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3.00222222222222 out of 53.00222222222222 out of 53.00222222222222 out of 53.00222222222222 out of 53.00222222222222 out of 5 3.00 (3,159 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steve Berry Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2012 ISBN: 9780449008959
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No one knows when he was born, where he was raised, or how he was educated. No true portrait of him exists. He was an experienced seaman and expert navigator but wasn’t trained as either. No firsthand account of his legendary exploits survives. Even his grave remains a mystery, as his bones have never been found. He was called by many names—Columb, Colom, Colón—but most know him as Christopher Columbus. Many questions about him exist, but none have been properly answered.And then there is the greatest secret of all.

From New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry comes an exciting new adventure. 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 credibility 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 five-hundred-year-old mystery, a treasure with explosive political significance in the modern world. For Sagan, this mission could be his last chance to heal the broken bond with his only child and redeem his shattered reputation. For Zachariah Simon, the stakes are even greater, the goal intensely personal, and the consequences of opposing him 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 forever be altered—and everything we know about Christopher Columbus will change.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An engrossing stand-alone thriller from bestseller Berry.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • An engrossing stand-alone thriller from bestseller Berry. Publishers Weekly
     
  • Forget Clancy and Cussler. When it comes to this genre, there is simply no one better. The Providence Journal
  • Steve Berry writes with the self-assured style of a veteran. #1 New York Times bestselling author Dan Brown
  • 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
  • As always with Steve Berry, you’re educated about significant things while your knuckles are turning white and the pages are flying by. #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci
  • For those in need of a comparison, think Jack Bauer and the hit television series 24, with twists, turns, schemes and counter-schemes manifesting themselves by the second. . . . Berry’s on a roll. Los Angeles Times
  • I love this guy. #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan Evans | 2/13/2014

    " Interesting page turner in spite of "shallow" characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Autumn | 2/12/2014

    " Interesting twist to Christopher Columbus and a neat little thriller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 2/5/2014

    " Very interesting premise regarding Columbus' true motive for traveling west. Very well written and exciting. Love that he always has a section at the end which separates fact from his fictional writing. Great read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bill | 2/1/2014

    " Intriguing premise to story. Formulaic plot. Seems like he just mailed in this one. Where was his editor? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 1/30/2014

    " I enjoyed this mixture of historical fact mixed with historical "might be true". Settings in Jamaica and Prague...very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 1/29/2014

    " Very interesting. For anyone interested in learning a little history ( and not the history that they taught you in school) about Christopher Columbus. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy Krainski | 1/16/2014

    " Steve Berry's books are very good. Characters that are well thought out and a plot that keeps moving. This particular book, however, is not one of my faves. It wasn't what I thought I was getting into. His other books I thought were better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen Lambert | 1/7/2014

    " Not as good as some of Berry's other books. Slightly slower paced and drawn out longer than necessary, but still action-packed and interesting nonetheless. I really enjoyed the interesting take on Christopher Columbus and Judaism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edith | 1/3/2014

    " Really enjoyed this interesting book. Looking forward to more books about Tom and Alle Sagan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 1/1/2014

    " Another great book by Steven Berry.. They are my favorite to read. Always a great store plus a lot of history with it.. Fantastic..!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan Rauber | 12/23/2013

    " Longtime fan of all Steve Berry's books, and this one didn't disappoint. He frequentky uses historical mysteries in his books, and his plotline of Christopher Columbus and the destruction of the 2nd Jewish temple by the Romans may be his best yet. Highly recommend for any fan of this genre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Madeline | 10/21/2013

    " It was an interesting read historically wise but Steve Berry just has too many plots and conspiracies in his novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melinda | 10/12/2013

    " Enjoyed the questions he raises. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beverly Cosby | 7/3/2013

    " "The Columbus Affair" is a must read for all who are drawn to the mysteries of world history. The recount of Columbus' actions and biography masterfully interweave proven facts and imagination. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 6/17/2013

    " Steve Berry does a masterful job of mixing history with fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail Stewart rumsey | 5/3/2013

    " This book did not get great reviews but I really enjpoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelsey | 3/20/2013

    " Another good book by Berry, although not my favorite. Just not the same without Malone. What I liked the most was the history behind the story. It covered a part of history I'm not very familiar with, which was great. Overall, a good story by a great author. I look forward to his next novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia Sinsap | 3/9/2013

    " I love books in which fact mingles with fiction, especially when the facts are things I hadn't heard before and the book sends me off on a search to find out more. This book certainly fit the bill. A good holiday read that whets the appetite for more information on the topic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judy Poke | 2/22/2013

    " too many characters...too much everything! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 11/29/2012

    " S'ok. A watered down version of a Dan Brown Novel without as believable as a plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trish Malta | 11/24/2012

    " Good historical fiction adventure. Fun entertainment for a lazy afternoon! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 10/30/2012

    " pretty good, but drags in places "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April Hawkins | 9/24/2012

    " A good stand alone novel- not my favorite but not a waste of time. Steve Berry never disappoints! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Browne | 9/22/2012

    " A stand alone book. Enjoyed it; has the usual twist and turns. A good read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen | 9/3/2012

    " Excellent as always with any book by Steve Berry! Pages just kept turning. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 A.D. | 8/6/2012

    " This book was absolutely amazing and without a doubt one of the best novels I've read in quite a long time. The concept is awsome and the writing is crisp and moves along at a good pace. If you're looking for something different to read I highly recommend this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James M. | 7/21/2012

    " Steve Berry's latest literary offering did not disappoint me in the least. The story is absolutely fascinating and I really had a hard time putting down my mp3 player whan it was time for meals or bed. I know I've found a real winner when that happens! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Faye M. | 7/9/2012

    " I thought this was a marginally ok book but Mr. Berry is in serious need of a good editor. His writing style is simple overwrought and way to wordy. I liked the idea for the story but I almost gave up due to the poor writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David W. | 6/28/2012

    " This novel offers plenty of historical intrigue but overall I was only mildly satisfied with it. The characters are underdeveloped and the story is too uneven. It's worth a listen but just don't go into it expecting a literary masterpiece. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 C.G. | 6/14/2012

    " This is an incredible novel based on a great idea. The writing is fantastic and the story is fast moving with seemingly unceasing action. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 B.D.F. | 5/22/2012

    " This was quite a unique and thrilling historical fiction novel. The idea to base a novel of this genre on the life of Chrispher Columbus was rather brilliant and makes for a very enjoyable read. "

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