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The Columbus Affair

Posted on: June 26, 2012

Name : The Columbus Affair

Author:  Steve Berry

Genre : Historical Fiction

Pages : 440+

Language: English

Publication Year: May 15, 2012

Is Review Spoiler: No

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Rating: 3.5/5

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I like historical fiction and mystery/thriller genre and Dan Brown is my all time favortite author of this genre. It’s been long time I haven’t read any Historical fiction books and then I find this one – The Columbus Affair by Steve Berry.

This is a high tension thriller with lot’s of historical facts thrown in between to make it even more interesting and gripping. After reading this book, I am still wondering who ‘Columbus’ was — Steve Berry here presented a very good hypothesis on Columbus which is totally different from whatever I read in history lesson’s as child.

The ultimate question here is ‘Why Columbus led voyages to new world’? – is it to discover new land or to prove earth is not flat or something else — kept as secret for almost 2000 years? A secret for which people are ready to kill or be killed?

‘Who is Columbus?’ as the author says ‘Who you want him to be?’.

Who is Columbus – here is a brief description from Wikipedia : Christopher Columbus (Spanish:Cristobal Colón; before 31 October 1451 – 20 May 1506) was an explorer, colonizer, and navigator, born in the Republic of Genoa, in what is today northwestern Italy. Under the auspices of the Catholic Monarchs of Spain, he completed four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean that led to general European awareness of the American continents. Those voyages, and his efforts to establish permanent settlements in the island of Hispaniola, initiated the process of Spanish colonization, which foreshadowed the general European colonization of what became known as the “New World”.

Every chapter in this book will jump to a different perspective and end with a cliff hanger – I find this very frustrating because your are immersed into one chapter and wants to know what will happen next then suddenly you will dragged out of that perspective and put into some other perspective.  Some times the change of perspective is very often – in some places within one page the perspective changes for 2 or 3 times which is really frustrating apart from this the narrative is very good.

It’s very difficult to understand the real motives of the character involved in this book till the end except for Tom Sagan. There are many twist and mysteries surrounding the Columbus exploration of the “New World” and Steve Berry here binds both fiction and history in such way that it’s hard to distinguish between both. This book will also serve as un-learned history lessons about Columbus voyages to ‘New World’.

‘If You think you know Christopher Columbus – then read this book!’ your whole perspective about Columbus will change – that’s for sure!. We know very little about the history and even less about Christopher Columbus – even after 500 years much about Christopher Columbus remains a mystery.

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.

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.

Overall this book is a good historical/thriller fiction, if you are hardcore historical fiction fan and like Dan Brown kind of book (which I do) then this book is for you.

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