The Columbus Affair

The Columbus Affair A Family S Secret, A Ruthless Fanatic, And A Covert Arm Of The American Government All Are Linked By A Single Puzzling Possibility What If Everything We Know About The Discovery Of America Was A Lie What If That Lie Was Designed To Hide The Secret Of Why Columbus Sailed In And What If That Year Old Secret Could Violently Reshape The Modern Political WorldPulitzer Prize Winning Investigative Journalist Tom Sagan Has Written Hard Hitting Articles From Hot Spots Around The World But When One Of His Stories From The Middle East Is Exposed As A Fraud, His Professional Reputation Crashes And Burns Now He Lives In Virtual Exile Haunted By Bad Decisions And A 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 This Stranger Forces Sagan To Act And His Actions Attract The Attention Of The Magellan Billet, A Top Secret Corps Of The United States Justice Department That Deals With America S Most Sensitive Investigations Sagan Suddenly Finds Himself Caught In An International Incident, The Repercussions Of Which Will Shudder Not Only Washington, DC But Also Jerusalem Coaxed Into A Deadly Cat And Mouse Game, Unsure Who S Friend And Who S Foe, Sagan Is Forced To Vienna, Prague, Then Finally Into The Blue Mountains Of Jamaica Where His Survival Hinges On His Rewriting Everything We Know About Christopher Columbus Don T Miss Steve Berry S Short Story The Admiral S Mark And A Sneak Peek Of His New Novel, The King S Deception, In The Back Of The Book

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  • Kindle Edition
  • 448 pages
  • The Columbus Affair
  • Steve Berry
  • English
  • 23 April 2018

10 thoughts on “The Columbus Affair

  1. says:

    I usually love Steve Berry books I grab them off the shelves and read them quickly because they re genuine page turners and damn interesting The Columbus Affair, however, wasn t quite either of these I turned the pages to get to the end and it was only interesting in parts Basically without spoiling the story this novel follows the adventures of a journalist, Tom Sagan, who as the book opens is about to commit suicide He discovers he s the Levite a keeper of a special Jewish treasure that has ties back to the days of Columbus and his voyages to the Americas This knowledge sets off a chain of events and dangerous adventures that puts lives on the line of course Spanning Europe, America, Jamaica and South America, the book is, in typical Berry fashion, wide in temporal and geographical scope It also features the Magellan Billet, though no Cotton Malone Overall, however, I felt this book wasn t up to the standard of his others it was too didactic Berry was determined to show off his research and the knowledge he gained and subsequently played with the way he sometimes does this is very clever , but I felt the narrative suffered as a consequence There was too much telling Another reason I didn t feel this book was as good as his previous ones was the decision to make a suicidal journalist his main protagonist I didn t mind the fact there was no Malone, as much as I like him No, what made this character so problematic was for reasons the novel makes clear, this guy is basically despised by former colleagues he s stripped of his Pulitzer and his once fine reputation is in tatters and completely alienated from his family In other words, loathed by everyone Therefore, it s hard for the reader to like him as well He had so few redeeming qualities Likewise, his daughter, Alle, was a complete pain in the arse I also found her stupid and considering she was doing her PhD, some of the decisions she made and conclusions she leapt to, the people she put her faith in, didn t ring true to me The main villain, Zacariah, was so bad, a child would have run screaming from him but not Alle No, she gave him chances than a casino In the end, she came across as of a convenient and sloppy narrative device that didn t add any depth or richness to the tale I am sure many people will like this book and, really, I give it two and half stars There are some good moments, some interesting ideas, but it was a bit too black and white and preachy for me Nonetheless, this hasn t deterred me I will look forward to the next Berry book and continue to enjoy reading his back catalogue.

  2. says:

    Another great book by Steve Berry that blows traditional views of the founder of the Americas out of the water and leaves me wondering how much was truth and what might have been fiction Even reading the author s note, I am left wondering if Berry used his amazing abilities to paint a picture of Columbus that may leave American students rushing back to their history books.Berry balances what we know about Christopher Columbus and spices it up with much that was never known to me I wish not to spoil it for anyone, but it surely does leave me wondering if this man was as elusive as he appears in this book and if many other historical figures have secret histories that are collecting dust Adding a current storyline, Berry pushes a mystery that keeps the reader intrigued, while peppering us with history and academic references What begins as a familial strain turns into a story about Columbus, the race to find long long religious secrets, and how good can conquer evil in the end.While I did have to take a skeptical look at some that Berry wrote, I am interested to see how much truth lies within these chapters Berry presents his information very much in the Dan Brownsian fashion , leaving me to wonder what truths I can take away from this.Many kudos, Mr Berry I am so excited to see what you have up your sleeve.

  3. says:

    I like historic fiction and thrillers, so Steve Berry s The Columbus Affair Ballantine Books 2012 seemed perfect Not only did it cover a segment of history I ve spent virtually no time at all thinking much less reading about, I m always looking for new authors I read 1 3 books a week and Berry has thirteen out Thirteen That would get me through over a month if Columbus Affair worked out.This is the story of a damaged Pulitzer Prize winning journalist moments from commiting suicide when he gets the chance to end his life on a high note Save his estranged daughter from unspeakable horror This would give meaning to what had become a worthless existence, and he agrees to postpone ending his life long enough to rescue his child From that moment, he enters a world of religious zealots, long buried historic events surrounding Christopher Columbus, international criminals, CIA operatives, and a twisted plot that it would take an award winning investigator like himself to unravel.This is a promising start, but not without its literary problems For example, the author provides much backstory to share the mysteries surrounding Christopher Columbus It s interesting in its own right, but knocks the heck out of the plot s momentum Every time, the story gets moving, it falls into a backstory black hole, like a literary stutter As if this weren t enough, the pace is also hobbled by the constant scene shifts They are quick a couple of pages but each time, I must re orient myself before I can enjoy that lovely thriller feeling of being enveloped in another world.Having said that, the writer is a good storyteller The characters are nicely constructed and the plot is complex enough to keep the cleverest reader involved And even by the diverse paradigm of the genre, this one is unusual Where it abides by the conscripts of a thriller main character working ever frantically to stop something dramatic from happening , the heroes are not the typical thriller good guys bigger than life, damaged but dominant For the first half the book, it s hard to find a good guy Each main character has so many flaws in both morals and motivation, its hard to root for them Zacharias is charismatic and amoral Alle has let hate for her father corrupt her soul And Ben WYSIWYG a violent strong man with core beliefs he s lived by his entire life Him, readers can respect if not like.Overall, Berry is a solid writer with a well researched plot I think many people will love this book, as much for the fascinating historic details about Columbus as the tightly woven character driven plot Just make sure you pay attention.

  4. says:

    Okay Um, what the hell happened to a story with such great potential Steve Berry is normally a very good thriller writer, just like James Rollins and Clive Cussler But some way, somehow, he really dropped the ball on this latest novel.Basically, it s another kind of historical conspiracy story in which the life and times of a popular figure get toyed with and fictionally subverted In this case, Christopher Columbus In the present day, a controversial journalist, Tom Sagan, is swept into the quest of a zealot named Zachariah Simon who wants to discover evidence of this conspiracy Yes, it s a stand alone book, outside the long established Cotton Malone series Berry has been publishing since 2006 To be honest, I wish he would keep going with those books Perhaps he wanted to take a little time to come up with something worthy of topping The Jefferson Key.But I really couldn t get than 100 pages into this book, for three reasons One, the fact that pretty much every other word is Jew, because the main character is Jewish It would have been just fine to say it once or twice and leave it at that Two, the constant insertion of bizarre separate stories, written in italics, that really don t have anything to do with the story This same flaw is present in Orson Scott Card s Pathfinder, which is one of my least favorite books ever And three, Berry pretty much gives away the whole plot twist way too early Like, page 50 early I don t think I ve ever been so embarrassed to have had something on hold at the library for over three months Well, maybe for Mission Impossible 2 I m just glad I chose to read City of Lost Souls first.Hopefully, Berry s next book will be an awesome continuation of the Cotton Malone series And then this book will just become Berry s equivalent of Rollins Altar of Eden, a stand alone book that s pretty much just crappy filler until real literature is produced Edit Berry has confirmed that he is writing the eighth Cotton Malone book, The King s Deception, which is set to come out next year May it be a massive improvement over this turkey travesty

  5. says:

    Five stars Absolutely This book was amazing and without a doubt one of the best books I ve read in a very long time I have never read a book by Steve Berry prior to this one and I am thrilled I won this one through the GoodReads First Reads giveaways I will definitely be purchasing books by Mr Berry.I do not understand the criticisms of this book that other reviews have mentioned I had absolutely no problem with the momentum of the plot As far as I was concerned every character, every tale, every sentence was completely critical to the story I fell in love with some of the characters, even the villainous characters, and I loved the complexity that Mr Berry built in to each one Tom Sagan, a disgraced former Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter who lost his family and his career, Alle Sagan Becket who felt betrayed and abandoned by her disgraced father and who, seeking acceptance and validity, fell victim to an insane terrorist, Bene Rowe, a man seeking to clarify his own identity while struggling with who his ancestors were and the man he currently is, and Zachariah Simon the insane terrorist who will betray everyone and stop at nothing to incite a war to save his people The story is fantastic and is woven so intricately that I could barely bring myself to ever put the book down.I adored the writing style I loved how the story was continually shifting character perspective It keeps the story from becoming stale and created a deeper understanding of the story as a whole It was not a tale of Tom Sagan, or Alle Becket, or Bene Rowe, or Zachariah Simon, it was a tale of all of these characters on different quests to different ends through the same treasure I found it reminiscent of the character shifts in William Faulkner s As I Lay Dying I also loved Mr Berry s use of choppy shifting sentences The choppy sentences, such as I didn t know if I could.If I should.Maybe.I would have to try.Some day I made those up, they aren t in the story but that style is was beautifully included in the context of the book It broke up the fluid writing of the rest of the book and reflected the chaos of a moment, or a thought process, and it was brilliantly used.I have no complaints with this book It is definitely a new favorite of mine and if Mr Berry s other books are as well written as this one I may have found a new author to add to my list of favorites.

  6. says:

    On the second Monday of every October since it became an official federal holiday in 1937, Americans celebrate the anniversary of Christopher Columbus first arrival in the Americas in 1492 Similar official holidays commemorate the event in Latin and South America, and in Spain Unofficial remembrances of Columbus feat predate by hundreds of years the official holidays But as Steve Berry amply demonstrates in his engaging new thriller, The Columbus Affair, no one really knows much about the man they ve been honoring in scads of Octobers dating back centuries perhaps because that is exactly the way Columbus wanted it.Among scant facts known surely is the date of Columbus departure from Spain to find a new seaway to India Columbus sailed from the Spanish port of Palos de la Frontera late on the evening of August 2, 1492, bare hours before Ferdinand and Isabella s royal deadline for all Jews to be gone from Spain by August 3 Combining these and the handful of other verifiable facts about Columbus with a myriad of mysteries surrounding everything about the storied explorer from his real name, to his actual birthplace and upbringing, to his physical appearance, to his true religion, Berry weaves an enthralling tale of dangerous modern day treasure hunting spanning locales from Florida to Jamaica via Vienna, Prague and Cuba The reluctant hunter at the novel s center is a bitter, broken man named Tom Sagan Stripped of his family and profession for reasons both just and unjust, the disgraced former journalist finds his imminent suicide interrupted by a forced quest to discover the real Columbus and a legendary treasure, with Sagan s life and the life of his estranged daughter hanging on every perilous step he takes.Berry tells Sagan s captivating story with breakneck pacing, and the plot never slows down Alone, those make the book a worthwhile read The addition of a section at the novel s end titled Writer s Note, where Berry shares the fruits and dead ends of his research into the real Columbus, makes the book even engrossing.

  7. says:

    More like 2.5 stars, but I m feeling generous tonight, so this one gets rounded up.Berry is best known for his Cotton Malone Magellan Billet novels I think all of his previous ones except The Amber Room are part of this series , and while The Columbus Affair does have some familiar names in it, it s really a stand alone novel Which is nice, actually There are only so many secrets super agent Cotton Malone can uncover I must say that Berry is very good at hooking the reader and creating a narrative that is fun to follow and that makes you want to read I also like that he includes a little note at the end of his books to explain the difference between fact and fiction, and where he got the theories behind the stories in the book unlike some authors of certain bestsellers cough Dan Brown cough cough Minor spoilers to follow, but nothing that isn t revealed quite early on in the book The basic premise of this one is Christopher Columbus and a lost treasure This seems to be a general formula famous person treasure world religion religious figure mythical figure book He s already thoroughly done Christianity with Cotton Malone, so hey, why not Judaism Since Indiana Jones already found the Ark of the Covenant currently being studied by top men, as we all know , what can we toss in here How about the menorah, the table of showbread, and silver trumpets looted from the sack of the Temple in Jerusalem in 70 C.E Sounds great Okay, now for our hero and villain and heroic villain villanous hero Tom Sagan used to be a respected journalist with a Pulizter, but someone set him up on a story and he s now known as a fraud and liar Even his own daughter, Alle, wants nothing to do with him Sagan, likewise, wants nothing to do with his family s religion, Judaisim, while his daughter converted back to Judaism after being baptized Methodist Alle s fallen in with a nasty guy, one Zacariah Simon, who s a fanatic masquerading as a Reform Jew in order to get at Alle and her father Why we need Tom I never quite got that part I mean, technically, as the villain, Simon didn t need Sagan for a much But that s suspension of our belief disbelief as you have it Much globetrotting action ensues after Sagan reclaims something of his father s something that Simon wants very much.Meanwhile, B ne Rowe, a Maroon of Jamaica don t know what that is Don t fret Berry goes into it in the novel Onward , is living well on his estate, managing his various business ventures Although he strays into crime, he always does so indirectly, and ensures that his people are well cared for He s managed to fall in cahoots with Simon as well, although he doesn t trust him Rowe, despite being a murderer, a liar, and a kingpin, is also the most likeable and dare I say it principled character in the book His rules, while a bit twisted, make a strange sort of sense He has honor, for a rogue He cares for his people, although he may not always display that in the best way He grows and changes over the course of the book B ne has a bit of the Jack Sparrow about him it s what came to mind as I read.Tom Sagan and his daughter, on the other hand, are kind of eh Alle, actually, is an insufferable and spoiled brat who is also an idiot and a thoroughly unprincipled little chicklet Tom lost his backbone somewhere eight years ago and doesn t seem to mind oozing through life without it I wanted to smack both of them Hard Multiple times.It all makes for an interesting story, but I guess I just feel a bit uncomfortable with Berry s skipping around and using religion and cultural identity to sell books It s hard to explain, and it s totally his right to write what he likes, but I think it s also good to write what you know If anyone can articulate this vague unease better than me, please, do so For the record, I am neither Jewish nor Maroon, so it s not like he s personally insulted me in any way I could be overthinking it, as well It happens on a daily basis.All in all, it s a fast read, with some fun bits and action, but overall a bit too contrived and dependent on coincidence for me to really like and recommend it.

  8. says:

    This is a very good book, fast moving and the action never stops Although, putting my prejudice of loving everything Steve writes aside, he weaves a story that could be entirely plausible The book also draws upon the interplay between a daughter and her estranged father, that won t resolve itself until near the end of the book.The 1st chapter introduces us to Tom Sagan, a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter, now disgraced and accused of fabricating a story We learn in the 1st chapter, that he tried to clear his name, but there was a cover up, protecting the people who brought him down, so he comforts himself with ghost writing, which pays well and keeps his name out of the news But, then he decides life is not worth living, if he can t be a reporter.As the story opens, Tom is putting the gun to his head to end his life Simon shows up at the door of Tom s parent s old house, where, he has gone to end his life Simon shows Tom a video that so horrifies him, it causes him to give up his idea of suicide and go on a quest that will change his life and the life of his daughter forever.In the next chapter we are introduced to B ne, who is a great man, at least in his own eyes Life is cheap where he lives and cheap to him also If someone crosses him, he simply turns them loose to get off his island as best they can, but a few minutes later he also turns loose his hunting dogs and they never eat what they don t kill themselves Through a series of circumstances, he also becomes involved in the hunt for the truth about Columbus, but the part he plays, given his character, is a surprise to us all Zachariah Simon has the look of a scholar, the soul of a scoundrel and the zeal of a fanatic I don t know that I agree with this description of him, it seems a bit too easy on him I would describe him as a cruel user, a terrorist and one who thinks human life is not worth his quest Zachariah Simon is the impetus that causes Tom Sagan to go on a quest that his father wanted him on, many years ago It is a dangerous game they play, especially Tom s daughter, Allie.While each of the characters are on the quest for a different reason, in the end, they all come together to discover the truth about who Christopher Columbus really was and what has been hidden for centuries, in the caves of Jamaica.Excellent read Eileen

  9. says:

    My wife loves Steve Berry and the historical tidbits that litter his thrillers She asked me to review it Normally I subscribe to the if you can t say anything nice policy I am and I am not a fan of Steve Berry I like his stories, his settings, and many of his historical elements I find his writing annoying Really annoying Maybe Ballantine is paying by the word, but in my estimation, Mr Berry is in dire need of an editor More on that later First, let me state the positives There are many This is a book with incredible depth on Judaism He puts forth Jewish rites, history, and struggles with details lovingly and respectfully told without alienating non religious or history bereft readers The book, like all his work, is rich with historical details His background on Jamaica, Columbus, Spain, Austria, and the Middle East is comprehensive and trustworthy We can read the story with faith in the author s extensive research while intuitively knowing where he departs from historical fact to forge his own fiction This book has another great benefit It is devoid of Cotton Malone I m married to a lawyer, I know many lawyers, end up at lawyer conventions twice a year, and I could never see one of them doing the James Bond thing Sorry, but I wouldn t trust a lawyer with my son s BB gun I have on occasion called lawyers at 3AM for a quick rescue at the local precinct and have always said, no one likes a lawyer until they need one but enough about me If you can put up with all Mr Berry s writing transgressions, you will love this book Buried among the 140,000 unending words is a compelling and interesting story of about 70 80,000 words.Writing transgressions Annoying What on earth do you mean Click HERE.

  10. says:

    When Steve Berry announced last year that his popular character Cotton Malone would be taking some time off, fans were worried What they didn t take into account was that Steve was still going to write, just use another character What was the outcome One of Steve s best books to date, The Columbus Affair, with new character Tom Sagan Tom is a man that has hit bottom Winning awards for his writing while working at the Los Angeles Times and now working as a ghostwriter, where many of his books hit the bestseller list only under someone else s name, Tom is getting ready to pull the trigger on his life However when a man shows up with a picture of his daughter, a relationship between the two that was also on the rocks, Tom needed to step up Christopher Columbus is one of the most recognizable names in World History however he also has one of the most mysterious pasts In true form to his past books, Steve is able to push the boundaries of historical fiction, by bringing to light some of the mystery behind Columbus, but keeping the action at the highest level Do I dare say that Cotton Malone has met his match in Tom Sagan, you bet I will The Columbus Affair is an instant classic Reviewed by John Raab, CEO Publisher of Suspense Magazine

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