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The Third Secret Audiobook

The Third Secret

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2005 Steve Berry; (P)2005 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Patricia Calgary, AB, Canada 12-13-05
    Patricia Calgary, AB, Canada 12-13-05
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    "Starts out slow...."

    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!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Maureen 07-22-16
    Maureen 07-22-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Thought Provoking"

    Steve Berry has a new character, Collin Mitchner, whom he involves in Catholic Church intrigue. It is a good story that keeps you listening until the end!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Grace in Kuwait 06-25-16 Member Since 2009

    Grace

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    "In a word: Compelling!"

    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 !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel 06-24-16
    Daniel 06-24-16 Member Since 2011

    Love Fiction and Historical audio books.

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    "interesting foray into the Catholic church"

    very suspenseful, great story line, interesting suppositions for a what if.
    I don't agree with all presented but raises a large what if.

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    Amazon Customer CA 06-07-16
    Amazon Customer CA 06-07-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Anti Catholic, anti biblical, heretical blasphemy"
    Would you try another book from Steve Berry and/or Paul Michael?

    never


    Would you ever listen to anything by Steve Berry again?

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    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    He did a fine job with the trash he was reading


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    no

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    Suzanne Z. 05-05-16
    Suzanne Z. 05-05-16
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    "Steve Berry does it again!"

    Loved it! Another "can't stop listening /reading" book! I love how Mr. Berry weaves historical facts into his mysteries.

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    Jeff.H 02-17-16
    Jeff.H 02-17-16

    Telecom, Network and IT Engineer

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    "Great story"

    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.

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    Ray Lesoine 03-18-15
    Ray Lesoine 03-18-15
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    "Wonderful"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ricardo 02-18-15
    Ricardo 02-18-15
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    "Engaging"

    The plot is rich and unpredictable. The performance is a masterpiece!
    I definitely highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a story you can get lost in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Coleman 02-05-15
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    "Be Careful For What You Wish"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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