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The Columbus Affair: A Novel (with bonus short story The Admiral's Mark) [Paperback]

Steve Berry
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Jan. 1 2013
A family’s secret, a ruthless fanatic, and a covert arm of the American government—all are linked by a single puzzling possibility:
 
What if everything we know about the discovery of America was a lie? What if that lie was designed to hide the secret of why Columbus sailed in 1492? And what if that 500-year-old secret could violently reshape the modern political world?
 
Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative journalist Tom Sagan has written hard-hitting articles from hot spots around the world. But when one of his stories from the Middle East is exposed as a fraud, his professional reputation crashes and burns. Now he lives in virtual exile—haunted by bad decisions and a shocking truth he can never prove:  that his downfall was a deliberate act of sabotage by an unknown enemy. But before Sagan can end his torment with the squeeze of a trigger, fate intervenes in the form of an enigmatic stranger.  This stranger forces Sagan to act—and his actions attract the attention of the Magellan Billet, a top-secret corps of the United States Justice Department that deals with America’s most sensitive investigations. Sagan suddenly finds himself caught in an international incident, the repercussions of which will shudder not only Washington, D.C., but also Jerusalem. Coaxed into a deadly cat-and-mouse game, unsure who’s friend and who’s foe, Sagan is forced to Vienna, Prague, then finally into the Blue Mountains of Jamaica—where his survival hinges on his rewriting everything we know about Christopher Columbus.
 
Don’t miss Steve Berry’s short story “The Admiral’s Mark” and a sneak peek of his new novel, The King’s Deception, in the back of the book.

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“An engrossing stand-alone thriller from bestseller Berry.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“This being a Berry production, every alliance is of course fragile, and the bonds among even the heartiest teammates are up for grabs. So is the ultimate goal, for the author gradually reveals that Columbus’ lost gold mine is only chicken feed compared to the real bonanza at stake. Less The Da Vinci Code than American Treasure. Think of Nicolas Cage, tearing up the scenery as Tom Sagan, to the background beat of popping corn and you’re halfway there.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
Praise for Steve Berry
 
“Berry raises this genre’s stakes.”—The New York Times
 
“As always with Steve Berry, you’re educated about significant things while your knuckles are turning white and the pages are flying by.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci
 
“For those in need of a comparison, think Jack Bauer and the hit television series 24, with twists, turns, schemes and counter-schemes manifesting themselves by the second. . . . Berry’s on a roll.”—Los Angeles Times
 
“I love this guy.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child
 
“Forget Clancy and Cussler. When it comes to this genre, there is simply no one better.”—The Providence Journal
 
“Steve Berry writes with the self-assured style of a veteran.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Dan Brown


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About the Author

Steve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of The Lincoln Myth, The King’s Deception, The Columbus Affair, The Jefferson Key, The Emperor’s Tomb, The Paris Vendetta, The Charlemagne Pursuit, The Venetian Betrayal, The Alexandria Link, The Templar Legacy, The Third Secret, The Romanov Prophecy, and The Amber Room. His books have been translated into 40 languages with more than 18,000,000 copies in 51 countries.
 
History lies at the heart of every Steve Berry novel. It’s this passion, one he shares with his wife, Elizabeth, that led them to create History Matters, a foundation dedicated to historic preservation. Since 2009 Steve and Elizabeth have traveled across the country to save endangered historic treasures, raising money via lectures, receptions, galas, luncheons, dinners, and their popular writers’ workshops. To date, nearly 2,500 students have attended those workshops. In 2012 their work was recognized by the American Library Association, which named Steve the first spokesman for National Preservation Week. He was also appointed by the Smithsonian Board of Regents to serve on the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board to help promote and support the libraries in their mission to provide information in all forms to scientists, curators, scholars, students, and the public at large. He has received the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award and the 2013 Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers. His novel The Columbus Affair earned him the Anne Frank Human Writes Award, and his historic preservation work merited the 2013 Silver Bullet from International Thriller Writers.
 
Steve Berry was born and raised in Georgia, graduating from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. He was a trial lawyer for 30 years and held elective office for 14 of those years. He is a founding member of International Thriller Writers—a group of more than 2,600 thriller writers from around the world—and served three years as its co-president.
 
For more information, visit www.steveberry.org.


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4.0 out of 5 stars A PULSE POUNDING THRILLER July 15 2012
By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
It seems every positive adjective available has been used to describe film, television and radio performer Scott Brick. And, for my money, they're all on target. He's simply one of the best voice performers; he brings reality, excitement and drama to his narrations. He has lots of explosive material to work with in Steve Berry's THE COLUMBUS AFFAIR.

So, settle back and consider a question - was Christopher Columbus Jewish? The answer to that question is of import as Berry's pulse pounding plot reveals. A formerly esteemed investigative journalist, Tom Sagan, is as close to suicide as possible and still be breathing. His life and career are in tatters - a news story from the Mideast has been seen as fraudulent and there is no way he can prove that the charge was orchestrated by an unknown enemy. Sagan has had to return his Pulitzer, his daughter, Alle Becket, no long speaks to him, he has become a pariah.

Enter rich Austrian Jew Zachariah Simon who believes that Columbus died knowing the location of a Jamaican gold mine. He also believes that Sagan is the one man who can help him find the gold so, of course, Simon wants his help. Sagan will help for the simple reason that Simon holds his daughter prisoner (or so a video purports to show). Intriguing? You bet!

Thus begins a torturous trek throughout the world, beginning in Florida, moving on to Vienna and Prague and finally to a mountainous region of Jamaica. The stakes are unbelievably high, but not for gold alone.

Enjoy!

- Gail Cooke
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yeah Feb. 12 2014
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As usual, Steve Berry doesn't disappoint. Love all his books, lots of historical data, and where it isn't historic he has the common sense to tell us. Very well done Steve
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3.0 out of 5 stars Just ok April 25 2013
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Not one of his best. Ending pretty predictable. Prefer the Cotton Malone series. Did like how Berry does author comments at end to define fact from fiction
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5.0 out of 5 stars CAPTIVATING AND WELL WRITTEN April 3 2013
By RJPP TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
THE ADMIRAL'S MARK by author Steve Berry is a good short story mystery, thriller that's gripping and well-written.

Scott Brown is the brother-in-law of Cotton Malone, an ex-agent for the DOJ. He dies under mysterious circumstances while scuba diving in Haiti. The police give their report, but Cotton's sister and wife isn't buying it, so he travels to Haiti to find the truth. He discovers that Scott had come upon the sunken wreakage of the old Christopher Columbus ship, the Santa Maria.

The novella is packed with gripping suspense, action and heart-stopping moments. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book! April 2 2013
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Recommended by my brother as a fabulous book and a must read, as we just returned from a vacation in Jamaica and were very familiar with the area of St. Ann's , Runaway and Discovery Bay. Very fast moving, and added to the history of the Island including an historical and present day perspective. It was an enjoyable, engaging book!
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