Lost Tomb of the Knights Templar by Ben Hammott
100 years ago a French priest embedded clues in his church leading to a secret location.
Some of those clues have been solved.
Has the 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. After carrying out research Ben hypothesised what the priest may have found and how he may have left clues for someone in the future to find his secret. This book details some possible artifacts and a tomb scenario he may have found and some of the steps that would have to be taken to verify the discoveries as genuine. The result is an exciting blend of fact and fiction.
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. When Ben Hammott enters the church he soon spots something that everyone else has somehow missed - a key that deciphers some of the embedded clues.
Painstakingly deciphering and following the clues, Ben is led to a discovery of a cave where he sets up a tomb scenario containing 2000-year-old artefacts, a treasure of gold, and a Knights Templar Tomb containing a shrouded body! An exciting and enjoyable mix of fact and fiction creates a possible scenario of what the mysterious priest Saunière may have discovered and how he may have left clues leading to their location.
Chapter Pages Layout Sample
There are 660 pages in the book Page Sample
There are over 300 images in the book and have been positioned as near as possible to the relevant text. If I am talking about a location, an object or some other detail I have invariably included an image of it so the reader can see it for themselves.
The majority of the images included in the book are 600dpi quality to preserve image clarity and details when printed.
Lost Tomb of the Knights Templar by Ben Hammott
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Praise for Ben Hammott's Lost Tomb of the Knights Templar
“I had this book in my non-fiction ‘to review’ pile for a few weeks before I summed up enough enthusiasm to find the time to read it and to be truthful I wasn’t looking forward to the experience. I had reviewed a couple of non-fiction books previously on the subject of Rennes-le-Chateau, the Knights Templar and similar topics, which I remembered as being a few mundane hours spent forcing myself to turn pages I’d rather not, this is why I was so averse of repeating the process with Ben Hammott’s Lost Tomb of the Knights Templar. However, from reading page one he had me hooked. His writing style is refreshing and very humorous. And yes it may not be to the liking of the purists out there who prefer the information and facts set out in an academic format, but for those of us who like the information delivered in an easy to understand and enjoyable manner, this book delivers on every page. At times the grammar and odd spelling mistake made me cringe, but somehow it fitted in with Hammott’s way of telling his story and is not enough to offend the reader.
First a very brief outline of the mystery Hammott is investigating
A French priest called Abbé Bérenger Saunière (1852-1917) became mysteriously and fabulously rich after finding a hidden parchment in his ancient Church of Mary Magdalene. The rumour is that the mysterious priest embedded clues in his church decorations leading to a treasure or a secret, & the source of his wealth. The area is steeped in history, which includes the Cathars and the Knights Templar – whose fabled vast wealth has never been found – and many think they are linked to the mysterious discovery of the priest Bérenger Saunière. With the chance of what promises to be a great treasure still to be discovered, Ben senses an adventure and sets forth.
The book starts with Hammott travelling to Rennes-le-Chateau in France for the first time after watching a TV documentary on the subject. His chosen mode of transport is an old campervan he purchased from an Aussie couple who had just driven around Europe in it. Armed with an ample supply of English sausages and vodka he is ready for his adventure, and make no mistake about it, Hammott does have an adventure, and he writes in such a way that his readers are able to join him every step of the way. Not to take any importance away from his discoveries, Hammott’s road trips to Rennes-le-Chateau provide light relief from the seriousness of his quest and are among some of my favourite parts of the book. I am not going to spoil the story by revealing what Hammott found in detail, that is a journey you will have to make for yourselves, but as can be assumed from the book’s title, it involves a tomb that may possibly, if everything inside is authentic and contains what the author thinks it might, prove to be a monumental discovery.
You certainly get your money’s worth with the book’s 660 pages and the hundreds - and yes I said hundreds - of photographs incorporated in the book. They especially help to bring the story alive; if Hammott mentions something invariably there is a picture of it included. This is something lacking in comparable non-fiction books. Something that should be an essential prerequisite, as stated by the old adage, ‘a picture paints a thousand words’. The images are not confined to a few pages away from the text you have just read, forcing you to flick through the pages to locate them like in so many books, but on the very same page with the relevant text. This is no mean feat as anyone who has tried formatting their own book in this manner will know only too well. This tells me Hammott has respect for his readers and has tried to accommodate them as much as possible. For this I am appreciative as it makes for a far more enjoyable read.
So to sum up, for a first time author, Hammott has produced a surprisingly enjoyable book. What we have here is 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, don’t let it spoil your enjoyment of reading this book by pushing it aside. Hammott’s book is not like those other books you may have read. You will not be bogged down by long words and academically written prose by the so called ‘experts’, just Hammott’s story as told by him in his way. It would be such a shame if this is Hammott’s only offering to the reading public as I believe he has the makings of a great author inside him and I for one would willingly support him by purchasing his next book, something someone in my position doesn’t normally have to do. The book is doing the rounds of the office at the moment, and so far those that have read it agree with my review. Go on, give the book a try; I doubt you will be disappointed.” (Timesbookcritic UK)
"Hello Ben. I just finished reading your book in January. I am very impressed with it and it was probably my favorite read of 2008! I have been following Bruce and his documentary for about a year and a half now, and was very excited to hear that you were writing a book on the bloodline topic, and your findings in Rennes le Chateau. I think the photos included in your book made me understand the findings in more detail, good job. It was very well written, and I thoroughly enjoyed your sense of humor throughout the book, regardless of the seriousness of the topic. It truly is an incredible journey you have been on, and I hope it is not the end for you. Congratulations on your findings, on your book, and everything else, and best wishes for you and your discovery in the future." (Josh Speers)
"Hi Ben! Just finished the book, and i must say that i am quite amazed. As a reader of the RLC mystery for several years, i not afraid to say, that your discoveries gives the mystery a whole new dimension. A journey filled with excitement!" (HD - Denmark)
"I was a skeptic, and then I read your book, I am a skeptic no longer. I absolutely loved the book and your writing style. What an exciting quest you have been on and thank you for sharing it." (DW Canada)
"Hi Ben, I just finished your book, I love it, fascinating & fun." (JG - UK)
"Loved the book. Very interesting and very easy to read. The 100's of photo really brought the story alive. I bought your book, Lost Tomb of the Knights Templar, after watching the Bloodline movie and boy am I glad I did. It fills in a lot of stuff not included or just hinted at by the movie. The clue solving was amazing. Great stuff Ben. You get 10/10 from me.” (ST - UK)
"I've found your book to be very informative and entertaining. I enjoy very much the way you have told your story." (Mario-Australia)
"...very interesting... I recommend this book to anyone interested in the Rennes-le-Chateau mystery." (LH-USA)
"Congratulations! Absolutely amazing! I love it! Well done Ben, well done!" (Holger - Germany)
"... one of the best books I have read in many a year... It is always a good sign that I didn’t want to put the bloody thing down... it was like I was also there on your journey, experiences and discoveries. So I would just like to thank you in a big way as been waiting for something like this for many a year, well since I read The Holy Blood and Holy Grail." (Ali New - Zealand)
"One of the best books I have read...Beg, borrow or buy this book... you will not be disappointed". (Alan Scott - France)
"Great book, buy it!" (Shadowfox - UK) - "Fantastic book, well done Ben." (T.P - USA)