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Title:The Columbus Affair
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Publisher:Ballantine Books
ISBN:0345526511
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Number of Pages:426
Category:Fiction, Historical fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Mystery thriller

The Columbus Affair by Steve Berry

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Columbus Affair i A family s secret a ruthless fanatic and a covert arm of the American government all are linked by a single puzzling possibility i .

b i What if everything we know about the discovery of America was a lie What if that lie was designed to hide the secret of why Columbus sailed in And what if that year old secret could violently reshape the modern political world i b .

Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist Tom Sagan has written hard hitting articles from hot spots around the world But when one of his stories from the Middle East is exposed as a fraud his professional reputation crashes and burns Now he lives in virtual exile haunted by bad decisions and a 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 a trigger fate intervenes in the form of an enigmatic stranger This stranger forces Sagan to act and his actions attract the attention of the Magellan Billet a top secret corps of the United States Justice Department that deals with America s most sensitive investigations Sagan suddenly finds himself caught in an international incident the repercussions of which will shudder not only Washington D C but also Jerusalem Coaxed into a deadly cat and mouse game unsure who s friend and who s foe Sagan is forced to Vienna Prague then finally into the Blue Mountains of Jamaica where his survival hinges on his rewriting everything we know about Christopher Columbus

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The Amber Room is one of the greatest treasures ever made by man an entire room forged of exquisite amber from its four massive walls to its finely crafted furniture But it is also the subject of one of history s most intriguing mysteries Originally commissioned in by Frederick I of Prussia the Room was later perfected Tsarskoe Selo the Russian imperial city In German troops invaded the Soviet Union looting everything in their wake and seizing the Amber Room When the Allies began the bombing of Germany in August the Room was hidden And despite the best efforts of treasure hunters and art collectors from around the world it has never been seen again br Now two powerful men have set their best operatives loose in pursuit and the hunt has begun once more br Life is good for Atlanta judge Rachel Cutler She loves her job loves her kids and remains civil to her ex husband Paul But everything changes when her father a man who survived the horrors of World War II dies under strange 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