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The Columbus Affair (2012)

by Steve Berry

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Interesting twist to Christopher Columbus and a neat little thriller. ( )
  AutumnTurner | Dec 29, 2013 |
**He was called by many namesColumb, Colom, Colón—but we know him as Christopher Columbus. Many questions about him exist: Where was he born, raised, and educated? Where did he die? How did he discover the New World?**
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**None have ever been properly answered.**
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**And then there is the greatest secret of all.**
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From Steve Berry, *New York Times* bestselling author, comes an exciting new adventure—one that challenges everything we thought we knew about the discovery of America.
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Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative journalist Tom Sagan has written hard-hitting articles from hot spots around the world. But when a controversial report from a war-torn region is exposed as a fraud, his professional reputation crashes and burns. Now he lives in virtual exile—haunted by bad decisions and the 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 with a request that cannot be ignored.

Zachariah Simon has the look of a scholar, the soul of a scoundrel, and the zeal of a fanatic. He also has Tom Sagan’s estranged daughter at his mercy. Simon desperately wants something only Sagan can supply: the key to a 500-year-old mystery, a treasure with explosive political significance in the modern world. For both Simon and Sagan the stakes are high, the goal intensely personal, the consequences of opposing either man potentially catastrophic. On a perilous quest from Florida to Vienna to Prague and finally to the mountains of Jamaica, the two men square off in a dangerous game. Along the way, both of their lives will be altered—and everything we know about Christopher Columbus will change.

*From the Hardcover edition.*

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“An engrossing stand-alone thriller from bestseller Berry.”—*Publishers Weekly
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“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

*From the Hardcover edition.*

### About the Author

**Steve Berry** is the *New York Times* bestselling author of *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,* *The Amber Room,* and the short stories “The Admiral’s Mark,” “The Devil’s Gold,” and “The Balkan Escape.” He has 14 million books in print, which have been translated into 40 languages and sold in 51 countries, He lives in the historic city of St. Augustine, Florida. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have founded History Matters, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving our heritage.
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
This is the second time I've had high hopes for a book by Steve Berry only to be disappointed. It was hard to get into this book, because the characters were unlikable. Even the 'hero' of the story seemed underdeveloped and lacked charm. His daughter, who I think Berry was trying to create sympathy for, was grossly dis likable. The story was frankly boring. It was supposed to be an action adventure book, but it was long winded and self important. I do NOT recommend this book. ( )
  sadiekaycarver | Aug 13, 2013 |
It's been seven years since Steve Berry last did a standalone book. Was this as good as a Cotton Malone book? Well I have to say no to that. I really enjoy the Malone series and at times this felt like a weaker version. But once I got pass the idea of no Malone I started enjoying this a lot more.

A two-fold adventure one storyline centers on Jamaican Bené Rowe who is searching for a hidden mine to help out his people, the other on US ex-journalist Tom Sagan who is pulled into a web of conspiracy due to his estranged father.

This is a Steve Berry novel so it's full of ancient conspiracies, myths and legends. This time it is based around Christopher Columbus and the "real" reason for his voyages of discovery. Compared to his other books though this one is fairly toned down. There's a lot less action (that's what happens when you replace a super-spy with a journalist), and a lot less travel. Though the settings in Jamaica sounded great. I would like to visit there one day.

Overall this wasn't up to the same level of the Malone books. It was enjoyable though and I can understand Berry wanting to take a break. Can't wait for him to return to what he does best though. ( )
  Shirezu | Mar 31, 2013 |
Another story of who and why Christopher Columbus explored the seas. Journalist Tom Sagan having committed fraud in his war-torn region now finds himself looking the answer to a 500 year old secret. His estranged daughter
works against him under the impressed he doesn't love her. One of Berry's best ( )
  oldbookswine | Sep 2, 2012 |
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For 500 years historians have pondered the question:

Who was Christopher Columbus?

The answer is simply another question:

Who do you want him to be?

--Anonymous Observer
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Christopher Columbus realized that the decisive moment was approaching.
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Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Tom Sagan and an unscrupulous zealot, Zachariah Simon, square off in a dangerous game to find the key to a 500 year-old mystery--a treasure with explosive political significance in the modern world: the lost treasures of the Temple of Jerusalem.… (more)

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