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The Third Secret

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  13,266 ratings  ·  693 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 thre
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published May 17th 2005 by Ballantine Books
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Tea Jovanović
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Odličan autor, Knjige mu se čitaju u dahu... Za one koji vole Sidnija Šeldona, Džejmsa Patersona, Skota Marijanija i slične autore... :)
Steven Walle
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
WOW what a faboulas novel. It is a story of the 112 Pope told to be the last Pope and judger of the masses. The third Secret is revealed from the Lady Mary of Fatima. It reveals some very troublesome things for the Church. It condems the Church for being way off base on a lot of doctrine. There are a lot of twists and turns and it is a real page turner. I give this book top marks. Five Holy Stars! Enjoy and Be Blessed. Diamond
Aug 21, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Renee Yesso
Jul 15, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Bev Taylor
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
colin michener is the papal secretary to the pope and has been his most devoted friend or years even though his faith was tested when he had a brief affair

but something is deeply troubling him. this is highlighted by his increasing interest in the visitations by mary at fatima plus similar ones decades apart and also sending colin to roumania for more investigating

this uncovers more mysteries and then the pope dies - but he has comitted suicide. why?

this is hushed up and one of the enemies of
David Burgett
Mar 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Elena Ntzouni
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dick Reynolds
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Mr. Berry acknowledges that he was raised Catholic and has done considerable research on the secrets surrounding the visions at Fatima as well as the politics and inner machinations of the Vatican. He has crafted an exciting, albeiit wildly improbable, novel containing all sorts of intrigue including scandalous conduct by priests, blackmail and murder.
Like Mr. Berry, I was raised Catholic and graduated from an all-boys high school in 1952. If I’d picked up a novel like this in the early fiftie
Jan 27, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller
Typical potboiler stuff - missing any sense of true and genuine suspense and capped by a totally implausible ending.
Mook Woramon
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
นิยายเรืองนีมีกลินอายคลายๆซีรียโรเบิรต แลงดอนของแดน บราวนอยูเหมือนกันแตโทนเรืองเรืองนีจะเนิบนาบกวา แกนหลักของเรืองคือการตังคำถามตอความศรัทธาพระผูเปนเจา ศรัทธาโดยไมเคลือบแคลง ไมมีคำถาม ไมสงสัย จริงๆแลวหลักคำสอนนีมาจากพระเจาจริงหรือเรามาแตงเติมภายหลัง

ประเดนทีทำใหหนังสือเรืองนีโดนแบนมาหลายปีคงเพราะในนิยายแตงเติมวาพระแมมาดอนนามาประจักษ อนุญาตใหสตรีมีสิทธิเทาเทียมบุรุษสามารถบวชได และนักบวชสามารถมีความรักแตงงานมีลูกไดละมัง

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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 ma
Kelsey Hanson
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller, fiction
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Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy a good conspiracy book, but only if they are well done. Fortunately this one falls into that category, and carefully blends what is known with plausible fiction. Set against the background of the Vatican and various reported Marian appearances, the story skilfully leads the reader in a gripping tale.
The characters were well thought out, and the pace of the story didn't falter at all. My main disappointment though was that the ending seemed such an anti-climax. Just how much is real, and
Mar 04, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Shan M
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
Jesse A
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
For an adventure novel this one was somewhat short on adventure. No real investment in characters because the author didn't really give us a character to care about. Also the stories final message came off as forced and heavy handed. Disappointing.
As a catholic myself I had great expectation from this one. I might have a sadic part deep inside my soul which enjoys priest-gone-rogue stories, but this one touched me on levels I cannot describe.

The story reaches into secrets and not so secret doings of the church, the inherited dogma we are still teaching our children after two thousand years.
My father is the kind of guy who believes feverishly in the teachings of the theology he so loves. And I'm his opposite. I like to question every scr
Feb 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
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.
Saleh MoonWalker
Onvan : The Third Secret - Nevisande : Steve Berry - ISBN : 345476131 - ISBN13 : 9780345476135 - Dar 416 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2005
Sridhar Babu
Mar 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing

Colin Michener, Pope Clement XV ((Jakob Volkner)), Katerina Lew, Ngovi, Alberto Valendra, Paolo Ambrosi, Father Andrej Tibor and others...



In 1917 the Virgin Mary revealed herself to three peasant children in a great hollow bas
Freda Malone
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: use-prospector
Due to the massive material of information surrounding the Catholic Church, the prestige positions of the priesthood, and the electoral function of the papacies, I am going to forgo a summary. I urge you to read the other reviews, or the excerpt from the book itself, to explain the plot and characters. There were just too many.

I had picked up and started on 3 books before I sunk my teeth into this one and the process was frustrating. In my old age, I'm feeling much more fickle about what I'm re
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
To say that I was surprised to so thoroughly enjoy this papal thriller (yes, you read that right - a book about the pope that qualifies in the suspense thriller genere) is an understatement. I was interested but didn't think it would take me on the whirlwind of Virgin Mary visions going back centuries, multiple popes meeting their maker and a cloak and dagger, traveling across Europe mystery over documents and legacies to rival any John Le Carre story.

This was both a pure "church and faith" sto
Debbie DiFiore
The last secret was just wierd. Ending was just too much. I loved the book though up until then.
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
Berry schrijft verhalen die fantastisch goed in elkaar zitten. In dit boek zijn veel feiten en waargebeurde situaties verweven. Oi, wat een gekonkelefoes daar in het Vaticaan!
Michael Ritchie
Catholic thriller in the Da Vinci Code mode. In terms of style, Berry is slightly better than Dan Brown, but Brown can somehow get away with more outlandish plotting than Berry. This involves visions of the Virgin Mary and secret messages she passed along. One of those secrets is one that could upend the Catholic Church. Some folks want to release it and some to keep it secret, and would not stop at murder to do so. The first third of the book moves along well, and the main characters are nicely ...more
Jul 15, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Oct 31, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, mystery
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
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
C 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
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Steve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of The Malta Exchange, The Bishop’s Pawn, , The Lost Order , The 14th Colony , The Patriot Threat , The Lincoln Myth , The King's Deception, The Columbus Affair , The Jefferson Key , The Emperor's Tomb , The Paris Vendetta ,
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