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The Columbus Affair: A Novel (with bonus short story The Admiral's Mark) [Kindle Edition]

Steve Berry
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (395 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A family’s secret, a ruthless fanatic, and a covert arm of the American government—all are linked by a single puzzling possibility:
 
What if everything we know about the discovery of America was a lie? What if that lie was designed to hide the secret of why Columbus sailed in 1492? And what if that 500-year-old secret could violently reshape the modern political world?
 
Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative journalist Tom Sagan has written hard-hitting articles from hot spots around the world. But when one of his stories from the Middle East is exposed as a fraud, his professional reputation crashes and burns. Now he lives in virtual exile—haunted by bad decisions and a 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.  This stranger forces Sagan to act—and his actions attract the attention of the Magellan Billet, a top-secret corps of the United States Justice Department that deals with America’s most sensitive investigations. Sagan suddenly finds himself caught in an international incident, the repercussions of which will shudder not only Washington, D.C., but also Jerusalem. Coaxed into a deadly cat-and-mouse game, unsure who’s friend and who’s foe, Sagan is forced to Vienna, Prague, then finally into the Blue Mountains of Jamaica—where his survival hinges on his rewriting everything we know about Christopher Columbus.
 
Don’t miss Steve Berry’s short story “The Admiral’s Mark” and a sneak peek of his new novel, The King’s Deception, in the back of the book.


Editorial 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

About the Author

Steve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of 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 15,000,000 printed 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 2,000 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 2,000 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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  • File Size: 2381 KB
  • Print Length: 610 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (May 15, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005OCYQJU
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60 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Steve Berry book without Cotton Malone April 2, 2012
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This is a stand alone novel from Mr. Berry that does not include his usual protagonist Cotton Malone, although there are some references to the organization involved with Mr. Malone. We have in this book a wrongly disgraced world famous reporter who is at the end of his rope when he discovers that his daughter has been kidnaped and he must help the kidnappers or she will be killed.

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.
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78 of 98 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Columbus Adrift May 25, 2012
Format:Hardcover
The Columbus Affair, Steve Berry's latest novel, is an overwritten, tedious adventure, weighed down by ponderous historical details to justify a weak storyline. There is little excitement (save for a great deal of gratuitous and excessive violence) poorly developed characters, an almost unbelievable premise concerning Columbus, and an ending that is a major letdown as a payoff for the reader.

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.
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
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Tom Sagan, previously a star reporter, is ready to blow his brains out. He knows he was betrayed by some of his sources who furnished invalid information. He ran with the story and lost his job and his standing as a prime reporter, but he can't find anyone to clear his name. Life no longer seems worth it. Suddenly, a man, Zachariah Simon, appears at his house holding a picture of his daughter, Alle. He shows Sagan a video of her tied to a bed being molested. Sagan and his daughter are estranged, but she is his daughter. He can't help but respond.

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.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Save your money and time for a better book July 16, 2012
Format:Hardcover
I should get a major award for sticking with this book...not! It was such a disappointment with weak characters and a plot that wanted to go in different directions at the drop of a hat. Also, I was shocked at the grammatical, syntax and spelling errors. We have Tom driving through an orchard in Florida, kicking up a dust cloud which somehow changed to fog on the next page. Then in a face off in this same orchard, Zachariah, referring to a location in Vienna, asks "You are coming there?" instead of correctly referring to "going" there. And please learn the difference between lying and laying. I even wasted time trying to figure out who was being referred to due to incorrect use of a pronoun. Honestly, I am not even sure if Steve Berry wrote this book.

I recommend that if you want to read a good Steve Berry book, try The Jefferson Key.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Novel Book
I am increasingly becoming a fan of Mr. Berry's work and look forward to reading through all his books. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Kurt A Daley
5.0 out of 5 stars great read at the beach!
Mr. Berry does a great job blending mostly fact with some fiction to come up with a very good storyline. Very much enjoyed this book!
Published 8 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Just like all of Steve Berry's books
Just like all of Steve Berry's books, this one was quite a thriller. I'm collecting his books!! Love his writing.
Published 9 days ago by W. Sigler
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much history
The book gets off to a fast start and hold your interest right from the beginning. However, it was too much historical information. Read more
Published 13 days ago by rg
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting twist on history
Ever since grade school, we have heard the stories of Christopher Columbus and how he “discovered” America. But what if the things we learned were wrong? Read more
Published 14 days ago by niles
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Originali premise, many twists and turns, well written, yet not one of my favorites. I'll try his work again though.
Published 17 days ago by Thelma A. Zirkelbach
4.0 out of 5 stars Columbus discovered?
Berry is a master of weaving truth and fiction. He also postulates theories that get you wondering about topics one has never given much thought to. Read more
Published 17 days ago by GIJane
5.0 out of 5 stars The Columbus Myth
I enjoyed this entire novel. It mixed fiction with history, true. That is exactly what I enjoy reading. It got me researching Columbus! I give it five stars.
Published 22 days ago by Jean E. Atwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Berry satisfied
We are big fans of Steve Berry in our house. Luckily he doesn't live far from us and so we get to hear him review his books at a coffee and author event. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Helen O'Donoghue
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More 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 17,000,000 copies in 51 countries.

History lies at the heart of every Steve Berry novel. It's his passion, one he shares with his wife, Elizabeth, which led them to create History Matters, a foundation dedicated to historic preservation. Since 2009 Steve and Elizabeth have crossed 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; the 2013 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award; his novel The Columbus Affair earned him the Anne Frank Human Writes Award; and International Thriller Writers bestowed him the 2013 Silver Bullet for his work with historic preservation. A 2010 NPR survey named The Templar Legacy one of the top 100 thrillers ever written.

Steve 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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