By Steve Berry
BONUS: This version includes an excerpt from Steve Berry's The Columbus Affair.
Explosive in either its speed and its revelations, The 3rd secret's a outstanding overseas mystery. Bestselling writer Steve Berry tackles essentially the most debatable principles of our time in a breakneck trip during the heritage of the Church and the way forward for religion.
Fatima, Portugal, 1917: The Virgin Mary seems to 3 peasant young children, sharing with them 3 secrets and techniques, of that are quickly published to the area. The 3rd key is sealed away within the Vatican, learn in simple terms through popes, and never disclosed till the yr 2000. whilst printed, its quizzical tone and anticlimactic nature depart many trustworthy thinking about if the Church has really unveiled all the Virgin Mary's words--or if a message way more vital has been left within the shadows.
Vatican urban, cutting-edge: Papal secretary Father Colin Michener is worried for the Pope. evening after stressed evening, Pope Clement XV enters the Vatican’s Riserva, the designated archive open in simple terms to popes, the place the Church’s so much clandestine and debatable files are kept. even though uncertain of the main points, Michener is familiar with that the Pope’ s misery stems from the revelations of Fatima.
Equally involved, yet now not out of any experience of compassion, is Alberto Cardinal Valendrea, the Vatican’s Secretary of State,. Valendrea desperately covets the papacy, having narrowly misplaced out to Clement on the final conclave. Now the Pope’s curiosity in Fatima threatens to discover a surprising historical fact that Valendrea has stored to himself for lots of years.
When Pope Clement sends Michener to the Romanian highlands, then to a Bosnian holy website, looking for a priest–possibly one of many final humans on the earth who understands Mary’s actual message– a dangerous set of occasions unfolds. Michener reveals himself embroiled in homicide, suspicion, suicide, deceit, and his forbidden ardour for a loved lady. In a determined look for solutions, he travels to Pope Clement’s birthplace in Germany, the place he learns that the 3rd mystery of Fatima may perhaps dictate the very destiny of the Church–a destiny now mendacity in Michener’s personal arms.
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