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The Third Secret | [Steve Berry]

The Third Secret

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.
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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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    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 Member Since 2014
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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.

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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.

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    brian 08-10-13
    brian 08-10-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A truth revealed at last."
    If you could sum up The Third Secret in three words, what would they be?

    The revealing truth.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Kenyan cardinal. Wiling to stand up against a conspiracy in his own church.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The death of the Italian Pope elect.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I haven't the foggiest idea for one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marian Chicago, IL, United States 05-23-13
    Marian Chicago, IL, United States 05-23-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Barry makes you think"
    If you could sum up The Third Secret in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, thought provoking


    What did you like best about this story?

    The twist about the third secert


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    Very good.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the entire third secret was revealed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael dallas, TX, United States 03-25-13
    Michael dallas, TX, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2013

    I am a journalist and editor. I help people write personal, persuasive essays. It's fun work!

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    "Forest Gump stars in a so-so Dan Brown novel"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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.


    Has The Third Secret turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    What character would you cut from The Third Secret?

    The main character, the papal secretary. Replace him with someone with a brain.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bob Watson Sapulpa, OK 02-13-13
    Bob Watson Sapulpa, OK 02-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Slow start great finish"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    onrust 11-28-12
    onrust 11-28-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Third Secret to be better than the print version?

    I really like this book print or audio.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Third Secret?

    Cant say its a Secret


    Which character – as performed by Paul Michael – was your favorite?

    The pope.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I have read many nonfiction books on Vatican this was a really enjoyable read, if you like Vatican history get it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark McSherrystown, PA, United States 10-29-12
    Mark McSherrystown, PA, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Hates the Roman Catholic Church."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different story.


    What was most disappointing about Steve Berry’s story?

    His deep seeded hatred for the Roman Catholic Church.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Paul Michael?

    Perhaps.


    What character would you cut from The Third Secret?

    All of them.


    Any additional comments?

    I would suggest dropping this title from Audible given the author's motivation. If this title was written about any other organized religion, we would loose another ambassador.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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