The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke

The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke

A sweeping account of a four-hundred-year-old mystery, the archeologists racing to unearth the answer, and what the Lost Colony reveals about America--from colonial days to today In 1587, 115 men, women, and children arrived on Roanoke, an island off the coast of North Carolina. Chartered by Queen Elizabeth I, their colony was to establish a foothold for England in the New A sweeping account of a four-hundred-year-old mystery, the archeologists racing to unearth the answer, and what the Lo...

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Title:The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke
Author:Andrew Lawler
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Genres:History
ISBN:0385542011
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:426 pages pages

The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke Reviews

  • RJ McGill
    Jun 11, 2018
    I have had what I will call a passing interest in the story of "The Lost Colony." Since writing a book report about it in 7th grade, if I happened across a book, sometimes I read it, sometimes I didn't. I'm glad I did not pass over this one. You will be too. The disappearance of the...
  • Dree
    May 17, 2018
    Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a galley of this book. This sweeping narrative history looks at the leadup to the Roanoke Colony and Raleigh's rise in England, to the establishment of the colony, to the search by Gov John White after he returned to England, right up to ...
  • Nancy Oakes
    Jun 21, 2018
    As much as I enjoyed this book, it needs a home. If you're in the US and you want it, it's yours and I'll pay postage. Just let me know. http://www.nonfictionrealstuff.com/20... I am fascinated by mystery stories, and they don't have to be fictional to capture my interest. T...
  • Graham
    Jun 21, 2018
    I admit to knowing nothing about the subject matter before I read this, but then sometimes that's the best way. THE SECRET TOKEN is a non-fiction documentation of the 'Lost Colony' legend of Roanoke; namely a group of Elizabethan settlers who vanished from Roanoke island in the three-y...
  • Karen
    Jul 09, 2018
    Fabulous! The author takes you on his search in an attempt to untangle the mystery of what happened to the Lost Colony of Roanoke. He looks at the history of the Colony, theories of other historians, hoaxes, and experts on related subjects. Excellent and occasionally humorous writing. ...
  • Amanda Roa
    Jun 29, 2018
    A historical page turner. Looking back at the complex story of The Lost Colony was riveting. I was only vaguely aware of the story until this book. Well written, well researched and thoroughly reviewed from all angles, I would recommend this account of early American history to any...
  • Scott Martin
    Aug 14, 2018
    This book analyzes one of the great mysteries of American history...the fate of the Roanoke Colony. Originally set up to be the first English colony in America, the 115 settlers who set up shop in the northern part of what became North Carolina, after the last English ship left in 1588...
  • Michael Ritchie
    Jul 02, 2018
    (3-1/2 stars) I knew nothing about the mysteries surrounding the colony of Roanoke (100 settlers seem to have vanished leaving no trace behind except for a signal indicating they might have sought refuge on Croatoan Island) until I read this book. The first third of the book (The Plant...
  • ImLisaAnn
    Jun 07, 2018
    I received a digital ARC of this book from Doubleday on NetGalley. I?m grateful to Doubleday for their generosity and am happy to post this honest review. All opinions are my own. Synopsis In 1587, 115 British citizens come to colonize America disappeared from Roanoke Island, lea...
  • Sandra
    Jul 02, 2018
    Incredibly well written and researched. I definitely recommend this for anyone who has even a passing interest in Roanoke. ...
  • Kristin
    Jul 20, 2018
    I finally finished this book last night. It was terrible. Which obviously needs explanation. As someone who studied early (EARLY) American colonialism as a sort of sub-focus for my history degree, and took a course specifically about Roanoke and Jamestown, I was so excited to s...
  • Linda
    Jun 18, 2018
    Enjoyable, readable, and reliable. Lawler does a review of the facts that anyone who has read about the Lost Colony knows, but then he goes on to examine them in terms of politics and global trade, greed and self-interest of the parties, and other human factors. He examines the researc...
  • KC
    Aug 19, 2018
    This is the telling of the colonists of Roanoke Island who in 1587 sailed from England to the coast of North Carolina but mystery surrounds this story. All 115 men, women and children were never to be seen or heard from again. A through account divvied up into three section, author And...
  • Susan (the other Susan)
    Jul 07, 2018
    Fascinating product of determined journalism. The so-called "Lost Colony" is a romantic legend that enabled white supremacists - as early as the mid-1800s - to deny the likelihood that survivors among the abandoned Roanoke colonists intermingled with Native Americans and later with Afr...
  • Casey Wheeler
    Jun 10, 2018
    I received a free Kindle copy of The Secret Token by Andrew Lawler courtesy of Net Galley  and Doubleday Books, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I also posted it...
  • Casey Wheeler
    Jun 10, 2018
    I received a free Kindle copy of The Secret Token by Andrew Lawler courtesy of Net Galley  and Doubleday Books, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I also posted it...
  • Eric
    May 28, 2018
    If you like true mysteries, conspiracy theories, or adventures, this book will hit your buttons. It's a real page turner, and it's well enough researched and thought out to give some interesting and thought provoking insights into American attitudes concerning racial integration, mixin...
  • Daniel Greear
    Aug 06, 2018
    America's oldest mystery is the Roanoke Colony disappearance. For a long time, many have been entranced by what happened to 115 odd English settlers in the Outer Banks of North Carolina in the 1580s. I became obsessed with the disappearance after I saw the outdoor drama when I was a ki...
  • Eve
    May 27, 2018
    This was a well written and comprehensive history of the Roanoke colony and the search for it. It provides extensive background information on colonialism and the search. ...
  • Geoffrey
    Feb 06, 2018
    (Note: I received an advanced electronic copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley) Due to my being born and raised a New Englander, my education on the "founding" of America focused quite heavily on Pilgrims and Puritans. The Roanoke Colony was nothing more than the briefest of menti...
  • Caitie
    Jun 11, 2018
    The Lost Colony of Roanoke has always fascinated me. It?s amazing how a group of people could just vanish off the face of the earth. Obviously there are theories about what actually happened to them, they were either killed or assimilated with the local Indians (in recent years there...
  • Steven Ferre
    Jul 30, 2018
    2/3rds great 1/3rd meh Wonderfully written, featuring impressive research and flashes of wry humor. I never really thought much about the "Lost Colony" but was impressed and entertained for the first 2/3rds of the book. However, the last 1/3rd reads like an overly-long white guilt a...
  • Heather
    Jun 07, 2018
    Andrew Lawler manages to take a subject I had a passing interest in and drag me into the world of mystery and obsession that is the hunt for the Lost Colonists. The book is laid out well, beginning with a thorough primer on colonization and what we know about Roanoke, then going to the...
  • Ionia
    Jun 15, 2018
    When I first saw this book, I thought..."Oh. Another Roanoke book." To my surprise and delight, this is anything but 'just another Roanoke book.' The incredible amount of research and detail that went into this book is obvious from the moment you begin reading it. Rather than just ...
  • Lissa
    Jun 24, 2018
    Like the author, I grew up vacationing every summer in the Outer Banks and every summer my family attended the outdoor performance of the Lost Colony play.  This may be why I was so invested and fascinated by this book.  Beginning with the actual history of the settlers, courtiers, a...
  • Buck Edwards
    Jul 15, 2018
    In 'The Secret Token', Andrew Lawler takes us on the scenic route--no short cuts, just every dead end in the search for concrete evidence, but oh, what a ride. Four centuries of characters appearing and reappearing, with theories, hunches, and swamps of trinkets left as a trail. But a ...
  • Rebecca
    Aug 01, 2018
    It is rare that a work of nonfiction has both readable/engaging prose and is thoroughly backed with scholarly research. Lawler's work not only has both, but also is organized in such as way that adds interest and keeps the reader engaged. I respect the fact that Lawler digs deep into m...
  • Judith
    Aug 18, 2018
    A nicely written book of several aspects about the lost colony of Roanoke, this volume meticulously gives the background and circumstances of the settling of the colony and the immediate (well, after 3 years' absence) search for it and what happened to the settlers; also the various ar...
  • Anne Powell
    Aug 17, 2018
    As a history lover who grew up in North Carolina who has visited the Outer Banks several times, this was a book I could not resist. The story of the Lost Colony is one that I've been interested in for years, and I envy people who are able to devote their resources to the search. This i...
  • Patrick Pope
    Jul 18, 2018
    Excellent discussion of the search for the Lost Colony from 1500?s to present with a discussion of how our ideas have changed, concluding with a logical explanation. A short article by the author based on the book was in National Geographic Magazine June 2018. ...