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The Third Secret: A Novel of Suspense
 
 

The Third Secret: A Novel of Suspense [Kindle Edition]

Steve Berry
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For Steve Berry, it's a fortuitous coincidence that his third novel, a Vatican-centered conspiracy thriller titled The Third Secret, was published in the immediate aftermath of Pope Benedict XVI's anointment in Rome. While this exuberantly contrived yarn would likely have drawn an audience at any time, it benefits from coming before readers just after they've been primed with news reports about papal succession, the relative influence and legacy of pontiffs, and the increasing tug-of-war between Roman Catholic progressives and conservative traditionalists.

Set in the near future, Secret introduces Jakob Volkner--Pope Clement XV--a German "caretaker pope" who, nearing the age of 80, was elected as John Paul II's successor. But three years into his papacy, the thoughtful Clement has begun to quietly express skepticism about papal infallibility and the Church's restrictive dogma, and to make odd requests of his longtime secretary, Monsignor Colin Michener, an Irish-born but American-reared priest whose vows of celibacy have been tested--and found wanting. Clement has also made repeated visits to a guarded sanctum within the Vatican archives, where sacred and historic documents are stored. And he's dispatched Michener to Romania to locate an elderly cleric who, in the 1950s, translated three cryptic prophecies, purportedly offered by the Virgin Mary in 1917 to a trio of children in Fatima, Portugal. Those secrets have since been fully disclosed to the world. Or have they? That’s the question facing Michener in the wake of Clement's shocking suicide, as he pursues a twisted trail of clues, crimes, and religious forecasts from Rome to Bosnia to Germany, accompanied by his former lover, journalist Katerina Lew. But making any additional secrets known to the world will put Michener in confrontation with doctrinal reactionaries, led by Cardinal Alberto Valendrea, the Vatican's Italian secretary of state, who's determined to follow Clement as the Vicar of Christ--even if that requires inventing a few new sins and flouting a 900-year-old prediction of doom for the next pope.

Attorney-author Berry, praised previously for The Amber Room and The Romanov Prophecy, enriches The Third Secret with glimpses behind the locked doors of a papal selection process and knowledge of centuries-old Catholic prognostications that, while employed judiciously in these pages, nonetheless suggest a prodigious amount of research. He's less successful with his casting. Valendrea is a wincingly unnuanced scoundrel, and Ms. Lew achieves scarce definition beyond being a raven-tressed temptress to powerful prelates. Thankfully, Berry does better by Michener, who finds himself at a crossroads, carrying on in Clement's name even as he searches for confirmation that his own life of devotion and service has been meaningful. Although the secrets "revealed" in this tale seem more controversial than plausible, and a potentially intriguing subplot about the excommunication of a maverick priest ends up as a throwaway device, The Third Secret builds to a conclusion that is as suspenseful and stunning as it is inevitable. Have faith. --J. Kingston Pierce

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For Steve Berry, it's a fortuitous coincidence that his third novel, a Vatican-centered conspiracy thriller titled The Third Secret, was published in the immediate aftermath of Pope Benedict XVI's anointment in Rome. While this exuberantly contrived yarn would likely have drawn an audience at any time, it benefits from coming before readers just after they've been primed with news reports about papal succession, the relative influence and legacy of pontiffs, and the increasing tug-of-war between Roman Catholic progressives and conservative traditionalists.

Set in the near future, Secret introduces Jakob Volkner--Pope Clement XV--a German "caretaker pope" who, nearing the age of 80, was elected as John Paul II's successor. But three years into his papacy, the thoughtful Clement has begun to quietly express skepticism about papal infallibility and the Church's restrictive dogma, and to make odd requests of his longtime secretary, Monsignor Colin Michener, an Irish-born but American-reared priest whose vows of celibacy have been tested--and found wanting. Clement has also made repeated visits to a guarded sanctum within the Vatican archives, where sacred and historic documents are stored. And he's dispatched Michener to Romania to locate an elderly cleric who, in the 1950s, translated three cryptic prophecies, purportedly offered by the Virgin Mary in 1917 to a trio of children in Fatima, Portugal. Those secrets have since been fully disclosed to the world. Or have they? That’s the question facing Michener in the wake of Clement's shocking suicide, as he pursues a twisted trail of clues, crimes, and religious forecasts from Rome to Bosnia to Germany, accompanied by his former lover, journalist Katerina Lew. But making any additional secrets known to the world will put Michener in confrontation with doctrinal reactionaries, led by Cardinal Alberto Valendrea, the Vatican's Italian secretary of state, who's determined to follow Clement as the Vicar of Christ--even if that requires inventing a few new sins and flouting a 900-year-old prediction of doom for the next pope.

Attorney-author Berry, praised previously for The Amber Room and The Romanov Prophecy, enriches The Third Secret with glimpses behind the locked doors of a papal selection process and knowledge of centuries-old Catholic prognostications that, while employed judiciously in these pages, nonetheless suggest a prodigious amount of research. He's less successful with his casting. Valendrea is a wincingly unnuanced scoundrel, and Ms. Lew achieves scarce definition beyond being a raven-tressed temptress to powerful prelates. Thankfully, Berry does better by Michener, who finds himself at a crossroads, carrying on in Clement's name even as he searches for confirmation that his own life of devotion and service has been meaningful. Although the secrets "revealed" in this tale seem more controversial than plausible, and a potentially intriguing subplot about the excommunication of a maverick priest ends up as a throwaway device, The Third Secret builds to a conclusion that is as suspenseful and stunning as it is inevitable. Have faith. --J. Kingston Pierce


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 778 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 400 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0345476131
  • Verlag: Ballantine Books (17. Mai 2005)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B000FCK4OK
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ein fast perfekter Vatikanthriller 9. Mai 2006
Von R.S.
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Steve Berry hat mit seinem 2005 erschienenen Werk ein interessantes Thema aufgegriffen. Er verbindet in seinem Werk die Geschichte der römischen Kirche mit den Weissagungen des Malachias und den Marienerscheinungen von Fatima und Medjugorje. Nun wissen Sie vielleicht, dass der Vatikan das dritte Geheimnis von Fatima im Jahr 2000 gelüftet hat, um hier Spannung zu erzeugen unterstellt Berry, dass die Veröffentlichung unvollständig war. Das ganze siedelt er in ein Intrigenspiel rund um eine Papstwahl an. Sein Protagonist ist der persönliche Assistent von Clemens XV (dem Nachfolger Johannes Paul II). Dieser Papst kommt hinter die Tatsache, dass die Veröffentlichung des dritten Geheimnisses unvollständig war und wird mit dem vollständigen Text konfrontiert. Dies stellt ihn vor eine Gewissensprüfung der er nicht standhält. Nach seinem Freitod soll sich sein Assistent darum kümmern, dass alles den richtigen Weg geht. Währenddessen greift ein Machthungriger, vor keiner Sünde zurückschreckender italienischer Kardinal nach der Herrschaft über die Katholiken um das Vaticanum II rückgängig zu machen.

Sprachlich ist Steve Berry ein herausragendes Werk gelungen. Er hebt sich deutlich von der vereinfachten Sprache der meisten Thriller ab. Völlig untypisch für einen Thriller haben seine Personen wirklich Tiefgang und sind nicht ausschließlich einer Kategorie zuzuordnen. Sein Protagonist hat Schwächen, sein Antagonist auch gute Seiten (wenngleich man zugegebenermaßen sehr genau danach suchen muss). Der Aufbau des Buches ist sehr gut gewählt, größtenteils versucht Berry auch durch laufende Schauplatzwechsel die Spannung zu erhöhen.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Unausgeglichen 28. April 2006
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Das Negative vorweg: bis ca zur Mitte des Buches wirkt die Geschichte hölzern und überladen, die Motivation mancher Charaktere unverständlich, danach verbessert sich aber die Situation und einige Dinge werden klarer. Ab der 2. Hälfte dann präsentiert sich eine spannende Geschichte über das "was wäre wenn", die sich gut liest und zum unweigerlichen Ende führt. Gut und gründlich recherchiert, mit spannenden historischen Querverweisen. Schade um die Anfangsschwierigkeiten.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Steve Berry's Third 25. April 2006
Von Grover
Format:Taschenbuch
Berry's third novel manifests the usual Berry characteristics. He has done extensive research on the inner workings of the Vatican and studied Fatima and related occurences of purported appearances by the Virgin Mary. Berry has said that he seeks to inform as well as entertain; this was certainly true of his two previous novels which reflected substantial research on Czarist and World War II Russia, and it is true here as well. Another Berry characteristic is that his lead characters almost invariable do actions which are so patently stupid that the reader wants to scream--but I guess that is how you get a plot. Like his previous novels, the story moves along at a good clip, although at 372 pages the novel struck me as a bit too long. Berry knows how to write good suspense and keep the reader engaged. Serious Catholic readers may not find the novel suitable, since Berry paints a view of the Vatican much akin to that portrayed in "Godfather III," with abundant plots and counter-plots, and clearly makes clear his disagreement with a number of key and currently controversial elements of Vatican policy. Interesting topics handled well and with much skill. Try``The Quest``von Giorgio Kostantinos.Dank
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I'm a very avid reader. 11. Mai 2006
Von L Murray
Format:Taschenbuch
One of the best books I've ever read in my life of 35 years. First, let me say that if you are Catholic and are not inclined to be open-minded, you probably shouldn't read it, since you will probably be offended. However, if you are open to possibilities and different viewpoints, this book can't be beat for questioning traditional Catholic practices, such as celibacy for priests. The plot opens around the events that took place at Fatima, Portugal in the early 20th century. Three peasant girls were visited by the Virgin Mary and told three secrets, two of which were immediately made public, the third not revealed until 2000. It is this third secret which is the focus of the book, that is, the part of the secret which wasn't revealed by the Pope at in 2000. The main focus of the book is that there are only three people left alive who know the entire contents of the third secret, one of which has great ambitions of becoming Pope. The current Pope and an aging priest in Romania are the other two. The ambitious Cardinal is out to ensure that the rest of the secret isn't revealed. This is all I'll say, lest I ruin the book. I will say that it is at least the equal of DaVinci Code, if not better. However, while the DaVinci Code was more of an Indiana Jones story, the Third Secret is a little more political. Bottom line: Also try 'Quest' von Giorgio Kostantinos.A super buch--this book gets five stars all the way.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen The Third Secret 22. September 2010
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What can I say, usually I don`t read a book twice, this time it is a little different. I had borrowed this from our libary a year ago and read it, not realizing this I ordered it last month from Amazon.de. I am as thrilled with the story reading it the 2nd time as I was the first time.Again Steve Berry`s research into the workings of the Vatican and the Church politics are both amazing and from what I know very through.How he was able to find some of his information was astounding, I was raised catholic with 12 years catholic education and I have lived over 18 years in the state of Georgia not far from where Steve Berry grew up, I find him to be an extra ordinary writer. As of yet none of his books have dissapointed me.
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