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The Columbus Affair (2012)

by Steve Berry

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Intriguing plot, very interesting history, but rather vanilla characters. I do like how Berry presented the idea that Christopher Columbus could have been jewish, and that's what really drove this book. The current day people in this book just kind of rode along the plot as decorations. Berry has done better than this.... ( )
  utbw42 | Dec 10, 2014 |
Interesting twist to Christopher Columbus and a neat little thriller. ( )
  autumnturner76 | Sep 22, 2014 |
There has been speculation for many years that Christopher Columbus was Jewish and that his voyages to The New World were an attempt to find a new home for Jews who were threatened by the Spanish Inquisition. In fact, his daughter-in-law received Jamaica from the Spanish crown and it was a haven for Jews for 150 years.
In THE COLUMBUS AFFAIR, Steve Berry builds on this theory and adds a touch that his mission was to move three artifacts from the original Temple in Jerusalem to safety. While he allegedly accomplishes this task, some modern day people seek out the hiding place for these items with diverse ideas of what to do with them when they are located.
The main character, Tom Sagan, was a Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist who was exposed as a fraud after one of his reports turned out to be a fraud. Disgraced, he began ghost writing best selling novels. His marriage ended in divorce after it became clear that he was more committed to his work than to his wife and daughter. His daughter, Alle, now in her twenties, hasn’t seen him for several years and despises him. She has teemed up with Zachariah Simon and believes she is helping him to save the items.
The story is primarily located in Jamaica, where the relics are believed to be hidden, but also travels to Florida, Vienna, and Prague. It alternates between Columbus’s time and the present. It is filled with adventure, deceit, treachery, and murder.
While the book is based on fact, it is primarily fiction. It is well-written and engaging, though it does have a few errors. For example, regarding the coffin of one person, it states, “It took a few minutes to pry off. Long nails had been used, which was appropriate. Abiram would have kept things traditional.” Wooden pegs, not nails, are used in traditional Jewish coffins. At the end of the book, Berry relates what parts of the book are fact, which are fiction, and which might be either. ( )
  Judiex | Jul 17, 2014 |
Interesting twist to Christopher Columbus and a neat little thriller. ( )
  AutumnTurner | Dec 29, 2013 |
This book tell the story of a"Jewish" Columbus who flees Spain and hides Jewish Temple riches in jamaica. Far fetched and a bit boring ( )
  AstridG | Nov 23, 2013 |
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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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