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This is an updated cover edition of 1517054842 (ISBN13: 9781517054847 here.

In 1587, 117 English colonists landed on Roanoke Island in the New World. A month later, disintegrating conditions forced the governor back to England for additional supplies and colonists. In 1590, he returned to find the colony vanished—America’s greatest unsolved mystery, the Lost Colony of Roano
Paperback, 612 pages
Published August 9th 2016 by CreateSpace (first published October 19th 2015)
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Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
well rounded characters and strong scene setting mark this historical thriller about one of America's key mysteries. rhynards writing is strong transporting the reader back to 16th century new world the tension is palpable. for actiony fans this book may not be for you but for readers that seek a different time and atmosphere in their thrillers and with an interest about what happened to the colony I highly recommend this novel
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vivid dreams about English colonists coming to America and then their disappearance plagued Alley O'Shay when she was a psychology grad student. She became so intrigued with each dream and its detail that she began her own research on what happened to these colonists after their arrival in Roanoke, VA in the 16th century. The book travels back and forth between past and present and the author has done a flawless job in doing so. Rhynard is a stickler for his historic attention to detail which ma ...more
When Allie O’Shay was working towards a graduate degree in psychology, she began having vivid dreams about the English colonists who sailed to America in the late 1500’s to settle the area around Roanoke Island off the coast of what is now North Carolina.

With each dream, Allie became more and more intrigued with their situation. She knew that the colony and its inhabitants disappeared without a trace, but nothing about any of the details. As Allie discovered, even today historians can only spec
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Dangerous Dreams is an amazingly written story that will enthrall readers of all types. The storyline is unique and intriguing. I don't think I have ever read anything quite like it.

I know it's size could possibly intimidate some readers since it is over 800 pages long. However it is a story where you need to know what will happen next to all of the characters.

I was so lucky to win a copy of this from a Goodreads giveaway. When I entered the drawing, I was intrigued with the story's premise. Whe
Jeff Randall
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is meaty. It has a complex plot, many parts of which are anchored in historical research and realities. As if that were not enough, there is a parallel and intersecting contemporary story with a serious scientific foundation. A woman graduate student is suddenly dreaming, very strong and near tactile dreams, of another young woman who seems to have been a member of the lost colony of Roanoke. This group of English settlers was sent to the New World by Sir Walter Raleigh to “plant the f ...more
Dangerous Dreams started slow for me but was worth it! This book contains a lot of history along with a lot of imagination. I loved the story of Emily and Ishna. I wasn’t so engrossed in Allie. The author did a lot of research to make the book as close to what happened to the Lost Colony of Roanoke as possible. I could imagine much of what he wrote as really happening. His descriptions and inclusion of the Lakota language helped bring the book to life. I appreciate him including the Sioux rites, ...more
Jamie Moesser
I’ve said before that I really wish that books came with “nutrition facts” labels that gave accurate, somewhat numerical indications of their contents in terms of incidences involving violence, sex, profanity, etc. This would be far easier than any kind of ranking system, and remove any possibility for bias or accusations thereof. It would enable consumers to be more informed about what they take into their minds, which I think is at least as important than what they take into their bodies. Such ...more
Dec 17, 2016 rated it did not like it
I received this novel as an advanced copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The excitement I approached this novel with quickly waned as I began to read this story. Perhaps it was the version that I was reading but I had a very difficult time following along with the story. Everything was very choppy and sometimes it was difficult to tell what exactly was going on and who exactly was talking. The conversations itself seemed very stilted and awkward, making the story and the charact
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It took me longer to read this book than I expected, not due to the size, but to life happening. However, I really enjoyed it. The plot jumps from the 16th century to present day seamlessly. I did enjoy the 16th century story of Emily Coleman more than I did the present day story of Allie O'Shay and her dreams, but fortunately, most of the book is spent with Emily. This book is great for those interested in history and science, especially dream science. My one pet peeve was the author's claim th ...more
Susan Csoke
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mike Rhynard is quite the imaginative story teller!!!!! 785 Pages filled with EXCITEMENT, ROMANCE< INTRIGUE< SUSPENSE>and more. So sit back , relax and enjoy. It begins as the colonists disembark their ship unto new land. Tayler is a natural leader who guides them forward. The first cottage they see is shared by Emily Colman and her father, also George Howe and his son. Master Tayler is immediately smitten by Mistress Emily. Then there is Allie O'Shay, who dreams nightly of the early colonial se ...more
Jul 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this as a ARC from a site called Library Thing. I enjoyed reading it. It had a good story to it. It would make a good pay tv movie. I hope to read more books by this author.
Apr 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Persistence pays off.
This book was difficult to read in the beginning. Too many characters, too many things going on, and too many details. I was not sure if this book was going to be Historical Fiction, Paranormal or Romance. I guess it ended up a little bit of all of those. It is the story of a group of English settlers, the group of settlers that landed on Roanoke Island in 1587.
Emily Coleman is the young woman who came with her father. In the beginning she appears a bit shallow and flighty
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Dangerous Dreams: A Story of the Lost Colony of Roanoke by Mike Rhynard

I have always been fascinated by the historical facts of the lost colony of Roanoke. I thought this was going to entirely cover the facts. It is a mystery how all of colonists vanished. There is still differing opinions among scholars of what became of these early settlers. There are theories but no definitive answers. So I jumped at the chance to read what I thought was based on historical fact only to discover that this is
Jeanne Moran
I am a big fan of historical fiction, and I often enjoy a contemporary story line interwoven with the historical one. So when I won an e-book copy of this one in a Goodreads giveaway, I was excited to dig in.
The book starts with Acknowledgements, then a Preface, then a Foreword, then a Historical Prologue, all before Chapter One. That excess set the tone (and lowered my expectation) for the novel. Literally every page introduced new characters, new settings, or a new time frame. Subplots were so
Karen M
Okay, first what I liked. I had recently watched a documentary on the lost colony of Roanoke and obviously the author was very through in his research. He created a few interesting fictional characters and the premise of the story was an interesting one.

Now we get to what I didn’t like. Too long and too repetitious in parts. At the half way point I considered abandoning the book all together but I forced myself to finish it since the book had been supplied to me. (view spoiler)
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
I was delighted to receive a signed copy of "Dangerous Dreams: A Story of the Lost Colony of Roanoke" and would like to thank Goodreads Giveaways and author Mike Rhynard. Thank you so much!
The novel bounces back and forth from the colony at Roanoke in the 1580's to the present day. You will follow Emily and Allie as they experience hardships, danger, confusion, love and fear. This novel is really two stories in one as you are transported to the intriguing worlds of colonists, Native American cul
Chaya Nebel
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is an ambitious, well-written, and even more well-researched historical novel focusing on the lost colony of Roanoake. The imaginative novel interweaves a modern-day story alongside it, wherein a contemporary woman has increasingly vivid and detailed dreams about who she believes is one of the original pilgrims of Roanoake.

There is a lot of historical detail here, betraying the author's deep delving into historical fact, such as the methodology of making palisades. There's also a lot of sem
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was amazing, do not let the size of this book scare you off, because you will definitely miss out on a great book! I was pulled right in to this book, and had a hard time putting it down each time. There is no greater or more interesting mystery than the lost colony of Roanoke. They even teach you about it in school! I like historical novels, but typically not ones from as early as the 1500's. This book is the exception. I don't want to give anything away so I will stop writing and say, jus ...more
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
The lost colony of Roanoke is a mystery that I have pondered since I first heard of it in elementary school. Mike Rhynard did a very good job of taking what was known about the incident and weaving an interesting and believable story. Interesting concept using dreams to tell this story. I recommend this book.
Michelle Kidwell
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Dangerous Dreams: A Story of the Lost Colony of Roanoke

by Mike Rhynard


Historical Fiction, General Fiction (Adult)

Pub Date 09 Aug 2016

I am voluntarily reviewing a copy of Dangerous Dreams through the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for my honest reviews which is as follows:

They traveled to the New World to Establish England's first permanent Colony when a ship came back three years later they had all disappeared.

In the 21st century a young woman Dreams a series of lifelike events,
Angel Hatfield
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
A graduate student - Allie is having very realistic dreams of Emily. Emily was one of the colonist of the lost colony of Roanoke which was a group of English settlers who landed in what is believed to be present day North Carolina in 1587. Taylor is the natural leader. The first cottage is shared by Emily and her father also George and his son. Emily is interested in two men and must choose. George who is kind and gentle and Hugh who is older and more sophisticated who Emily feels a connection w ...more
Tiffany S
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fascinating read. Interesting concept of dreaming about past true events. The Lost Colony of Roanoke is something that is almost mythical now in all the wonderings of what really happened. It was neat to read an imagined tale of some of the true people who were there. I really connected with the character of Emily (the woman in Roanoke). Allie and her mother (the 21st century woman who was dreaming of Emily) were a bit harder to connect with. There are a couple graphic scenes including sexual as ...more
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Was sent book from Rhynard - Netgalley. High praise for Mike Rhynard. I was unable to stop reading. This story of what might have happened back in the lost colony was full of danger, love, fear, happiness, history and even more. I cannot remember a book giving me so many feelings at once. The story was full of history of how life was back then and the strength and courage the settlers to the new world had. The heartache of what it was like to come to a land not knowing what dangers and wonders a ...more
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
3 Stars

I had a hard time rating this book. The writing quality is very good, but the storyline is a little sophomoric. Emily is how old? Young women of that age and status are generally more aware of the world, but Emily is portrayed as an ingénue.

Emily is torn between two men: George a kind and gentle young man, two years younger than her, and Hugh an older world-wise man with whom Emily feels a special connection. She begins to hear stories about Hugh and distances herself from him with terri
Laura Henderson
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Synopsis

As the story unfolds of what really happened to the lost colony, the book alternates between present time and 1587. The story follows Allie O'Shay who dreams of the “Lost Colony of Roanoke”.Each night takes her further and further into the mystery surrounding the lost colony and what really happened. As Allie dreams of different colonists such as Emily, currently sought by two suitors, and the Powhatan chiefdom, as they plan the colonies demise, the mystery unfolds a little at a time
Jamie Ryan
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm reviewing this book after reading the ARC I received from NetGalley.

This book was very timely, coming up as one to request. I've been very interested in the Lost Colony of Roanoke recently, and reading this fictionalized account was a lot of fun.

Its definitely a hefty read, but its well worth the time it takes to make it through the story.

The plot jumps back and forth from the 16th century, where we meet Emily Coleman and some of the other settlers who lived in the original colony, to the p
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
I had difficulty finishing this book and stopped reading around halfway through the novel. The plot is so packed full of plots and subplots that it is overwhelming. The conversations do not flow particularly well and seem one-dimensional, along with the characters themselves. There seemed to me to be many logical difficulties with the plot, such as the use of a virgin daughter of a well-respected man being used as a wet-nurse to an excessive focus on a romantic plot line during a time of hardshi ...more
Mar 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an incredible book; the story is fast-paced and gripping. The main character is believable as is the entire dream/early American history premise. Excellent bibliography to "Read more about it!" [as they said in 'Reading Rainbow']. Be warned, it is difficult to put his book down! [ it is 779 pages long, so don't expect to devour it in one sitting unless you are a mega-speed-reader!] The epilogue leaves the possibility of further volumes open [fingers crossed!!]
Small negative comment: my c
Aug 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyed this historical novel on the Lost Colony of Roanoke, with a beauty of an intertwined tale of a lucid dreamer and perhaps ancestor who is currently reliving the adventure every time she sleeps. I’d get so caught up in the adventure that I’d be as frustrated as Allie when she awakens to her disjointed nighttime reveries. I’m also a lucid dreamer and the combination of pseudo-science and mayhap reliving the past was just an absolute joy to read. Rynard has created some pretty int ...more
Nov 15, 2016 rated it liked it
I was given a free copy for an honest option. The words used and descriptions helped me feel like I was living the book but there was so much of it that it was also hard not to loose intrest in reading it. Add to that, I don't like to read books with the f word and I'm not sure how a virgin could breast feed a child.... Maybe is was just a name mix up... But it happened more then once in the story, I wouldn't read this book again and would only recommend it to some one who really likes history a ...more
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Mike Rhynard has been involved in cattle ranching since age seven; and from the time he could read, an ardent student of American history. In addition, he's a retired operational fighter pilot, combat veteran, developmental test pilot, and aerospace engineer and consultant; with extensive writing experience.

Mike lives on the family ranch in the Rocky Mountains of Montana with his long suffering, b

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