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The Expected One: Book One of the Magdalene Line

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ISBN13: 9780743299428
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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.

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"The standard religious-thriller architecture is evident in McGowan's much-heralded debut, which coincidentally shares similarities with The Da Vinci Code (e.g., murders, Vatican interference, nefarious secret societies), but mostly the characters sit and talk about biblical history and the search for Magdalene-connected treasure. Biblical dreams and visions plague American Maureen Paschal, author of the bestselling HERstory — a Defense of History's Most Hated Heroines. When she travels to France's mysterious Languedoc region at the urging of Magdalene scholar Lord Berenger Sinclair, Maureen finds what has eluded centuries of treasure hunters — the original Magdalene scrolls that detail her love affair with Jesus, their marriage and the crucifixion. Though the author makes no effort to render these gospel excerpts in period prose, they're the most compelling part of a novel otherwise freighted with romance-fiction stylings and unadorned facts numbingly narrated. Originally self-published, this first of a trilogy has already sold foreign rights in 22 countries." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"This work, based on 20 years of research, may prove to be more controversial than Brown's book, as it addresses not only the possibility that Jesus and Mary Magdalene produced offspring but also that other biblical relationships may have differed from what the Catholic Church had ordained to be true." Library Journal

About the Author

Kathleen McGowan is an internationally published writer whose work has appeared on five continents and in at least fifteen languages. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three sons.

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lawmichigander, May 20, 2009 (view all comments by lawmichigander)
Ok everyone that reviews this book either bills it as 1) A work of fiction or 2) A work of fiction with the fact that the author is descended from Jesus.
I actually happen to know the history of this history and know she is full of "it". Lets see her genealogical proof and other history.
www. holy order of the crown of jerusalem .org

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the5thsister, May 21, 2008 (view all comments by the5thsister)
I've read the book twice, and thoroughly enjoyed it both times. I think it's important to remember that the author presents the 'story' as just that, a work of fiction. While there are certainly facts scattered through the book, there is clearly some artistic license taken. In my opinion, the focus of this work is not to slap you in the face with 'substaniated fact', but more to open your mind to possibilites, and to show that history is NOT in fact what is true... but what is written. I'm very much looking forward to Book 2 of the Magdalene Line.
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ianbclarke, January 10, 2007 (view all comments by ianbclarke)
The Expected One is not only a fascinating novel, with intrigue, action & suspense, but a remarkable insight into a legend that has existed for 2,000 years about Mary Magdelene. The conclusions only differ slightly to what has been generally accepted within many quarters as fact. A thoroughly recomended read for any ready for a challenge to their beliefs.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743299428
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Mcgowan, Kathleen
Author:
McGowan, Kathleen
Publisher:
Touchstone
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Religious - General
Subject:
Mary Magdalene
Copyright:
Publication Date:
July 2006
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The standard religious-thriller architecture is evident in McGowan's much-heralded debut, which coincidentally shares similarities with The Da Vinci Code (e.g., murders, Vatican interference, nefarious secret societies), but mostly the characters sit and talk about biblical history and the search for Magdalene-connected treasure. Biblical dreams and visions plague American Maureen Paschal, author of the bestselling HERstory — a Defense of History's Most Hated Heroines. When she travels to France's mysterious Languedoc region at the urging of Magdalene scholar Lord Berenger Sinclair, Maureen finds what has eluded centuries of treasure hunters — the original Magdalene scrolls that detail her love affair with Jesus, their marriage and the crucifixion. Though the author makes no effort to render these gospel excerpts in period prose, they're the most compelling part of a novel otherwise freighted with romance-fiction stylings and unadorned facts numbingly narrated. Originally self-published, this first of a trilogy has already sold foreign rights in 22 countries." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "This work, based on 20 years of research, may prove to be more controversial than Brown's book, as it addresses not only the possibility that Jesus and Mary Magdalene produced offspring but also that other biblical relationships may have differed from what the Catholic Church had ordained to be true."
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