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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday - The Curse of Oak Island by Randall Sullivan

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, originally hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

The Curse of Oak Island by Randall Sullivan
Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by Atlantic Monthly Press

In 1795, a teenager discovered a mysterious circular depression in the ground on Oak Island, in Nova Scotia, Canada, and ignited rumors of buried treasure. Early excavators uncovered a clay-lined shaft containing layers of soil interspersed with wooden platforms, but when they reached a depth of ninety feet, water poured into the shaft and made further digging impossible.

Since then the mystery of Oak Island’s “Money Pit” has enthralled generations of treasure hunters, including a Boston insurance salesman whose obsession ruined him; young Franklin Delano Roosevelt; and film star Errol Flynn. Perplexing discoveries have ignited explorers’ imaginations: a flat stone inscribed in code; a flood tunnel draining from a man-made beach; a torn scrap of parchment; stone markers forming a huge cross. Swaths of the island were bulldozed looking for answers; excavation attempts have claimed two lives. Theories abound as to what’s hidden on Oak Island—pirates’ treasure, Marie Antoinette’s lost jewels, the Holy Grail, proof that Sir Francis Bacon was the true author of Shakespeare’s plays—yet to this day, the Money Pit remains an enigma.

The Curse of Oak Island is a fascinating account of the strange, rich history of the island and the intrepid treasure hunters who have driven themselves to financial ruin, psychotic breakdowns, and even death in pursuit of answers. And as Michigan brothers Marty and Rick Lagina become the latest to attempt to solve the mystery, as documented on the History Channel’s television show The Curse of Oak Island, Sullivan takes readers along to follow their quest firsthand.


If this week's selection seems at all familiar, it's likely because I featured it in my Most Anticipated Reads of 2017 post way back in December. If you're a fan of the show, then you likely already know that Randall appeared in season 4 as part of his research for the book. With season 5 still a good 6 months away, the timing for this couldn't be better.

10 comments:

  1. My husband watches this show. I tell him they will never find the treasure.

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    1. That's what my wife tells me (she's NOT a fan), but as much as I'd like to see them find something, the treasure isn't the point for me. It's the thrill of the search and the history they learn along the way that fascinates me.

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  2. I saw a couple of episodes of the TV show but I found it a bit slow. Loving the book cover though!

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    1. The episodes are poorly structured, with far too much recap between commercials. That's why I DVR it and then watch it the next day, fast forwarding past the recaps. :)

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  3. Oooh this looks interesting. Especially if it has a TV series too.

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  4. My in-laws watch the show. I watched for a few episodes with them on a holiday. It was interesting but I don't think there is a treasure down there either.

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    1. I've been obsessed with the story since I was a kid and read the same Readers Digest story in elementary school that inspired the Lagina brothers. I love the treasure hunt and the archaeological aspect, uncovering evidence of people being on the island before North America was 'discovered'.

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  5. Interesting. I've never heard of this show, but it sounds fascinating, especially now having the book to go along with it.

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  6. Cool concept for a show and for the book! Looks like it has a mix of elements I might enjoy.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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  7. Oh I have heard of the show! It sounds awesome! Hope you enjoy it!
    Here's My WoW

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