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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: May 2012 ISBN: 9780449008935
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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

  • 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
  • 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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa West | 1/21/2014

    " Moved rather slowly, but raised interesting historical questions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gloria | 1/19/2014

    " Great Book with some interesting story lines. This would make one terrific thriller in movie form. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn (muzikgrrl) | 1/19/2014

    " Meh, mediocre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Collette | 11/26/2013

    " I have read all of Steve Berry's books and find them intriguing. He weaves historical fiction onto fascinating reading. I highly recommend any and all of his books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Madeline | 11/3/2013

    " 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 Christopher | 10/22/2013

    " Not his best, but pretty entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie Ferrari | 10/5/2013

    " Another good one by Steve Berry. This is a stand alone novel, not part of the Cotton Malone series. Stephanie Nell makes a brief appearance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Gorski | 9/9/2013

    " Well done story...always a good read from Steve Berry...I do miss Cotton Malone and Cassie Vitt but the new lead character plays well and the story, like his other novels, provides well researched real history mixed in with his "created" history for the sake of the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcie | 8/30/2013

    " Steve Berry is always entertaining. Always learn something new about history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eduardo | 8/22/2013

    " Interesting theory about Columbus. Berry knows how to tell the story. Haven't enjoyed one of his books this much since The Amber Room. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 8/13/2013

    " Not one of his best, but still a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April Hawkins | 7/25/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth T | 7/21/2013

    " As always he has me looking up facts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hrn1947 | 6/3/2013

    " semi-historical fiction, gotta love it. Yes i'm a conspiresy nut like all americans. Columbus was a jew. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam Reid | 6/3/2013

    " Finished the book the day we landed in Jamaica. Rode by Columbus landing spot in Ocho rios. The book taught me a lot about the history of Columbus, the island, and the people of jamaica as well as a satisfying dose of mystery and conflict. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christian | 4/11/2013

    " This was a good Steve Berry-book. After having been disapointed by the Jefferson Key, my belief in Berry was vindicated after reading this one. Another Cotton Malone-free book, and a good international historic mysery. Loved it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Coley | 11/21/2012

    " Another good book by Steve Berry. What an interesting idea that Jewish treasures might be hidden in Jamaica. I like the writer's notes at the end of the story to separate the facts (and there are many) from fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dee | 11/5/2012

    " Not one of his better stories, yet the history behind the story written at the end of his book was as fascinating as it always is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Brown | 7/7/2012

    " An interesting story overall, particularly in highlighting some of the more controversial aspects of Christopher Columbus's background and religion. However, the modern day story got a little bogged down, and by halfway through the book I began asking myself "who cares?". "

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About the Author
Author Steve Berry

Steve Berry is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of a dozen Cotton Malone novels and several stand-alone novels. There are twenty million of his books in print, translated into forty languages. He has received the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award and the 2013 Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers. His novel The Columbus Affair earned him the Anne Frank Human Writes Award. With his wife, Elizabeth, he is the founder of History Matters, which is dedicated to historical preservation, and his historic preservation work merited the 2013 Silver Bullet from International Thriller Writers. He serves as a member of the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board and was a founding member of International Thriller Writers, formerly serving as its co-president.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.