The Third Revelation: The Rosary Chroniclesby Ralph McInerny
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Retired CIA operative Vincent Traeger spent years working undercover in Rome. Now he is going back to solve a mystery. The Vatican’s Secretary of State has been brutally murdered along with a prefect of the Vatican Library. Traeger suspects that a Cold War adversary may be involved. But there is more than deadly politics at work.
The answers can only be found within the story of the Lady of Fatima: the image of the Blessed Mary who appeared to three peasant children in 1917—and predicted a pope’s assassination.
Fighting an unseen enemy in a world of religious fervor, deception, and blood, and shadowed by a powerful billionaire whose devotion to God may mask the devil’s work, Traeger must navigate a treacherous maze through history, faith, and his own past if he is ever to discover the astonishing truth.
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At St. Peter¿s Basilica, Anatoly kills a guard with a knife and uses his uniform to gain entrance to the Apostlytic Palace. There he kills Secretary of State Rampolla by tossing him out the window and does likewise with the Cardinal¿s assistant. Finally he goes on a rooftop where he stabs to death Cardinal Maguire, head of the archives. As he leaves, Anatoly is noticed by both Russian Ambossid Chekvosky and archivist Father Brendan Crowe. The Russian asks for the files related to the Ali Agia assassination attempt of Pope John Paul II, but is stonewalled again.
The Vatican does a great job hiding the four murders. However, they make little progress on solving the mass killings and what the motive was. Retired CIA operative Vincent Traeger, who worked mostly in Rome, is sent to investigate. Along with his Vatican contact Rodriguez, they decide the most likely motive is the Russian interest in the Agia assassination attempt or the so-called third secret of Fatima already revealed by the Vatican, but many believe is a cover-up; however the document is missing.
The first Rosary Chronicles is an exciting investigative thriller that focuses on Christian extremism. The story line is entertaining from the moment Anatoly commits his mass killing and filled with some nice twists such as Traeger and Anatoly meeting up early into the plot, the deep belief that there is more to the third secret than officially revealed and to the Agia assassination attempt. Though it take perhaps too long for the myriad of subplots to begin to cohesively merge as there are more than just the above, fans will relish THE THIRD REVELATION.
I was baptized Roman Catholic and experienced the traditional Catholic education. To read this book with any recognition of what was going on, you would have had to a Catholic education, too. The characters were too numerous and most were underdeveloped. The plot was convoluted and confusing. The "Third Secret" by Steve Berry was much, much better, and much more entertaining. I'm often disappointed how some authors conclude their books, and this was a fine example of a stupid conclusion. The author wrote this for the anti-Vatican II Catholics, most of whom would prefer a good ceremony that excludes the "true Catholics" and glorifies the damnable Middle Ages history of the Roman Catholic Church, rather than promoting the message of love most Christians feel is the message of Christianity. This book makes the conservatives in the Vatican look like liberals. The anti-Islam prejudice was overwhelming and disgusting. I will avoid purchasing any book by this author in the future, and I would strongly urge other reasonable people to do the same.