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The Columbus Affair

A Novel
Berry, Steve (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Tom Sagan and an unscrupulous zealot, Zachariah Simon, square off in a dangerous game to find the key to a 500 year-old mystery--a treasure with explosive political significance in the modern world: the lost treasures of the Temple of Jerusalem.
Authors: Berry, Steve, 1955-
Title: The Columbus affair
a novel
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 426 p. :,ill., map ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Steve Berry
Summary: Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Tom Sagan and an unscrupulous zealot, Zachariah Simon, square off in a dangerous game to find the key to a 500 year-old mystery--a treasure with explosive political significance in the modern world: the lost treasures of the Temple of Jerusalem.
ISBN: 0345526511
9780345526519
Branch Call Number: FICTION BERRY 2012
Subject Headings: Sabotage Fiction Secrecy Fiction Fraud Fiction Suicidal behavior Fiction Columbus, Christopher Fiction Treasure troves Fiction Quests (Expeditions) Fiction Journalists Fiction
Genre/Form: Adventure fiction
Suspense fiction
Topical Term: Sabotage
Secrecy
Fraud
Suicidal behavior
Treasure troves
Quests (Expeditions)
Journalists
LCCN: 2012009325
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Many questions about Christopher Columbus exist. Berry delivers an exciting novel that challenges the notions about the discovery of America in a story of mysterious strangers, sabotage, and a dangerous international game.


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Jul 09, 2014
  • confusedolivelion rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I have read and loved all of Mr. Berry's works.

I gave up on this with about 75 pages to go when I realized that I just didn't care.

Dec 02, 2012
  • sharon711 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

An unmemorable plot. I read this story only a week ago and I can barely remember the characters or details, except for the hypothesis that Columbus was Jewish. The daughter was a completely unsavory being, unworthy of her father's love. The two antagonists were equally uninteresting. I definitely recommend giving this one a pass.

Jul 25, 2012
  • SportyReader rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is a whole lot better than the Jefferson Key...so much so that i'd say it's a masterpiece compared with that loathsome book. Perhaps because it's the first book in ages that doesn't feature Cotton Malone- the all conquering and invincible ex agent who spends more time in dangerous situations than tending to his rare used bookstore.

Whether the story about Columbus being Jewish is true or not makes no difference to me...it did make for an interesting read.

What was less interesting are the main characters, both good and bad alike. Tom Sagan was prob the best of the lot...the daughter the worst and the intentions of the villian idiotic and lame.

The plot dips, as if Berry still wanted us to know he wrote Jefferson Key, as some plot point are just ludicrous. The ending is disappointing and lame but the journey to get there was not as painful or eye rolling worthy as the cotton malone series.

There's hope that Berry can turn things around with Columbus Affair and go and write something different and less cliched...and shocking...like malone or cassiopeia vitt dying...

A quick and fun read -- but is anyone really surprised that there is a theory that Columbus was Jewish? I learned that in a Catholic grade school during the 1950's. No shock here.
We also learned that Isabella didn't have to sell her jewels, that she only had to confiscate the jewels of the evicted Jews to finance Columbus' trip.

But, as I said, it was a really fun read.

May 26, 2012
  • sunny143 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Typical Berry. Always an interesting look at a piece of history from a different perspective. These books back for a fun quickie read.

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