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The Third Secret Audiobook

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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    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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    Erin 06-28-11
    Erin 06-28-11 Member Since 2010
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    "ok story but terribly disappointing"

    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!

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    Ross prince George, British Columbia, Canada 07-15-07
    Ross prince George, British Columbia, Canada 07-15-07
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    "Excellent Novel"

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Steven prescott, AZ, United States 07-26-08
    Steven prescott, AZ, United States 07-26-08
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    "became anti catholic diatribe"

    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.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Ron LAS VEGAS, NV, USA 12-02-08
    Ron LAS VEGAS, NV, USA 12-02-08
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    "Dismal let down"

    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.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Meredith Matthews, NC, USA 03-26-06
    Meredith Matthews, NC, USA 03-26-06
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    "Great til the end"

    I enjoyed this book until the end. The reader is terrific. However, the ending makes this book seem like another outlet for making the homosexual agenda seem approved by God.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    David Finchville, KY, USA 10-25-08
    David Finchville, KY, USA 10-25-08 Member Since 2008
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    "I agree with Stephen"

    This author, though professing to be Catholic, is actually anti-Catholic. Though he has significant understanding of the workings of the Church, he knows nothing of it's Faith and Doctrine. It's impossible to write a decent Catholic novel without this knowledge and understanding. Nothing but a NOVEL piece of propaganda. I actually felt sick, as the anti-Christian diatribe began.

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    C. Murphy chicago 03-01-07
    C. Murphy chicago 03-01-07 Listener Since 2005

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    "awesome"

    excellent listen, perfectly written and awesome reader. don't miss this one.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Siona Moscow, Russia 11-06-10
    Siona Moscow, Russia 11-06-10
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    "Quiet interesting"

    I can recommend this book only to a people who are not catholic. For me it was very interesting to see how the author has tried to separate religion and faith and to question the main church doctrins. The plot is not so active and thrilling as in other S.Berry's books, but the book makes you think.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leigh Cedar Park, TX, United States 06-17-10
    Leigh Cedar Park, TX, United States 06-17-10
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    "Good stuff"

    This is good. Period. Worth buying and it will keep your attention. As usual Berry spins a pretty good yarn. I enjoyed it all the way through.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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