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- Listening Length: 16 hours and 1 minute
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: May 15, 2012
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0083E4YXY
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That's the beginning of a very suspenseful ride through history, and the story of Columbus and the "discovery' of the New World. The author postulate some really unusual wrinkles to the Columbus life story, including his supposed real name and what he really was doing sailing West Across the Atlantic in 1492. Red herrings abound in this book, and we get the usual world travelogue as the action goes from the United States, to Austria, the Czech Republic, and Jamaica. Along the way we meet many different characters, all of whom appear to be fully drawn, and with sufficient back story to make them believable.
There is great suspense, betrayal, lies, murders, and all of the other highlights that mark the Berry books. I miss Cotton Malone somewhat, but this protagonist and his angst is different and appealing as an everyman thrust into a situation beyond his imagining, and almost beyond his control. Read it; you'll like it.
The writing style poses other problems as well. The 419-page novel consists of many short paragraphs consisting of a word or two, intended, one can assume, to add an element of urgency to the writing. Unfortunately, the effect is so overdone that it quickly loses its power to move the story along. The novel also contains numerous uses of pronouns with no specific reference, making it difficult to know who is speaking; some of the pronouns refer to speakers in previous paragraphs, slowing down the narrative as the reader has to decide who is saying what at any particular moment.
There are numerous other grammatical issues; spelling, and syntax errors which cry out for a detail-oriented editor to proofread the work. There are also the conspicuous sentence fragments, a trend in modern writing, which is really just an excuse for laziness. Unfortunately, Mr. Berry has achieved a bestselling author status, much as a Tom Clancy or James Patterson, and may believe that he doesn't need an editor to review his work; after all, he novels must be good because many people read them. Because of his commercial success as a writer, Mr. Berry should serve as a role model for other writers by working to create a literate work of fiction. When he doesn't, as has been evident in his much of his recent work, he must let his publisher take control of the work and make it the best available product.Read more ›
Simon is looking for a treasure related to the voyages of Columbus. He thinks Sagan has some clue to where it is. According to legend, Columbus brought a valuable treasure to the New World, but what was it? Indeed, who was Columbus? These questions are at the heart of the danger stalking Sagan and his daughter.
Berry does an excellent job of inserting historical detail into the fictional narrative. In fact, it is probably what keeps the story moving swiftly. We really want to find out about the Columbus mystery. The action moves between Europe, where Zachariah Simon tracks the history of Columbus' voyages and the people who were associated with him, and Jamaica where a delightful character named Bene Rowe is his sometime confederate. Rowe is a Maroon, early inhabitants of Jamaica. I learned a great deal about the fascinating history of Jamaica and the early inhabitants.
I highly recommend this book, if you like thrillers, particularly those with a historical background. The pace is fast, the history seems mostly factual, and the characters are well drawn. As a bonus, you'll get to experience the lush beauty of Jamaica.
I recommend that if you want to read a good Steve Berry book, try The Jefferson Key.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Berry's books with the Historic tie have gotten me interested in History - especially like his wrap up after the end of the novel - the reality is far different than what was... Read morePublished 4 days ago by genghis66
Steve Berry has written many books, and, having read many of them, I can honestly say that this unique (as Are all), and a worthy addition to that number.Published 6 days ago by John R. Manire
Lots on intrigue. Couldn't put it down the last 100 pages.
A nice combination of history, fiction and lost treasure.
My favorite Steve Berry so far! Very interesting. Love to read the facts after the novel.Published 23 days ago by becky
Great historical fiction with a few twist.
Following Christopher Columbus, the reader goes on a great voyage thru time and intrigue.
I'm a total fan of Berry's "Cotton Malone" character and tales; I've read them all. This "non-Malone" book didn't capture my attention as those did. Read morePublished 2 months ago by C. T. Braasch
I loved this book! It was a roller coaster ride from the start. Great characters, an interesting historical figure and a juicy storyline.Published 2 months ago by David Monroe