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!
Telecom, Network and IT Engineer
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.
The revealing truth.
The Kenyan cardinal. Wiling to stand up against a conspiracy in his own church.
The death of the Italian Pope elect.
I haven't the foggiest idea for one.
Interesting, thought provoking
The twist about the third secert
When the entire third secret was revealed.
I am a journalist and editor. I help people write personal, persuasive essays. It's fun work!
I'm not sure who would enjoy it more, since this kind of fiction appeals to people who want to be challenged to thing.
Others have covered the political nature of the book, and that's all fine and good. I am Catholic. I am a bit liberal on religious issues. I took no offense, and I didn't mind the preaching of the characters in the book, but I do think it was all a bit too unrealistic. I mean, I don't want to give too much away, but the Virgin Mary sounds an awful lot like Nancy Pelosi! My biggest problem with the storytelling was how completely goofball slow the main character is. I have twin 10-month-olds who are starting to pay attention to Yo Gabba Gabba, and they really spell things out for the kiddos. "This is what food is!" "You have two ears!" I felt like that was what the main character needed. So we're to believe that this highly educated papal secretary can't put even two puzzle pieces together? That's one thing that makes Dan Brown books better. The main character isn't a clueless schlub. He often brings new facts and wisdom to any fact-finding problem. In this case, though, the reader knows way too much more than the characters, and waiting for them to catch up is exhausting.
The main character, the papal secretary. Replace him with someone with a brain.
I really enjoyed this listen. It starts slow, but about half way through it takes off. If you are hyper sensitive about your religious beliefs, then this book is not for you. If you enjoy a great plot with a great finish then download it.
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