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White Seed: The Untold Story of the Lost Colony of Roanoke [Kindle Edition]

Paul Clayton
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Book Description

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,

Manteo, Croatoan interpreter for the English, inhabitant of two worlds, belonging to neither,

John White, ineffective Governor, painter, dreamer, father and grandfather,

Captain Stafford, brave and disciplined, but cruel soldier, and

Powhatan, shrewd Tidewater warlord who wages a stealthy war against the colonists.


From Publishers Weekly: This above-average historical hews closely to the record of Sir Walter Raleigh's second doomed attempt to plant the British flag in Virginia, but embroiders the who, what, when with enough... embellishment to create a riveting story. The focus is 17-year-old "wench" Maggie Hagger, whose passage on Raleigh's ship was paid by colony Governor Sir John White so she can serve his pregnant daughter. The ship's stormy passage to the New World -- during which widower White falls for Maggie, who is meanwhile evading unwanted advances from a scalawag -- establishes the many well-wrought characters, some noble (particularly real-life Native Manteo), others evil. The depiction of the colony's physical and moral disintegration between 1587 and 1590 -- as drunken, cannibalistic soldiers mutiny and brutalize the settlers they were meant to protect, and as colonists confront disease, starvation and madness -- evokes a harrowing sense of human fallibility. Readers with more than a nodding familiarity with American colonial history will experience a … déjà vu, but others less hip to what happened in late-16th century times will find this saga, which starts slowly but soon reaches page-turner velocity, to be both a dandy diversion and an entertaining education.



Chapter 1


Spring, 1587, Plymouth England…


Maggie knew that this old man would do to her what the other had – if he could get her alone. She stood on the deck of Sir Walter Raleigh’s ship, the Lion, the afternoon sun burning through her simple gown of green linen, as she waited for her turn to be interviewed for a place in Raleigh’s New World Virginia Paradise. She had not eaten all day and the stench of garbage and pitch pine from the harbor threatened to make her retch. The old man, a sailor with a gray goat’s beard sprouting from his chin, sat at a table ten feet away, writing in a black leather-bound ledger open before him.

Maggie Hagger, seventeen years of age, had long, red hair and a fair, pretty face flecked with freckles. The ship, although tightly tethered to the quay, moved slightly on a swell. Maggie took her eyes off the man to look up at the looping white of the furled sails as they moved slightly across the blue vault of the sky. Like a graceful swan, this ship would take her far away to safety upon its downy back -- if she got a contract of indenture! And get one she must… or hang!

“Next!” the old sailor said finally.

As Maggie approached, she looked to her left at twenty-five or so common people dressed in plain brown woolens and homespun, whose terms of indenture had already been purchased. They waited in the stark sunlight with their belongings in shabby bundles about their feet. On the other side in the shade cast by stacks of wooden pens containing sheep and hens, about a dozen of the better sort, dressed in fine clothes and wearing hats of bright colors, talked softly. They were all watching Maggie expectantly.

“Name?”

“Maggie Hagger.”

He had an ugly voice like the bark of a dog, recalling to Maggie the bray of the man who had pursued her and Thomas halfway across England. She remembered their escape from the London warehouse in the blackness of night. They had crept along the slippery stones of the exposed banks of the Thames as a horrid, faceless man shouted after them, "Redheaded whore! Wherever you go I will find you. Hear me! I will find you and


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White Seed... hews closely to... Raleigh's second doomed attempt to plant the British flag in Virginia... Readers will find this saga, which... achieves page-turner velocity, to be a dandy diversion and an entertaining education.
--Publishers Weekly

About the Author

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 in that war. Carl Melcher Goes to Vietnam was a finalist at the 2001 Frankfurt eBook Awards, along with works by Joyce Carol Oates (Faithless) and David McCullough (John Adams). Clayton's latest book-- White Seed: The Untold Story of the Lost Colony of Roanoke-- is a work of historical fiction. Paul currently lives in California, with his son and daughter.

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127 of 131 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Honorable Conclusion, Grown from Seed December 31, 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
At the beginning of his novel, White Seed, author Paul Clayton dedicates the work to Clavell, Michener and Follet, three writers of grandly landscaped, historically supported fiction. He doesn't disappoint.

For readers of American history, the barely known chapters, of Raleigh's ill-fated experimental colony have always sparked conjecture. White Seed does an admirable job in bringing together the realities of the late 16th century including class warfare, global politics and incomplete understanding of the reasons for exploration and colonizing the New World.

These powerful forces, often at odds, are fleshed out perfectly within the characters of this novel. White Seed leads the reader into the lives of indentured colonists, the landed gentry, the gang-pressed soldiers, poorly chosen leaders, the New World itself and those who pulled the strings affecting all their lives.

I was particularly appreciative of the full, rich characterizations of Native Virginians, who play major roles in this tale. The book held my attention and was an easy, very enjoyable read filled with emotion. It accurately expressed the longings and failures of each character without creating cardboard cliches. The scenes of conflict were also intimately crafted, very satisfying and completely without the excesses expected from the Hollywood treatment of warfare.

The fate of the colony, though foreshadowed early on, reaches a satisfying and very believable conclusion based, in part, upon reported witness accounts and thorough research. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good period read and particularly those who have always had questions regarding our earliest colonial history.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Colony December 2, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this take on the mysterious historical fiction of the Lost Colony of Roanoke, Virginia. The development of the characters is well done and the reader can easily become engaged with the book. The story is plausible, and it may have actually happened that way. No one knows. I especially like that the author wove fictional characters and stories in with real events and characters. It was very well done and highly recommended. I read the paperback version of the story.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor Character Development September 13, 2012
By Robin
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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 met the horrors of her rape for no other reason than to answer the question "why did you leave London?" It seems to me that such a private and humiliating experience is not something someone would so readily relive to a stranger who merely asked why they left the city. In my opinion, a believable character would have lied or avoided answering at all.

Furthermore, Maggie went on to confess a crime of her companion with no fear that if a higher authority were to find out, her companion might be punished. Why would Maggie so readily trust a complete stranger with so many private secrets?

I realize the author was probably trying to use the scene to explain the events preceding the beginning of the book but there are other, better, more believable ways to do so. Even at only $4.99 on Kindle (the price when I initially looked at it), I was not willing to buy a book with such unrealistic character behavior.

Then, after making these comments on the sample, I noticed the book was available for free. I decided to give it another chance, given that I didn't have much to lose.

Unfortunately, I was still not impressed. I felt the character were flat and there was more that didn't make sense to me or seemed unrealistic.
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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing March 11, 2012
By drumeng
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was frankly surprised, after reading of the awards this book received, at the poor quality
of the writing. The characters are single dimension and not believable, the writing is sophomoric.
This untold story hasn't much to offer. The author creates dialogue in olde English style, then slips
into it himself outside of the dialogue...and seems not to notice. Through the entire story, the natives
encountered by the English settlers are referred to as "savages" without variation. The book is verry slow
and should have been shorter. I finished it only because I thought it would come to life at some point...
it never did. There is a thread of intelligent speculation on the fate of the Roanoke colony...but it's lost
in the telling. It amazes me that this book would be seriously compared with Follett's efforts.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating read that should not be missed February 8, 2010
Format:Paperback
Dropping off the face of the earth, the lost colony of Roanoke has been the attraction of much wonder. "White Seed: The Untold Story of the Lost Colony of Roanoke" is a novel offering Paul Clayton's take on this lost colony of people who were abandoned by their countrymen on the shores of the uncharted Virginia. Telling a story of an abused Irish girl finding her place in this new world and finding love in the wrong places, and the plotting of local warlords, "White Seed" is a fascinating read that should not be missed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting story of "what could have been". It ...
An interesting story of "what could have been". It gives you a feel of being there with the members of the colony. You see firsthand their struggles and joys.
Published 20 hours ago by Douglas E Lovelace
5.0 out of 5 stars HERE'S A SUBJECT THAT HASN'T BEEN WORN OUT
WELL WRITTEN, REALISTIC, THOUGHTFUL - POLITICS ARE POLITICS NO MATTER THE ERA OR THE LOCATION
Published 1 day ago by Lea Shanahan
3.0 out of 5 stars I finished the book but the poor writing posed a challenge to the end
It's an interesting speculation on what could have happened to the colony. The addition of Maggie's back story of remembering how she met the vicious captain was bizarre & really... Read more
Published 6 days ago by LJM
5.0 out of 5 stars White seed
Very good read exciting story couldn't put down would recommend will read again in future would recommend as historical fiction
Published 6 days ago by Carl two
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I really enjoyed this book. The disappearance of the Roanoke colonists has always intrigued me. Lots of action and good character development. Nice job
Published 8 days ago by Franklin A. Anglade II
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed in this book
With very few facts about the lost colony, this author has taken excessive and violent liberty with any possible "true" story. Very disappointed in this book.
Published 10 days ago by Barbara Bell
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
Very good read. Could be so much more though. Storyline is easy to follow but I would have liked more details about several characters
Published 10 days ago by Becky Rawlings
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It was good but I felt that there could of been more development between the characters
Published 11 days ago by Jacqueline Valerie Monroe
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite realistic portrayal of what could have happened. I ...
Quite realistic portrayal of what could have happened. I have always wondered since I read Virginia Dare in Elementary School!
Published 13 days ago by Nancy Miller
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Concept
Interesting concept of what COULD have happened to the Roanoke colony, although I found the story moved very slowly. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Kenneth B. Nelson
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More About the Author

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 in that war.

Carl Melcher Goes to Vietnam was a finalist at the 2001 Frankfurt eBook Awards, along with works by Joyce Carol Oates (Faithless) and David McCullough (John Adams).

Clayton's latest book-- White Seed: The Untold Story of the Lost Colony of Roanoke-- is a work of historical fiction.

Paul currently lives in California, with his son and daughter.




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