The one thing I can almost guarantee, for anyone reading a book by International and New York Times Best Selling suspense author, Steve Berry, is that reading his novels are going to make you think out side the box! His latest novel, The Columbus Affair (Ballantine Books, May 2012) is no exception to that rule! It will have you rethinking just how America really was discovered and by whom.
Here is the synopsis of the The Columbus Affair from the book's dust jacket:
He was called by many names—Columb, Colom, Colón—but we know him as Christopher Columbus. Many questions about him exist: Where was he born, raised, and educated? Where did he die? How did he discover the New World?
None have ever been properly answered. And then there is the greatest secret of all. From Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author, comes an exciting new adventure—one that challenges everything we thought we knew about the discovery of America.
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 reputation 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 500-year-old mystery, a treasure with explosive political significance in the modern world. For both Simon and Sagan the stakes are high, the goal intensely personal, the consequences of opposing either man potentially 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 be altered—and everything we know about Christopher Columbus will change.
I really enjoyed The Columbus Affair, it was a fast read in the sense that I didn't want to put it down (it is over 400 pages long, but didn't feel so). It really does make you think. Over the years I have heard/read various speculation regarding Columbus' discovery of America and what really occurred and this book took some of those theories and created a twisting tale that will kept me turning pages long into the night! This is a must read for suspense readers and in particular those who enjoy Steve Berry's work, even though his usual protagonist, Cotton Malone, the characters and relationships in this stand-alone novel drew me in, and I think they will you also.
Thank you to Media Muscle for my sample used in this review, opinions are honest, review by Michelle.
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