The Third Secret: A Novel of Suspense

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Random House Publishing Group, May 17, 2005 - Fiction - 416 pages
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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Steve Berry’s The Columbus Affair.

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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Contents

PART ONE
13
Chapter ONE
15
Chapter TWO
19
Chapter THREE
27
Chapter FOUR
35
Chapter FIVE
41
Chapter SIX
46
Chapter SEVEN
50
Chapter THIRTYSIX
218
Chapter THIRTYSEVEN
223
Chapter THIRTYEIGHT
228
Chapter THIRTYNINE
232
Chapter FORTY
236
Chapter FORTYONE
242
Chapter FORTYTWO
246
Chapter FORTYTHREE
251

Chapter EIGHT
60
Chapter NINE
68
Chapter TEN
72
Chapter ELEVEN
81
Chapter TWELVE
84
Chapter THIRTEEN
88
PART TWO
95
Chapter FOURTEEN
97
Chapter FIFTEEN
106
Chapter SIXTEEN
110
Chapter SEVENTEEN
115
Chapter EIGHTEEN
120
Chapter NINETEEN
123
Chapter TWENTY
133
Chapter TWENTYONE
138
Chapter TWENTYTWO
144
Chapter TWENTYTHREE
147
Chapter TWENTYFOUR
151
Chapter TWENTYFIVE
157
Chapter TWENTYSIX
162
Chapter TWENTYSEVEN
169
Chapter TWENTYEIGHT
172
Chapter TWENTYNINE
175
PART THREE
179
Chapter THIRTY
181
Chapter THIRTYONE
187
Chapter THIRTYTWO
192
Chapter THIRTYTHREE
203
Chapter THIRTYFOUR
208
Chapter THIRTYFIVE
214
Chapter FORTYFOUR
254
Chapter FORTYFIVE
259
Chapter FORTYSIX
262
Chapter FORTYSEVEN
265
Chapter FORTYEIGHT
269
Chapter FORTYNINE
272
Chapter FIFTY
278
Chapter FIFTYONE
281
Chapter FIFTYTWO
286
Chapter FIFTYTHREE
290
PART FOUR
295
Chapter FIFTYFOUR
297
Chapter FIFTYFIVE
305
Chapter FIFTYSIX
311
Chapter FIFTYSEVEN
320
Chapter FIFTYEIGHT
325
Chapter FIFTYNINE
328
Chapter SIXTY
336
Chapter SIXTYONE
340
Chapter SIXTYTWO
343
Chapter SIXTYTHREE
347
Chapter SIXTYFOUR
352
Chapter SIXTYFIVE
355
Chapter SIXTYSIX
365
Chapter SIXTYSEVEN
369
Chapter SIXTYEIGHT
373
Chapter SIXTYNINE
386
Chapter SEVENTY
392
Chapter SEVENTYONE
396
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Page 9 - In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and she will be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world.
Page 9 - If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated.
Page 7 - I want you to come here on the thirteenth day of the coming month, and to continue to say five decades of the Rosary every day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary to obtain the peace of the world and the end of the war. For She alone will be able to help.

About the author (2005)

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. His novel The Columbus Affair earned him the Anne Frank Human Writes Award, and his historic preservation work merited the 2013 Silver Bullet from International Thriller Writers.
 
Steve Berry was born and raised in Georgia, graduating from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. He was a trial lawyer for 30 years and held elective office for 14 of those years. He is a founding member of International Thriller Writers—a group of more than 2,600 thriller writers from around the world—and served three years as its co-president.
 
For more information, visit www.steveberry.org.


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