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The Expected One by Kathleen McGowan
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The Expected One (2006)

by Kathleen McGowan

Other authors: Roberta Maresca (Translator)

Series: The Magdalene Line (1)

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I listened to this book on cd, and I really felt that hearing my name said over and over and over was disconcerting at first! At least the reader pronounced it right. These tales of the Magdalene and the bloodline of Christ really entertain me. I find the descriptions of how it is represented in art, or at least how we assume it is, to be especially interesting. After reading some of the other reviews, I don't care if the author thinks that every last bit of it is true, it doesn't infringe on my enjoyment. I agree it got a little draggy in places, and the writing is good but not excellent, which is fine with me, not everything can be. Ordered the next book last night, but I won't be dropping everything else when it comes in, I'll need a little break. ( )
  MaureenCean | Feb 2, 2016 |
This book really made me think. The plot was complex but not too confusing, the characters were realistic and engaging, and the premise is factually based, which made the book even more appealing. There is a list of references in the back for those who want to follow up on her research. Based on her website, it seems somewhat autobiographical as well, which I found very intriguing. I really looked forward to reading the next installment. ( )
  SusanBNM | Nov 23, 2014 |
Really not my thing. I wanted to like it. It alternately seeks to be a feminist retelling of the life of Jesus, or a secret-societies rule the world story. In my opinion, it fails pretty hard at both.

The retelling of Mary Magdalene and Jesus was adequate, but harped a little too much on the 'Jesus treated women as EQUALS' point for me really to get involved. I'm already on board -- tell me a good story. Mediocre at best.

The modern day 'thriller' was anything but. The plot was shallow and transparent, the characters boring and two-dimensional. I rolled my eyes countless times, and cringed a few more at the trite lines. In my head, I kept yelling at the author to SHOW, don't TELL.

Perhaps I wasn't the intended audience -- I'm already a feminist and I don't need convincing that there is more than one side to every story. I think my problem is that I was looking for a story, and I got a a Mary-Jane fanfic that needed a few more beta readers. ( )
  reflexandresolve | Oct 3, 2014 |
70,00RMB, read 14-15/06/08

The story was great. I love reading different interpretations of familiar stories (stories from the bible, King Arthur, Robin Hood,...). I should have stopped before reading the author's notes claiming that it's all true but she didn't have quite enough proof to publish it as a scholarly work and so wrote it as a novel. Also, the author's picture on the back cover - she clearly described herself when she described Maureen and she's posed herself to show off her ring (Maureen's ring?) the way that Maureen was posed on her book that allowed Sinclair to recognize her from the ring on her finger. I'll admit that this isn't as annoying as Clive Cussler writing himself into all his Dirk Pitt novels... ( )
  Susanna.Dilliott | Apr 23, 2014 |
Engaging story, although a little Dan Brown or Steve Berry -ish. 1st in a series, apparently. I enjoyed it. ( )
  debbie.menzel | Feb 6, 2014 |
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To the chosen lady and her children,
whom I love in the truth;
and not I only, but also all who know the truth;
because of the truth which lives in us
and will be with us forever.

2 JOHN 1-2
Dedication
This book is dedicated to:

Mary Magdalene,
my muse, my ancestor;

Peter McGowan,
the rock I built my life on;

My parents, Donna and Joe,
for unconditional love and interesting genetics;

and to our Grail princes,
Patrick, Conor, and Shane,
for filling our live with love, laughter, and
constant inspiration
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There wasn't much time left.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0743299426, Hardcover)

THE GREATEST STORY NEVER TOLD! A POLITICAL RIVALRY THAT ENDED IN TWO EXECUTIONS AN INTRICATE LOVE TRIANGLE THAT ALTERED THE COURSE OF HISTORY A RELIGIOUS REVOLUTION THAT CHANGED THE WORLD

Two thousand years ago, Mary Magdalene hid a set of scrolls in the rocky foothills of the French Pyrenees, a gospel that contained her own version of the events and characters of the New Testament. Protected by supernatural forces, these sacred scrolls could be uncovered only by a special seeker, one who fulfills the ancient prophecy of l'attendue -- The Expected One.

When journalist Maureen Pascal begins the research for a new book, she has no idea that she is stepping into an ancient mystery so secret, so revolutionary, that thousands of people have killed and died for it. She becomes deeply immersed in the mystical cultures of southwest France as the eerie prophecy of The Expected One casts a shadow over her life and work and a long-buried family secret comes to light.

Maureen's extraordinary journey takes her from the dusty streets of Jerusalem to the cathedrals of Paris . . . and ultimately to search for the scrolls themselves. She must unravel clues that link history's great artistic masters, including Sandro Botticelli, Nicolas Poussin, and Jean Cocteau; the Medici, Bourbon, and Borgia dynasties; and great scientific minds like Leonardo da Vinci and Isaac Newton. Ultimately, she, and the reader, come face-to-face with Jesus Christ, Mary Magdalene, John the Baptist, Judas, and Salome in the pages of a deeply moving and powerful new gospel, the life of Jesus as told by Mary Magdalene.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:14:50 -0400)

Two thousand years ago, Mary Magdalene hid a set of scrolls in the rocky foothills of the French Pyrenees, a gospel that contained her own version of the events and characters of the New Testament. Protected by supernatural forces, these sacred scrolls could be uncovered only by a special seeker, one who fulfills the ancient prophecy of The Expected One. When journalist Maureen Pascal begins the research for a new book, she has no idea that she is stepping into an ancient mystery so secret, so revolutionary, that thousands have killed and died for it. Maureen's journey takes her from the dusty streets of Jerusalem to the cathedrals of Paris--and ultimately to search for the scrolls themselves.--From publisher description.… (more)

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