Customer Reviews for

The Third Secret

Average Rating 4
( 159 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(59)

4 Star

(52)

3 Star

(21)

2 Star

(12)

1 Star

(15)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Although I enjoyed how Berry trashed the Catholic Church to its core, this book was not as believable as his others. It was a great read because of the combination of fiction with history.

The Third Secret by Steve Berry

On July 13, 1917, the Virgin appeared to three shepherds at Cova de Iria in Fatima, Portugal. Jacinta and Francisco died three years after the apparitions but Lucia lived until her nineties in a convent. On that day, the Virgin gave th...
The Third Secret by Steve Berry

On July 13, 1917, the Virgin appeared to three shepherds at Cova de Iria in Fatima, Portugal. Jacinta and Francisco died three years after the apparitions but Lucia lived until her nineties in a convent. On that day, the Virgin gave the two girls a secret that would be part of the three secrets of Fatima. The first two secrets were revealed shortly after the 1917 apparitions, but the third secret was not made public until the year 2000, when John Paul II finally released the text. Sister Lucia, who was forbidden by the Church to talk about the Third Secret, made no public statements about its release. The Third Secret was anticlimactic--a complete metaphor that makes little sense. Consequently, many observers--including some high ranking Vatican officials--believe there might be more to the message. This is the basis for Steve Berry's novel--The Third Secret.

The novel opens with Pope Clement XV--Jacob Vakner--the first German pope since Pope Stephen IX, (sometimes counted as Stephen X) Friedrich von Lothringen, 1057-1058, who has succeeded John Paul the II. Clement is affected by something he has read in the Secret Archives of the Vatican. Clement was a pope elected at age 82, and he was meant to be a transitional pope until another one could be selected. After he reads this documents, his behavior starts to be erratic and his health starts to deteriorate.

Monsignor Colin Michener is the personal secretary of the pope, and a close friend. Pope Clement absolved his indiscretions with a Rumanian woman, Katerina Lew, while he was in his thirties and studying law. He was an orphan in Ireland, where the Catholic Church took the babies from unwed mothers and adopted them out to Americans against the wishes of the single mothers. Now in his sixties, he is given a task: to find father Andrej Tibor, retired priest in his eighties, who translated from Portuguese the Third Secret in 1917. Father Tibor caters to orphans in Zlanta, Rumania.

There is also a tribunal to excommunicate father Thomas Kealy, who has a big following because he believes the Church should stop the vows of celibacy. He is dating Katerina Lew and she meets Michener in Rome. Alberto Cardinal Valendrea, The Vatican's Secretary of State, is conducting the tribunal. Valendrea was supposed to be elected Pope at the last conclave a year and a half ago, and he is making sure he will be elected pope as soon as Clement dies. He is one of the few people that knows of the Third Secret and he knows it's a threat to the Church. So he has his assistant, father Paolo Ambrosi, follow Michener to Zlanta, Rumania, using Katerina as his spy. Ambrosi and Valendrea kill Andrej Tibor to prevent the contents of the Third secret to be known.

Meanwhile, Pope clement orders Michener to Medjugorje, Bosnia where another Virgin apparition has happened for the last 20 years and orders him to get the Tenth Secret revealed by the Virgin to the people there.

Just after this, Clement commits suicide because he had a vision and the Virgin ordered him to atone for his sins by killing himself. Michener is surprised when Maurice Cardinal Ngovi from Nigeria--the Camerlengo and thus in charge of the transition--asks Michener to go to Medjugorje, Bosnia anyway. Katerina is again recruited by Ambrosi to spy on Michener, but this time she does it only because she has fallen in love with Michener.

The conclave occurs and Ngovi and Valendrea are the two top contender

posted by carlosmock on May 16, 2010

Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review

Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

interesting, but felt disappointed by the secret

If anyone feels let down by the secret revealed in this novel, you need to read Miriam's Garden and Miriam's Secret by Mary Reyna. These books are not like The DaVinci Code. They are very original and inspiring. The messages in these mysteries make so much sense.

posted by Ruth29 on January 23, 2011

Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 21 review with 3 star rating   See All Ratings
Page 1 of 2
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2006

    A little too political for me

    I realize that this is a work of fiction, but I found the message to be a little too political for my liking. I really enjoyed the Romanov Prophecy and liked the Amber Room, but the Third Secret did not live up to the standards those two books set.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2007

    Good read but do not expect another Da Vinci Code

    This was my second Steve Berry read. My first read was written after this and I saw that it was a more solid and rounded novel. As for The Third Secret, conservative readers will label this as too liberal and liberals will not understand the moral dilemma of the main characters and indeed that of the Catholic Church. Over all Berry does a good job with the historical side and I think that the ending was perfect. While some would say that it is truly non-controversial, others more ingrained in the dogma of structured religions have their world turned up-side-down!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2006

    Excellent Read

    What a fascinating read! I love novels that incorporate factual history within an otherwise fictional story. I also quite appreciated the writer's notes, which made clear any questions one may have regarding the actual history of Fatima and the like. I will be reading other novels by this author.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2006

    Not bad but not great....

    This is my first Steve Berry book. I thought it was okay, even it was a bit far-fetched. (At least I hope it was far-fetched!) The main characters were very interesting and I did find myself really liking Father Michener. Now, several friends have recommended the other Berry books so I will give them a shot but I actually hope the next one is better than this. Overall, I was glad I read it but it wasn't really a 'page-turner'.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2006

    Good but not great

    I like books that deal with true historical events and imagine 'what if?¿ It is one of the reasons that I was eager to read Steve Berry¿s newest book. It seems every such book recently published deals with the Catholic church, and here the focus is the third secret of Fatima. The Catholic Church has its¿ secrets and has its¿ politics even though it is supposed to deal with the souls of its¿ members. The book itself focuses on this intersection and is well written and well researched. However, by encompassing what seem to be each and every controversial issue Catholics endlessly debate, including abortion, it loses its¿ power and leads to an unconvincing end.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2006

    Fair Fatima Fiction

    Although an intriguing tale, the author fails to acknowledge that Our Lady's message is one of love and repetence and then substitutes tolerance of sin. Berry's characters are interesting but he takes too many liberties for my liking. A good read but as far as Fatima fiction, I place this book far below Windswept House and Secret of Fatima.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2005

    Almost there Mr. Berry

    Steve Berry has so much trouble finishing a book, and this book is no different. This book started out with a bang that lasted well into the last quarter, but then suddenly it finished without confrontation. Dan Brown is so great because he could care less what people say about his in you head style , where as Berry comes in like a lion and exits like a lamb.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2008

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 21 review with 3 star rating   See All Ratings
Page 1 of 2