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Posted December 7, 2009
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Insightful and provocative, but...
This book is well written and is an easy read. Wolter is to be commended for attacking this topic. Any academician or scientist who delves into the realm of Pre-Columbian exploration of North America is guaranteed to face the scorn and ridicule of the narrow-minded establishment (Archaeology being a prime example). This is rather ironic, given that it is an archaeologically-established fact that the Norse were in North America at least 500 years before Columbus.
However, after reading this, I am left wondering whether the whole link to the Templars, or at least that link when it is combined with Wolter's focus on the "secret" symbology, etc., is not at least a tad overboard and needlessly speculative.
To me, the fact that this hooked X rune is found on the Kensington Rune Stone, the stones in Maine and the stone in Naragansett bay is alone extraordinarily compelling and worthy of archaeological inquiry, especially when then coupled with the fact that the character is also found on an island off the coast of Sweden that was inhabited by Cistercian monks (and possibly in Rosslyn Chapel, albeit in modified form).
The author would do well to focus his future research on this and eschew the temptation to go off on tangents about Masonic symbolism, the "sacred feminine", "goddess culture" etc. Frankly, this only serves to dilute what is otherwise a hauntingly compelling and gorwingly sound thesis.
But, again, the book is well worth the read in terms of its work on the Kensington Stone and linking this with sites in New England.
I highly recommend "America BC" by the late Dr. Barry Fell. Fell wrote extensively of the topic over 30 years ago. When one considers Fell's equally compelling thesis- that Irish Culdee monks may well have been present in New England as early as the 7th century or even before- Wolter's work is placed into its proper context.
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Posted January 20, 2014
Format is a slight issue
Good book and easy to read, but the translation to Nook format wasn't flawless. Many words have a space inserted in the middle. I liked the captions for the photos, but there were no photos.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Otherwise, very intriguing book.