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Over 300 photographs 100 years ago a French priest embedded clues in his church leading to a secret location. Some of those clues have now been solved. A location has been found. Has the SECRET been revealed? Treasure, Tombs, Secret Codes and Hidden Clues, a Brutal Murder, the Knights Templar and 2000-year-old Relics, are all parts of a Mystery to be solved. It could be the premise for a new archaeological thriller. What begins as a treasure hunt and a bit of fun and adventure, leads an Englishman to the tiny French village of Rennes-le-Château, where he unlocked a mysterious puzzle set up by a priest 100 years ago. Abbé Bérenger Saunière (1852-1917) became mysteriously and fabulously rich after finding a hidden parchment in his Church of Mary Magdalene. As many believe, the mysterious priest had embedded clues in his church decoration leading to a treasure or a secret, & the source of his wealth. Ben Hammott enters the church to spot something that everyone else has missed - a key that deciphers some of the embedded clues. Painstakingly deciphering and following the clues, Ben is led to a discovery of 2000-year-old artefacts, a treasure of gold, and a Knights Templar Tomb containing a shrouded body! This book details some possible artifacts, and a tomb scenario the priest may have found and some of the steps that would have to be taken to verify the discoveries as genuine by someone discovering them today. The result is an exciting blend of fact and fiction. This book is in its original form and does not reflect that the artifacts and tomb were buried or set up by the author. This is not just a book about Rennes-le-Chateau, Knights Templars, Mary Magdalene and History, it is also tells of the at times humorous travels and experiences of the author while researching the mystery. An excellent blend of Fact and Fiction Reviews: “...for a first time author, Hammott has produced a surprisingly enjoyable book. A very funny road trip treasure hunting adventure with bouts of excitement and discovery. Add to this the deciphering of clues hidden in the decorations of an ancient French church and old documents that lead to the discovery of ancient artefacts, tunnel exploration and tombs, it is all in all a definite page turner. Even if, like me, you are turned off by the whole Templar/Rennes-le-Chateau Mystery story, do not let it spoil your enjoyment of reading this book by pushing it aside.” (Timesbookcritic UK) “Part of the book covers Hammott's trips to France, and although it may upset some of the more academically minded souls out there, these travel logs really help to break up the more serious parts of the book, giving your brain a rest until the next onslaught. They are also very funny and made me laugh out loud a few times. At first Hammott knows very little about the mystery, only learning about it from a documentary on television. Hearing the possibility that there is a treasure to be found, and that clues to its location may be embedded in the decorations of an ancient French church, Hammott heads to the small French hill top village to investigate. It doesn't take Hammott long to notice something everyone else searching for the treasure has missed - a sign to decipher the church clues. What follows over the next few years is an amazing hunt across the landscape until Hammott makes his discoveries contained within this book. They include 2000 year old relics and a tomb containing treasure and a mummified body.” (New York Post) "The over 300 photographs help to bring Hammott's adventure alive as if we, the reader, are involved in his adventure. If he talks about something, there is a photograph included with the text. Hammott's unique look at the mystery he is trying to solve, as well as his witty prose that will have you laughing out loud at times, makes the book a joy to read from the first page. Interesting clue solving treasure hunt that is easy to read and exciting at times."
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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!Review:
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.
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Book Description Ben Hammott, 2012. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0956236944
Book Description Ben Hammott, 2012. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 658 pages. 9.00x6.00x1.49 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # zk0956236944