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Columbus Affair
by Steve Berry
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Ballantine, 2012 (2012)
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*   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Oh dear, here we go again with a rather outlandish but entertaining footnote to history. Steve Berry, who has made a career of outing the secrets of the likes of Charlemagne, the Romanovs, and Thomas Jefferson, turns his attention to Christopher Columbus in this latest thriller.

Columbus wasn't the person you thought he was, as you'll discover once you are into this adventure. Once you realize who he really was and what was hidden away in his ship, you'll understand why a lot of folks are interested in locating where he landed in Jamaica, or, more to the point, what he buried on the island.

It will fall largely on the shoulders of journalist Tom Sagan to shed light on the mysterious Mr. Columbus and find his cache before an eclectic collection of miscreants does so. Religious zealots, CIA heavies, and sundry international bad guys will make Sagan's task a challenging one as his stormy voyage takes him from Florida to Vienna and Prague and then back to the New World to the mountains of Jamaica.

There may be a little more here on Columbus than you really need or want to know and the author's penchant for using rather short chapters may make the narrative a bit disjointed but, overall, this is a pretty intriguing novel.

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