The Columbus Affair by Steve Berry

69%

16 Critic Reviews

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

Synopsis

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 1492? And what if that 500-year-old secret could violently reshape the modern political world?
 
Pulitzer 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, D.C., 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.
 

About Steve Berry

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Steve and Phil were founder members of the TV Cream nostalgia website and have written several books on popular culture. They know lots about stuff from the 70s and 80s.
 
Published May 15, 2012 by Ballantine Books. 610 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Columbus Affair
All: 16 | Positive: 11 | Negative: 5

Kirkus

Below average
Apr 15 2012

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.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Apr 02 2012

Berry’s imaginative mix of Judaic and Columbus lore as well as Tom’s transformation from suicidal flop to heroic everyman should please his many fans.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on May 18 2012

History was never this interesting when I was in school, but then history never connected the line between Christopher Columbus and… but that would be telling.

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Huffington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Dora Levy Mossanen on May 31 2012

The reader is held spellbound as a series of cinematic episodes of heroism, intrigue and betrayal lead to one surprise after another until the ultimate scene...

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Huntington News

Excellent
Reviewed by David Kinchen on May 15 2012

...a page-turning novel that's filled with historical truths -- and plenty of speculation when it comes to the origins of an explorer who is at the same time celebrated and hated.

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Las Vegas Review Journal

Excellent
Reviewed by Sharon Chance on May 30 2012

Traveling from Florida to Prague and ending in the caves deep within Jamaica, “The Columbus Affair” is an exhilarating thrill ride that never lets up.

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US Daily Review

Excellent
Reviewed by Candace Salima on Jun 03 2012

Filled with history, Berry skillfully weaves fiction through fact, ancient times through modern, and gives us a story filled with intrigue, betrayal, and discovery as we race through Europe, Eastern Europe and Jamaica.

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Fresh Fiction

Good
Reviewed by Tanzey Cutter on Apr 03 2012

Steve Berry's historical research is extensive and his ability to then write an absorbing and compelling story is exemplary. One of the best thrillers I've read this year!

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The Mystery Reader

Good
Reviewed by Thea Davis

As the geographical shifts are made, the background data and information about these sites greatly enhance the story...in the author’s note at the end, Berry painstakingly separates fact fromhis fiction, an effort this reviewer greatly appreciates.

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JulzReads

Below average
Reviewed by Julz on Apr 11 2012

There was great potential with the Columbus storyline being tied in with Jewish history, but the overall narrative fell flat to me...it wasn’t Berry’s strongest.

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Compass Book Ratings

Good
Reviewed by Matthew on Sep 02 2012

Although the author takes many liberties with the tale of Columbus he also weaves in what little truth history knows of the great explorer. This blending of truth and fiction creates a story that is entertaining on many levels...

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Jacqui Murray's WordDreams

Below average
Reviewed by Jacqui Murray on Apr 27 2012

Every time, the story gets moving, it falls into a backstory black hole, like a literary stutter.

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Cym Lowell

Good
Reviewed by Cym Lowell

Berry has a wonderful ability to blend together interpretations of history, thrilling chase, and clever storylines that will keep you awake turning the pages.

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Seeley James

Below average
Reviewed by Seeley James on Jun 09 2012

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.

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Reading with Monie

Below average
Reviewed by Monie on Apr 30 2012

...I was very disappointed in The Columbus Affair. The action was working along two different story lines that eventually merged into one but everything felt disjointed.

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Tim's World

Good
Reviewed by Tim on Apr 06 2012

As he has done in his previous books, Berry weaves together historical facts with theories and rumors to provide a possible answer to one of history’s mysteries and an enjoyable thriller.

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