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The Third Secret

by Steve Berry

The Third Secret by Steve Berry
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    May 2005, 416 pages
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    Jan 2006, 400 pages

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If you were uncomfortable with the plot line in The Da Vinci Code, you'll want to keep The Third Secret at more than arms length!

The premise of the book is that the 'Third Secret of Fatima' wasn't revealed in its entirety. In this Berry is reflecting the opinion that a number of people expressed at the time the final prophesy was revealed in 2000 - 40 years after the first two prophecies had been revealed and 19 years after the Vatican claimed it had been fulfilled (with the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II). It's not to say that a prophesy predicting the murder of a Pope isn't of import, but many felt that it was not sufficient to warrant withholding the prophesy for so long, and certainly not for 19 years after it was apparently fulfilled!

Interesting Links:
One of the many websites about the Fatima prophesies, which outlines the reasons some believe the 3rd Secret was not revealed in its entirety.

Facsimiles of the original handwritten Prophesies of Fatima, in the Vatican Library.

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