The Columbus Affair: A Novel Hardcover – May 15 2012
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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
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 17,000,000 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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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.
- Gail Cooke
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.
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
Most recent customer reviews
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 StevePublished on Feb. 12 2014 by Rocking Freddie
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 fictionPublished on April 25 2013 by george mackenzie
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.Published on March 13 2013 by Mary Lapaine