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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  8,731 ratings  ·  486 reviews
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
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Paperback, 464 pages
Published November 27th 2007 by Ballantine Books (first published May 17th 2005)
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Tea Jovanović
Odličan autor, Knjige mu se čitaju u dahu... Za one koji vole Sidnija Šeldona, Džejmsa Patersona, Skota Marijanija i slične autore... :)
Ty
This is exactly what I am looking for in a novel! Good pacing, a compelling story about concepts that are mysterious and bigger than any one person, with interesting characters that do not get too bogged down in their own psychology. It will no doubt be hated by anyone who subscribes to organized religion, but for me, the intrinsic intrigue of all things Papal, (Vatican Politics), combined with the ever present pull of the supernatural makes this a winning combination.

The writing is descriptive
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Nancy Oakes
Here's the deal: if you hated the DaVinci Code for its content, you'll probably really hate this one. Me, I know it's fiction (like the DaVinci Code), so the content didn't really bother me. But I think I was a wee bit disappointed in the story; I guess I expected something a little more earth-shattering as far as a revelation at the end. I was hoping for something a little more explosive, I suppose. Oh well. I saw this book reviewed on Amazon by one customer as "an insult to all Christians..." ...more
Jessica
Typical potboiler stuff - missing any sense of true and genuine suspense and capped by a totally implausible ending.
David Burgett
I enjoy sweeping thrillers that involve a lot of characters and locations. Steve Berry has, for the past four or five years, been kind of in the middle of my list of liked authors for this type of book. The Third Secret jumped him up a couple of notches.

I'm not entirely sure why, but this book seemed much better to me than the others of his that I've read like The Amber Room and The Charlemagne Pursuit. (Of which, I liked the latter quite a bit and the former not so much.) I think it was that th
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Nicole
Yikes. Forbidden romances with priests, Catholic end-times (but not really), megalomania, divine righteousness, and the war between reform and tradition all crash pell-mell into each other in this wannabe political thriller (with an all-priest cast) that can't quite shake the conspiracy craze started by The DaVinci Code. At first, it was kind of trite. Formerly errant priest struggles with his unconquerable passion for a (rather annoying) hard-nosed, independent journalist while doing his best t ...more
Alex is The Romance Fox
The three prophecies that three children received from the Virgin Mary at Fatima, Portugal in 19171 is regarded as one of the intriguing mysteries of modern Catholicism.
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Two of the secrets were revealed by Lucia Santos in 1941 – the first was a vision of Hell on earth, the second predicted a 2nd World War and the problems that Russia would encounter unless people prayed and dedicated themselves to the Virgin Mary. The 3rd and final secret was kept in a sealed envelope by the Vatican and only mad
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Renee Yesso
I loved Steve Berry's first two books, but was very disappointed by this one. So much so, that I haven't read any of his books that have come out since then. It's your normal Da Vinci Code style of suspense and mystery, and it isn't as if most of the book itself is bad. It's the end that made me angry. When we finally discover the third secret of the Virgin Mary, it is stupid, and obviously written to fit his own personal agenda. The Virgin Mary wouldn't have said that. Maybe my little Catholic ...more
Rhodora
The secretary to the pope must find out what the children of Fatima were told in order to help preserve the Catholic Church. Really, really well done book full of intrigue and history and religion and action. I can't wait until his next book.
Dan
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Jedidiah
This was my third Berry read, and in my mind, the best of them. Maybe it's just because I love Vatican thrillers, but the intrigue behind this one was a cut above the rest. While I don't look to Steve Berry for a "believable" story, I think this one came closest, at least within the context of the world he created. If you like this book, I'd also recommend William Tyree's The Fellowship (Vatican conspiracy), Fallen Angel by Daniel Silva (some good scenes in the Vatican) and if you're one of the ...more
Julie
Steve Berry must have a deal with Google or something because all of his books make me want to go get on the computer and do some research!

Once again, the book was very well researched and you can tell that by the amount of facts that are in The Third Secret and how amazingly accurate most of it was. I love how he weaves historically significant (and mostly unknown) pieces of the worlds past into a fictional story.

Okay, down to the nitty-gritty. Good book? Absolutely, one of my favorites? Almos
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Erika Etherviere
Being a Steve Berry fan, I've been looking for this book for ages so I was ecstatic when I was finally able to buy a copy. I guess my eagerness for the book built up too much expectation and I ended up being disappointed.

Don't get me wrong, I liked the book. Liked, not loved. And I was expecting to love it. Maybe because I expected too much. I love reading about fiction tackling religious controversies, so the premise of The Third Secret immediately got me the moment I read about it.

Overall, the
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Joy
This is the third Steve Berry book I've read and the first one I appreciated and really liked. Credits to the author's thorough research and the way he mixed fact and fiction in one page-turning book. His writing style in this book was really different from the first two I've read (The Romanov Prophecy, Alexandria Link). It had that captivating factor that kept me reading it to the last page. No immature characters, no name-calling, a little sex and a lot of controversy. Religion has always been ...more
Tien
It was a quick & easy thrilling read. I'm not quite sure what this type of thriller is called but I call it 'Vatican conspiracy'. Of which I'm sure it's all plausible, that there are many things being kept secret where certain personages will keep to the utmost of their ability to be kept secret from the world. Now, does that make me sound a little bit nuts?

To get back to the book, you will need an even more opened mind in that the "secret" refers to some revelations from apparitions of the
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Michelle
So, I'm a Christian and this book was sort of "out there" like the DaVinci Code. I did not think this challenged my faith in any way. The Scriptures are clear about Jesus and the Virgin Mary and when the story diverged from that I knew I was reading a work of fiction. I was able to assert supension of disbelief and enjoy the story.

It was not my favorite Steve Berry novel however. He does such a wonderful job of weaving in history with fiction in his novels, and although the "sighting" portions
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Randy Christopher
I had not heard much about the visions in Fatima and this book helped me get some information about it, as well as learn more. I have read other things on it, and watched documentaries on it as well, but this is where the intrigue started. The Third Secret puts Colin Michener on an errand directly from the Pope. This seemingly innocent errand spirals out of control and puts Colin up against a very intriguing adversary. This is both mystery and thriller I also got to learn about the famous Pope p ...more
Espe
This was the first of Berry's books that I picked up and when I read it, I was still on my DaVinci Code/Dan Brown kick. This story soon surpassed Brown's tale as one of my favorites and caused me to read more and more of Berry's tales. Although this book does not follow Berry's hero, Cotton Malone, for me this book held so much more personal connection. The religious portion of this story was amazing and I found myself wanting to do personal research on all that Berry suggested in the story of t ...more
Gopal Iyer
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Πάνος Τουρλής
Ένα καλό θριλεράκι με αγωνία και πολύ καλή απόδοση των σκηνών και σκιαγράφηση των χαρακτήρων. Κονκλάβιο, Ρωμαιοκαθολική Εκκλησία, άνθρωποι αποφασισμένοι για όλα για να γίνουν οι νέοι ποντίφικες. Άριστη γνώση του χώρου και των ανθρώπων. Συνοπτική ιστορία της Ρουμανίας (Τσαουσέσκου κλπ.) και της Βοσνίας. Κατά τα άλλα μου θύμισε Τα πουλιά πεθαίνουν τραγουδώντας.

SPOILER ALERT:

Το μυστικό είναι ότι η ίδια η Παναγία που εμφανίστηκε στους οπτασιαστές, τους ζήτησε με λίγα λόγια να αφήνουν και τη γυναίκα
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J.F. Penn
This book demonstrates extensive and detailed research into the workings of the Vatican and I found it fascinating. The third secret itself is not as earth shattering as some of the other aspects of this book, which kept me hooked with the character of the flawed Pope, the evil cardinal and political battles as well as the more simple faith of others. I highly recommend this for people interested in the Catholic church as well as those who like a religious thriller. My favorite of Steve Berry's ...more
Eric Gates
Jun 10, 2014 Eric Gates rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who like a great conspiracy thriller
It would be easy to compare Steve Berry’s ‘The Third Secret’ to Brown’s ‘The Da Vinci Code’. Superficially both novels have the same elements: a riddle hidden within a conspiracy promulgated by the Roman Catholic Church which is uncovered by an erudite investigator. On this level I would say both books would score about even. Yet Berry’s novel has far more depth, something that Brown’s effort lacked, substituting it for a controversial, albeit not original, theory with which we are all familiar. ...more
Rithun Regi
The Pope's office is one of the most sacred and powerful in the world. He is the spiritual father of a billion Roman Catholics and this book shows that in the modern era the Pope is faced with a lot of difficult questions and the choices he could make. Celibacy of the clergy is a major issue which has been dealt with in this book. Steve Berry brings in a touch of humanity to the Pope and his office and also highlights the power politics in any organization.
Shan M
I am a fan of the mystery/thriller genre, so the chances of me liking this book was really high. While it was well written and interesting, I think it lacked the quick pace needed for five stars. Best Description: A Sedated Dan Brown book. Good but no edge. I wasn't dying to discover the secret. Further, once I found out, I didn't get that "Ahhh" feeling. Worth a read but not the best.
Mary Baldwin
I chose this book for two reasons; 1. I'm fascinated by Vatican politics and The Vatican Archives. 2. It sounded like a fun, conspiracy-esque bit of fiction.

If it weren't for my interest in the subject itself, I doubt I'd have found the fiction terribly stimulating. It's well written, very well written in fact, but never quite reached the 'gripping' zone for me.

The book centres on a group of Vatican priests and a series of visions that have been documented by seers over centuries. Each priests a
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Trak
I have not read any Steve Berry before but I have certainly read my fair share of religious conspiracy theory fiction novels.
The basis for this story is around the three secrets divulged to three children in 1917 by the Virgin Mary. Berry twist is what if someone tampered with the secrets and what would be the outcome.
The pace is quick, the story telling is good, the history seems accurate and the characters fit the right stereotypes. A tormented hero, a damsel in some sort of distress, a kind
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Marie
A fast-paced plot similar to the Da Vinci Code. The setting is the Vatican like in Angels & Demons. I learned a lot of the history of the Catholic Church, even though it was fiction. I couldn't put it down.
April
I started reading this book and felt it had a "DaVinci Code" feel to it but probably because of the historical church aspect to it. It was a good book but towards the end I felt like it was a real let down. He took the whole concept of what the Bible said and changed it to work around main steam ideas of today.
"The Third Secret" is sorta based on true events. In Fatima, Portugal in 1917 three shepherd children had claimed that the "Virgin Mother" came to them in a vision and told them three s
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Neeka
What if the true doctrine of the Catholic church is completely opposite of what is now being practiced? The truth sealed away in a vault and only the pope allowed to see the truth...
This was a great little novel that held my attention fully. Most novels that are about religion or church doctrine with a huge twist or conspiracy hold my interest. I have long been fascinated with novels that are about organized religion...
This book deals with huge issues in the Catholic church - women becoming pr
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Eric Weisenhorn
This the third Steve Berry novel I've read and I liked it as much as the other two. He fills the pages with interesting facts and weaves a riveting plot within. I like this type of novel where you feel a little smarter after reading it and yet thoroughly entertained. It's a page turner but not for those who will ruff at perceived heresy or are staunch Catholics. My mother would have a hard time enjoying such a novel. I like how well researched Berry's novels are. He even provides a section calle ...more
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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 Ro
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