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
"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)
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.
it lacked the thriller aspect, it just felt like a watered down version of the other (Malone) novels
Scoot Brick is usally very good, but he sounded very monotone and unenthusiastic, it only added to the lack interest of the story
Big historical fiction fan and mysteries/espionage addict. Favourite author at the moment, Jo Nesbo.
Just couldn't get into it maybe you can. Very disappointed with Berry's latest effort.
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.
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%.
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.
The ending to shere the relationship father and daughter was getting mended.
nope do not think it would drive ticket sales due to the lack of the suspence and action.
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.
Formula and cliche ...I felt like it was 1 part National Treasure 1 part Davinci Code and not the best parts of either
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.
Awesome...does a great job as always
I would probably skip the book all together
disappointingly forced dramatization
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.
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!
The best book I've ever read. It has everything I love in books--history, conspracy, constant action and intrigue. Outstanding.
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.
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.
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.
The Secret Voyage of Christopher Columbus. The fourth and final Trans-Atlantic journey of Biblical significance.
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..."
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