The Columbus Affair

The Columbus Affair

A Novel

Large Print - 2012
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A family's secret, a ruthless fanatic, and a covert arm of the American government--all are linked by a single puzzling possibility:
 
What if everything we know about the discovery of America was a lie? What if that lie was designed to hide the secret of why Columbus sailed in 1492? And what if that 500-year-old secret could violently reshape the modern political world?
 
Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Tom Sagan has written hard-hitting articles from hot spots around the world. But when one of his stories from the Middle East is exposed as a fraud, his professional reputation crashes and burns. Now he lives in virtual exile--haunted by bad decisions and a 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.  This stranger forces Sagan to act--and his actions attract the attention of the Magellan Billet, a top-secret corps of the United States Justice Department that deals with America's most sensitive investigations. Sagan suddenly finds himself caught in an international incident, the repercussions of which will shudder not only Washington, D.C., but also Jerusalem. Coaxed into a deadly cat-and-mouse game, unsure who's friend and who's foe, Sagan is forced to Vienna, Prague, then finally into the Blue Mountains of Jamaica--where his survival hinges on his rewriting everything we know about Christopher Columbus.


From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, c2012
Edition: 1st large print ed
ISBN: 9780307990631
Branch Call Number: LT BER
Characteristics: x, 619 p. (large print) :,map ;,24 cm

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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...

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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