Our story begins in a local computer store. The store normally contains the usual computer store paraphernalia, including a few CDs, and many DVDs. However, on this day, I noticed something unusual: a display that contained three novels, one of which was The Paris Vendetta. The cover caught my eye. I picked it up and read the synopsis. The plot, taking place in Paris, centering around Napoléon Bonaparte, was right up my alley! I had to buy it!
When I arrived home, my wife wanted to see everything that I had purchased. When I showed her the book, she said, "You know that this a novel. You don't read novels." "Yeah but look at the subject matter and the location", I replied. "This book is perfect for me!"
I started reading the book and was totally caught up in the action, although I couldn't help feeling that I was in the middle of an awesome series. I decided to google Steve Berry and Cotton Malone. Sure enough, there were four previous books in the series. I decided to stop reading The Paris Vendetta, purchase the other books and start at the beginning with The Templar Legacy. I became a fan of the series instantly!
I soon found myself checking Steve's website, hoping that he might come to a local bookstore for a signing. Sure enough, I noticed that he would be doing a presentation in May (2012) at the nearby JCC (Jewish Community Center). I told my wife about it and we marked the date on our calendars.
When the day arrived, Kathleen and I got there early. I was so excited to meet Steve and hear him discuss his books! The event was everything that I had hoped it would be. Steve was an incredibly engaging speaker. He held everyone's attention for well over an hour and a half. When Steve asked for questions, he was bombarded with several and he took the time to explain and respond to each and every one.
After his presentation, I followed Steve to his table to purchase a copy of The Columbus Affair and obtain his autograph. During the signing, I noticed that my wife, Kathleen was talking to Steve's wife, Elizabeth. They were smiling and chatting and having a great time. Elizabeth was telling stories about her adventures with Steve. I joined my wife and we continued talking to Elizabeth even after everyone else had left. It was fun to hear the types of things that Steve has done to research his books. Soon Steve came over and we talked for another half hour or so. I can honestly say that Kathleen and I have never had so much fun! Steve and Elizabeth are so kind, accepting, real, and friendly. They really love people and genuinely care about their fans.
As we left the JCC, Kathleen turned to me and said, "Do you think that the Berrys would be interested in leading a tour? We could visit places that appear in Steve's books!" I thought it was a GREAT idea and I encouraged her to email Steve.
UPDATE: The response to the cruise was overwhelming! Kathleen has enjoyed the opportunity to talk to Steve's fans that will be joining us for the cruise. She tells me all about each and everyone. I can honestly say that we are VERY excited to meet you and to share this exciting week as Steve Berry Fans together!
If you are sad because you missed the cruise, no worries. You can join Steve and Elizabeth in 2014 for an exciting adventure in London! We are already receiving calls from all over the world! The London Tour will be an international affair, much like Steve's books!
We want you to know that both Steve and Elizabeth are VERY excited to meet you! Steve has many wonderful stories to share with you and Elizabeth knows all the best places to shop! Reserve your spot now so that you don't miss out!
'Til next time!