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  • Title: Roanoke: Solving the Mystery of the Lost Colony
  • Author: Lee Miller
  • ISBN: 9780142002285
  • Page: 381
  • Format: Paperback
  • In November of 1587, a report reached London claiming Sir Walter Raleigh s expedition to land English settlers in America had foundered The colony on Roanoke Island off of the coast of North Carolina 115 men, women, and children had disappeared without a trace For four hundred years, the question of what became of the doomed settlers has remained unanswered Where did thIn November of 1587, a report reached London claiming Sir Walter Raleigh s expedition to land English settlers in America had foundered The colony on Roanoke Island off of the coast of North Carolina 115 men, women, and children had disappeared without a trace For four hundred years, the question of what became of the doomed settlers has remained unanswered Where did they go What really happened Why were they on Roanoke Island in the first place, as that was not their destination Using her consummate skills as an anthropologist and ethnohistorian, Lee Miller casts new light on the previously inexplicable puzzle of Roanoke, unraveling a thrilling web of deceit that can be traced back to the inner circle of Queen Elizabeth s government to finally solve the lasting mystery of the Lost Colony.
    Roanoke Solving the Mystery of the Lost Colony In November of a report reached London claiming Sir Walter Raleigh s expedition to land English settlers in America had foundered The colony on Roanoke Island off of the coast of North Carolina

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    1. Jeeeeebus.This was a slog.I m fascinated with people or groups of people who disappear because, well, that s pretty neat The Lost Colony of Roanoke is one of the most interesting because after 400 years, the mystery still has not been solved Lee Miller put up a good front, she had a semi interesting theory But All of that was covered up by her overwrought writing, her convenient use of misdirection ooh, look over there , the sloppiness of seamlessly weaving her own writing with quotes from prima [...]

    2. This is a very odd oddly funny history about the disappearance of a group of over 100 settlers on the North Carolina island of Roanoke in 1587 I wanted to read it because I love real life historical mysteries I would have gotten out of it if it were not so badly written Miller takes elements of a cliffhanger murder mystery, a history of Elizabethan political favoritism, and an anthropological examination of Native American languages, tries to make a coherent book out of it To top it off, she de [...]

    3. I am very interested in this topic, and I am looking forward to finding out what might have happened, but first I have to get past the author s love of sentence fragments Seriously what is wrong with sentences that have clauses Commas are your FRIENDS.

    4. What the heck How did this book ever get past an editor I wanted to actually take 3 random pages count the number of sentence fragments versus complete sentences, just to prove how bad it was I estimated at least 1 3 of them were fragments, which was hugely frustrating I had to read re read, just to make sure I hadn t missed something because the flow was so terrible I didn t end up doing my little experiment, because by the end of the book I was so tired of it all I just wanted to get it out of [...]

    5. Growing up within an hour of Jamestown, I ve always had a bit of a fascination with the early colonies Imagine my surprise as a youngster to find out my beloved Jamestown wasn t the first The teachers seemed to gloss over this, because obviously anything wonderful in the world happened within the confines of the great Commonwealth of Virginia And Roanokewell that was just poor planning.I picked up the book because it sounded like an interesting investigation into the Lost Colonists, who seemed t [...]

    6. Ughhh This one s going back on the shelf The writing is so melodramatic, and the number of sentence fragments makes my skin crawl How many times throughout the book does the author use a sentence nearly exactly like, But what happened to the lost colonists QUIT ASKING THE QUESTION AND JUST ANSWER IT, WOMAN The historical research seems sound, but the way this book is written is appalling Maybe I m a purist, but I like my history writing to look like history writing, not a really bad detective ya [...]

    7. Of the four major secondary sources that I have read that narrate Walter Raleigh s attempts to establish an English settlement on the coast of North America in the 1580s, Lee Miller s Roanoke Solving the Mystery of the Lost Colony is probably the most informative and definitely the most entertaining Miller s research is extensive Even her footnotes give useful information Not content just to tell the conventional story of Raleigh s attempts, she provides valuable context.We learn about the miser [...]

    8. Roanoke is book of history which is built on a single main thesis, but what is interesting about it is that instead of stating the thesis and then hammering home the items of support for that thesis, Miller lays out the supporting information piece by piece, building a case for her thesis and only revealing it towards the end of the book She attempts to answer two questions what happened to the Roanoke colony, why were they screwed over, and who screwed them over OK, that s three questions No on [...]

    9. OK, I bought this book right before a vacation to the Outer Banks, a place where I have been many times I have been to Roanoke Island, I have seen Lost Colony, the Tony winning summer stock outdoor production, produced every summer in Manteo, and I love the history and the mystery of it all I wanted to love this book, too But it has several problems One, I m not sure just who this Lee Miller is Is she a historian A journalist A researcher Or just a hobbyist Because she is most definitely NOT a w [...]

    10. Miller s argument about what happened to the lost colony on Roanoke island is interesting and unusual But her writing style is horrifying Fragments aren t sentences Small children know this Are taught this In school Miller, however, doesn t seem to know this The entire 260 page book is written like that, I suppose, to add drama Every now and then there are paragraphs written in complete sentences, and those paragraphs are like a breath of fresh air Unfortunately, those paragraphs are rare I had [...]

    11. I like books I like to read There aren t many books I don t like.This book was one of those I hated the author s writing style I couldn t stand it.I m sure the content is great, Ms Mrs Miller did lots of research, but it was so poorly written I couldn t slog through it.What was wrong She used sentence fragments everywhere It was choppy, disconcerting and I had to put it down out of sheer frustration around page 94 or so.Shame on her editor.Sadly, I can t recommend this book.

    12. Lee Miller s Roanoke is subtitled Solving the Mystery of the Lost Colony, and she approaches the history in just that way As a mystery to be solved.If one didn t know much about the failed first English attempt at colonization in the Americas, this book would not be a starter It s heavy on obscure details, rife with quotes from primary sources backed by pages of end notes , and broad in its scope Of course, these are all the very characteristics that make it a unique challenge for history buffs [...]

    13. Lee Miller s Roanoke seeks to offer a solution to America s oldest mystery the fate of the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island, North Carolina In 1590, a belated attempt to send relief to 115 English colonists on Roanoke Island found only a deserted settlement, with the word Croatoan carved on a tree What happened to the Lost Colonists Were they killed by the Spaniards, enslaved by hostile Native Americans, shipwrecked while trying to sail to nearby Hatteras Island then called Croatoan Miller in Roano [...]

    14. Overall, I thought the author presented a very well researched and plausible explanation for what happened to the Roanoke Colony It seemed like there wasn t much information available about the Colony, so I was surprised she was able to write an entire book about it A few major complaints that almost prevented me from finishing the book The first 2 3 of the book was pretty dry, and it finally picked up at the end The author used italics to when quoting various sources, mostly in the middle of se [...]

    15. Horrible Writer tries to make the book sound like a movie pitch, and as a result the grammar is horrible and just a pain to read The reader loses the settler halfway through the book and the ending, although most likely true, is very boring Boring But it s history I thought you liked that, JD Like I said before, the book is written almost like a movie, so you re waiting for a huge ending that never comes.Don t read this book.

    16. Fascinating look at the story of the Roanoke colony and the broader spectrum of English politics at the time Miller gets a little bogged down in the details from time to time, but she unravels her story in such a way as to keep you intrigued all the way through.

    17. I was very interested in this topic, having heard of the lost colony on Roanoke before This book, I think, is an extension of the author s doctoral thesis bibliography, references, resource list, etc, being almost 100 pips and, as such, has so much extenuating and surrounding information that it forgets for the entire middle of the book that the reader picked it up because it was about the Lost Colony of Roanoke, and not because the reader wanted to know all about the political and social upheav [...]

    18. Initially, I found this book intriguing What really did happen to the Lost colony of Roanoke The author immediately hooks the reader with a tale of conspiracy, power seeking, and murder Okay, yes, I was willing to go with the conspiracy stuff because it WAS interesting.Howeveris book was a difficult read The direct quotes in italics and in 1580 s English, intermixed within paragraphs were meant to validate the author s theories but it was truly difficult to sift through This means the book goes [...]

    19. The writing is awful Sentences need subjects AND verbs, Lee Miller And using italics instead of quotation marks to make the writing seamless is stupid and laughable considering the number of sentence fragments which added seams all over the place This style of not quoting also made it almost impossible to figure out who was being quoted The only way to be sure would be to look at the endnotes, which would have made this impossible to read particularly on the Kindle like I read it, since the end [...]

    20. It was hard to take the author too seriously when some of the information was presented in an overly dramatic fashion that made one roll ones eyes It would have read better, I think, if the facts had been presented at the beginning followed by the author s speculation As is, facts, speculation and fiction were all intertwined Based on the bibliography the author obviously did a lot of research, it was just wasn t presented in the best manner.Still, information about what else was going on in Eng [...]

    21. Interesting facts.Interesting though not exactly startling speculation.Hard to read due to style.See other reviews on this.I foundI was readingkeWilliam ShatnerStarTrek.And mixed with this was some novel stylee re imagining bits Just the odd sentence, but often enough to be off putting.Good notes and references though, and a few interesting linguistic points.

    22. I wouldn t recommend this book to a monkey on a rock Horrible use of the historical method, the book is written like a mystery novel, and not like a piece of scholarship The assumptions are suppose to build on one another but the author stretches the facts too far and lacks the historical context of the period to draw reasonable conclusions Just a terrible book.

    23. I checked out this book on a whim, since the mystery of Roanoke always interested me and I know very little about it, but I should have read the reviews here first The poor writing made it almost impossible to follow, and I gave up trying partway through chapter 2.

    24. I don t like to quit reading a book mid stream, but this melodramatic slog tested my conviction Finishing it was painful If you re interested in the fate of the Roanoke colony take my advice and look elsewhere.

    25. Interesting facts that are otherwise clouded by poor writing and a tendency to jump to extreme conclusions with scant evidence.

    26. Lee Miller treats Roanoke like a murder mystery book similar to the kind of mystery you d see on a police procedural TV show , and it comes across as juvenile and a bit silly She even starts with one reasonable question why did Fernandes continuously make mistakes which sabotaged the colony , but quickly spins that way out of control into some conspiracy theory I can even buy Walsingham s interference, but it s too sensationalized and she overplays its significance That aspect of the story isn t [...]

    27. I have a very mixed impression about this book The content was excellent, and exciting Miller does a good job of pointing out all the issues around the Lost Colony, including the events that preceded it, the intrigue at court around Sir Walter Raleigh that may have doomed the colony, the fact that it was never supposed to be on Roanoke Island, and the subversive activities that delayed any attempt to save the colony or provide provisions to it The story is extremely interesting, and Miller has i [...]

    28. When you study and write history, the first thing you are taught is that the facts create your theory, not theory creates facts Lee Miller writes an entire book about a conspiracy theory to destroy Roanoke with no evidence She wants to see a villain, so she creates one, she wants a motive, so she creates one, she wants to see a cover up, so she creates one, but all of this is lacking hard, factual evidence, just some circumstantial evidence taken from letters written by people that had nothing t [...]

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