The Third Secret: A Novel

by Steve Berry

Random House Publishing Group | November 27, 2007 | Trade Paperback

The Third Secret: A Novel is rated 3.8571 out of 5 by 7.
Explosive in both its pace and its revelations, The Third Secret is a remarkable international thriller. Bestselling author Steve Berry tackles some of the most controversial ideas of our time in a breakneck journey through the history of the Church and the future of religion.

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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 464 pages, 7.5 × 4.19 × 1.07 in

Published: November 27, 2007

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345504402

ISBN - 13: 9780345504401

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not quite the DaVinci Code This was a decent book with an interesting plot and great character development. The problem was the slow start, and the almost to good to be true ending for the good guys. I won't give it away, but the bad guy just kind of gives up. maybe he would, maybe he wouldn't but it just didn't seem right to me. I did, however, like the fact that Berry explained the basis of the plot and separated the fact from the fiction. It reminded me very much of the DaVinci Code without the revelation being quite as controversial or explosive.
Date published: 2011-06-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Spellbinding Hard to put down. The truth of the 3rd secret of Fatima was hidden. A lie replaced the truth. A truth that would destroy 2000 years of religion as proclaimed by the Roman Catholic Church, or by mortal men if you prefer. Fast paced. You will not be disappointed. Steve Berry in top form.
Date published: 2009-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Definite Must Read! This book is a wonderful piece of art exposing the Catholic Church for what it really is - a corrupt organization. It is about the Third Secret of Fatima and the possible collapse of the Vatican. There is some religious fanaticism in the novel, as well.
Date published: 2009-01-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Abysmal This could have been good, but like Templar, fuzzy liberal writing got in the way and doomed it. What a waste.
Date published: 2007-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from intersting view I really enjoyed not only the subject matter in this book but the way that it was written. It was very interesting to read a book about the secrets in the church being uncovered by the main characters; the Pope and his secretary. He did a very good job of seperating the church from the religion and that I appreciated the most. This different perspective teamed with the "facts" in the book were well put together.
Date published: 2006-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book for action/suspense If you like Dan Brown's work exposing some of the behind the scenes stuff in the church you'll like this too. I'd compare it a lot to Angels and Demons without the hugely unrealistic escapes that Dan Brown seems to get away with. Berry writes an exciting novel that has a level of realism to it. I couldn't put it down and am planning on picking up a few more of his novels.
Date published: 2006-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A MUST READ One of the best books I have ever read. If you liked the Da Vinci Code, you will LOVE this. Set around the Vatican, it is a page-turned 'tll the end and you won't be dissapointed. This book will make you wonder about the catholic church (and I am catholic) and will also make you question why and how decision are made at the Vatican!!!!
Date published: 2006-05-31

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The Third Secret: A Novel

by Steve Berry

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 464 pages, 7.5 × 4.19 × 1.07 in

Published: November 27, 2007

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345504402

ISBN - 13: 9780345504401

About the Book

Explosive in both its pace and its revelations, "The Third Secret" is a remarkable international thriller. Bestselling author Berry tackles some of the most controversial ideas of our time in a breakneck journey through the history of the Church and the future of religion.

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Vatican City Wednesday, November 8th, The Present 6:15 a.m. Monsignor Colin Michener heard the sound again and closed the book. Somebody was there. He knew it. Like before. He stood from the reading desk and stared around at the array of baroque shelves. The ancient bookcases towered above him and more stood at attention down narrow halls that spanned in both directions. The cavernous room carried an aura, a mystique bred in part by its label. L’ Archivio Segreto Vaticano. The Secret Archives of the Vatican . He’d always thought that name strange since little contained within the volumes was secret. Most were merely the meticulous record of two millennia of Church organization, the accounts from a time when popes were kings, warriors, politicians, and lovers. All told there were twenty-five miles of shelves which offered much if a searcher knew where to look. And Michener certainly did. Re-focusing on the sound, his gaze drifted across the room, past frescos of Constantine, Pepin, and Frederick II, before settling on an iron grille at the far side. The space beyond the grille was dark and quiet. The Riserva was accessed only by direct papal authority, the key to the grille held by the Church’s archivist. Michener had never entered that chamber, though he’d stood dutifully outside while his boss, Pope Clement XV, ventured inside. Even so, he was aware of some of the precious documents that windowless space contained. The last letter of Mary, Queen of Sc
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Explosive in both its pace and its revelations, The Third Secret is a remarkable international thriller. Bestselling author Steve Berry tackles some of the most controversial ideas of our time in a breakneck journey through the history of the Church and the future of religion.

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.

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Praise for Steve Berry

The Third Secret

“Controversial, shocking, explosive . . . rich in a wealth of Vatican insider knowledge and two thousand years of Virgin Mary visitations. The Third Secret will change our view of the relation between religion and wisdom.”
–KATHERINE NEVILLE, author of The Eight


The Romanov Prophecy

“Perfect for thriller fans and history buffs alike. Fabulous plot twists.”
–DAVID MORRELL, author of The Protector

“Compelling . . . adventure-filled . . . a fast-moving, globe-hopping tale of long-lost treasure and shadowy bad guys.”
–San Francisco Chronicle


The Amber Room

“Sexy, illuminating . . . my kind of thriller.”
–DAN BROWN, author of The Da Vinci Code

“Magnificently engrossing, with wonderful characters and a plot that speeds, twists, and turns. Pure intrigue, pure fun.”
–CLIVE CUSSLER, author of Sacred Stone


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About the Author

Steve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of The Lincoln Myth, The King’s Deception, The Columbus Affair, The Jefferson Key, The Emperor’s Tomb, The Paris Vendetta, The Charlemagne Pursuit, The Venetian Betrayal, The Alexandria Link, The Templar Legacy, The Third Secret, The Romanov Prophecy, and The Amber Room . His books have been translated into 40 languages with more than 18,000,000 copies in 51 countries.   History lies at the heart of every Steve Berry novel. It’s this passion, one he shares with his wife, Elizabeth, that led them to create History Matters, a foundation dedicated to historic preservation. Since 2009 Steve and Elizabeth have traveled across the country to save endangered historic treasures, raising money via lectures, receptions, galas, luncheons, dinners, and their popular writers’ workshops. To date, nearly 2,500 students have attended those workshops. In 2012 their work was recognized by the American Library Association, which named Steve the first spokesman for National Preservation Week. He was also appointed by the Smithsonian Board of Regents to serve on the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board to help promote and support the libraries in their mission to provide information in all forms to scientists, curators, scholars, students, and the public at large. He has received the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award and the 2013 Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers . Hi
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Editorial Reviews

Praise for Steve Berry

The Third Secret

“Controversial, shocking, explosive . . . rich in a wealth of Vatican insider knowledge and two thousand years of Virgin Mary visitations. The Third Secret will change our view of the relation between religion and wisdom.”
–KATHERINE NEVILLE, author of The Eight


The Romanov Prophecy

“Perfect for thriller fans and history buffs alike. Fabulous plot twists.”
–DAVID MORRELL, author of The Protector

“Compelling . . . adventure-filled . . . a fast-moving, globe-hopping tale of long-lost treasure and shadowy bad guys.”
–San Francisco Chronicle


The Amber Room

“Sexy, illuminating . . . my kind of thriller.”
–DAN BROWN, author of The Da Vinci Code

“Magnificently engrossing, with wonderful characters and a plot that speeds, twists, and turns. Pure intrigue, pure fun.”
–CLIVE CUSSLER, author of Sacred Stone