As a long-time Steve Berry fan, I grabbed his latest as soon as I saw it on the shelves. While I found this book interesting and the plot very captivating, I don't think it was one of his best. I liked the story and the characters very much; the references to characters in his other novels brought a smile to my face.
I did fly through this book and the story kept me guessing at how it would end. I did think that The Columbus Affair followed too closely to some of his other works where the prodigal son returns to follow the path set for him and becomes the hero in the end. Even expecting this to happen, there were plenty of twists and surprises in the plot which kept me reading. If you're a fan of historical fiction, I'd highly recommend this book.
Also, the author's explanation of what's real and what's fiction was a great addition and it led me to his related novela - The Admiral's Mark. It was worth a quick read as well. Now I have to wait for Berry's next foray into history..."
In typical Berry fashion, a good historical / archeological fictional yarn
Yes - if you like fiction stories that weave fiction and non-fiction (like from Dan Brown) you'll like this.
Yes - this is not a Cotton Malone book, but it does reference The Magellan Billet and it's leader, Stephanie Nell. In this story, I found her brief appearance completely unecessary and to be honest, she was quite annoying (not a spoiler)
Book was OK, but not great. Berry has written far better books. But if you're a Berry fan, you should definitely not skip this.
I've always wondered why Scott Brick was considered such a fabulous narrator. I think his performances are flat, monotone, and always the same. I'm not a fan.
The underlying idea behind the book was intriguing, and, I suppose, as possible as any other idea. I kept getting irritated by the stupidity of the daughter. I think my pet peave in life is books and movies portraying the lead female as such an idiot. If she had the intelligence and perserverance to obtain her graduate degree, I would have thought she'd have a bit more common sense, and the ability to see beyond Simon's charm.
A lot of historical research went into this book, and the author's note at the end is the most interesting part of the book. He imagines that Columbus, who was a very mysterious man in real life, was actually a committed Jew, and was responsible for hiding very important Jewish artifacts on the island of Jamaica during his lifetime. I was ok with the unlikely premise, but the plot holes were just too much for me to overlook. When stuff happens like, speeding away from bad guys in a car that seems to show up from nowhere, (that would have been an easy set up!) or being able to watch a video of a car chase a continent away (the camera seems to have been held by the driver?), it got a bit corny. The relationship between father and daughter is strained (she hates him, and is so mean and stupid, the listener wishes her kidnappers would just do her in already) and gets resolved in the end very neatly.
The narrator is good except he has to perform a few accents, and not all of them are successful. He does fine for the Jamaican, and perhaps the Spanish, but for some reason he thinks the Austrian girlfriend is from Russia, and I have no idea where the Israeli ambassador is supposed to be from, but...those accents are always hard for actors, I think. I do commend him on the proper pronunciation of the Hebrew and Jewish terms, because these things are usually horribly mangled, and I always fault publishers for not doing homework in that regard.
I think people who generally like thrillers will think this moves along well and they would enjoy it for the genre and the interesting historical facts, but, for me, I will stick with a different kind of fiction from now on.
SOMETHING! Sorry it was funny when I typed it.
Interesting story not what you expected at first but as it went on it really got great.
Liked the fact that all the players were covered very well even the ones you were ment to heat.
Nah it would mess with he story but but the dog hunts the second one works!
Yeah I did spend the a lot of time towards the end...
Worth the buy.
I like novels based on plausible theories drawn from both fact and myth. This one did a good job developing the possibility that Columbus might have been a Jew escaping the Inquisition raging in Europe at the time. Steve Berry crafted the tale in a way that reminded me of Dan Brown at his best.
I felt that the plot reached its peak when the main characters traveled to Prague to find the missing clues in the old synagogue. There were some nice plot twists involved.
I like Scott Brick's reading when he gets into the characters. I've heard some of his other readings and, at first, I am a little put off by his sing-song cadence. (Reminds me of a preacher) But either I get used to it or he drops it by mid-book. He does very good character voices. And overall, the reading enhances the experience.
Yes...I generally listen in the car, and there were definite driveway moments!
The story's pretty good -- usual Steve Berry stuff. But the narrator's voice is too calm, quiet, and measured for the level of violence in this novel. Sounds like he's reading the phone book.
I LOVE the historical fiction put out by Steve Berry. The separation of fact and fiction at the end always ties things up nicely.
All Steve Berry's books draw attention to historical details taken for granted. The questions regarding Columbus are never pointed out as much as the "In 1400 and 92, Columbus sailed the ocean blue"--and we've been told he was Spanish and discovered America. The end. This really provokes the additional thought this subject warrants. Although I have always thought and said that I would listen to Scott Brick read the phonebook; the caveat is, that he needs to pronounce the words correctly. Either that, or the written version is incorrect. But that is hard to believe; and he has mispronounced the same words in other books; like "careered" instead of "careened", "ferment" instead of "foment", and a few others. But, he's STILL the best!