If Ian Fleming and Doris Kearns Goodwin had a lovechild, it would be Steve Berry, the bestselling author of The Jefferson Key, The Emperor’s Tomb, The Paris Vendetta, The Charlemagne Pursuit, The Venetian Betrayal, The Alexandra Link, The Templar Legacy, The Third Secret, The Romanov Prophecy and The Amber Room. A fixture on the New York Times bestseller lists, Berry has been translated into 40 languages with more than 14 million printed books in 51 countries, worldwide.
Steve Berry was raised in Georgia and graduated from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. His road to publication was a long one, a process that took him 12 years and 85 rejections over five different manuscripts before he was able to sell a story. He credits the nuns who taught him in Catholic school with instilling the discipline needed to both craft a novel and find a publisher.
A devoted student of history, Berry is dedicated to researching his novels. In 2009 he and his wife, Elizabeth, founded History Matters—a nonprofit organization dedicated to aiding the preservation of the fragile reminders of our past. Since then, they have traveled the world raising much-needed funds for a wide range of historic preservation projects. Berry is also extremely active in the writing community and is a former president and founding member of International Thriller Writers.
Berry’s latest book, The Columbus Affair (Ballantine, May 2012), introduces a new protagonist – Tom Sagan – a disgraced Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. Sagan has lost his wife, his daughter, his parents, and his career. Worst of all, he was set-up, destroyed on purpose, and there's nothing he can do about it. Tom is about to kill himself when Zachariah Simon appears. Simon is hunting for an ancient prize, sacred to millions of people, one that continues to hold cataclysmic political significance. To find that treasure Simon has kidnapped Tom’s daughter and delivers a chilling ultimatum: “Give me what I want and I won’t hurt her.” To save his daughter, Tom must solve a 500-year-old puzzle created by Columbus, face down a shocking family secret, and confront a host of ghosts better left alone. On a perilous quest from Florida to Vienna to Prague and, finally, to the mountains of Jamaica, Tom Sagan's life will be altered forever—and everything we know about the man who discovered America will change.