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The Third Secret by [Berry, Steve]
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4.2 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews

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Conspiracies and plots abound . . . Berry handles his thriller tradecraft skilfully, [and] his descriptions are stellar. (Booklist)

The links to religion in The Da Vinci Code...pale beside those in The Third Secret. Here's a lurid, churning thriller...ruthless behind-the-scenes ambition in Vatican City...Berry raises this genre's stakes... (New York Times)

'Pure intrigue. Pure fun' (Clive Cussler on Steve Berry)

Sexy, illuminating . . . my kind of thriller (Dan Brown on THE AMBER ROOM)

'Writes with the self-assured style of a veteran' (Dan Brown on Steve Berry)

'Grabby stuff' (Wall Street Journal on THE TEMPLAR LEGACY)

Steve Berry is a writer on the rise (David Morrell, author of NIGHTSCAPE and CREEPERS)

Intricate...pacy (The Financial Express, India)

'Not to be missed. Anagrams and complicated symbology abound, and comparisons to The Da Vinci Code are inevitable, but Berry distinguishes himself with a complex, well-written, and extremely readable story.' (Library Journal on THE TEMPLAR LEGACY)

Sexy, illuminating . . . my kind of thriller. (Dan Brown on THE AMBER ROOM)

International intrigue, swashbuckling action, indestructible hero from the American South. . . . Not to be missed. (Kirkus Reviews, on THE ROMANOV PROPHECY)

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Bold new jacket to match the UK branding of NYT bestseller THE TEMPLAR LEGACY and Berry's new novel THE ALEXANDRIA LINK


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 851 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; New Ed edition (3 Sept. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002V0916G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #99,059 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
When I was first asked to review this book I thought to myself that it would probably be just another book in the plethora of novels that seem to have hung on to the coat tails of the Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. Happily this is third book in the Da Vinci Code mould that I have read and I am surprised to say that they are all equally as good, or better than Dan Brown's book.

Many people dismissed the Da Vinci Code as a nonsensical, poorly written book, but to me they are missing the point. As with this book by Steve Berry they are written as entertainment, they are novels and nothing within them should be taken too seriously. The books must be made plausible or the reader will just dismiss them as nonsense.

The Third Secret has everything, travel in Europe, murder, deceit and hidden passion, it is entertaining and thought provoking, but still a work of fiction. It is a well thought out plot designed to entertain and sometimes shock the reader. Just read it for what it is and enjoy it.
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Everyone seems to be throwing out books about the Catholic Church since the Da Vinci Code took off. Unlike a few others I actually really enjoyed the Da Vinci Code and being someone who enjoys conspiracy theories I was intrigued when I came across Steve Berry's The Third Secret. Granted it's a work of fiction but there's nothing like a bit of truth to make you wonder exactly where the fiction ends and the truth begins.

The story centers around the third secret of Fatima. Although the third secret of Fatima was released to the world by Pope John Paul II this secret was so different from the other two and so cryptic that many believe there was more to the secret than was published. Conspiracy theorists have even suggested that the real third secret is so shocking and devastating to the Catholic Church that it can never be revealed. Pope Clement XV has spent endless nights in the Vatican Secret Archives reading and re-reading the third secret translation but as the days wear on he becomes more and more withdrawn. He then dispatches Father Colin Michener to track down the author of the translation. What follows is a tale of intrigue, deceit and murder....and with the Vatican involved there's always loads of secrets.

I rank this book slightly above Da Vinci Code as it seems to have more fact and less fiction than Da Vinci. It's a fast paced thriller that will have you turning pages just so you can get to the end and find out what the third secret really is. And what a secret it is!!!! A definite hit!
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Format: Hardcover
seems to be the Vatican and its politics and secrecy. What can top this than a conclave! Centered around the conclave the reader finds an action packed thriller that never slows down. It is a persuasively written, fact based fiction. Of course, The DaVinci Code springs to one's mind but Steven Berry can hold this own among the major thriller writers. I did enjoy reading this book very much. I only rate it with 4 stars because I found the revelation of the third secret a bit flat. But the action till then is superb! Already looking forward to the publication of Berry's 4th book.
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Format: Paperback
Books such as this - based around a central secret - often fail when the secret is revealed. Not this one. The book is vastly superior to many others of its type, partly because the ending does justify the build up and partly because the author manages the build up without resorting to endless tiresome and meaningless chases through pictuesque European cities with the main character always just managing to avoid hunters. Books so obviously written with one eye on the possible deal with Spielberg, filled with repetive, wholly unoriginal action sequences are commonplace. This is most certainly a cut above.

Highly recommended
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By lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 July 2007
Format: Paperback
This is an immensely entertaining thriller that revolves around the third secret of Fatima, as well as Vatican political intrigues, murder, and mystery. It is a fast-paced, plot driven thriller. So strong is the plot that the fact that the book is short on character development will not disturb the reader one whit. The plot will keep the reader compulsively turning the pages of this skillfully plotted book. While the book may disturb some readers, due to the depiction of some its clerical characters as power hungry and capable of murder, one should keep in mind that this is a work of fiction. Besides, priests are people, too, and, as such they are, no less than the rest of us, subject to temptation.

Central to the plot, is the papal secretary, Monsignor Colin Michener, who has served the elderly Pope Clement XV for many years. They have an almost father-son relationship, and Monsignor Michener has noticed that the Pope has been acting a little strange lately, making numerous visits to the papal archives. It seems that the Pope has become obsessed with the third secret of Fatima, as he has been given some new information related to it. Consequently, he decides to send Monsignor Michener to Romania on a very special mission, as it appears that all is not what it seems.

Meanwhile, back at the Vatican, political intrigues abound, as Cardinal Valendrea, avaricious and power hungry, plots on becoming pope when Pope Clement XV goes to meet his maker. Cardinal Valendrea is extremely conservative and traditional in terms of his agenda for Catholicism. He loathes Pope Clement XV and his stance on many of the issues confronting Catholicism today. He will, therefore, resort to any means necessary to secure that which he most desires.
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