
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This book by D'arcy O'Connor covers the the first known search in 1795 all the way up to the present plans of Triton Alliance Ltd. Besides battling the pesky water that fills up every hole dug, the legal battles of three current treasure hunters are exposed here as well. The island itself becomes a metaphor for lost causes and greed. Theories abound here about how the man-made underwater system operates, who placed the treasure there, when and also why. The reading is fast-paced and informative, but the next chapter --- Triton Alliance's '04 $15 million dollar 'Big Dig' is yet to be written. This 210-year ongoing treasure hunt is laid bare in these pages reaffirming why this famous island off of Novia Scotia has become known as 'The Money Pit'.
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I have read several books concerning the treasure hunt on Oak Island, Nova Scotia, but this is the best so far. D'Arcy O'Connor has obviously very carefully researched all aspects of the hunt and has presented everything in an exceptionally readable, enjoyable and informative format. He has a way of telling the story that makes the same old story new again. I now understand concepts and ideas that were unclear from previous books. This book is as close as you will get to the actual treasure hunt today. Good job, D'Arcy - thanks for an excellent read!
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The Secret Treasure of Oak Island
"A fantastic treatise on this enigma"
I very much enjoyed reading this book in order to become aware of this story which I have heard bits and pieces. The most recent was on a History Channel presentation "The Holy Grail in America (2009)." Here it is proposed the Knights Templar placed their treasure on this island. To my chagrin this was only mentioned on page 188 relating to many of the searchers were Freemasons searching for the Treasure of the Knights Templar. The book based chronologically is well written, but can be confusing at times if read in multiple sittings. It appears this is a definitive work on the story of "The Money Pit." Unfortunately, as a whirlwind of intrigue, it is a constant thriller without an ending by 2004.
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I learned of the Oak Island story about 6 years ago and have a bookshelf filled with books about it. This one is my favorite. D'arcy has done a lot of research and conducted a lot of first person interviews which shows in this well rounded book. It's a great 1st book about Oak Island, as it summarizes all the searches from beginning through the Triton Alliance (not yet updated to cover the Michigan gang, the Laginas, the subjects of the 2014/2015 TV show on Oak Island), and is well written. I liked it so much I bought one as a gift for someone who knows nothing about Oak Island.
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This is an excellent book on the entire history of Oak Island, Nova Scotia. From 1795, and the discovery of what came to be known as the money pit, by a young boy, all the way up to the present (2004 anyway), and everything else in between, this book has it all. It is put together in a fascinating way that makes it a pleasure to read, and fairly easy to follow. The author, as an investigative journalist, has been writing about Oak Island for decades. He's aware of the major and many minor players. The treasure hunters, the con artists, the land owners, the men who hold the rights to dig for treasure, the men who've went crazy in search for the treasure, and the men who've died searching (6 so far). The author also talks in great detail about the possibilities of what, exactly, is buried on the island. The money pit, the underground tunnels, the proven booby traps, gold and metal shavings and parchment paper and china (all of which have come up from drilling bore holes). The triangle of rocks, the rocks above ground with holes bored into them, the rock ninety feet underground in the money pit with strange writings on it. And who buried whatever is down there? Pirates, Incas, a Spanish conquistador, Francis Bacon? Or is there nothing down there and men and women have wasted their lives, or even died, in search of it. Regardless of the conclusions the reader comes to this is an amazingly well written book about an old mystery that has fooled many highly intelligent people.
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By A Customer on June 25, 2004
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One of the best books on Oak Island that I have read. This book is well written, compelling and easy to read. It is full of well known, as well as lesser know facts concerning Oak Island.
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Enjoyed the theories presented in this book and putting the info into historical context. Then had a fun week translating the green stone mentioned in the book using the proper language and comparing my translation with the translation mentioned. Using the proper ancient language yields a more specific and complex message applicable to the mystery.
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