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The Expected One: A Novel [Format Kindle]

Kathleen McGowan
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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 HatedHeroines. 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.
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This title shares a similarity of subject matter with THE DA VINCI CODE--the possibility of a Gospel written by Christ's wife and apostle, Mary Magdalene. But THE EXPECTED ONE takes a different approach. As read by Linda Emond, this story of a Magdalene descendant, writer Maureen Paschal, is certainly a spiritual quest. But it deals with the inner lives of the characters rather than focusing on a physical search for evidence. Emond's approach is low-key; her command of accents (American, French, Scots, Italian, and Irish) is never permitted to upstage the characters. The author's claim to be a Magdalene descendant and her afterword add further interest. C.E.W. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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Une lecture très instructive, des informations, une formulation et un contenu très vastes.
A conseiller à tous ceux qui s'intéressent à ce qui fait sens sur cette terre.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A great debut to what will hopefully be a great series! 21 août 2006
Par DevJohn01 - Publié sur Amazon.com
After reading 'THE DAVINCI CODE' a few years ago I became very interested in the various theories surrounding the relationship between Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene. However, with the emergence of so many religious thrillers I was a bit wary when I received 'THE EXPECTED ONE'in the mail. I did not want to read a 'DAVINCI CODE' clone, but the premise sounded interesting so I decided to go ahead and read it, and to my surprise the only similarity between 'THE EXPECTED ONE' and 'THE DAVINCI CODE' was that both stories centered around Jesus and Mary Magdalene but that is certainly where they end. As a non-practicing Christian I credited 'THE DAVINCI CODE' with introducing me to theories and ideas that I never knew existed and after having read 'THE EXPECTED ONE' I can now credit Kathleen McGowan with something much more important...increasing my faith. Granted, that is a bold statement when referring to a work of fiction, however, McGowen does a remarkable job at humanizing Jesus, Mary Magdalene, The Virgin Mary and his disciples.

'THE EXPECTED ONE' centers around Maureen Pashal, a scholar who is also the prophesied "expected one", the one who will finally uncover the much coveted and feared Mary Magdalene gospel. Maureen journeys from Jerusalem, a small Virginian town with strong ties to Mary Magdalene, Louisiana and finally France to find her true destiny and a truth about her family that has been hidden from her since she was a child. While most of the story centers around Maureen's journey it is the passages that focus on the life of Jesus that really put this book a step ahead of many religious thrillers.

McGownan, while taking a huge risk, does an exceptional job at retelling one of histories oldest stories by focusing more on Jesus the man instead of the messiah. She tells a story that we all know inside and out from a new perspective and giving motives for the actions of those who surrounded Jesus such as Peter, Judas, Pontius Pilate and many others, she showed the conflict that these people felt at the choices they had to make. She also shows how everything in life is not always black and white, not even 2,000 years ago. She also offers the reader a twist on this centuries old story that is quite unexpected but also quite believable in her telling. However, the most amazing thing she has done in this story is keeping away from placing blame on the Catholic Church as many felt 'THE DAVINCI CODE' did. It is clear that Kathleen McGowAn has very strong beliefs about what happened all those years ago but her faith is also very apparent in this novel.

While this is clearly a work of fiction McGowan's retelling of the story of Jesus and Mary Magdalene did serve to increase my faith and made me want to look further into their lives by not only reading various other non-fiction books about Jesus and Mary, but it also made me want to read the only true account of Jesus' life, The Bible. For anyone who's interest was piqued by 'THE DAVINCI CODE, 'THE EXPECTED ONE' is highly recommended!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A wonderful read! 19 août 2006
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
This book is absolutely wonderful in this new age of bringing hidden truths into the open. For someone who likes a good novel, simply for a good read, its great. For those whom like to consider alternative truths, its great. An all around great read, whatever your personal truth is. I picked it up and absolutely could not put it down.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Two and a half stars... 20 juin 2007
Par Cynthia K. Robertson - Publié sur Amazon.com
After just finishing The Alexandria Link by Steve Berry, I found the The Expected One by Kathleen McGowan was very similar: the history was interesting by the plot was a stretch.

In The Expected One, Maureen Paschal is a writer and journalist who just published a book about women in history. One of her subjects was Mary Magdalene. Paschal doesn't buy into the theory that Magdalene was the bride of Jesus and escaped with their children to France after the Crucifixion. However, Paschal has visions of Mary and eventually finds herself in France, trying to find out more about Mary and also, why Mary is appearing to her. In this beautiful section of France, there is a group called The Society of the Blue Apples. This society believes that not only did Mary Magdalene live in France, but she's hidden a special treasure here than can only be discovered by "the Shepherdess." They believe that Paschal is this long-awaited person. But at the same time, there is another secret group called The Guild of the Righteous. They believe that the true Messiah was John the Baptist, not Jesus Christ. And they will stop at nothing to suppress new discoveries about the life of Mary Magdalene.

There is some interesting history to be found in The Expected One. I never knew of the Cathars, an early group of Christians who found disfavor with Rome. They were the only Christian group targeted by the Crusades. They were a dominant and prosperous culture until "close to a million people were slaughtered by papal forces." The Expected One also covered some of the same subject matter covered in The Alexandria Link with regards to problems with translations of the Bible. As McGowan writes, "History is not what happened. History is what was written down." But overall, I think The Expected One was just a little too bizarre. It's not that I don't believe that Mary Magdalene couldn't have been the wife of Christ and escaped to France. I just don't believe it as McGowan tells her view of events.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Not what it's hyped up to be.... 27 septembre 2006
Par C. Drakulic - Publié sur Amazon.com
I found this book to be somewhat mediocre.. I almost felt as if it was a "Da Vinci Code" wannabe. It was good at some parts, very interesting and does make you wonder, but just wasn't convincing enough. After Da Vinci Code, I found myself actually thinking about things I would read, or looking closely at pictures of the Last Supper and reflecting back on what I read in the book.. This book did not enthrall or bind me in the same way. It's worth the read if you would like to expand your ideas about religion, but if you loved Da Vinci code, you might be disappointed as it is far from being as captivating as that.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Disappointing 11 septembre 2006
Par Jason S. Fullenwider - Publié sur Amazon.com
After readfing the Da Vinci Code, I was a little diappointed that the story "ended early." I saw this book as a continuation of the Jesus/Mary story, but it really ruined the moment for me. I wish I hadn't read it.

The book's mean spirited treatment of biblical characters I found appalling. John the Baptist and Mary as a couple, could be plausible, but she has John smacking her around.

On the whole I found this book trivial and lacking any of the spiritual wonder of the DVC. This reads like a harlequin romance novel with an agenda, and one writen by a highschooler at that.

This book is not about Mary or jesus, it's about the writer and what appears to be "channeled," newagey fantasies and bad poems that are supposedly ancient scriptures.

I didn't read the bits until after where she claims this her own, real life experience, and that she wrote it as fiction because it's so dangerous for her to tell it as real life, yet there she goes telling everyone who will listen apparently that it's all really true. The whole business is preposterous and it really seems like she read Holy Blood and recast herself as Pierre Plantard in some attempt to make herself special. What's worse is that she demeans Jesus and Mary and a host of biblical characters by using them as foils for her alter ego "maureen." Not so much blasphemous as insulting my intelligence.
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