Third in the Hooked X series, this book explores new scientific findings and recently discovered documents that show a vastly different story of North American history than the current narrative. The revelations in the Cryptic Code are sure to generate new discussion around the medieval Knights Templar, their role in the European exploration of North America, and of the origins of the Hooked X. In Wolter's continued pursuit to understand and authenticate the Kensington Rune Stone, found in Minnesota in 1898, and the important role the Knights Templar had within history, he uncovers the layers of cryptic code that authenticates the Rune Stone once and for all.
I don’t know about you, but it seems to me like each new book gets a little duller than the one before. This one doesn’t even really feint toward anything really exciting but instead promises to deliver more of the same material that Wolter has been flogging since the H2 channel cancelled his show back in 2015.
You can see that the book will examine the alleged Henry Sinclair journals, the so-called Cremona Document, and other texts that my analysis (collected in the links on this page) adjudges to be recent forgeries but which Wolter believes to be genuine medieval texts. It’s hard, though, to get terribly worked up about documents that are of such dubious provenance and so implausible as authentic medieval texts.
I don’t know… Maybe I am just tired of the same schtick over and over again. Wolter has been making the same claims since even before America Unearthed premiered in 2012, and having reviewed seven years of the same fictions and found them wanting time and again, I just don’t feel anything but a sort of heaviness of heart at the thought of getting back on that treadmill when the show returns on May 28.
How many ways can one fail to find actual evidence of Knights Templar in America? In the beginning, Wolter at least examined some dubious claims that had the patina of age and a modicum of skill in their forgery, but with his reliance on the newly “discovered” documents and their laundry list of implausible elements, trying to evaluate his new claims is like trying to criticize a dream. It is, at this point, simply a fantasy beyond the bounds of reason.
But on the other hand, anecdotally, it seems that the recent rebroadcasts of early seasons of America Unearthed on the Travel Channel have introduced the show to a whole new group of people who didn’t have access to the less-watched (and now defunct) H2 channel where the show first aired. To judge by Twitter mentions and other social media postings, it looks like the return of the show will have a fairly engaged audience and will need to have voices speaking out against its misuse of history.
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