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  • Mass Market Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (Jan. 1 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034552652X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345526526
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3.6 x 19 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
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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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By Gail Cooke TOP 100 REVIEWER on July 15 2012
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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.


- Gail Cooke
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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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By AlexG on Sept. 9 2015
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I dropped this book even before I got half way through it. Flat characters failed to connect with me, and a gold mine as the subject of a mystery is so old and, in my mind, so boring that it could not keep my interest. Add to it a poor writing style -- and you'll see why I dropped it. Here is just one example of the style: "When forced in 1944, during his fourth voyage, to beach his ship in St. Ann's Bay, on board was a cache in gold." The book contains some interesting facts about the history of Jamaica, and if I were interested in such history, I would have given it 2 stars.
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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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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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