Book Of The Day – White Seed: The Untold Story of the Lost Colony of Roanoke

by Greg on February 15, 2012

Today’s Book Of The Day is a Historical Fiction book about “one of the most haunting mysteries in American history”. White Seed: The Untold Story of the Lost Colony of Roanoke by Paul Clayton has a 3.9 star rating and is only $3.99!

“Paul Clayton has a talent for bringing history to life. Clayton gives characters that are not much more than names in a history book and pumps life into them. The result is an incredible voyage into the past. I loved this book. Looking forward to Clayton’s next brainstorm.” Word Nerd – Amazon Reviewer

White Seed: The Untold Story of the Lost Colony of Roanoke
by Paul Clayton
Rating: 3.9 Stars
Category: Historical Fiction
Price: $3.99


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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.

Here’s what the reviewers have to say:

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. 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.


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. 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 this historical novel two times in as many years, and enjoyed it more the second time through. The story captivated me, not only because the romanticized tale of the Lost Colony was part of every kid’s education when I was growing up in North Carolina in the 60s but also because the version told here is far more likely to be accurate. This is what historical fiction is all about!


This book really pulls you into Roanoke and how it may have been. Great from start to finish! Thank’s to this book I’m reading everythiong I can get my hands on about the Lost Colony. Amazing!!!!

Get White Seed here: White Seed: The Untold Story of the Lost Colony of Roanoke

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.

Thank you for considering today’s Book Of The Day – Paul Clayton and ENT appreciate it.

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1 admin February 16, 2012 at 2:29 am

You’re welcome, Paul. Thank you for such a great book!

2 Paul Clayton February 15, 2012 at 3:57 pm


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