From the book jacket: Fatima, Portugal, 1917: The Virgin Mary appears to
three peasant children, sharing with them three secrets, two of which
are soon revealed to the world. The third secret is sealed away in the
Vatican, read only by popes, and not disclosed until the year 2000.
When revealed, its quizzical tone and anticlimactic nature leave many
faithful wondering if the Church has truly unveiled all of the Virgin
Mary's words or if a message far more important has been left in the
Vatican City, present day: Papal secretary Father Colin Michener is concerned for the Pope....though unsure of the details, Michener knows that the Pope's distress stems from the revelations of Fatima. When Pope Clement sends Michener to the Romanian highlands, then to a Bosnian holy site, in search of a priest possibly one of the last people on Earth who knows Mary's true message a perilous set of events unfolds. Michener finds himself embroiled in murder, suspicion, suicide, deceit, and his forbidden passion for a beloved woman. In a desperate search for answers, he travels to Pope Clement's birthplace in Germany, where he learns that the third secret of Fatima may dictate the very fate of the Church a fate now lying in Michener's own hands.
'Berry combines combustive elements in this well-researched thriller.' - PW
Comment: Berry provides background to his research in his 'Writer's Note' at the end of the book; in this he clearly distinguishes where fact ends and his interpretation begins. This does make for interesting reading - and if you don't mind a few plot spoilers up front, might be something to consider reading before you start the book - so that you can put the elements into context as you read.
Next Book: The Templar Legacy will be published on February 21st.
This review was originally published in July 2005, and has been updated for the January 2006 paperback release. Click here to go to this issue.
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