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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,153 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steve Berry Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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  • 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
  • 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
  • “An engrossing stand-alone thriller from bestseller Berry.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • An engrossing stand-alone thriller from bestseller Berry. Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Casey Wheeler | 2/11/2014

    " This was not his best effort. The premise is good basing it on Columbus and his voyage to the new world. What detracted from the story was the daughter. Her character made it a struggle to read at times and really detracted from the whole book. It is easy to see why this one has not made the best seller lists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lex Lewicki | 2/10/2014

    " So far I think I have loved everything Steve Berry has written. I love the intermixing of history and suspense, even though it's fictional. This book starts with the premise that Colombus was a converso at the time he sailed for the New World, leaving behind the Temple treasure in the safe keeping of his progeny, the Levite. It was interesting to follow the progression of the story and the intermixing of the local politics of the native population of Jamaica. Fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jill Fritz | 2/7/2014

    " I liked it! But I usually do like his books. Just a fun, fiction escape! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joanne Stohl | 1/28/2014

    " Part Da Vinca Code, part Raiders of the Lost Art, part travel guide. For lovers of history who like their characters running from place to place looking for clues while in various historic cities. "

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