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

  • J.M.
    Sep 06, 2018
    Not having much luck lately. Couldn't get into this. ...
  • 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...
  • Matt
    Sep 24, 2018
    ?At dawn, [Governor John] White and some of the party climbed up the steep bank. It was the third birthday of his granddaughter Virginia Dare, named for the new land and the first English child born in the Americas. No one appeared, but they were not alone. The men spotted fresh trac...
  • Chris
    Oct 10, 2018
    Quick note about the audio book - the word shards is pronounced a little strangely. Or I've always been saying it incorrectly. Lawler's book is a wonderful and detailed look at not only the history of Roanoke (and he does a theory weigh in) but also on why the Lost Colony has taken ...
  • 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...
  • Tina
    Oct 19, 2018
    Here's an ongoing mystery without much solid data. At times, drowning in details, but many stories I'd never heard of like those of Virginia Dare. ...
  • Shellie Taylor
    Aug 31, 2018
    I have always had a soft spot when it comes to the mystery of the Lost Colony of Roanoke. I mean, who doesn't like a good mystery?? Historically the oldest unsolved mystery in American history, the Roanoke colony of English settlers that arrived off the North Carolina coast in 1587 dis...
  • 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...
  • Julius McCarter
    Oct 21, 2018
    Andrew Lawler's The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke is an exquisitely depressing to read. It's depressing to see that -- after all this time -- the tensions between popular and academic history remain so abrasive and dismissive. Conspiracy h...
  • Sandra
    Jul 02, 2018
    Incredibly well written and researched. I definitely recommend this for anyone who has even a passing interest in Roanoke. ...
  • 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...
  • Carolyn Thomas
    Sep 21, 2018
    "To die is tragic, but to go missing is to become a legend, a mystery." Will we ever know what really happened to the 85 men, 17 women and 13 children of the "lost colony" over 400 years ago? After great length the conclusion that this author reaches is - probably not, but there are p...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Alethea
    Sep 23, 2018
    I saw this book on the shelves of a bookstore on Ocracoke Island. I've always had a fascination with the story of the Lost Colony. This was the first time, however, that I read something about the colonists that sought to explain their disappearance, and it was refreshing to see that L...
  • 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 book has both, and is organized in a way that adds interest and keeps you reading. I respect that Lawler digs deep into modern (and historical) theories abou...
  • Shaun
    Dec 08, 2018
    I received a copy of this book for free through a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. Going in, I knew next to nothing about the Lost Colony of Roanoke. After reading this, I feel I know just about everything there is to know. The book is impeccably researched and detailed. It felt like...
  • 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. ...