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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,934 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steve Berry Narrator: Paul Michael Publisher: Books on Tape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2005 ISBN:
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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.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 2/20/2014

    " I love a good conspiracy theory, and especially ones involving the Catholic church. Light, enjoyable, fluff reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 William | 2/19/2014

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Scott | 2/14/2014

    " When they finally revealed the third secret I found it a little hard to believe that all those topics would be in one vision... regardless of my personal opinions on the topics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lawrence | 2/5/2014

    " My first story by Steve Berry will not be my last! Have shared this book with others. Could not stop reading it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 2/5/2014

    " 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 to serve his friend, the pope. Meanwhile, not just one but two megalomaniacs face off: The charismatic priest, proponent of clerical marriage but mostly a fraud, against the man who becomes pope later, a man with an amazing dual personality, on one hand taking the preservation of his Church so seriously he'll do absolutely anything for it, and on the other being so shallow and power-hungry that he plans on becoming the best-dressed pope in history, that he might just be insane. The third secret: a heavy-handed message from Mary about the Church's backward ways that seemed more hilarious than relieving to me despite the true sense of it (I blame a bad story and bad writing for its failure to impress.) In the end, we are left with a pissing contest over which mere mortal really knows the divine will of god before our hero runs off to be with his love in the wilds of Romania. Given the cast to choose from, I couldn't help but enjoy the bad pope, mostly out of sheer perversity since the author was obviously so deadbent on making him the pawn of satan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 وسام الدين محمد | 1/24/2014

    " Steve is stabbing the Catholic Church using a spear made of Catholic's legends. Another Protestant propaganda against Rome. But it is very good thrilling novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jody | 1/19/2014

    " This is an excellent look at what happens behind closed doors in Rome. This is probably one of my favorite Steve Berry books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mckinley | 1/19/2014

    " Fun. I like thrillers/adventure mysteries with religious twist/focus. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Cheathem | 1/6/2014

    " Thought it was well done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremy Wood | 12/25/2013

    " not a bad tale. of the ones i have read, this one had the greatest let down at the end. It wasnt BAD, mind you, but after the journey he puts us through, it all comes down to a matter of opinion. I would recommend it to anyone at all interested in Fatima's 3rd secret, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 margginalia | 12/14/2013

    " It is no coincidence that Steve Berry's books become bestsellers. From the first line, the reader is invited to take part in a well-structured plot. I loved the book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 12/3/2013

    " Mystery. Vatican. Spies. Secrets. What more do you want? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gsandoval2 sandoval | 12/3/2013

    " Good book, rich with history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gyongyi Vass | 8/28/2013

    " loved it. he is a great author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Grover | 7/19/2013

    " Enjoyed this. Will like it if enjoyed the DaVici Code "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott Reighard | 4/28/2013

    " This is one of those dislikes for me. A compelling read, just not an ending I am comfortable with. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 4/9/2013

    " I did not like this book by Steve Berry as much as I liked "The Amber Room". It seemed a little too forced and I was disappointed in the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie | 3/21/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 1/28/2013

    " A fun read in the USVI... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Becky | 12/30/2012

    " Just not my genre choice "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra | 10/3/2012

    " DiVinci Code knock off.Kept me reading and thinking.Steve Berry's work very interesting and easy to read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jake | 9/13/2012

    " Audio Book. I thought it was a good book most of the way through. I liked the history of the popes and the secrets the vatican is trying to keep from the world but, when the third secret is revealed I felt like the author was trying to make a statement "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aimee | 3/15/2012

    " I never fully got into the characters and was bored for the first half. The only thing that kept me going was that I wanted to know what the damn third secret was (though I started to suspect long before I found out). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frank | 7/20/2011

    " Good book. I didn't agree with a lot of what the third secret was, but it was quite intriguing reading about the inner workings of the Papal court, the deceit,and all...I like the story and enjoyed the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 5/27/2011

    " Yet another great adventure from Mr. Berry. The more I read by him, the more I want to read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 5/20/2011

    " A very interesting perspective on the man-made rules of the Catholic church. I found it enlightening, especially when reading that the book is based on actual research. I look forward to reading some of the other books by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 5/11/2011

    " Berry does a great job of weaving the fact with fiction! I really enjoyed this book!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 5/8/2011

    " Enjoyable book a good twist in a long running question for the Church.......whether priest can have a relationship or not..... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jake | 5/6/2011

    " Audio Book. I thought it was a good book most of the way through. I liked the history of the popes and the secrets the vatican is trying to keep from the world but, when the third secret is revealed I felt like the author was trying to make a statement "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 4/24/2011

    " This one really starts strong and then weakens throughout. Still a very good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick | 4/14/2011

    " Not worth the time to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angie | 3/5/2011

    " An intriguing premise, the book just didn't fulfill its promise. Berry's knowledge of the inner workings of the Vatican provided the most entertainment. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bryan | 2/27/2011

    " Great concept and story. Horrible payoff. I truly thought the ideals of Vatican II would be pushed forward but instead you get a pro-abortion message from God. I don't think so. The ending does not follow with rest of the story greatly disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 2/14/2011

    " Great book....I really love the way the Vatican's history is woven into the story. Continue to like this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Don | 2/4/2011

    " The actual content of the third secret was mildly disappointing, but the conspiracy and intrigue surrounding the secret was well played out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wayne | 1/28/2011

    " I read this 2 1/2 to 3 years ago. Steve has become one of three top authors, along with Daniel Silva and Vince Flynn. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 1/16/2011

    " Awesome book, Steve Berry is one of the best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valeria | 1/16/2011

    " Almost the same story at Dan Brown's "Da Vinci Code", but with a few more tidbits of information and a lot more action. "

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