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The Expected One (Magdalene Line Trilogy #1)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  4,910 ratings  ·  641 reviews
When journalist Maureen Paschal 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.
Two thousand years ago, Mary Magdalene hid a set of scrolls in the French Pyrenees: the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, her version of the life of Jesus and the events of
Hardcover, 449 pages
Published July 25th 2006 by Touchstone Books (first published 2006)
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Sep 25, 2007 Alison rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
This book would have been an exciting read similar to The DaVinci Code, except that the author has actually convinced herself that SHE is the main character...a descendant of Jesus and Mary Magdalene. The parallels between herself (if you read about her on the jacket) and the main character distract from the plot, and eventually just grate on your nerves. In short, this woman is nuts.
The Expected One explores the long untold story of Mary Magdalene. It follows a journalist as she begins to investigate that much maligned woman following a series of visions that she believes are guiding her towards something--and finds out much more than she had anticipated, including her own role in the story that, after 2,000 years, is still being played out.

The story told in this book is an interesting one, although the writing wasn't the greatest. (Nor, however, is it the worst--it's merel
Ben Babcock
I never thought this day would come. Ladies and gentlemen, I have found a book that rivals The Art Thief for the title of "Worst Book I Have Ever Read [and Finished:]." What begins as innocuous conspiracy-orientated historical fiction ends up becoming a delusional and boring dissertation on the "truth" behind Mary Magdalene.

Conspiracy theories attract us because they appeal to our innate need for order and relationships; they draw connections among disparate elements of society and history. It's
The Expected One challenges what we think we know of the life and times of Jesus Christ & Mary Magdalene, in a modern conspiratorial form, but lacking the false sense of mystery and overwrought crypticism of such tales as the Davinci Code. It has excerpts from the Gospel of Mary Magdalene and really gives a loving and honored sense of the day to day rituals and life of biblical times. It also recounts several people and tales from the Bible that never sat right with me as a child, and having ...more
Some of the book caught my interest, but then there was too much "filler" and I got bored. It took me months to finish this book and I read probably 20 others in the meantime. It started to get pretty good toward the end. Then I realized that the author actually believed this stuff and is rather strange. It's a good premise for a fiction "what if" but loses its luster when it becomes fanaticism.
Deborah Joyner
Worthless. Okay that's a bit harsh, but this was the only thing I had to read while waiting to be called for jury duty. So, this novel, very loosely based on the real experiences of the author, is about that elusive (or not so elusive) bloodline of Jesus and Mary Magdalene. A historian, Marilyn Paschal, find herself having incredible realistic dreams and visions of Mary Magdalene's life, and after finding a ring in the Holy Land, Paschal gets pulled into a web of conspiracies between competing M ...more
Sep 25, 2008 أروى rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ثريا،أماني
كلما أردت أن أكتب عن هذا الكتاب توقفت..ولم أعرف من أين أبدأ
قررت أن أبدأ بقول الكاتبة التي أوردته في آخر فصل من الكتاب
:تقول الكاتبة

"إني، منذ عهد بعيد ، مسكونة بهاجس رواية الحكايات العظيمة التي لم يسردها أحد وكشف طبقات التجربة الإنسانية المطمورة بصمت،وعن عمد أحياناً لإعتبارات أكاديمية، وكما تذكرنا بطلة الرواية مورين"ليس التاريخ ما حدث فعلاً، التاريه هو ما دوّن". فما نعرفه ونقبل به كوقائع تاريخية يكون غالباً من وضع مؤلف ذي غايات سياسية . وقد حولني هذا الفهم إلى باحثة في التراث الشعبي الشفهي، وأ
Another Mary Magdalane story - a cheap imitation of the DaVinci Code. Do your self a favor and read something else.
Aliaa Mohamed
أود الاعتراف اننى أعشق هذه النوعية من الروايات ، فبعد قراءتى لرواية " اللوح الأزرق " وكنت دائمة البحث عن عمل ع شاكلته حتى وجدت ضالتى بالصدفة البحتة فى رواية " سر مريم المجدلية " ، فبمجرد قراءتى لنبذة تلك الرواية حتى صرخت وقلت وجدتها أخيراً !!

الرواية باختصار تدور حول بعدين زمنيين يربط بينهما شئ وثيق ، البعد الزمنى الحديث عن صحفية وكاتبة تدعى " مورين " وقامت بتأليف كتاب عن النساء المضطهدات ع مر التاريخ من بينهن مريم المجدلية ، ومن هنا يظهر البعد الزمنى القديم المتمثل ف صفحات منفردة بين فصول الروا
Mashael Alamri
إني، منذ عهد بعيد ، مسكونة بهاجس رواية الحكايات العظيمة التي لم يسردها أحد وكشف طبقات التجربة الإنسانية المطمورة بصمت،وعن عمد أحياناً لإعتبارات أكاديمية، وكما تذكرنا بطلة الرواية مورين"ليس التاريخ ما حدث فعلاً، التاريخ هو ما دوّن". فما نعرفه ونقبل به كوقائع تاريخية يكون غالباً من وضع مؤلف ذي غايات سياسية . وقد حولني هذا الفهم إلى باحثة في التراث الشعبي الشفهي، وأنا أجد متعة في نبش الثقافات من منابعها باحثة عن المؤرخين المحليين ورواة القصص التقليدين لسبر أغوار التاريخ البشري الحقيقي"

رواية استندت

مع انتهاء صفحات هذه الرواية ستدرك أن بعض التفاصيل الصغيرة في شخصية لورين باسكال "في الرواية" مستوحاة من شخصية و ظروف عاشتها الكاتبة كاتلين مارك غوان " اعترف أن الأمر اثأر استغرابي /أحلامها عن المسيح و ألامه و معرفتها بسر عائلتها كون جديها عضوين في جماعة البنائيين الأحرار كما الفت كاتلين كتاب عن النساء اللواتي أسيء فهمهن في التاريخ و هنا بدأ هاجسها بالمجدلية (تماما كلورين بطلة روايتها) و عيد ميلادها المرتبط بأحد نبوءات مريم المجدلية

عن مريم المجدلية

مريم المجدلية شخصية أثارت الكثير من الجدل البعض
A fun fictional and religious romp! Similar to The Da Vinci Code, but more imaginative and well-written.

The Afterward was oddly confessional, and just odd; I am not sure what to think of Kathleen McGowan's claims that her presentation of ancient history is more than fiction: that, indeed, her work is "taken from previously undisclosed source material [which has] never been released to the public before" (438). Alas, she does not disclose her sources either, "in order to protect the sacred natur
Lessil Richards
Truly amazing read. I am a published author myself. This novel made me feel like an amateur in comparison. I read and re-read at least thirty of the poor ratings on this book and am flabbergasted at the reaction and review others gave of this book. I am religious and spiritual, but I pride myself on being open minded as well. My only conclusions I can draw from the one star reviews is that some people may not be open minded. Perhaps they are brain washed. I really do not intend to add to the con ...more
Dec 24, 2007 Erica rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: interfolks ested in reconstructed Bible stories, the women of the Bible, secret societies, etc.
I continue to be fascinated by the cult of Mary as it existed in the early church thru to the present. How overjoyed am I that there is another cult of Mary (the "other" Mary--Mary Magdalene) that exists parallel to the church! The book obviously begs the comparison to the Da Vinci Code and other books of that ilk. But this "novel" goes beyond the present day investigations of the author to visit the fictionalized historical characters, explore their documented lives, and mine the theoretical po ...more
This book was as powerful as The Da Vinci Code and much more exciting. Kathleen takes her readers into a whole new world that merges faith, history and lessons we can all learn from our lives and the lives of our ancestors. I HIGHLY reccomend this book... and can't wait to read Kathleen's next project "The Book of Love".
Marcy Theobald
What food for thought! This is the fictional story of a writer/professor who goes on a journey that leads her to discover the lost Gospel of Mary Magdalene, which the author of this novel suggests is real and was discovered about 15 years ago in France in a location where many historians suggest Mary lived out the last 30 years of her life. Within this book, the author includes what she claims is actual translations from the Arques Gospel (Mary's Gospel). Through the Gospel we learn that Mary wa ...more
Jennifer (JC-S)
‘What is truth?’

Two thousand years ago, Mary Magdalene hid a set of scrolls in the French Pyrenees. These scrolls contained her version of the events and characters of the New Testament and are protected, awaiting the arrival of The Expected One.

‘You have to look very carefully to see it for what it is.’

Maureen Paschal is the author of a book examining the truth about the ill-treatment of women in history. Her subjects include Mary Magdalene and, shortly after being given an unusual ring in a J
The first sin of this book was presenting a main character without giving us any reason to love her. We were told she wore Manolos, she was a successful author, had a fancy condo, AND people thought she was the reincarnation of Mary Magdalene. Meanwhile I'm thinking, "Who gives a sh*t?". Oh wait. Apparently the author, who from the jacket cover is a dead ringer for "Maureen" even down to the signature ring, ADORES her. Please.

Toss in stilted, amateurish prose and an overload of conspiracy theory
أجمل كتاب قرأته على الإطلاق

ازدادت معرفتي للمسيحية بشكل كبير ، عشقت المسيح و تعلقت بالمجدلية
لا استطيع قول المزيد ، رائعة و كفى

Wan Ni
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Let me start by saying that whether or not you believe some of the less spiritual beliefs on the subject of Mary Magdalene, it should not keep you from reading this book.

This book is about a woman, Maureen, who starts having visions of events related to Mary Magdalene and Jesus. Events related to the crucifixion and the resurrection. She begins to research these events only to open and draw out skeletons from her own closet.

There is some very good historical references in this book. I like h
I found myself completely fascinated by the premise of this book. I wouldn't call myself religious by any stretch of the word, but I did grow up in a Lutheran family. One of the things I remember about all those Sunday School mornings and sermons was the overwhelming propagation of the idea of Mary Magdalene being a prostitute [I specifically remember a whole hour of Sunday School dedicated to teaching us the difference between the Biblical Mary's].

This book makes the whole story much more palat
Maureen, journaliste américaine, arpente les ruelles de la vieille Jérusalem quand un énigmatique marchand lui glisse une bague au doigt.

Aussitôt, elle est assaillie par des " visions " : elle perçoit des signes, entend des voix. Qui est cette femme, belle et éplorée, qui lui rend visite depuis un autre monde ? Que cherche-t-elle à lui dire ?

Maureen vient de plonger sans le savoir au cœur de l'énigmatique légende de Marie Madeleine... En se lançant sur les traces de la prostituée des Evangiles
Anshul Thakur
This is a trilogy and maybe that is why, the plot takes more than the first half of the book to start off. Even then, the plot isn’t that gripping that I’d cling on to the book till late nights. It was like a rocket that failed to fire. Overwhelming use of adjectives at places makes the language excessively belabored and obnoxiously irritating. But in the end, it was neither a Fiction thriller, nor a well-researched theory and by the time it ended, I had this pent up feeling, thank God it’s over ...more
"ألفا سنة من الصراع ولا يزال الحق ضد العالم كله"

أعترف انى كنت متخيلاها مجرد رواية ، وكنت منبهرة بيها جدا .. وحاسة بروح دان براون فى الحبكة .. بس جيت عند الخاتمة واكتشفت ان الكاتبة حبت توثق أبحاثها ودراساتها فى سياق أدبى ..

ماعنديش أى خلفية عن الاحداث التاريخية ، وان كانت خلتنى أحط إيدى على خيوط كتيرة للبحث
الرواية عموما بتتكلم عن شخصية مريم المجدلية ، وبتحاول تنصفها من الزيف اللى لحق بيها على مر التاريخ ..

الرواية عظيمة ، ولكاتبة اقنعتنى بكل أحداثها
الاسلوب كان حلو جدا واحلى ما فيه انى كل ما آجى
This was the first book I've given up on. It kept getting compared to Dan Brown so I thought I'd read it. Within the first couple chapters you already know what the rest of the book is going to be about and nothing changes, nothing new is added, and there was nothing in the story to keep me interested.
I really enjoyed this book. It offers a well-thought out argument to the possibiliy of the existence of a hidden gospel of Mary Magdelene. The writings themselves as depicted were realistic and believable, and served to humanize Jesus and explain some things that are only briefly touched on in the New Testament. The tone of the book was uplifting despite the intruigue and occasional violence. It is not a copycat Da Vinci Code book where there are endless puzzles and many twists and turns, althou ...more
Feb 15, 2011 Janice marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to finish this book because I was interested in the subject matter and I gave it an honest try. I probably listened to about 2/3's of it. Perhaps this was a book that needed to be read in book format instead of audio format. Or perhaps it needed more than one narrator to help with differentiating the characters.

I found the beginning of the book to be confusing. It bounced around between times, locations, and people so quickly. The whole purpose of Mary Magdeleine's book was uncle
Ok. So I tried really hard to get into this book and brush aside all the completely false and terrible misinterpretations of the Christian religion, but I'm afraid I failed. I didn't even complete the book. Again, not from lack of trying but from the inability to read such nonsense. I didn't get upset in the reading more like disturbed. I know it is an author's (a poor,sad, and competely in-the-dark author's) story of how things possibly could have happened. But, it was just too much. Making Joh ...more
What a disappointment! As the first book of a trilogy surrounding Mary Magdalene, I had great hopes for this book. As it is, I don't think I'll be moving on to the others unless I get desperately bored trying to find something to read (& from the looks of my to-read bookshelf that won't be happening any time soon!)

Hugh (my husband) read this book too and when I was describing my thoughts on it to him, he said, "It's a 'DaVinci Code' wannabe without Dan Brown, DaVinci, the good characters or
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Kathleen McGowan is an internationally published writer whose work has appeared on five continents and in at least fifteen languages. She is notable for her claim to be the descendant of Jesus of Nazareth and Mary Magdalene
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