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The Columbus Affair

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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?

ebook, 448 pages
Published May 15th 2012 by Ballantine Books (first published 2012)
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Karen Brooks
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 more 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 treasu...more
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 whe...more
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 th...more
Richard Gazala
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...more
Book Him Danno
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 tri...more
Seeley James
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...more
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 more 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, ever...more
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 nar...more
I am a long time Steve Berry fan. His novels are full of action and intrigue with a good dose of historical intrigue to tantalize and well as teach. The adventures of Cotton Malone and the Magellan Billet are fast paced and thrilling.
The Columbus Affair is a departure, but not too far away, with the Magellan Billet making a brief appearance. The premise in this novel is an intriging premise, that Columbus was actually not Italian or Spanish, but actually of Jewish descent and the voyage that fou...more
Suspense Magazine
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 bo...more
It's been seven years since Steve Berry last did a standalone book. Was this as good as a Cotton Malone book? Well I have to say no to that. I really enjoy the Malone series and at times this felt like a weaker version. But once I got pass the idea of no Malone I started enjoying this a lot more.

A two-fold adventure one storyline centers on Jamaican Bené Rowe who is searching for a hidden mine to help out his people, the other on US ex-journalist Tom Sagan who is pulled into a web of conspiracy...more
Andy Shuping
ARC provided by Goodreads Giveaway

Former Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter Tom Sagan is ready to end his life. He’s been called a fraud, his career has ended, his daughter won’t speak to him...what’s left for him? And then...a stranger shows up on his doorstep saying that if Tom doesn’t help him, his daughter will be killed. And Tom is pulled into a whirlwind adventure to solve a mystery dating back to Christopher Columbus and a lost treasure that has been missing for over 2,000 year...more
Rick Fisher
Not bad, but def not Cotton Malone. Still a SB fan, though.
Paul Pessolano
“The Columbus Affair” by Steve Berry, published by Ballantine Books.

Category – Mystery/Thriller

Steve Berry is one of the best writers today that incorporate historical fact and fiction so well that it is very difficult to tell the difference between the two. This is largely due to how well Barry has researched the subject of his book.

In “The Columbus Affair”, there are certain aspects of what we have all been taught about Christopher Columbus that are questioned.
Was Christopher Columbus Catholic...more
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 t...more
Steve Berry rolls out another historical drama -- this one spanning the globe -- Florida, Jamaica, Prague, Vienna. Missing are Cotton Malone and Cassiopeia Vitt, and the Magellan Billett and Stephanie Nelle make only token appearances.

As usual, the historical intrigue is ever-present, and fact & fiction are deftly woven into a plausible tapestry. But while Berry's prior efforts are almost uniformly five-star material, this one falls a bit short.

Without his anchor characters, Berry seems to...more
From the start, this book reminded me of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, except instead of a renowned symbologist fighting off bad guys to find the secrets of the Holy Grail that could change the world for Christians everywhere, we have a disgraced Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter fighting off bad guys to find secrets of treasures that could change the world for Jews everywhere. And instead of secrets surrounding Mary Magdalene, the focus is on secrets of Christopher Columbus and his visits to the...more
Wow! Another fantastic book by Steve Berry (who is tied with James Rollins as my favorite author).

As you might gather from the title, the story of Christopher Columbus plays a large role in this book. But, as with all of Mr. Berry's novels, he has woven a tale comprised of equal parts true current events, historical fact, and some very convincing imagination on his part. The story begins Florida with a disgraced journalist, Tom Sagan, and his nonexistent relationship with his daughter. It then m...more
Angela Risner
I know, I know, a lot of you gave me heck for my last couple of reviews of the Cotton Malone books. Well, I am happy to announce that I have found out why those books were less than worthy: Cotton Malone.

I am sure that Steve Berry loves the character of Cotton Malone; he's the character that put his writing on the map. But I submit that Cotton's stories are becoming more difficult to write as it's harder to make them fresh.

In any case, this book is back to the standards set by Berry's earlier no...more
A disgraced reporter is about to commit suicide when his daughter is threatened to make him exhume his dead father's body and obtain an envelope buried with him. In the envelope is a key to finding the key artifacts which survived the destruction of the Jew's Second Temple, supposedly brought to the "New World" (specifically Jamaica) by a converso Jew named Christopher Columbus. I got fatigued after they explained this for the fifth or sixth time as I understood it the first time. The Magellan B...more
I have been a Berry fan for a long time, and I was lucky enough to get my hands on The Columbus Affair early. There was great potential with the Columbus storyline being tied in with Jewish history, but the overall narrative fell flat to me. I did enjoy the historical aspects of Judaism that were portrayed, but the entire Jamaica plot was not nearly as engaging.

As for the characters, there is no Cotton Malone here, but the Magellan Billet does make a cameo. The main player here is Tom Sagan, an...more
L-J Johnson
A stand-alone from Berry; not part of the Cotton Malone series. I enjoyed the history in this one immensely; the modern part not quite as well. A disgraced Pulitzer-prize winning reporter, estranged from his family, framed for fraud, is about to take his own life when he finds out his adult daughter has been kidnapped and he must follow the instructions of a mysterious stranger (is there any other kind?) to save her. Thus begins a fast-paced struggle to stay one step ahead of the bad guys, save...more
Candace Salima
Mar 03, 2013 Candace Salima rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Age 14 and Up
Recommended to Candace by: Steve Berry
Just who was Columbus? Do we really know? There is startling little information from the man himself, which is why he has become such a great mystery. Celebrated here in America as the discoverer of our nation, he is apparently not so popular in other nations. And this is where New York Times bestselling author, Steve Berry, picks up the story.

I feel like I need to own up to the fact that Steve Berry is one of my favorite authors. But each book, no matter who the author, must stand on its own me...more
Mark Soone
Well, what a pleasant surprise this book turned out to be. A couple of years ago I received recommendations for Berry's "The Templer Legacy" and "The Amber Room" and couldn't get into either my expectations were fairly low when I stumbled onto a copy of this. Unable to get into anything else, I tried this expecting a poor mans Da Vinci Code...what I found was a very cool read that was similar to, yet very different from Dan Brown's work. If you like action packed race for hidden treasu...more
Jaime Boler
The Columbus Affair by Steve Berry (Ballantine Books; 448 pages; $27).

"In 1492, Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue." The simplicity of this rhyme belies the true nature of a man and a myth. You think you know Christopher Columbus, but you know so little of the story. Even after 520 years, much about him remains a mystery. And that makes him good literary cannon fodder for Steve Berry.

Novelist Berry is best known for his books featuring the heroic protagonist Cotton Malone. Whatever the...more
Victoria Adams
Well, I took a weekend off just recently and read a novel. Something I haven’t managed in several months. It was a bit irresistible; I happen to really like Steve Berry even if I don’t always agree with his hypotheses. This one was quite an adventure; a different point of view on the motivations and goals of the celebrated and denigrated mariner, Christopher Columbus.

Just a little background is in order at least in part because those things we are most familiar with we often know the least about...more
The Columbus Affair
Author: Steve Berry

The circle of life does not always follow the round path that we hoped it would. At times the circumference might bear some jagged rips and turns leading us in many different directions and veering on an entirely different course. Christopher Columbus took three journeys and hoped that each would bring him the riches and recognition promised him by those paying his way. But, falsehoods, deceits and lies were told and the end result was Columbus lost more th...more
There's multiple plot lines woven together to make a rich and fascinating story, and then there's multiple plot lines knotted and twisted in a snarl that frustrates the reader as they try to follow along. This book is definitely the latter. A book that brings the mystery of Columbus's legacy in Jamaica into contemporary politics and religion is a great concept, and Berry knows all of his settings quite well. Unfortunately, getting interested in even one of the characters or their part of this st...more
Kim McGee
I must say that I am very biased toward Steve Berry's books - I enjoy them all. This latest deals with the mystery surrounding Christopher Columbus. As children we learn that Christopher Columbus discovered America but little is really known about his orgins, religion and where he is buried. Steve Berry introduces us to what may be answers regarding the mysterious Christopher Columbus and he does so by involving a centuries old secret that is handed down from one Jewish man to another in the fam...more
Another highly entertaining offering by Steve Berry. This one doesn't include Cotton Malone, but there are still slender threads to the Magellen Bilet (Stephanie Nell makes a brief appearance). Berry has the ability to weave a story that offers both history and fiction and suspense.

Interesting information about the supposed origins of Columbus and his ties to Jamaica. Intriguing too is speculation that Columbus was possibly a Jew?

What I also enjoy is at the end of his works, he will outline wha...more
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