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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

Critic Reviews

"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)

“Berry raises this genre’s stakes.” (The New York Times

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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.

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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

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A puzzling possibility

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? I never realized that so many of the details of Columbus’s life are unknown. Even the most elementary aspects of his life, such as where and when he was born, remain a mystery. Like Dan Brown's "Da Vinci Code," Steve Berry is able to weave together historical facts with rumors and theories to present a possible answer to one of history’s mysteries, and does so in an enjoyable thrilling manner. I have read many novels where the author has put forth a theory regarding a historical mystery. Some I have agreed with, and some I have not. What matters more to me than accepting the authors premise is how they tell the story and is their theory believable. Another thing I liked about this book was the way Berry devoted several pages at the end of this book to discussing what is fact, what is fiction, and what is conjecture in the preceding chapters. I never thought history could be so exciting and I found myself wishing that Steve Berry had been my teacher. Overall a very enjoyable (and educational) read.

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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.

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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!

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

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Good Adventure Story

I really enjoy reading Steve Barry's books because they get the listener so involved with the initial plot and the complex characters, backed by a terrific story line throughout the book. Scott Brick is an excellent narrator, and I have read almost everything he has performed as well. Can't go wrong with this winning combination. Keep up the good work!

Well worth a credit!


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Worth the Read

I enjoyed the Columbus Affair very much. I loved how facts were intermingled with fiction.

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Maybe the best yet

An avid Steve Berry and "cotton" fanatic, but I think this book maybe Berry's best yet!

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Very entertaining book

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.

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