“…a stand-alone thrill-ride, and his best book to date.” –Associated Press
“Berry’s imaginative mix of Judaic and Columbus lore as well as Tom’s transformation from suicidal flop to heroic everyman should please his many fans.” – Publisher’s Weekly
“Sure to be another best seller.” – Library Journal
“’The Columbus Affair’ is an instant classic.” – Suspense Magazine
“There is simply no one today writing better or more satisfying thrillers than Berry and this one is not to be missed.” – Providence Journal
THE COLUMBUS AFFAIR
A Novel by Steve Berry
“For 500 years historians have pondered the question: Who was Christopher Columbus? The answer is simply another question: Who do you want him to be?” – Anonymous Observer
He was called many names – Columb, Colom, Colon – 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. From New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry comes THE COLUMBUS AFFAIR (Ballantine Books Hardcover – On sale May 15, 2012) an exciting new adventure – one that challenges everything we thought we knew about the discovery of America. 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 is destroyed. 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 the 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. STEVE BERRY is the New York Times bestselling author The Jefferson Key, The Emperor’s Tomb, The Paris Vendetta, The Charlemagne Pursuit, The Venetian Betrayal, The Alexandria Link, The Templar Legacy, The Third Secret, The Romanov Prophecy, The Amber Room, and the short stories “The Admiral’s Mark,” “The Devil’s Gold,” and “The Balkan Escape.” He has 14 million books in print, which have been translated into 40 languages and sold in 51 countries. He lives in St. Augustine, Florida. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have founded History Matters, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving our heritage.
THE COLUMBUS AFFAIR
By Steve Berry
BALLANTINE BOOKS: May 15, 2012
Hardcover/$27.00 U.S./$29.95 CAN.
If Ian Fleming and Doris Kearns Goodwin had a lovechild, it would be Steve Berry, the bestselling author of The Jefferson Key, The Emperor’s Tomb, The Paris Vendetta, The Charlemagne Pursuit, The Venetian Betrayal, The Alexandra Link, The Templar Legacy, The Third Secret, The Romanov Prophecy and The Amber Room. A fixture on the New York Times bestseller lists, Berry has been translated into 40 languages with more than 14 million printed books in 51 countries, worldwide. Steve Berry was raised in Georgia and graduated from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. His road to publication was a long one, a process that took him 12 years and 85 rejections over five different manuscripts before he was able to sell a story. He credits the nuns who taught him in Catholic school with instilling the discipline needed to both craft a novel and find a publisher. A devoted student of history, Berry is dedicated to researching his novels. In 2010 he and his wife, Elizabeth, founded History Matters — a nonprofit organization dedicated to aiding the preservation of the fragile reminders of our past. Since then, they have traveled the world raising much-needed funds for a wide range of historic preservation projects. Berry is also extremely active in the writing community and is a former president and founding member of International Thriller Writers. Berry’s latest book, The Columbus Affair (Ballantine, May 2012), introduces a new protagonist – Tom Sagan – a disgraced Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. Sagan has lost his wife, his daughter, his parents, and his career. Worst of all, he was set-up, destroyed on purpose, and there’s nothing he can do about it. Tom is about to kill himself when Zachariah Simon appears. Simon is hunting for an ancient prize, sacred to millions of people, one that continues to hold cataclysmic political significance. To find that treasure Simon has kidnapped Tom’s daughter and delivers a chilling ultimatum: “Give me what I want and I won’t hurt her.” To save his daughter, Tom must solve a 500-year-old puzzle created by Columbus, face down a shocking family secret, and confront a host of ghosts better left alone. On a perilous quest from Florida to Vienna to Prague and, finally, to the mountains of Jamaica, Tom Sagan’s life will be altered forever—and everything we know about the man who discovered America will change.