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The Columbus Affair: A Novel | [Steve Berry]

The Columbus Affair: A Novel

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....
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Publisher's Summary

He was called by many names - Columb, Colom, Col - 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? None have ever been properly answered. And then there is the greatest secret of all....

From Steve Berry, New York Times best-selling author, comes an exciting new adventure - one that challenges everything we thought we knew about the discovery of America.

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, and 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.

As a special bonus, this audiobook download also includes a recording of the short story "The Admiral's Mark," read by Scott Brick.

©2012 Steve Berry (P)2012 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"As always with Steve Berry, you're educated about significant things while your knuckles are turning white and the pages are flying by." (New York Times best-selling author David Baldacci)

"Berry raises this genre's stakes." (The New York Times)

"Steve Berry writes with the self-assured style of a veteran." (New York Times best-selling author Dan Brown)

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    p oshawa, ON, Canada 05-22-12
    p oshawa, ON, Canada 05-22-12
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    "I second the 'Meh" - disappointing and boring."
    What did you like best about The Columbus Affair? What did you like least?

    Before reading I had high hopes based on the authors prior books and the good narator. The story and the characters were just washed out versions of Berry's other books and characters. You couldn't like or really dislike any of them, they all lacked enough substance to generate any feeling. Weak plot, weak characters, I feel like I a wasted a credit because I expected much better. I get the whole flawed hero as a main character but these charaters were just boring, and the daughter as described by her backstory was educated, religious, divorced, a grown women but came across in the rest of the book as a contradication behaving more like a college student, immature, naive, whiny. I'd give this book a pass unless it was on sale.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    it lacked the thriller aspect, it just felt like a watered down version of the other (Malone) novels


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Scoot Brick is usally very good, but he sounded very monotone and unenthusiastic, it only added to the lack interest of the story


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Nope


    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    William Winston Salem, NC, United States 06-19-12
    William Winston Salem, NC, United States 06-19-12
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    "Columbus and the Raiders of the Lost Ark"

    This book had an interesting premise, based in part on fascinating history, but I found it tedious and repetitive. How many times do we have to hear that Columbus had no priest aboard, but a Hebrew translator? I would call the book an okay summer read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Howie Calgary, AB, Canada 05-22-12
    Howie Calgary, AB, Canada 05-22-12 Member Since 2007

    History, historical fiction and mysteries are my faves, but a fan of all genres.

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    Just couldn't get into it maybe you can. Very disappointed with Berry's latest effort.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Cidney New Orleans, United States Minor Outlying Islands 07-23-12
    Cidney New Orleans, United States Minor Outlying Islands 07-23-12 Member Since 2006

    Reader. Wannabe writer. That's a picture of me standing in line to see Stephen King!

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    "I Enjoyed This Ride"

    This was my first Steve Berry novel and I enjoyed it! I enjoyed it despite Scott Brick, (Brick has ruined more audio books for me than any other reader) and I almost didn’t get it because of him, but the premise was intriguing enough – I mean, who ever really thinks about Columbus? I didn’t, but I love this type of historical fiction because it inspires me to think about the past in new and interesting ways… and the next time I see a Columbus biography in the bookstore I just might pick it up and flip through it!

    The writing and storytelling here is more solid than anything from Dan Brown, but the two main characters, Tom and his daughter Alle, are a bit melodramatic – we meet Tom just as he is about to commit suicide over an apparent mistake he made some years earlier. He is interrupted by a man with a video showing his daughter being held captive by a couple of guys with rude hands who threaten to do worse to her if Tom doesn’t agree to have his father exhumed, and with him, the bad guys hope, a secret of history and religion that links Columbus and ancient Judaism to the New World! This sets Tom and Alle on a world tour adventure to discover the ultimate secret before the bad guys. The catch? Alle Does Not like or trust her father, and Tom needs to get over himself and man-up if he’s going to win this one.

    Berry packs a lot into this book – the father/daughter conflict, secret sects, a Jamaican crime lord, historical flashbacks and “fun facts” about Columbus, Judaism and Jamaica – but he keeps things moving briskly enough that not even Brick’s quavering voice and clipped cadence can slow things down.

    I think I'm a new Berry fan.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Batesville, IN, United States 05-29-12
    Ryan Batesville, IN, United States 05-29-12 Listener Since 2005

    I am a person that tries and get through 1 book a week if possible. I am Dyslexic so this is really the only way I can get through a book. I have listened to more book in a year than I read my first 20 years of my life. I found the joy of audio books in the early 2000 and have been a audible customer since 2000 or 2001. I have over 490 books in 2 different accounts and listened to 90%.

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    "Story was very week and Cotton Malone wannabe"
    Would you try another book from Steve Berry and/or Scott Brick?

    I love Steve's books this one just feel short compared to the others. Maybe that is because I have to much into the other characters of his other books. But the action was lacking and not great on suspence.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending to shere the relationship father and daughter was getting mended.


    Could you see The Columbus Affair being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    nope do not think it would drive ticket sales due to the lack of the suspence and action.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Compute 06-09-12
    Compute 06-09-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Entertaining and Interesting"

    Entertaining and interesting. Steve Berry???s books have always promised a good read. This book was not quite as good as his ???The Jefferson Key,??? but it was more than enjoyable, ending with a bang. There were parts that were rather lengthy, but overall this book was enjoyable. Berry always does his research and the reader knows it. This book was no exception.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew beverly, MA, United States 06-06-12
    Matthew beverly, MA, United States 06-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Recycled and unoriginal"
    What disappointed you about The Columbus Affair?

    Formula and cliche ...I felt like it was 1 part National Treasure 1 part Davinci Code and not the best parts of either


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure...I am kind of stuck..I read a ton and listen to a ton of audio books. Looking forward to Nelson DeMilles release in Sept.


    What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

    Awesome...does a great job as always


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Columbus Affair?

    I would probably skip the book all together


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    HIII 05-30-12
    HIII 05-30-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Entertaining enrichment"

    I backed the recording up, got my pencil and pad and wrote Christopher Columbus' signature, then I checked on the internet to see if I had it correctly. Almost! Because so much of Columbus journey is familiar Steve Berry is walking a fine line weaving fact w/ fiction. He also hints at the interpersonal relationships Jewish familys encounter. I can never get enough Scott Brick - he does such a great job!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Diane RALEIGH, NC, United States 05-19-12
    Diane RALEIGH, NC, United States 05-19-12
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    "Narration was disappointing"
    What three words best describe Scott Brick’s voice?

    disappointingly forced dramatization


    Any additional comments?

    I have always liked Steve Berry's stories-- this one, too. But Scott Brick's narration style has changed and I do not enjoy listening to him.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Randy Dearborn Heights, MI, United States 03-16-13
    Randy Dearborn Heights, MI, United States 03-16-13 Member Since 2010

    The best book I've ever read. It has everything I love in books--history, conspracy, constant action and intrigue. Outstanding.

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    Would you listen to The Columbus Affair again? Why?

    I will listen to it again in the future. Great book. Steve Berry's use of historical events and mysteries is ingenious. This one is of particular interest because of the subject of the lost Temple Treasures.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. I am fascinated with the history of Christopher Columbus and Luis de Torres. The fact that a lot of this information is true is intreging. I've read a lot of books about the Temple treasures and I like the hypothesis that it was sent the the New World. If you're Jewish, how can you resist the romantic stories of the lost sacred Golden Menorah.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    I love Scott Brick, but his old country Jewish accent needs work! Listening to Scott Brick is like listening to an old friend talk. Many authors I like use Scott Brick to do the reading, and he makes you feel comfortable. He is on the top narrators list with guys like George Guidell.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Secret Voyage of Christopher Columbus. The fourth and final Trans-Atlantic journey of Biblical significance.


    Any additional comments?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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