Oak Island Odyssey
A Masonic Quest
by Scott Clarke
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Pub Date 01 Sep 2023 | Archive Date 09 Jun 2023
If you are a fan of The Secrets of Oak Island on the History Channel, and think you know everything about the secrets of Oak Island, think again!
Oak Island: A Masonic Quest makes the strongest and most compelling case ever for the truth behind the treasure at Nova Scotia’s Oak Island. It also connects two of the world’s most baffling mysteries: the secrets of the arcane and cryptic Freemasons, and the equally enigmatic Oak Island treasure.
Through years of extensive research, Scott Clarke—author, amateur historian, and guest expert on the History Channel’s The Curse of Oak Island—has discovered numerous captivating connections, published here for the first time, that truly show these mysteries to be intertwined, including:
• Previously unknown connections between Freemasonry and Oak Island dating from before the discovery of the Money Pit in 1795
• Masonic and family connections between two of the most famous treasures of the late eighteenth century and Oak Island
• The strongest and most evidence-based theory yet for what the treasure at Oak Island might consist of
• A logical, yet sure-to-be-controversial theory that could rewrite Masonic history
• The discovery of two previously unknown, centuries-old “treasure maps” that both point to treasure in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia.
With forty images, including maps and illustrations, Oak Island Odyssey: A Masonic Quest offers the freshest and most original take on the mystery yet.
Many books have been written about this fascinating island. Oak Island Odyssey by Scott Clarke, a Freemason, offers us a unique perspective into and some intriguing theories about this fascinating mystery. He takes us on a journey to discover his ancestors and their friends and associates who were also Freemasons. There is a strong masonic connection to the island and [Clarke] has proven that beyond a doubt, describing in detail the Masonic symbolism on the island and the early ownership of island lots by Masons predating the 1795 discovery of the Money Pit. He draws thought-provoking connections between brothers from various Masonic lodges. What drew these early Freemasons to the island? Were they simply landowners or did they have another purpose in mind? My brother Scott believes he has the answer. This is a book that anyone—especially my fellow Masonic brothers—interested in the island and its many secrets will enjoy.
–Charles Barkhouse, Oak Island Historian and Freemason,
Unity Lodge #4, A.F. & A.M.
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Oak Island Odyssey: A Masonic Quest
I absolutely love history and I actually watch the show "The Curse of Oak Island" so when I saw this ARC available, I just had to request it.
I loved how the history or Oak Island and the money pit was explained. Although I already knew some of it, there was a lot of new information that I found interesting. The theories and supporting evidence were detailed and concise.
I liked how the author had personal connections to the Freemasons and Oak Island. It's clear that the author is passionate about this subject.
I can't comment on the quality of the images, maps and illustrations because unfortunately, my copy didn't have any included which I was a little disappointed about.
Although this was a short book, it was packed full of intriguing ideas and I definitely recommend reading it.
*Thank you to @Netgalley and the publishers for providing this ARC. This is my own opinion and an honest review, which I am leaving voluntarily*
This was a great nonfiction book, I knew of Oak Island from the show and decided to read a book about it instead of the show. Scott Clarke does a great job in giving me everything that I was looking for and was written well.
I am a fan of Oak Island and its series on History Channel This book gives a LOT of interesting facts and things I have never heard of nor have seen on the show. To think that John Dee was not the originator of much of the magic o the 1500s was an eye opener to me. What dd all these people know and the Freemasons in turn continue as best they could. One thing I will do as I continue to follow this mystery unravel is Lot 18 and its importance. This book is superb and well worth the time to read. I could not put it down.
I have been fascinated with the Oak Island treasure since reading about it in the 1960’s. Really enjoy watching Rick & Marty’s show on television. And thinking about the dozens of theories about the treasure.
The author’s book is another “theory”. This one connects the treasure to the Masons. He packs a lot of information into the book. I now know more about the Masonic tradition and history than I ever wanted to know. It’s an interesting theory. Hopefully time will tell us what the actual story is!
I've been slightly obsessed with the mystery of Oak Island since the show came out years ago!
So it wasn't surprising that I'd want to get my hand on this particular book when I had the opportunity.
If you're a follower of the Oak Island obsession, Oak Island Odyssey probably won't provide you with any new insight into the various theories floating around and technically, it focuses on the Knights Templar.
The book does provide a great catelog of historical events and family connections, some of which I'd actually forgotten. I mean, the show's been on for 10 year and the adventures has been going on for centuries, it's a lot of history to remember!
If you have a friend or family member that's into the mystery of Oak Island, this would make a great gift and a perfect addition to the library.
I have been watching The Curse of Oak Island for several years now so I was excited to read a book that tied many of the clues together. I was interested in each chapter but I was left with more questions than answers. It was enjoyable and thought provoking as I read through the discoveries they had made but it felt like a recap of the show in some cases. I would still recommend this book.
I received an arc via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.