The Columbus Affair: A Novel (with bonus short story The Admiral's Mark) - Steve Berry

The Columbus Affair: A Novel (with bonus short story The Admiral's Mark)

By Steve Berry

  • Release Date: 2012-05-15
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Size: 8.16 MB
Score: 4
From 446 Ratings

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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.
Don’t miss Steve Berry’s short story “The Admiral’s Mark” and a sneak peek of his new novel, The King’s Deception, in the back of the book.


  • Terrific!

    By Boricuamericano
    history plus story properly intertwined, without long winding historical speeches, all quite well cooked together to entertain, enlighten, enliven, want to read more of Berry. Stay with it.
  • Quick read although it can get bogged down in the details

    By Belasaria
    I finished this in 4 nights. It reads quickly and does a great job adding bits and pieces to Columbus's legacy. There are a few instances when the details slow the pace but overall, the descriptions of locales and history are well done. The biggest drawback I have with this novel is Alle Beckett. Yes, it was the author's intention to portray her as naive and refusing to forgive her father, but her actions are too calculating and cold (not to mention frustrating) to make her remotely likable. The resolution feels rushed and, sadly, ends the book with the feeling of, "that's it?" The author's notes were a bonus.
  • Average at best

    By AUCE9798
    Average at best.
  • Masterful

    By Woolysully
    I read this book in three nights! Masterfully written, researched and presented this book made me keep turning the pages long after my bedtime! My only complaint for the book is that it made me sleepy at work for three days running. If you are a lover of the historical novel as I am, Bon appetit!
  • Steve Berry hits a home run again!

    By Chuckpont
    Very entertaining. Mr. Berry never disappoints me. This book is another great proof of that. The way he mixes fact and fiction is great. Much better than Dan Brown. When are we going to see Cotton Malone in the big screen?
  • Couldn't finish

    By Gary43
    Rarely do I not complete a book once I've started reading. Quit this one after 100 pages -- slow moving, vague plot.
  • Another page turner....

    By Stoph241
    If you are a die hard Steve Berry fan you will not be disappointed! Although, I kept hoping Cotton Malone might show up! Because there is so little known about Columbus, it allows you to really use and stretch your imagination. Highly recommend!
  • Another Berry Blockbuster

    By KOJO61
    The Columbus Affair is another Steve Berry blockbuster. I started reading Berry two years ago and haven't missed any of them. Including the short stories. I've been waiting for months for this book to come out, and I'm not disappointed. It's with great sadness that I have to wait for the next one. I wish all books could grab my attention like this one. I found it a fast read. I miss Cotton Malone but I think Berry's "stand alone" novels are some of his best.
  • Not what I'd expect...

    By Wascak24
    This is a deviation from Mr. Berry's 'Cotton Malone' series, and what a deviation it is. It smells of Daniel Silva, the movie 'Goonies' and a ghost writer. I was disappointed in the storyline, and the awkward nature that the Magellan Groups was referred to. It seemed like it was just a blunted attempt at the ever attempted Columbus conspiracy theory with twists of ill attempted history. Sorry Steve, I muddled through it but it was hard.
  • Interesting Story

    By Peter 14
    Good story but far from his best. A little slow at times.