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A Steve Berry book without Cotton Malone

  • Apr 2, 2012
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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review by . May 03, 2012
This is a nice book that makes one rethink the whole Columbus tale. Berry has done an incredible amount of research into who Columbus was and what he might have done when he was in Jamaica. Tom Sagan is a disgraced reporter about to take his life. He is interrupted by a man (Zacharia Simon) who persuades him not to do it because he has Tom's daughter hostage. Simon wants Tom to exhume his father's grave, and then he will free Tom's daughter and Tom can then do what he wants.    What …
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“Berry raises this genre’s stakes.”—The New York Times
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