A Treasure More Than Gold

How I Found the Solution to Forrest Fenn's Poem

Non-Fiction - Short Story/Novela
94 Pages
Reviewed on 03/06/2015
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Author Biography

I am a retired CFO of a medium-large wholesale distributing corporation. I have worked as a Controller, Accountant and Accounting Supervisor for several different companies. My hobbies include: Art-oil painting & sketching~ Music-guitar, violin and piano~ Philosophy~ Astronomy, Fishing, and of course, I love writing. In addition to this title, I am working on a novel, titled “Storm of Deceit”. It’s about a futuristic scenario in which a couple of astrobiologist must find a solution to an earth ending catastrophe that is believed to be inevitable. It’s about seventy percent completed. – Ritt Jordan

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Reviewed by Stephen Fisher for Readers' Favorite

A Treasure More Than Gold by Ritt Jordan is an account of how the author was enticed into the “thrill of the chase,” somewhere in the Rocky Mountains north of Santa Fe, NM. An ancient cast bronze, and a hidden treasure chest. To find it, one must first read the poem by Forrest Fenn containing nine clues that will lead to its location. Being bitten by the bug to hunt for this treasure prompted Mr. Jordan to used all available resources to him.
Using the satellite option of Google Maps, interviews, etc., he begins deciphering the poem. Ritt had to get to know how this man, ailing with cancer, lived in order to fully understand the clues. Why? Because Forrest hid the chest in a place very personal to him.

Ritt Jordan was able to get help from a few of his family members with his numerous trips to the mountains. He was not about to leave any stone unturned to solve the clues in the poem. Aerial satellite photos and pictures from his camera fill some of the pages so that the reader can relate to how he interpreted the clues. The author relates his story with a detailed account of his findings and frustrations, as well as the experiences and precious memories he got to share with his loved ones. What started out as searching for the end of a rainbow turned into something much more valuable than the actual treasure. To Ritt Jordan, the thrill of this chase was "A Treasure More Than Gold."

Patricia Reding

Ritt Jordan is on a mission in A Treasure More than Gold, having been inspired by the treasure hunt formulated by Forrest Fenn in his memoir, The Thrill of the Chase. Once the fever takes over Jordan, he sets out to solve the clues hidden in the form of a poem, to find the million dollar treasure that Fenn buried somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. He translates Fenn’s poem into what he believes are possible interpretations for place names and geographical phenomena, then continues his tracking via the Internet. Once he has a plan in mind, he sets out to find the gold. In his rush to get started, he forgets his gun and metal detector at home, discovering the situation when it is too late to turn back. Thus begins his first trip into the wilderness. Over the next few months, he takes several more, including one with his grandson that delivers “gold” to Jordan in the form of time spent with the boy. Did he ultimately find the treasure? Would he tell readers if he did?

A Treasure More than Gold is, only in part, a story of seeking buried treasure. More to the point, it is a story of Ritt Jordan’s finding and meeting a challenge, of losing himself in a dream and a quest. He encourages readers to seek to solve the Fenn mystery or to follow their own dreams. In a world in which people spend a great deal of time with electronic gadgets, Jordan prompts others to visit the wider world, to take up causes that intrigue them, to persevere through dangers and hardship, and to keep their eyes on the real gold that they already possess — in the form of their loved ones.

K.C. Finn

A Treasure More Than Gold is a short story by Ritt Jordan, chronicling his real life experience as a treasure hunter. The chase begins with a cryptic poem written by art dealer Forrest Fenn, who claimed in an autobiography to have hidden a treasure worth more than a million dollars somewhere in North America’s Rocky Mountains. What follows is Jordan’s meticulous account of breaking down the poem, part by part, following the clues in the area north of Santa Fe, NM, and often taking his family and faithful dog along for the ride. As well as being the diary of a treasure hunter, the author looks back on his time searching for the Fenn Treasure and how it has affected his life.

The style of A Treasure More Than Gold is very conversational, so much so that one occasionally loses the thread of the author’s thought process when interpreting the clues and explaining his journey to find the treasure. I found Ritt Jordan’s photographs to be a beautiful addition to the story, and they also helped to decipher some of the trickier parts of his experience. I was very intrigued by the additional details he gave from Forrest Fenn’s life as well as his own. I believe that for Fenn Treasure enthusiasts, the story would be an even more enjoyable read than was my experience, and I found Jordan’s overall concluding message to be an uplifting one. It is true that whilst the gold itself would be nice to have, it’s the journey that makes life richer.