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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
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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
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... :)
Diamond Cowboy
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Ty
Feb 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Nicole
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
David Burgett
Mar 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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
Jessica
Jan 27, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Typical potboiler stuff - missing any sense of true and genuine suspense and capped by a totally implausible ending.
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 ma
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Dick Reynolds
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Neil
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
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Jesse A
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.
Saleh MoonWalker
Seamlessly weaves history and fiction. The meticulous research . . . drives Berry's writing a notch higher. He has crafted an intense, fast-paced thriller that suceeds because of clever plotting and introspective characters . . . a compelling read, a thinking man's thriller that proves as informative as entertaining.
Kelsey Hanson
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Kinga
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
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Shan M
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Rhodora
Feb 15, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sridhar Babu
Mar 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
MY LONG BLOG ABOUT THIS CONTROVERSIAL FICTION...!!!

AUTHOR..
STEVE BERRY..
CHARACTERS..
Colin Michener, Pope Clement XV ((Jakob Volkner)), Katerina Lew, Ngovi, Alberto Valendra, Paolo Ambrosi, Father Andrej Tibor and others...
LOCATION..
FATIMA (PORTUGAL), VATICAN CITY, ROMANIA and MEDJUGORJE (BOSNIA)...BAMBERG (GERMANY)
GENRE..
Thriller...

PLOT...

THE APPARITIONS OF VIRGIN MARY...!!

1.FATIMA VILLAGE (PORTUGAL..)
In 1917 the Virgin Mary revealed herself to three peasant children in a great hollow bas
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Debbie DiFiore
The last secret was just wierd. Ending was just too much. I loved the book though up until then.
Kaeri
Jul 15, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Julie
Oct 31, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, historical
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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Jedidiah
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Joy
Sep 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 09, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
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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SeRRo
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Steve Berry did not impress me too much with this book. I guess he needs another chance. It was a fine read on a long journey but it made me notice the time flowing. It did not captivate me enough yet I liked the fact that it was closely presenting real life facts.
Also the story provides an insight on Romania, this is why I had to read it. Yet Mr Berry's position I believe to be biased. Heavily. Here is an excerpt in which he refers to Translvania: "... Erdely, a place of rich forests, citadel c
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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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Espe
Oct 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Randall 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
J.F. Penn
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers, religious
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
Allison
This was really well-plotted and tense (except maybe for the part where in every single one of books like this, there always seems to be an "exotic" girlfriend), when -

spoiler?

the third secret is actually revealed, I found it sort of so unlikely as to be a bit of a letdown. I agree 100% with the agenda the book seems to be advocating, I just don't see that as a plausible answer to what the third Fatima secret really was.

But the creepiness/supernatural/religious factor up to then, and the maneuve
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Rithun Regi
Feb 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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