Rick Turner, Bemidji, MN
With this well-written and meticulously
researched (complete with footnotes and cited sources) two volume set, Dr. Stephen Matyas addresses, and provides answers,
to many of the questions surrounding the Beale treasure story. Questions such as:
Is it real,
or a hoax?
Did Beale use a different text to encipher B1 and B3, or
the same text, and if so, are B1 and B3 two halves of the same paper?
book containing the Declaration of Independence did Beale use to encipher B2—and possibly may have used to encipher
B1 and B3?
What does statistical analysis reveal about B1 and B3?
What books may have inspired Beale when he enciphered his papers?
Is there evidence that Beale double enciphered B1 and B3?
there more than one author of the Beale pamphlet?
Were the Ward and
Hart versions revisions of an earlier manuscript?
What do contemporary
sources in the early and mid 19th century reveal about Beale, Morriss and Ward?
of these and other questions make this two volume set a must have for all researchers of the Beale treasure mystery.
James McKelvey, North Canton, Ohio
Thoughts of secret maps, ciphers and the search for buried treasure hooked me as a young adult when I first read
an account of the Beale story many years ago. The story was set in Virginia during an exciting period of American history;
the time of Thomas Jefferson, the Lewis and Clark expedition, and the frenetic westward expansion of our nation. The combination
of history and a true-life treasure adventure was irresistible to me. In the many decades following that first encounter,
I often imagined scenarios for the unknown details in the Beale story, postulated solutions for the Beale ciphers, and [later]
occasionally searched the web for any news on this great tale to see if someone had struck it rich.
It was in a recent web search that I made a serendipitous discovery of two new books on the
subject written by Stephen Matyas: Beale Treasure Story—The Hoax Theory Deflated and Beale
Treasure Story—New Insights. The book descriptions were intriguing, so I immediately ordered both
volumes to read on a two-week summer vacation. I was not disappointed with my decision as both books provided an amazingly
detailed accounting of the Beale story resulting from years of dedicated research by the author. The two-volume set can be
best described as more than I could ever have accomplished had I the time, intelligence and tools to pursue all the angles
for a solution to the Beale mystery. Dr. Matyas lays out a fascinating progression of scientific analysis and factual discovery
for many aspects of Beale's life and the encounters that occurred in the story. The author also presents convincing opinions
where gaps still exist to weave together a very convincing account of likely events. The approach offers a very satisfying
mix of fact and plausible fiction of key details regarding Thomas J. Beale and company.
Dr. Matyas is a cryptanalyst and dedicated part of his career to cipher solutions and code-breaking using some of
the most powerful technology and methods our country has to offer. His knowledge and skill convinced me he left no stone unturned
in his years of investigation of the Beale story. The appendix of each volume is an incredible reading experience in itself.
Dr. Matyas expertly dissects the facts from the fiction with friendly precision, and offers analytical insight as to what
can be reasonably concluded. Yet, in many ways, the volumes read like an unsolved mystery novel. I highly recommend these
books for anyone with an interest in the Beale account, especially those who find the process of solving the mystery just
as exciting as unearthing the treasure itself.
Charly in Franklin, MA
I purchased these books about one
month ago [January 2013] and wished that they were available twenty years ago when I started this search for the Beale Treasure
part time and stopped after the 911 incident. The books contain so much valuable information regarding the history of this
Treasure and many possible insights to the documents and codes used to try to resolve the issue. I find the two books extremely
helpful as it has reignited my interest once again in the Beale Treasure. The books are large enough to be placed on
a table for research purposes with the text spaced out nicely and not compressed for reading and research. These items
would certainly be a valuable asset to a serious treasure searcher. They would certainly be a valuable asset also to any treasure
hunting club or organization.