The Columbus Affair

The Columbus Affair

A Novel

Book - 2012
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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.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345526519
0345526511
Branch Call Number: FICTION BERRY 2012
Characteristics: 426 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm

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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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rb3221
Apr 08, 2016

A reasonably good book with lots of twists and turns but with a rather melodramatic ending with father and daughter. It is, however, an interesting narrative filled with lots of twists and turns as well as many historical facts and theories, the main one being about Christopher Columbus and his true identity. But for me, it was not always a page turner as the plot often slowed down with too much back story.

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BlueHippo
Aug 12, 2015

A great story and refreshing by the absence of Cotton Malone and his side-kick Cassiopia (or whatever her name is). I didn't miss them at all! The characters in this book are well-defined and we care about them. For someone like me who is not familiar with the history of Jamaica, there was a lot of interest about the history of the indigenous people. As always, I thoroughly enjoyed the "Authors' Note" and am going to read some of the other books he mentioned in that section.

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BlueHippo
Aug 11, 2015

A great story and refreshing by the absence of Cotton Malone and his side-kick Cassiopia (or whatever her name is). I didn't miss them at all! The characters in this book are well-defined and we care about them. For someone like me who is not familiar with the history of Jamaica, there was a lot of interest about the history of the indigenous people. As always, I thoroughly enjoyed the "Authors' Note" and am going to read some of the other books he mentioned in that section.

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dcp
May 19, 2014

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

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sharon711
Dec 02, 2012

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.

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SportyReader
Jul 25, 2012

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...

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confusedolivelion
Jun 25, 2012

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

bergieskid Jun 02, 2012

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.

sunny143 May 26, 2012

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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