The Secret Token by Andrew Lawler

The Secret Token

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 todayIn 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 World. But by the time the colony's leader, John White, returned to Roanoke...


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TitleThe Secret Token
ISBN9780385542012
Author
Release DateJun 5th, 2018
PublisherDoubleday
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, North American Hi..., American History, Historical, Mystery
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Reviews The Secret Token

  • Geoffrey
    2018-02-06
    (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 mentions in textbooks about Sir Walter Raleigh, a few folks vanishing, and a strange place name carved onto a tree. So to put it bluntly, until now I had absolutely no idea ...
  • Eric
    2018-05-28
    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, mixing & melding, and how they have changed over the centuries. I'll recommend this book to many friends.
  • Casey Wheeler
    2018-06-10
    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 to my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus pages.I requested this book as all I really know about the lost colony of Roanoke is antidotal and I have never r...
  • Casey Wheeler
    2018-06-10
    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 to my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus pages.I requested this book as all I really know about the lost colony of Roanoke is antidotal and I have never r...
  • Caitie
    2018-06-11
    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 have even been speculation that they were abducted by aliens). However there is no real evidence to prove any of these things. The colony has become a slightly biz...
  • Dree
    2018-05-17
    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 the different theories and searches and theories into the 21st century.Lawler covers a lot of time, though he explains that after the original search and the establishm...
  • Eve
    2018-05-27
    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.
  • ImLisaAnn
    2018-06-07
    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.SynopsisIn 1587, 115 British citizens come to colonize America disappeared from Roanoke Island, leaving behind almost no traces, except for the word “Croatoan” carved into a tree. In the four hundred-plus years since, little has been discovered to explain where the...
  • Ionia
    2018-06-15
    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 diving straight into the mystery of the missing colony as so many authors have done before, this author carefully examines what happened, how it all started and explain...
  • RJ McGill
    2018-06-11
    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 first 115 men, women, and children attempting to form a colony in the new world has never been definitively explained. With a single word, Croatoan, carved into a tree...
  • Heather
    2018-06-07
    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 various search attempts (including his own) and concluding with musings on why we even care about solving this puzzle.What stuck out to me was Lawler's choice to d...
  • Kristine
    2018-06-17
    The Secret Token by Andrew Lawler is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early June.Ooh, Roanoke - this topic/mystery really appealed to me during U.S. history class to the extent that it seemed like a dark shadow or Bermuda Triangle over colonial America. However, the actual history of Roanoke Island, the exploration by the Dutch/Spanish/English/Italians, and relations between the colonists and the Algonquian/Lumbee/Croatan is only told until ...
  • Linda
    2018-06-18
    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 research, including debunked myths and legends and the reasons they arose in the first place. Finally, he applies Occam’s razor and through it, propounds his theory. A w...
  • Gerard Villegas
    2018-06-12
    Damn, I was hoping for Lady Gaga to go all Scathach up in this bitch! But instead I got the real history and hypothesis of the Lost Colony of Roanoke instead. Oh well, I'm still hoping for Virginia Dare to have a Bad Romance.
  • gnarlyhiker
    2018-06-09
    interesting. 3.5