The Third Secret

The Third Secret

A Novel

Book - 2005 | First edition.
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Explosive in both its pace and its revelations, The Third Secret is a remarkable international thriller. Bestselling author Steve Berry tackles some of the most controversial ideas of our time in a breakneck journey through the history of the Church and the future of religion.

Fatima, Portugal, 1917: The Virgin Mary appears to three peasant children, sharing with them three secrets, two of which are soon revealed to the world. The third secret is sealed away in the Vatican, read only by popes, and not disclosed until the year 2000. When revealed, its quizzical tone and anticlimactic nature leave many faithful wondering if the Church has truly unveiled all of the Virgin Mary's words--or if a message far more important has been left in the shadows.

Vatican City, present day: Papal secretary Father Colin Michener is concerned for the Pope. Night after restless night, Pope Clement XV enters the Vatican's Riserva, the special archive open only to popes, where the Church's most clandestine and controversial documents are stored. Though unsure of the details, Michener knows that the Pope's distress stems from the revelations of Fatima.

Equally concerned, but not out of any sense of compassion, is Alberto Cardinal Valendrea, the Vatican's Secretary of State,. Valendrea desperately covets the papacy, having narrowly lost out to Clement at the last conclave. Now the Pope's interest in Fatima threatens to uncover a shocking ancient truth that Valendrea has kept to himself for many years.

When Pope Clement sends Michener to the Romanian highlands, then to a Bosnian holy site, in search of a priest--possibly one of the last people on Earth who knows Mary's true message--a perilous set of events unfolds. Michener finds himself embroiled in murder, suspicion, suicide, deceit, and his forbidden passion for a beloved woman. In a desperate search for answers, he travels to Pope Clement's birthplace in Germany, where he learns that the third secret of Fatima may dictate the very fate of the Church--a fate now lying in Michener's own hands.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2005]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2005
ISBN: 9780345476135
Branch Call Number: BER
Characteristics: 400 pages :,map ;,25 cm


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Dec 22, 2014

i enjoy the books by Steve Barry. They are quick reads, with lots of interesting historical details. This one is no exception. I also learned a lot about sightings of the Virgin Mary by other than the children at Fatima.

Jun 28, 2014

Sort of weak, I suppose if you're into the religion thing it may work for you. When the good guys are that good, and the bad guys that bad, it might as well be a cartoon.

Dec 18, 2013

I am not sure how to describe this book. There were slow moving times as well as quick, page-turning events. The pace increased toward the end.

The novel has an interesting concept. The Vatican archives are a wealth of information available to a select few and may well contain information that would drastically change our understanding of history, so I appreciated the usage in the book.

I had difficulty really falling into this book. Much of the plot seems to require a bit of faith to get behind. If you don't believe in God or Marian apparitions then the plot may be a little difficult to buy. Unlike the Da Vinci Code which dealt with something a bit more logical, in my opinion, this story revolved around something that could only be true for the faithful,

I did like the historical information and the details about Vatican life. Even for a non-believer that lifestyle is interesting to me. I liked the writing style as well. The author is descriptive without being overbearing and, even though I had trouble getting into the plot, created a story with well developed characters that kept me interested enough to finish.

Oct 05, 2011

I wish I could say more about this book, but I thought it was simply okay. Quite average in all regards

Aug 21, 2008



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Dec 10, 2012

The higher a circus monkey climbed a pole; the more his ass showed.

Dec 10, 2012

History teaches that there truly is an imperceptible line between good and evil.

Dec 10, 2012

The Virgin is heaven's messenger. She provides guidance and wisdom.

Dec 10, 2012

Inside the Vatican there was no religious freedom.

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