"This book provides a very fresh perspective on Sir Walter Raleigh's Virginian enterprises and highlights the key role that Sir Richard Grenville played in them. By looking at the original accounts, the book offers numerous new insights... It is an important new addition to the library of 'Lost Colony' research."
Mark Horton, Professor in Archaeology, University of Bristol, UK
This book reads like butter. No slogging through the mire. Andy Powell not only documents the history of the Roanoke voyages, he solves many mysteries, and weaves it all into a mesmerizing tale. It's all true, but reads like a mystery book that you can't put down until the last page is turned. A rare treat.
Roberta Estes, CEO of www.dnaexplain.com and Co-Founder of The Lost Colony Research Group (America's leading 'Lost Colony' authority)
In his splendid introduction, Mr. Powell shares with his readers his motivation for writing his book. It will indeed awaken both his countrymen and ours to the exciting world of Roanoke and one of the greatest mysteries of all times.
In no other book I am familiar with is the reader treated to the quality and quantity of primary sources used by Mr. Powell. What an interesting and extremely accurate way to tell the stories of Roanoke. His transcription of these primary sources, along with his more than adequate text notes, allows readers to discover for themselves the exciting details of English efforts to plant their first colony here.
As a former mayor of Bideford, England (home for Sir Richard Grenville and numerous colonists), and as a student and researcher for more than thirty years on this subject, there is no doubting Mr. Powell's credentials or expertise. Yet, as a writer, he remains humble. Nowhere in his impressive book does he over simplify material or talk down to the reader. This is appreciated.
By profession, I was a teacher in Rowan County, N.C. More precisely, for fifteen years I taught North Carolina History to eighth grade students. It was my good fortune to be among a large number of teachers from across N.C. to participate in a summer school session at Wake Forest aimed at helping to prepare us to teach what was at the time, a new course. One of the instructors, Thomas C. Parramore was also the author of our state adopted textbook and an expert on the Lost Colony.
This experience along with childhood and later visits to Manteo to walk in the footsteps of the colonists helped make the Unit on Roanoke and the Lost Colony a favorite for my students and me. I wish Dr. Parramore was still with us to read Mr. Powell's book and to hear about the promising finds at his excavation sites. I am sure he would be amazed by the ongoing, cutting edge research being done by Mr. Powell, Professor Mark Horton and his students, and the Croatoan Archaeological Society.
In his last chapter (chapter 15), Mr. Powell shares with readers his personal insights on a number of events, surrounding the disappearance of the Planter Colony of 1587. He also shares and explains the technologies and procedures his team hopes to use to tell us, at some time in the future, where Governor White could have found his colonists upon his 1590 return.
Although his book ends with page 279, this is not the end of the story for Mr. Powell and for us. Mr. Powell, we look forward to hearing the rest of the story as soon as you and your team discover it.
This is one of those rare books which seems to become glued to hands the first time it is picked up and read.
In addition to five stars, I also give Mr. Powell's book an A+.
Terry F. Shive
June 2011 ~ 'Grenville and the Lost Colony of Roanoke' has been submitted for consideration by a reader to the 'North Carolina Society of Historians' for its annual Book awards.
The author will be appearing at Appledore Book Festival at 8pm Saturday 24th September. Tickets £6 from the organisers.
Born in Wimbledon. Relocated to North Devon in 1987. Married, one son.
Mayor of the town of Bideford, Devon, 2009/2010. I have spent around 30 years researching the 'Lost Colony' and obsessively so for the last three years. I am also heavily involved in the Archaeological and DNA projects associated with the hunt for the 'Lost Colony'.