Last Assault on Oak Island

Fiction - Mystery - General
258 Pages
Reviewed on 11/08/2013
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Author Biography

A long-time writer and reader, loves adventure and mystery. Growing up on Ellis Peters/Edith Pargeter, Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels (and Indiana Jones and Walter Farley), action-based history and mystery pursuits have always driven my imagination.

Last Assault on Oak Island is one treasure that has always fascinated me. The Rediscovered series is a collection of other lost treasures history has buried. I'm eager to put forth some of the theories and rumors backed by research and a heavy dose of "maybe..." in the next four books planned.

Room of Fire follows the first book, and from there, Dr. Sheldon and Lauren cross into the Middle East, Asia, and more.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite

The Money Pit treasure has been out of reach for 200 years. Carlos Sheldon and his student assistant Laura Gates are determined to bring it up out of the hole and show that it wasn’t just a legend after all in Jenn Rekka’s Last Assault on Oak Island. With financial failures by treasure hunters abounding, it is becoming clear that Mahone Bay on Oak Island is home to one of the most extravagant hoaxes in history. However, where one treasure hunter has taken a wrong turn, another finds yet more mysterious discoveries that have been shrouded in myth and legend for two centuries. After finding a British admiral’s wartime journal and discovering new information surrounding the Money Pit treasure, Dr. Sheldon and Lauren might just have found the right path to unraveling the mystery. Will one last stab at the Oak Island treasure reveal the truth or is it nothing more than a legend that has haunted treasure hunters and their backers alike?

Jenn Rekka has intertwined Last Assault on Oak Island with mystery and suspense enough to keep the reader turning pages and unraveling each set of clues. Each of the characters involved and the way in which they interact with each other as the pieces of the puzzle come together keep the reader engaged all of the way up until the end. Last Assault on Oak Island is a brilliant must-read for those who love suspense and mystery. The book will take you on a wild ride right up to the end.

Last Assault on Oak Island, by Jenn Rekka, first drew my attention when I was browsing for a new historical fiction novel to read. The story follows a museum curator and his assistant as they investigate new evidence surrounding the Money Pit of Oak Island (a real place up by Nova Scotia). It's the 200th anniversary of the Pit's creation, and the small island is swamped with tourists and treasure hunters.

Two main 'expeditions', headed by treasure hunters Lucy Yearbright and Saul Clemens, drill non-stop, tearing up the island as they seek the mysterious treasure. Carlos and Lauren- the curator and his assistant- go in undercover with the pretence of visiting friends. They keep their heads down, working their evidence in secrecy. Despite attempts to remain hidden, the pair still manage to attract trouble. Even with the danger and distractions, the little group manages to achieve the impossible.

This book called to the historian and archaeologist in me. It was brilliant! Well-written and well-researched, which can be hard when weaving historical fiction. I loved the truth of the treasure which was masterfully woven.

I prefer to look at story and structure rather than mechanics, and that is how I rate things. For those more picky in regards to mechanics, there is a sprinkling of spelling errors. The story renders them invisible. I could not put it down! I read well after my bedtime, that's how drawn into the story I was, and that is a rare occurrence these days.

Rekka's Last Assault on Oak Island is perfect for fans of Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, or David Gibbins. Intrigue, danger, pirates, treasure, and a legacy of the Revolutionary War! This book has it all.