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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.
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"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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4 out of 5 stars
By Jane on 07-03-05

Captivating and moving story!

I thoroughly enjoyed Berry's previous novel, The Romanov Prophecy, and so was very excited to see this release on Audible. Like his previous work, Berry puts his spin on a classic historical event with intrigue. As such, his work may remind readers of Dan Brown and such, but he truly is a unique author. He develops his character well, and the story is continually moving. My only critique of this novel was that the ending, that is the secret, seemed a bit convenient, and thus not credible. Oh well, the story is still great and definitely a must listen!

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3 out of 5 stars
By paul on 05-04-12

This one is ok

What did you like best about The Third Secret? What did you like least?

The writing was great and the constant interation between the characters was good. I thought the end was a bit of a letdown and Mr Berry was promoting his agenda. It is the book by him that I liked the least. The potenr\tial was great and then it just duds out

What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

He was great

Was The Third Secret worth the listening time?

up until the end

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4 out of 5 stars
By Rachel on 07-04-07


A very enjoyable conspiracy story, although by the time you get to the 'third secrect' the revalation is a bit too convienient. Would love to know how accurate the portrayl of the workings of vatican city is, but fascinating none the less.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Salter on 07-23-15

Berry at his best again....

Would you listen to The Third Secret again? Why?

Definitely. Steve Berry authors some fantastic stories, and this is no exception. Great insight into life within the Vatican. I just love the early religious based conspiracy theories and their development through the subsequent years.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Some great portrayals of life in the Vatican.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me want to research the various alleged sightings of the Virgin Mary. The subject matter was very compelling

Any additional comments?

Well worth a listen

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