This is best book I have read on the Rennes-le-Chateau subject and the most enjoyable non-fiction book I have ever read. Although it seems to have been written for the non-academic reader, it nevertheless is a comprehensive, scholarly approach to a fascinating subject and reveals many new areas of research not covered by other books covering this subject. Anyone who subscribes to some of the myths and pseudo histories involving the mystery of Rennes-le-Chateau should read this book, because you will learn something new.
Ben Hammott's writing style makes the book vastly enjoyable, and in many places, very, very, funny. Anyone who has read the book will know what I mean when I mention the Pontils Tomb Night Raid, utterly hilarious.
With the addition of Hammott's humorous, and sometimes ill-fated, journeys through France, it reads like a travel book in places. But this is not a criticism as the trips are very enjoyable and enables the reader to get an idea of the author's character. It also adds to the story Hammott is telling about his research and discoveries over the years. How I would have liked to be with him on some of his trips as they seem to have been very exciting at times.
Because I don't want to spoil the surprise for those who will read the book, I have purposely given nothing away about the book's content. I read it without really knowing much about it, and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and I am sure other readers will also. But I will mention it is an exciting treasure hunt that starts with the deciphering of clues hidden in the decorations of an ancient church dedicated to Mary Magdalene.
At over 600 pages and over 300 images, it is very good value for money. As soon as I started reading I did not want to stop. This is definitely a book that keeps you turning the pages, which is unusual for a work of non-fiction.
Even if you have never heard of, or have no interest in, Rennes-le-Chateau, the Knights Templar, treasure hunting or Mary Magdalene, do not let that put you off reading this book. It is not your typical non-fiction prose, it is so much better. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a thrilling enjoyable read. Learning history has never been so fun.
I can also recommend highly Beginnings: Hunt for the Treasure of Rennes le Chateau (The Tomb, the Temple, the Treasure) (The Tomb, the Temple, the Treasure) by Ben Hammott. Available in Paperback and Kindle versions. It's an exciting Archaeological Thriller and is his first novel on the same subject. I bought his Lost Tomb book after reading it. Once you start reading you won't want to stop and is one of those books you don't want to end - it's that good.
I would ignore the criticisms of the book from some of the other reviewers, who if they have even read the book, which I doubt all of them have by some of their comments, seem to have an axe to grind against the subject covered. I guarantee if you read this book you will not be disappointed. Go on give it a try.