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White Seed: The Untold Story of the Lost Colony of Roanoke

3.36 of 5 stars 3.36  ·  rating details  ·  445 ratings  ·  79 reviews
One of the most haunting mysteries in American history - The Lost Colony of Roanoke - comes roaring back to life in White Seed, with a compelling cast of characters. Among them: Maggie Hagger, indentured Irish serving girl, a victim of rape and intimidation, driven to desperate action against a tyrant when all around her have lost hope; Manteo, the Croatoan interpreter for ...more
Paperback, 488 pages
Published December 16th 2009 by Booklocker (first published January 1st 1995)
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Stephen Gallup
I have now read this historical novel two times in as many years, and enjoyed it more the second time through.

The story captivated me, not only because the romanticized tale of the Lost Colony was part of every kid's education when I was growing up in North Carolina in the 60s but also because the version told here is far more likely to be accurate.

There is of course a great deal that we cannot know when dealing with events from the distant past, and especially when the facts have always been cl
Flora Bateman
This is a fictional account of what could have happened to the lost colony of Roanoke. I really enjoyed this story and found it very hard to put down. Clayton really brought to life the time period as well as the characters and I enjoyed the flow of the story very much. I felt like I was right there with them through the voyage and all of the hardships. I could feel their fear after being left behind as the soldiers started descending into madness and became more savage than the so called savage ...more
I honestly don't know why I forced myself to continue reading this book. It dragged on way too long towards a conclusion that was not in the least bit surprising. The "untold story of Roanoake" should have remained untold.

I think I’m going to have to abandon this book at close to the halfway mark. It’s not that it’s a particularly bad book, but it’s mediocre, and the problems it has are ones that disconnect me from the story and keep me from caring about the characters or being interested in what will happen.

Firstly, the author has failed to make me sympathise with any of the characters. Take Maggie, for example, one of the main characters. All I know about her is that she’s young, redheaded, and attractive. Yes,
Jodie Hill
I downloaded this on my Kindle one day, thinking it was a historical look at the facts regarding the Lost Colony of Roanoke. While I was disappointed to discover it was historical fiction (which seems to be really popular right now) it was very interesting and tense. The writer's take on what happened to the doomed colony, how it's proper society changed due to the circumstances to which they were subjected really seemed plausible. The quote (not in the book) "absolute power corrupts absolutely" ...more
Christie Anderson
I love historical fiction. I thoroughly enjoyed th detail and plausibility of this story. It was well thought out, written and received! I'm glad to have read this. I purchased it on my Kindle and am very thankful to the publishers who sell in that format.
Laura P
3-1/2 STARS

A fascinating fictional account of what may have happened to the settlers of The Lost Colony of Roanoke. Of course there are many possible scenarios and with the limited evidence available today, we will never know the absolute truth. After reading this book, I immediately had to do some research myself and read up on the history of Roanoke. Clayton's account of the settlers' disappearance is entirely possible. Most likely, the real truth lies somewhere in a mix of the different theor
To my surprise, I ended up liking this book. Title is all important. The untold story of the lost colony of Roanoke implied to me that a secret had been found that unlocked the mystery. However, as I read I realized that this was, as is most historical fiction of course, a story the author imagined based upon historical research. My expectations were dashed, which gave me a sour taste about the reading. Fortunately, I kept reading.

Once I became engrossed in the characters and let myself Imagine
I struggled to stay engaged in this book. It is my kind of book but the characters did not pull me in. Read about 3/4 and so far, have no desire to pick it up again. There are quite a few characters but not one that lets you feel what they are feeling. It was quite a distance into the book before I realized how large this colony actually was -- the way it is written, I thought it was a very small group. Never really had a good feel for the area -- descriptions of the setting are not well develop ...more
Linda Daley
this book was entirel too long! i had a very hard time finishing it and only did because i saw a documentary about the roanoke colony while i was reading it. i got very tired with all the thawarted events for the colonists---there could have benn considerably fewer and still gotten the point across. it seemed contrived for contrivance sake. the characters as written weren't bad. but i could work up no sympathy for governor white. and din't believe for one moment the love story of maggie and mant ...more
I won this book on Good Reads and was eager to get stuck in to it because the lost colony of Roanoke fascinated me. This is a good read with really well drawn characters. I found myself wanting to yell at the book when certain actions are taken and you know this isn't going to end well. I kept returning to the book because I had to know what happened next...I won't reveal the ending but it could have happened that way. A rollicking read that will have you very thankful you live in comfort and ci ...more
I'm sorry to give Clayton's book only one star since the subject matter is so compelling. Unfortunately, the author's clumsy way with words lets the story down at every turn.

I have seldom read a novel so poorly written. The few I have encountered have been self published efforts which have lacked professional editing and have understandably been turned down by traditional publishing houses.
Benji Martin
I love the story of the lost colony, and love reading books about it. That's probably why this book got three stars instead of two. The author isn't very good at describing action, and his dialogue isn't the greatest. Plus, the book was probably twice as long as it needed to be. Nevertheless, I love reading about Roanoke and I did enjoy reading it.
I am not normally a historical reader my genre is paranormal fiction but some how I ended up with this book and the narration on my kindle. It got my attention from the first chapter. I All through the book I was wanting to know the ending then as I got to the ending I wanted it to go on. It has everything, someone escapes people meeting and forming relationships, new discoveries new hopes, new dreams, discrimination, political plays, new life, death, desperation, madness, and life long changes. ...more
Erin Germain
This was well-researched and well-written, but I just wasn't able to connect with it. I know the majority of people have very much enjoyed this book, and I certainly wouldn't discourage anyone from reading it, I think that maybe it just wasn't for me.
The story, itself, never really delved into the realm of the possible. Yes — we know that the colony disappeared. The reasons were probably myriad. A series of errors, misjudgments and poor planning. But this leaves a lot of room for Clayton to develop an intriguing story. But he seemed satisfied to rely on the well known facts for story development. His speculation into what really went on in those last days — the daily life that led up to the problems that ultimately resulted in tragedy — is l ...more
This is an EXCELLENT piece of historical fiction. I highly recommend it and it contains a lot of historical fact mixed with enough fiction to keep you hooked.
A decent read but found myself skimming through many parts to get through it. It was interesting, but of course nobody really knows what happened.
Morgan Janicke
Apr 22, 2011 Morgan Janicke marked it as to-read
I just found out that i won this wonderful book on the first winners program on Goodrreads!
At first, I only read the sample of this but I found even just the sample very unrealistic. In the very beginning, main character Maggie, while settling into the ship which will take her to the colony, confesses to a near complete stranger who she'd met no more than a few hours before that the reason she left London was because she was raped there (this is not a spoiler since it is mentioned in the book's summery). It seemed incredibly unrealistic to me that a woman would tell someone she just m ...more
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James Ewers
4 stars

4 stars

having read the book and loving history I can say that it started out with a very interesting story ,about the lives of the people an the time that they were in, it was a very bad time for the poor. About half way through the book, I started thinking when was it going to end ,but I keep at it and it picked up again and I really enjoyed the end of the story, It could have been real you never know.
Matt Kelland
A good, solid historical novel based on what little evidence remains of this famous lost colony. It's an event that's fascinated me for years, and amazingly this is the first novel on the subject I've found. This version of events is extremely plausible and would make a great movie or mini-series.

Although I enjoyed the story a lot, there were some things that irritated me. The Kindle edition was annoyingly full of punctuation mistakes, and I didn't like his habit of using old-fashioned words lik
I LOVE historical fiction novels (oxymoron, right?). The lost colony of Roanoke has always interested me and have wished so many times that we had concrete facts about their disappearance. Well, when I saw this book at my local HPB store I just had to pick it up.

I really enjoyed reading about the events that led up to the abandonment of the colony at Roanoke. The unfortunate set of circumstances were quite, well, unfortunate. The author did a good job of filling in the story after Governor White
An easy read, but not really worth it. Author uses a lot of true history but the creative part is so tangled that it makes it hard to believe it might have happened. Interesting interactions between the settlers and the natives. A very different and more cruel picture of Powhatan than what comes across in run of the mill study of history.
Mrs. Barri Soreil
Disturbing Truths

Although this story is historical fiction, the lost colony of Roanoke is real . . . and this could well be what happened and accounts for its mysterious disappearance. It's hard to read about for there was a complete breakdown of society. It is well written but it is sad.

Eileen E Cartwright
Fascinating tale

I enjoyed this book though I know most of the story was "made up". I liked reading about how people lived in those days. The lack of communication with England across the ocean was rather scary. Also the class differences between the people added to their problems.
Just A
Ugh, what a huge disapopointment! I crave historical fiction on the lost colony of Roanoke, but this didn't meet my need. The style, the character development and pace made we wish I had reach for another book. This should be entitled: the UNREAD Story of the Lost Colony Roanoke
Trina Houston-dotson
I enjoyed the book and loved the characters, but the book went on and on forever! A few times I almost abandoned it altogether, but the story was haunting enough to keep going back.

I was pleased with the ending, and couldn't stop grinning at the cunning man's predictions.
Deborah Twiford
Good Read

Having actually been born and raised on the beach across the sound from Roanoke Island I was interested in what would be Clayton's perspective. Most of us natives believe this is probably what happened to the Colony. Enjoyable tale.
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Paul Clayton is the author of a three-book historical series on the Spanish Conquest of the Floridas ― Calling Crow, Flight of the Crow, and Calling Crow Nation (Putnam/Berkley), and a novel, Carl Melcher Goes to Vietnam (St. Martin’s Press), based on his own experiences. Carl Melcher Goes to Vietnam was a finalist at the Frankfurt eBook Awards, along with works by Joyce Carol Oates (Faithless) an ...more
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