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4.0 out of 5 stars A PULSE POUNDING THRILLER
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.

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Published on July 15 2012 by Gail Cooke

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3.0 out of 5 stars Just ok
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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4.0 out of 5 stars A PULSE POUNDING THRILLER, July 15 2012
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Gail Cooke (TX, USA) - See all my reviews
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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
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, March 13 2013
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It certainly was very believable and puts a whole slant on Christopher Columbus, his background and his voyages to America. It was a page turner.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Only rates two and a half stars, Feb. 26 2013
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The good parts of this book are a few interesting tid-bits about Jamaica and speculation about Christopher Columbus' origins. Its just not enough, however, to maintain the readers interest. The constant back and forth between events in Jamaica and in Austria and then Florida are just annoying. The flow gets interrupted too many times to keep the readers' interest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, Feb. 3 2013
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As usual, Steve Berry wrote an amazing bok, thirilling and exciting. If you love his other books, you'll love this one too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thrill after Thrill - Political Intrigue - GREAT READ, June 10 2012
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This is a cracker of a thriller. The main protagonist - Tom Sagan - , although at times he is the antagonist, is a reporter who has had his career sabotaged by people or organizations unknown to him.

At the end of what he considers a now pathetic life the real antagonist, Zachariah Simon, forces him to investigate and find him the key to a 500 year old mystery that has potential impact even in todays politically charged and sensitive environment. And to make sure our hero, anti hero, does what he is told Simon has kidnapped his daughter.

What follows is a cloak and dagger mission around the world it seems that Sagan is being used in the worst meaning of the word.

Adventure, intrigue and insight make for a rollicking read

HIGHLY recommended
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