I am currently reading The Fast Paced Historical Novel The Columbus Affair by Steve Berry. It Concerns A mysterious and ruthless Austrian Jewish billionaire named Zachariah Simon, Jamaican crime lord Béne Rowe , eminent international politicians, and a covert arm of the American government, who are all linked by a single puzzling possibility concerning Christopher Columbus. Five hundred years after his fourth and last voyage to the New World. They are convinced there was more to the voyage and that he knew the secret location of a gold mine in Jamaica.
So they coerce troubled Pulitzer Prize Winning ex-investigative journalist turned Ghostwriter Tom Sagan into helping them, by kidnapping his bitter estranged Daughter Alle Beckett and threatening to kill her if he refuses to help. Tom was highly respected journalist who wrote hard-hitting articles from trouble spots around the world until one of his stories from The Middle East is exposed as a fraud, and he suspects that his downfall was a deliberate act of sabotage by an unknown enemy.
Sagan’s actions soon attract the attention of Brian Jamison, who says he’s an American intelligence officer from the Magellan Billet,a top-secret corps of the United States Justice Department which deals with America’s most sensitive investigations. They also interest Frank Clarke, of the Charles Town Council of Elders; and the 102-year-old Rabbi Berlinger, of Prague’s Old-New Synagogue, who’s convinced that the apostate Tom is the latest Levite. Before long Sagan finds himself caught in an international incident, And is Coaxed into a deadly game of cat-and-mouse, Which leads him to Vienna, Prague, then finally into the Blue Mountains of Jamaica where he makes a shocking discovery.