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.
©2005 Steve Berry; (P)2005 Books on Tape, Inc.
"Berry handles his thriller tradecraft skillfully: his descriptions are stellar, and of special interest, he offers a vivid re-creation of the majestic conclave, in which the College of Cardinals elects a new pope." (Booklist)
This was my first Steve Berry book. I found it very slow to get started, but once it did I really enjoyed it. I am presently listening to another of Steve's books and it seems to be a trend to start out slow. Worth a listen!
With all of the all too familiar themes of ambition, politics, and sexual intrigue interwoven with cords of theology, belief and redemption knotting into a compelling tale, this book is a winner!
The Third Secret cost me both long hours and stolen moments of time because I simply couldn't resist the mystery of age-old secrets imparted in visions impinging on an entirely modern and complex world and the Church in a time of crisis.
Well written (as one expects from Berry), very well read. I highly recommend this book !
Love Fiction and Historical audio books.
very suspenseful, great story line, interesting suppositions for a what if.
I don't agree with all presented but raises a large what if.
He did a fine job with the trash he was reading
The first half was promising until the story went off the rails having a Pope commit suicide because the Blessed Virgin Mary told him too, and then we find out the Church has been hiding the fact that the Virgin Mary has told the world through seers that homosexual sex is fine, abortion is fine, birth control is fine, priests should be having sex, etc. It is disgusting.
I have read all of his other works and had stayed away from this book based on the reviews. Boy, was I wrong. This is one of his best books and Paul Michael's performance made it that much better. Highly recommended.
I have listened to be abridged version many times. I am so glad I found this unabridged version. There is so much more information here that adds an awful lot to the story. The narrator here was good, but the one on the abridged version added a lot more accent and made it easier to identify who was speaking.
Ambition, even for an honourable position, can lead people to do bad things.
Doing evil for good is always evil. This is portrayed very well in The Third Secret.
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