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)
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.
I really like this book print or audio.
Cant say its a Secret
I have read many nonfiction books on Vatican this was a really enjoyable read, if you like Vatican history get it.
A different story.
His deep seeded hatred for the Roman Catholic Church.
All of them.
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.
the story was fine until the end...I was terribly disappointed in the way this story was written. To have a cover up at the end was a really disappointing shock. too bad!
Excellent novel, well written with deep and complex characters. This is my first Steve Berry audiobook and look forward to his other novels here at Audible.
I hate to write this, but I have no choice. What could have been a davinci type pseudo religious thriller degenerated into anti Catholic pontificating (pun intended). Near the end the author uses highly convoluted logic to biblically justify among other things, abortion. NO MAJOR RELIGION OF ANY TYPE CONDONES ABORTION. Whether or not one agrees, the fact is religions do not approve of it. This is but one example. A WASTE OF MONEY.
I listened to this book for hours anticipating a earth shattering revelation from no less than the mother of God herself only to learn to my great shock that the Virgin Mary supports gay marriage and abortion rights. What a dismal let down to what could have been a decent read notwithstanding it's constant Catholic bashing.
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