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The Silver Madonna and Other Tales of America's Greatest Lost…

by W. C. Jameson

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In this book, there are twenty four tales of lost treasure. W.C. Jameson writes in a way that pulls you in and intrigues you. The stories are easy to read and make the reader think of the wonders of the past.
Although the stories vary, when they are read one after the other, they all start to sound the same. But there are some that really stand out, like a ship in the middle of the desert. I'm not sure if this book is really for serious treasure hunters, as there is some speculation, but for anyone who wants a fun read, this is a great book. ( )
  Rebecca. | Mar 16, 2014 |
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This book is a quick read with lots of interesting stories about lost American treasures. I appreciated the format of the book, which is short chapters covering one tale each. These are not stories I had heard before, and they seem to be highly speculative. In my opinion, that doesn't really matter, though, because even without too much to back up the stories, they were interesting and gave a perspective of American history that I had never heard before.
Overall, an enjoyable read, and would probably be a good fit for bringing on (or inspiring) a road trip. ( )
  aklinn | Feb 23, 2014 |
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Interesting stories, but he tries to pass it off as a scholarly book without providing any citations for source materials, which I found off-putting. If you just want to read short tales of buried treasure, it's a good "fun" book, but definitely not a scholarly work and not enough details for actual treasure hunters to work from. ( )
  jcarpentercc | Feb 11, 2014 |
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This is an interesting collection of tales of lost treasures, though after reading more than one or two chapters consecutively, the stories acquire a certain sameness. Still, the combination of history, folklore, and speculation (not to mention the author's interpretation of the characters' thoughts) make for a reasonably pleasant and entertaining collection to pick up and dip into from time to time. ( )
1 vote Rowntree | Jan 22, 2014 |
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This was an interesting read comprised of several stories of lost treasure in the United States. With each treasure Jameson writes about the circumstances surrounding the loss, subsequent finds, and near recoveries of the treasures in a manner of telling a story. Overall this compilation of tales was entertaining and easy to read.

I did feel that Jameson took some liberties with the story telling. In some of the tales, he describes how primary characters are feeling or thinking without referencing personal journals or interviews. This comes across as him inventing details for the sake of elaboration and therefore leads me to question the validity of some of the writing. ( )
  Heather.C | Jan 20, 2014 |
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The twenty-four tales in this book are of the most famous lost treasures in America, from a two-foot statue reportedly made entirely of silver (the ┐?┐Madonna┐?┐) and a cache of gold, silver, and jewelry that was rumored to also contain the first Bible in America to seventeen tons of gold┐?┐its value equal to the treasury of a mid-sized nation┐?┐buried somewhere in northwestern New Mexico. What makes these tales even more compelling is that none of these known-to-be-lost treasures have been discovered, although modern detecting technology has made them eminently discoverable.… (more)

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