Steve Berry – The Columbus Affair (Cotton Malone #12)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

A mysterious and ruthless billionaire, eminent international politicians, and a covert arm of the American government–all are linked by a single puzzling possibility:

“What if everything we’ve been told about the discovery of America is a lie? What if that lie was designed to hide the secret of why Columbus sailed in 1492? And what if that 500-year-old secret could violently reshape the modern political world?”

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 who forces Sagan to act–and his actions attract the attention of the Magellan Billet, an elite and top-secret corps of the United States Justice Department that deals with America’s most sensitive investigations. Sagan finds himself stuck in the center of an international incident, the repercussions of which will send shudders through not only Washington, D.C., but also Jerusalem. Coaxed into a deadly cat-and-mouse game, unable to distinguish friend from foe, Sagan is forced to Vienna, Prague, then finally into the Blue Mountains of Jamaica–where his survival depends on his rewriting everything we thought we knew about Christopher Columbus.

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Ballantine Books

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Nopirku to ‘’Latvijas grāmatu izstādē 2015’’

Vērtējums/Rating: 4.5/5

Mana recenzija/My review

Kolumbs un notikumi pirms vairāk kā 500 gadiem ir saistīti ar grāmatas tagadni visai intriģējošā veidā, uzdodot jautājumus par iespējamiem dārgumiem un leģendām, kā arī par pašu Kolumbu.

Toms, izbijis žurnālists, kurš novests tik tālu, ka ir gatavs sev padarīt galu, neparastā veidā tiek no saviem nodomiem aizkavēts un iesaistīts šajā piedzīvojumā.

No visiem tēliem varētu teikt, ka Toma meita Alle man patika vismazāk. Gan sava naivuma dēļ, uzticēdamās neīstajiem(viegli iespaidojama), gan savu dubulto standartu dēļ. Viņai vieglāk ir izdomāt dažādus iemeslus un dusmoties uz tēvu, nekā mēģināt rast risinājumu. Jāatzīst, ka arī pats Toms nav bez savas vainas.

Par šī stāsta ļaundariem varētu uzskatīt divus bagātus, savā ziņā līdzīgus, bet atšķirīgus vīrus – Zachariah Simon un Bène Rowe. Ja Saimons vēlas atrast zudušos dārgumus un atjaunot Trešo templi(ebreji…), kādēļ gatavs novākt jebko, kas stājas ceļā, tad Benē vairāk motivēts ar leģendu un dārgumu materiālo vērtību kā tādu. Bet kopumā, lai gan abi nekautrējas izmantot kriminālas metodes, Benē šķita labāks.

Pa lielam stāsts labs, netrūkst intrigas, bet būtu paticies, ja beigu notikumu noslēgtos citādāk, bet tāpēc jau esmu lasītājs. : )

                                                                                                                                                

Columbus and the events 500 years ago are linked with the present in a very intriguing way, asking questions about possible treasure and legends, also about Columbus himself.

Tom (ex-journalist) has gone so far that he is ready to take his own life but in an unusual way gets disturbed and included into this adventure.

From all characters I could say that Alle(Tom’s daughter) I liked the least. Trusting the wrong people, being naïve and also because of hers double standards. It was easier for her to blame her father and make up excuses than to search for solution. Of course Tom isn’t without fault himself.

Of this books villains you could consider Zachariah Simon and Bène Rowe, both wealthy and in some ways similar but definitely different. If Simon wants to find treasure and restore the Third temple by all means (Jews…) then Bène is motivated by the material value of treasure and legends surrounding them. I would like to think Bène as the better one of them two.

Overall the story was good with enough mystery but for me the conclusion could have been a bit different. : )


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