The Columbus Affair
He was called by many names—Columb, Colom, Colón—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... show more
He was called by many names—Columb, Colom, Colón—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 bestselling 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, 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.
Publish date: May 15th 2012
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages no: 426
Edition language: English
Intriguing plot, very interesting history, but rather vanilla characters. I do like how Berry presented the idea that Christopher Columbus could have been jewish, and that's what really drove this book. The current day people in this book just kind of rode along the plot as decorations. Berry has do...
(...) Cóż, z przykrością muszę stwierdzić, że nie. Kolejna nudna historia, w której akcja prowadzona jest w sposób mało zajmujący i chaotyczny. I choć sama historia początkowo wydała mi się nawet interesująca, to sposób w jaki została opowiedziana już zdecydowanie mnie odstraszył. A jaka to historia...
UG... this was a hard book for me to read because I was expecting sooo much more. Why? Because when read the back, I was expecting a ton more involvement from Billet. I thought they were going to bring in a new agent with Brian Jamison but then he's killed in the first 100 pages... It was just weird...
Interesting twist to Christopher Columbus and a neat little thriller.
Berry does a good job with his research, and building the back story, and his addendum adds a very interesting dimension to the story. That said, there are elements of each of the major characters that seem more than improbable, so just two stars.