By Steve Berry
BONUS: This variation includes an excerpt from Steve Berry's The Columbus Affair.
Explosive in either its velocity and its revelations, The 3rd secret's a striking foreign mystery. Bestselling writer Steve Berry tackles essentially the most debatable principles of our time in a breakneck trip in the course of the historical past of the Church and the way forward for religion.
Fatima, Portugal, 1917: The Virgin Mary looks to 3 peasant youngsters, sharing with them 3 secrets and techniques, of that are quickly published to the area. The 3rd secret's sealed away within the Vatican, learn merely via popes, and never disclosed until eventually the yr 2000. whilst published, its quizzical tone and anticlimactic nature go away many trustworthy thinking about if the Church has actually unveiled all the Virgin Mary's words--or if a message way more very important has been left within the shadows.
Vatican urban, ultra-modern: Papal secretary Father Colin Michener is worried for the Pope. evening after stressed evening, Pope Clement XV enters the Vatican’s Riserva, the distinctive archive open purely to popes, the place the Church’s so much clandestine and arguable records are saved. although not sure of the main points, Michener understands that the Pope’ s misery stems from the revelations of Fatima.
Equally involved, yet no longer out of any feel 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 stunning old fact that Valendrea has saved to himself for lots of years.
When Pope Clement sends Michener to the Romanian highlands, then to a Bosnian holy web site, looking for a priest–possibly one of many final humans on the earth who is familiar with Mary’s precise message– a dangerous set of occasions unfolds. Michener unearths himself embroiled in homicide, suspicion, suicide, deceit, and his forbidden ardour for a cherished girl. 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 might dictate the very destiny of the Church–a destiny now mendacity in Michener’s personal arms.
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She flinched. “Max, you should—” “Did you read the headlines? ” The guy had suffered for a long time. ” His eyes squeezed shut for an instant. Worry and guilt ate at him. ” “I’m getting Quinlan back. ” His gaze met hers. Samantha just stared at him, her expression worried. She doesn’t think I’ll ever see him again. And deep down, he was afraid of the same damn thing. Max drove fast. Too fast. The seatbelt cut into Sam’s shoulder as he rounded a too-sharp curve, and her breath hissed out. Her fingers were shoved in her purse, and she was sending the text on her phone as quickly as she could.
Everyone knew about Fuck ’em Frank Malone. C. Luke huffed out a breath. m. “His son is Quinlan Malone, age twenty-three. ” Now they were talking the kidnappers’ type. “Pull up everything you can on the Malones, got me? ” Luke didn’t know how Sam had found out about this guy. Usually the SSD found out too late. With the two survivors, they’d only discovered the kidnappings after the young men were back home. But for this case, if he was right, if she was right, and they were on this thing from the start— We could take the kidnappers down.
The kidnappers had been watching the house. His thundering heartbeat filled his ears. ” His eyes narrowed on Dante. ” Agent Dante didn’t move. ” Max could only shake his head. The guy didn’t get it. And Samantha—Sam—he didn’t want to think about her. “You’re going to stay with him,” Dante said to Samantha, and it seemed like an order. Wait, he was the lead agent, so it was an order. ” Max could give orders too. ” Because he was done with whatever game she was playing. The FBI could go screw off.