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A Kingdom Strange by James Horn
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Oct 01, 2010

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Now here's a book that gets a solid 3 stars, not 3.5. You know I like books on discovering "new" worlds and this is about the settling of Virginia. A colony set up, people left to settle the land, and then they're abondoned and basically never heard from again. I thought it would be more interesting than it was. A bit dry, a few too many people to keep straight. The man who left the colonists, including his daughter and her newborn baby, behind went to England to ask for more help and supplies. Instead of taking months, it takes years for him to return only to find no trace of the people he left. I wish the book had focused on him more, but clearly there isn't much info on him because the author breezed right over his death and I had almost skimmed that paragraph! Anyway, a so-so book and unless you're from Roanoke, in which case it might be of interest.

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