In 1492 Christopher Columbus bore a secret agenda as he set out with his tiny fleet to discover a New World. The startling truth? Columbus himself was a Jew! And he sought a new home for his persecuted Jewish kin to escape King Ferdinand’s and Queen Isabella’s newly wrought Spanish Inquisition.
The Columbus Code is just that – the true, historical puzzle few could comprehend until today. Consistent with great historical fiction of our time,New York Times best-selling author Mike Evans pens a story replete with intrigue, adventure, and brutal persecution. The story begins with John Winters, an American Secret Service agent, who unravels centuries old truths about Christopher Columbus and the real drama that lay behind those famous voyages to the Americas.
Who was Christopher Columbus? He’s widely perceived to be a Genoese adventurer who persuaded the Spanish queen to finance his expeditions. He hoped to discover a new route to the East Indies. Instead, he came across a series of islands in the area we now know as the Americas. But what if there was more to the story? The Columbus Code isn’t the first time I’ve heard the theory that Columbus was Jewish but, if this novel isn’t the start of a series, it fails to make a convincing argument for that supposition.
There are two story lines in The Columbus Code. In the first, Agent Mike Winters, recovering after a mission gone wrong, decides to research his deceased mother’s claim that the family is descended from Christopher Columbus. He makes contact with a Spanish genealogist who suggests that he visit her country to learn more about his roots. At the same time, his daughter is in Barcelona on business and discovering that perhaps not everything in a particular business deal is above board. Eventually, the historical mystery and financial thriller combine as father and daughter find themselves on the run and in a race against time.
The novel contains various topical elements. There is discussion about blood moons, the possibility of a global currency, Russian credit card scams, and the rise of the anti-Christ out of Europe. What there isn’t, is a satisfying link between Columbus and a mysterious cabal led by a being called Abaddon. Yes, the name is definitely an in your face reference to destruction but the character reminded me more of the Emperor from the Star Wars movies than anything demonic.
While Winter and his daughter ultimately save the day in The Columbus Code it is evident there is still work to do. There is still a code to crack and many questions to be answered. That’s why I hope there is at least another book to come, because otherwise we’re left with a very unsatisfying ending. If this is the start of a series, however, then it’s an intriguing beginning.
Thank you to Worthy Publishing for my complimentary Advance Reader’s Copy of The Columbus Code, which I received in exchange for my honest review.
Have you read The Columbus Code? Do you plan to read it? Let me know your thoughts.
Publisher: Worthy Publishing
Publication Date: 15 September 2015
Page Count: 384
Read more on: Worthy Publishing’s Website