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 follows leads to a search for a lost treasure that Columbus may have hidden. The story goes from Jamaica to Austria with a lot of history thrown in It is an interesting mix with Jews from Spain who became "Conversos" to avoid death by the Inquisition, who like the Puritans, came to the New World to escape religious persecution.
While Tom tries to solve the riddles, he must save his estranged daughter, who doesn't trust him. Besides Simon, another faction led by Brian is after the treasure (early on revealed to be lost items from the second Jewish Temple that was was destroyed 2,000 years ago). Meanwhile a Jamaican strongman (Benny Rowe) learns about the treasure too and becomes interested in finding it because Simon is his rival and to find it first would serve well as a bargaining chip.
The history is presented in an intersting way, whether it be Columbus and his Hebrew trasnlator, or the Maroons and Jews of Jamiaca or the Golem stories of Austria. The author gives an afterword and most of the history presented in the book was what actually happened. This book kept me hooked from start to finish.
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 … more
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