Journalist and writer; Bloomberg News, Inc., New York, NY, editor at large. Has also worked for Witten Technologies, Washington, DC, as a reporter for Wall Street Journal, and Frankfurt correspondent for the International Herald Tribune.
(With Bob Brewer) Shadow of the Sentinel: One Man's Quest to Find the Hidden Treasure of the Confederacy, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2003.
With Shadow of the Sentinel: One Man's Quest to Find the Hidden Treasure of the Confederacy, Warren Getler combines his interests in investigative journalism and treasure-hunting in exotic locations. Working with coauthor Bob Brewer, Getler, in Shadow of the Sentinel, weaves a tale of vast hordes of Confederate gold, hidden by a secret society deeply influenced by Freemasonry, and guarded for use in a future Southern rebellion. Shadow of the Sentinel is Brewer's story of his own possible connection to the shadowy Knights of the Golden Circle, who are said to have hidden gold and gems in caches throughout the United States and even into Canada. It is Getler's role as the journalist to help Brewer convey his personal tale and its historical back story so that interested readers can assess the plausibility of the information.
Some reviewers of Shadow of the Sentinel expressed disappointment that Getler and Brewer did not literally uncover any of the hidden wealth that they feel they have found. A Publishers Weekly critic, for instance, called the book "a curiosity that will strain many readers' credibility, but leave a lingering ‘Maybe.’" Duncan Spencer in the Washington Times also found some of Brewer's decisions "infuriating," but nonetheless concluded: "Mr. Getler is a skilled hand at storytelling. He spins a tale here of deep mystery and occult practices and Southern mysticism, slowly pulling back the curtain on a strange world."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2003, review of Shadow of the Sentinel: One Man's Quest to Find the Hidden Treasure of the Confederacy, p. 584.
Library Journal, May 1, 2003, John Carver Edwards, review of Shadow of the Sentinel, p. 135.
Publishers Weekly, April 21, 2003, review of Shadow of the Sentinel, p. 47.
Washington Times, May 31, 2003, Duncan Spencer, "Writers Gild the Legend of Hidden Rebel Gold."
National Geographic Adventure,http://www.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/0203/ (March 11, 2004), Paul Perry, "X Marked the Spot: Hunting Pirate Treasure off Africa."