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The Expected One: A Novel par [McGowan, Kathleen]
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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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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 480 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0743299426
  • Editeur : Touchstone (25 juillet 2006)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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We should bow down before an author who has succeeded in turning the New Testament into a soap opera, Jesus into a ninny, and makes His women disciples sound like dumb blondes. Hosanna!
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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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HASH(0x94a2f3b4) étoiles sur 5 A great debut to what will hopefully be a great series! 21 août 2006
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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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HASH(0x94a2f408) étoiles sur 5 A wonderful read! 19 août 2006
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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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HASH(0x94a2f840) étoiles sur 5 Two and a half stars... 20 juin 2007
Par Cynthia K. Robertson - Publié sur
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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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HASH(0x94a2fc0c) étoiles sur 5 Not what it's hyped up to be.... 27 septembre 2006
Par C. Drakulic - Publié sur
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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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HASH(0x94a2fcf0) étoiles sur 5 A Disappointment 28 novembre 2007
Par Gregg Eldred - Publié sur
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This book has a bit of personal history. We were in Michigan, at a Borders, when I overhead a couple of women talking about it. The reason they were buying it? Their church told them not to. That piqued my interest, as well as the "50% off" sticker that was affixed to the cover.

The Expected One, by Kathleen McGowan, begins with a woman writing a passage in "The Gospel of Mary Magdalene" in the year 72 AD. It flashes forward nineteen hundred years to a murder and a woman experiencing visions. It is the woman with the visions, Maureen Paschal, that this novel centers. Maureen is researching a new book on Mary Magdalene, and her travels take her from Jerusalem to the south of France. It is in France that she learns that she could the The Expected One, the one that will locate the lost gospel of Mary. These lost writings will reveal Mary's love affair with Jesus, her role in early Christianity, details on her children (some from her marriage to Jesus), and a first person account of the crucifixion. As you might expect, there are those that do not want the gospel found and want to stop Maureen and her associates.

There is a lot of background in this novel, as McGowan weaves in passages from "The Gospel of Mary Magdalene" and Maureen's visions. The early portions of the book seemed to unfold slowly (thus, it took a few starts and stops to get me back to reading) but the second half of the book really picked up. I thought that there were quite a few loose ends, but I now see that this book is intended to be the first part of a trilogy. Good thing. I didn't understand why McGowan introduced some fanatical elements, only to discard them midway through the book. Perhaps they were there as placeholders for what is to come. Also, some other loose ends were neatly wrapped up at the end, which didn't really make sense after the build-up. Again, I expect that McGowan will expand upon those parts in a later novel.

Take the time to read the Afterword, as it provides the reader with additional information on McGowan's extensive research, and thoughts, that ended in the writing of this book. And it isn't everyday that you read the Acknowledgements and find a "Thank You" to Jackson Browne.

Overall, if it wasn't that it was 50% off and some people were told not to read it, I never would have picked it up. And the fact that it took me so long to get through it, tells me that it is a book that I wouldn't recommend. However, now that I have started her trilogy, I will have to find out how it all ends. So, McGowan has pulled me into her orbit. But the next books will come from the library.
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