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Roanoke Vanishing (The Vanishing Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Auburn Seal
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Book Description

Avery Lane is driven to discover the fate of the 117 missing colonists of Roanoke. When she encounters a mysterious group called the Descendants, who are determined to keep the colony’s secret hidden, Avery must choose between her obsession for the past and her own survival. Will solving this mystery cost her everything? Is there more to this secret than what is buried at Roanoke? Haunted by visions of the past, she must find answers before the Descendants stop her and forever banish the truth.

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  • File Size: 1836 KB
  • Print Length: 319 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1482036142
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Keys Publishing House (October 27, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GAS0RF4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #254,552 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Roanoke Vanishing (The Vanishing Series) June 3, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
In general I really like Historical Fiction that is based off of a specific event or person, rather than ones that are just set in a different time period. I like hearing the different 'theories' on how stuff actually happened, and it makes you really think about the person or event.

So, as you may assume, I thought I would really like this book. It sounded great. I have learned about Roanoke previously, in school and in documentaries, but I am no expert on it. Even still, some of what was presented as previously known facts (to which the main character is trying to disprove) did not sound right to me. Neither did some of the flashbacks. It just seemed like the effort to research in depth was lacking. The generalities seemed okay at most times, but the details were off.

I also found Avery to be an annoying and intolerable character. She paid little to no attention to what was going on around her, and endangered the life of her best friend without even a thought. Then gave barely any thought to her best friend that was fighting for her life, she just went on to the next part of her hunch.

The mystery was pretty interesting, though a lot of the mysteries brought up in the book (Besides the 'what happened to the colony', which did get solved), were not solved. They were left open for the next book, which I have no intention of reading.

So, I found it rather disappointing to say the least.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A history mystery that draws the reader in March 19, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Roanoke Vanishing is a book I don't normally read, but I have always loved the mystery surrounding to what happened to the Roanoke settlers so long ago. History Mystery, as my fifth grade teacher always preached. Plus I love history, so delving into this book was exciting since I usually read romance or erotica and the change was a welcomed one. But don't be mistaken if you think this book will be romance, it's touched on, but largely the book is about the mystery and how Avery unravels the truth or conspiracy surrounding the lost colony of Roanoke.

The basics:

Avery Lane is a die hard grad student and very passionate about lost colony of Roanoke as she prepares to present her theories to her favorite professor, Jonas Allen. Except Jonas doesn't want her investigating further into Roanoke. He's very insistent about it, in fact. But it's not a "nice" insistence, he's harsh and surprises Avery. It's a side of the man she revered that she has never seen before. Then strange things start to happen. Avery is followed by a car going home and someone breaks into her house and paints a strange symbol as a warning. Things aren't right but it doesn't stop Avery from researching her new theories on Roanoke, theories that rebuke Jonas's theories. With help of her best friend Jen, Avery uncovers more and more that someone doesn't want known which is a dangerous thing.

Roanoke Vanishing is told from two perspectives in two different time periods, Avery and Elinor Dare's. Elinor Dare is one of the first settlers in Roanoke and her daughter is the first born on the new settlement, the famous baby Virginia Dare. I had no problem switching between POVs and in different time frames. I likes that Auburn Seal could write both time periods well.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written and edited July 10, 2014
By jbetht
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I normally would not review a book that I did not finish, but I am making an exception. I thought the interesting subject matter (the mystery of the disappearance of the Roanoke colonists) would get me through. But the amateurish writing style of explaining every excruciating detail, as well as the poor editing and proofing and missing commas, was just too distracting. I am surprised by all the positive reviews.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Awesome premise, good story March 24, 2014
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Historical Fiction is not a genre that has ever been at the top of my “to read” list, but when I saw the cover of this book I was immediately drawn to it. Once I realized it was a story based on the Lost Colony of Roanoke my interest was piqued. While I’m certainly no history buff, there are specific parts of history I do find fascinating and this is one of them. The historical facts in this book are impressive. I was glad to see that the author did her research. I enthusiastically dove into this story and swam with earnest to reach the other side of this historical enigma. The author did a marvelous job weaving not only the past and present together, but adding paranormal elements and allowing us to look at this piece of history from a different perspective — a remarkable attribute of Auburn Seal’s writing style. I love how Avery was pulled into this subject because of the enthusiasm for her thesis. What a great segue into this mysterious plot.

While the author had the potential to create a truly magnificent story here, it did fall a bit short for me. Roanoke Vanishing was a good story with interesting historical facts to help the story progress. Unfortunately, the dialogue felt forced at times. I noticed this right from the beginning when Avery, the main character, is talking to her best friend about being dumped by her boyfriend of five years. It didn’t feel like a conversation that two close friends would have about such a devastating topic. It was a bit too polished, or stiff, if you will. I wanted to feel the raw emotion, more true to nature, instead of feeling scripted. Another issue I found is that the story is told in third person narration, but every so often there is a first person narrative thrown in.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
This book is a great read. It captures your interest from the first sentence. I had a hard time putting it down.
Published 2 days ago by Glenna Berry
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline of the book and the mix of history and mystery. The only real complaint I had was that one chapter was missing and they had duplicated the... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Vanished Pages
I have thoroughly enjoyed this version of what happened to the Roanoke settlement. However, some editing needs to be done as some chapters appear to be missing. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Joannemb
2.0 out of 5 stars Good story. Needs editing big time
I hope that the author reads these reviews. Chapter 30 and 31 are repeats. Exactly the same chapter, but at the top it says chapter 31, chapel hill, present day then recounts the... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book!
This is a great book. I just couldn't put it down. I enjoyed reading this book. Read this book and enjoy it as I did.
Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs more editing
Good story line. Kept me entertained, but still needs editing.
Published 13 days ago by Donna Belle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
This is one of those books you just can't put down.
Written so you feel like you are there living the parts yourself.
Published 18 days ago by EELWEIR
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book!
Great read, definitely recommend!
Published 20 days ago by Angelica Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful historical fiction--I want more!
Being long familiar with the Lost Colony and Virginia Dare, I loved this fictional explanation of the disappearance. Read more
Published 1 month ago by reiningldy
5.0 out of 5 stars good read, great pacing, action, and history! wonderful
Really enjoyed this read. I like histories but I like the quirky also! This was just the book for all three. Like a female Indiana Jones!
Published 2 months ago by Phyllis
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Auburn enjoys writing historical fiction, urban fantasy and contemporary short stories, almost always with a paranormal twist giving the dead a prominent role in her writing. When she isn't hanging out in cemeteries or doing genealogy, she enjoys her interaction with fellow authors in her various writing groups. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family.

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