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The Columbus Affair[ THE COLUMBUS AFFAIR ] By Berry, Steve ( Author )May-15-2012 Hardcover [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Steve Berry
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  • Gebundene Ausgabe
  • Verlag: Ballantine Books (15. Mai 2012)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1617939625
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617939624
  • ASIN: B008KU7A5U
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Steve Berry at its best 10. Januar 2013
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Like with all Berry books the historical background is fascinating. Especially interesting I found the link between Columbus, inquisition and jewish history.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Steve Berry book without Cotton Malone 2. April 2012
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This is a stand alone novel from Mr. Berry that does not include his usual protagonist Cotton Malone, although there are some references to the organization involved with Mr. Malone. We have in this book a wrongly disgraced world famous reporter who is at the end of his rope when he discovers that his daughter has been kidnaped and he must help the kidnappers or she will be killed.

That's the beginning of a very suspenseful ride through history, and the story of Columbus and the "discovery' of the New World. The author postulate some really unusual wrinkles to the Columbus life story, including his supposed real name and what he really was doing sailing West Across the Atlantic in 1492. Red herrings abound in this book, and we get the usual world travelogue as the action goes from the United States, to Austria, the Czech Republic, and Jamaica. Along the way we meet many different characters, all of whom appear to be fully drawn, and with sufficient back story to make them believable.

There is great suspense, betrayal, lies, murders, and all of the other highlights that mark the Berry books. I miss Cotton Malone somewhat, but this protagonist and his angst is different and appealing as an everyman thrust into a situation beyond his imagining, and almost beyond his control. Read it; you'll like it.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Columbus Adrift 25. Mai 2012
Von Grubb Street Rapscallion - Veröffentlicht auf
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The Columbus Affair, Steve Berry's latest novel, is an overwritten, tedious adventure, weighed down by ponderous historical details to justify a weak storyline. There is little excitement (save for a great deal of gratuitous and excessive violence) poorly developed characters, an almost unbelievable premise concerning Columbus, and an ending that is a major letdown as a payoff for the reader.

The writing style poses other problems as well. The 419-page novel consists of many short paragraphs consisting of a word or two, intended, one can assume, to add an element of urgency to the writing. Unfortunately, the effect is so overdone that it quickly loses its power to move the story along. The novel also contains numerous uses of pronouns with no specific reference, making it difficult to know who is speaking; some of the pronouns refer to speakers in previous paragraphs, slowing down the narrative as the reader has to decide who is saying what at any particular moment.

There are numerous other grammatical issues; spelling, and syntax errors which cry out for a detail-oriented editor to proofread the work. There are also the conspicuous sentence fragments, a trend in modern writing, which is really just an excuse for laziness. Unfortunately, Mr. Berry has achieved a bestselling author status, much as a Tom Clancy or James Patterson, and may believe that he doesn't need an editor to review his work; after all, he novels must be good because many people read them. Because of his commercial success as a writer, Mr. Berry should serve as a role model for other writers by working to create a literate work of fiction. When he doesn't, as has been evident in his much of his recent work, he must let his publisher take control of the work and make it the best available product.

There is also the frustrating use of italics to separate past exposition and narrative and dialogue from the present. Since much of his book uses flashbacks, Mr. Berry's use of italics text tends to slow the action; this may, though, be an editorial decision.

The plot is the most challenging element of the book, since Mr. Berry postulates that Columbus was a Jew who sailed to the Caribbean. He did so, not in search of treasure, but in search of a safe haven for persecuted Jews and to hide a treasure which once was housed in the Second Temple of Solomon, until the correct Levite will come to find it and restore it in a future Third Temple. All of this is contrary to the thousands of scholarly efforts to establish Columbus's identity and the reasons for his voyages. This twist is, of course, Mr. Berry's privilege as a novelist. The problem arises when he cites only a few sources to support his view that Columbus was Jewish; adding more might increase the credibility of his fictional claims. Mr. Berry does defends his position by writing in his end-of-novel notes that there is no concrete evidence concerning Columbus' background or if, indeed, he did sail to the New World. As Mr. Berry suggests, Columbus' Jewish navigator, a converso (a Jew forced under threat of the Inquisition to convert to Catholicism) might have assumed Columbus' name and identity and sailed to the New World.

Beyond the storyline is the problem of the characters who are underdeveloped and, for the most part, unsympathetically drawn. Tom Sagan, the hero, for want of a better word, is a disgraced journalist who has rejected his Jewish heritage. Zachariah Simon, the villain, is a ruthless, militant Jewish billionaire searching for the lost treasure as part of a scheme to start a war which would lead to Israel's survival and dominance in the Middle East. Caught between the two ends of the action-spectrum is Alle, Tom Sagan's daughter, who comes off as a spoiled, superficial brat of a college student who fanatically affirms her Jewish heritage. Alle hates her father for betraying her mother, disgracing himself as a journalist, and abandoning her. Curiously, the father and daughter manage to reconcile in 3 pages near the end of the novel, in a contrived scene of melodramatic actions and puerile dialogue.

The secondary characters include a variety of pragmatic politicians, hired thugs, and killers who are little more than crudely drawn stereotypes. Among the major characters, the only one who appears to be sympathetic is Bene Rowe, a Jamaican criminal who controls prostitution, drugs, and other illegal activities in Jamaica, while finding time to run a company producing Jamaican Mountain Blue coffee. He also happens to have a pack of trained Cuban bloodhounds that savage his enemies. It is curious how such a ruthless character comes to be somewhat sympathetic, especially toward the end as he attempts to protect the ultimate targets of the treasure seekers on Jamaica.

The premise of the book--the search for sacred items stolen from the Second Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem--is fascinating, as is their possible return in a Third Temple. Unfortunately, the power of those artifacts and what they mean to Israel and Jews does not come across in the novel. Instead, we have several individuals who generally lie to, betray and attack each other in their search for the items, but seldom deal with the inherent power and value of the pieces. After a while, the litany of attacks, killings, lies and deceits becomes numbing, and the goal is diminished. At the end, when we expect a genuine uplifting of emotional energy--and a high degree of reverence--with the finding of the artifacts, the reader feels cheated. While Tom and Elle Sagan are permitted to see the treasure, they are not allowed by Mr. Berry to share their emotional highs with the readers; perhaps Mr. Berry did not understand the importance of the items. Indiana Jones, which this novel mirrors in many ways, did.

Aside from an overextended scene inside a mountain in Jamaica where the treasures are hidden, and glaring factual errors concerning the depth of the water through which the characters must track, the novel slides downward to a forced conclusion. The final chapters neatly tie up the storyline, but only through talk between the head of the Magellan Billet and the soon-to-be Prime Minister of Israel. The reader is not permitted to see what happens to Tom Sagan and his daughter in Jamaica, after they locate the treasure; instead, we are only told about it. Mr. Berry describes how dogs attack and kill; yet he seems unable to describe more positive emotional moments.

Mr. Berry is the author of several exciting novels such as The Amber Room, The Romanov Prophecy, and The Templar Legacy, to name a few. He has a large following that enjoys his Cotton Malone adventures. This stand-alone novel, though, does not have the excitement of the early works. Even though the Malone adventures became increasingly more outrageous, they did offer a high degree of excitement. The Columbus Affair pales in comparison, being a plodding adventure tale bouncing from America to Vienna to Jamaica and points in between, bogged down by too much historical detail, and too little passion for the subject.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fast Paced Thriller Based of the Mystery of Columbus 1. April 2012
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Tom Sagan, previously a star reporter, is ready to blow his brains out. He knows he was betrayed by some of his sources who furnished invalid information. He ran with the story and lost his job and his standing as a prime reporter, but he can't find anyone to clear his name. Life no longer seems worth it. Suddenly, a man, Zachariah Simon, appears at his house holding a picture of his daughter, Alle. He shows Sagan a video of her tied to a bed being molested. Sagan and his daughter are estranged, but she is his daughter. He can't help but respond.

Simon is looking for a treasure related to the voyages of Columbus. He thinks Sagan has some clue to where it is. According to legend, Columbus brought a valuable treasure to the New World, but what was it? Indeed, who was Columbus? These questions are at the heart of the danger stalking Sagan and his daughter.

Berry does an excellent job of inserting historical detail into the fictional narrative. In fact, it is probably what keeps the story moving swiftly. We really want to find out about the Columbus mystery. The action moves between Europe, where Zachariah Simon tracks the history of Columbus' voyages and the people who were associated with him, and Jamaica where a delightful character named Bene Rowe is his sometime confederate. Rowe is a Maroon, early inhabitants of Jamaica. I learned a great deal about the fascinating history of Jamaica and the early inhabitants.

I highly recommend this book, if you like thrillers, particularly those with a historical background. The pace is fast, the history seems mostly factual, and the characters are well drawn. As a bonus, you'll get to experience the lush beauty of Jamaica.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Save your money and time for a better book 17. Juli 2012
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I should get a major award for sticking with this book...not! It was such a disappointment with weak characters and a plot that wanted to go in different directions at the drop of a hat. Also, I was shocked at the grammatical, syntax and spelling errors. We have Tom driving through an orchard in Florida, kicking up a dust cloud which somehow changed to fog on the next page. Then in a face off in this same orchard, Zachariah, referring to a location in Vienna, asks "You are coming there?" instead of correctly referring to "going" there. And please learn the difference between lying and laying. I even wasted time trying to figure out who was being referred to due to incorrect use of a pronoun. Honestly, I am not even sure if Steve Berry wrote this book.

I recommend that if you want to read a good Steve Berry book, try The Jefferson Key.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Poorly written 21. Juli 2012
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A poorly written book with undeveloped but annoying and obnoxious characters. Perhaps this would have been less so it the book was better written.
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