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3.40  ·  Rating Details  ·  550 Ratings  ·  131 Reviews
A lost past. A hidden Gospel. A shocking discovery.

It's 1948, and British nurse Gemma Bastian travels to Cairo to close the affairs of her late father, staying at the home of David Lazar, her father's oldest friend, and his enigmatic sons. While she's there she stumbles across her father's last and most closely guarded archaeological project, one that could change the Ch
Hardcover, 374 pages
Published July 20th 2006 by Riverhead Books (first published 2006)
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Aug 16, 2015 Morana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Uskrsnuće", T. Malarkey; prava je avanturistička knjiga, kakve ja volim povremeno pročitati.. Egzotične lokacije, tajni artefakti, vožnje Nilom pa devom kroz pustinju... baš mi je pasalo... noćas... u iščekivanju kiše.. :)
Malo o radnji; neposredno nakon 2.svj. rata Emma Bastian leti iz Londona u Egipat saznavši da joj je otac, arheolog, pronađen mrtav. Naravno, tata je za sobom ostavio razne tragove, sakrivene poruke, a sve s ciljem da se izgubljena evanđelja iz Nag Hamadija objave svijetu, bud
I ended up enjoying Resurrection despite its slow start. The book follows Gemma Bastin as she travels to Egypt to settle the affairs of her recently deceased father. Upon arriving in Cario, Gemma is taken in by her father's friend, David Lazar. Gemma stays at the Lazar's home getting to know the family, including David's two son's Michael and Anthony. While clearing her father's office, Gemma begins to discover what her father, an archaeologist, was working on; the location of lost scriptures th ...more
Apr 02, 2009 Kurt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up because I'm fascinated by early Christianity and it's myth, and antiquity in general, and I love novels where educated people couch their story in the frame of history - I found it to be overall not an un-enjoyable read, but a bit disappointing.

Perhaps my perspective of Malarkey's effort at the novel is askew since I've read many of the Nag-Hammadi texts (and find them not as mysterious as she tries to make them) and many of the acknowledged sources for her book (which som
Feb 08, 2015 Brittany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second time I have read Resurrection. The first time I would have given it five stars solely based on content. I've said it to many people and I will say it again: This book completely changed my way of thinking. I honestly had no idea that any other gospels existed until I read Resurrection and I think that is a complete shame. Even though this is a novel and a work of fiction, it changed my faith and made it so much stronger. As far as the actual story, it is intriguing and made me ...more
Patricia Uttaro
Oct 29, 2013 Patricia Uttaro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Growing up in an Irish Catholic family in the 1960s and 70s was an experience steeped in church-every-Sunday, frilly white communion dresses, tiny silver crucifixes on delicate little chains, nuns enveloped in billowing habits, and don’t-you-dare-lean-your-behind-on-the-pew-when-you’re-kneeling instructions from Mom & Dad. I can tell you with much certainty that the Catholic Catechism I used in Sr. Paul Regina’s religion class sure didn’t have anything in it about the Gnostic Gospels.

As I’ve
Feb 10, 2008 Val rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: DaVinci junkies;religious seekers
Recommended to Val by: Ann
Thought provoking historical novel set after WWII in Egypt, dealing with the discovery of the "Lost Gospels" at Nag Hamadi and how they may offer an expanded/controversial view of Christianity that includes women in a central leadership role. Explores the complex and capricious way history is actually written, with "facts" a matter of opinion and arrangement. Will remind you of "Da Vinci Code" but not as much of a page turner. (The love story subplot was secondary for me, but was interesting in ...more
Dec 01, 2014 Ruthiella rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
Gemma Bastian, a nurse living in 1947 London, receives a letter from her archeologist father asking him to join him in Egypt. Enclosed in the letter is a strange parchment with unintelligible writing. Then the next day, Gemma learns her father is dead, allegedly of natural causes. She flies (I wouldn’t have thought commercial flights were that common in the late 1940’s, but maybe they were?) to Cairo to bury him and in the course of clearing his office at the museum, comes to the conclusion that ...more
Mar 12, 2009 Alice rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A bit slow at times and somewhat contrived. I am reading it because I am going to Egypt next week - a good plane read.

I found this book slow paced and going nowhere plotwise. The last third of the book is a bit better. The romances are quite ridiculous as are other events - contrived and stretching the feminist point. The only part I enjoyed is the history and some of the culture. Not really recommended.
Lynn Wilson
Nov 05, 2009 Lynn Wilson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has been described as "The Thinking person's DaVinci Code" and I would concur. Both novels deal with the suppression of the feminine within the teachings of the Christian Church. Resurrection deals directly with the discover of the gnostic gospels in Nag Hammadi and incorporates historical material. It's a fascinating read as a novel and educational as well. I love the combination of the two!

Apr 08, 2009 Susan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The topic was interesting (the lost gospels) and the setting had potential (Cairo) but the heroine and characters were predictable, unbelievable, or stereotypical. I was disappointed, but finished it anyway. Read it if you don't have anything else handy, but don't go out and buy it.
Lia Heath
Reminded me a bit of a Dan Brown novel, but slower paced. I found myself always waiting for a climax but never getting it. Still, I am fascinated by the subject matter of a Gnostic-based Christianity that has been buried by the church. And Egypt was a great setting for the story.
Jul 31, 2007 Danielle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A admit - a ridiculous last name - Malarkey!? but wonderful - brings you into a roving tale about Egypt and archaeology during the second WW.
Jul 14, 2008 Alicia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who questions the "gospel truth"
Recommended to Alicia by: Carolyn Phelan
Intriguing story along the lines of the DaVinci code but highlighting the gnostic gospels. Piqued my interest to read further.
Shala Howell
Jun 28, 2007 Shala Howell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Engrossing. It's one of those books that sends me off to read a bunch of others. Starting with the texts of the Gnostic Gospels.
Apr 05, 2009 Shawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
it took a long time to get the story rolling along. Other than that..not too bad.
Mar 13, 2009 Joyce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: someone who liked Mists of Avalon
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May 25, 2010 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, fiction
This book began with great potential, but tuckered out a bit at the end. However, I have to say I liked it better than most Davinci Code type biblical revelation book because it takes place in the historical setting of post-WWII. So along with the mystery of the Gnostic Gospels, there is also an emotional conflict about the characters coming to terms with rebuilding their lives. As Gemma learns more about her archeologist father’s work and his recent death, she also develops a deeper understandi ...more
Apr 18, 2013 Coleen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(3.5 stars) This was a fictional story based loosely on the discovery of the Lost Gospels. After her father dies somewhat unexpectedly & suspiciously while in Egypt, Gemma Bastian travels to Cairo to clean out his museum office, and subsequently begins to try to understand how & why he was possibly murdered. By reading his old journals & doing some research of her own, she gradually becomes involved herself in tracking down evidence of the lost, gnostic Gospels. The description of th ...more
Clif Hostetler
Feb 25, 2009 Clif Hostetler rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
The subtitle on the cover says, "A Lost Past, A Hidden Gospel, A Monumental Discovery." This introduction places the reader into the correct frame of mind to expect a story that takes itself seriously. This novel purports to be about a discovery that can change human history.

The novel Resurrection provides the reader with a primer on the subject of finding, translation, trading and selling of early Christian manuscripts. The novel is written around the historical events surrounding the finding
May 24, 2012 Cheryl rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There was something about this book that never quite got there. There were hints of a good book in there, but for the most part it was slow, with a contrived love triangle that didn't have any legs, and no depth to the plot. I wanted it to be really good because the whole concept is interesting. Egyptology: check; post-WWII: check; exciting archaeological finds: check; a heroine with an interesting story: check; one suitable hero: check; bad guys: check. But, when it was put together it never qu ...more
Sep 28, 2012 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hist-fic
British army nurse Gemma Bastion is struggling to recover from the horrors of WWII when her archaeologist father dies in Cairo. She travels there for his memorial service, staying at the home of his closest friend. Very shortly, it becomes apparent that he must have been murdered, and Gemma determines to discover how and why. As she clears out his office at the archaeology museum, she comes to suspect that his work, centering upon ancient papyrus scrolls, lead directly to his death.

Author Malar
I like stories that arouse my curiosity and set me on a path to learn more facts. There were a few flaws in the actual storytelling, but I overlooked them because I was so intrigued by search for the Lost Gospels. Did feel the romance elements were a bit soap-operish. There were also a few loose ends. Was Gemma's father really murdered? Was it a mirage that Anthony saw at the end? Actually glad this question is not answered!
Several reviewers on the cover called this book "the thinking person's Da Vinci Code". I guess I can see the similarities, but I prefer not to even go near the Da Vinci Code. I couldn't stand that book.

Resurrection deals with an archeological find of several "lost gospels" from the New Testament time period and the ensuing chase to possess them. Museums and private collectors are in hot pursuit and several people are murdered. While Resurrection has a lot of subject matter I disagree with, it wa
Bobby J. Hill Jr.
Jul 11, 2007 Bobby J. Hill Jr. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who enjoy slow-building novels.
The story was interesting. But the novel moved so slow. But it kept me interested. As a reader I could feel the strain in some of the character's actions and relationships.

Okay, now the story. It's about the discovery of the gnostic gospels. As a christian I was a bit outraged at certain parts of the book. The book includes texts from the gnostic gospels themselves and builds theories off of them. The conspiracies don't go as far as The Da Vinci Code but they are offensive. The problem is that,
Helga Soenimanggar
when i read this book what i imagine was Egypt and make me put interest with this country. so many history, myth and story of this land. and so many interesting came up about digs about old city under the sand. What they get on papyrus can shocked all over the world. and nothing predictable, always unpredictable thing.many script found in Egypt.Thomas script found and many words can shocked our world even our belief. War that destructed Gemma and Michael world, amke them be closer and understand ...more
Ginnie Leiner
Jul 11, 2009 Ginnie Leiner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
...isolation is not the answer. We must be braver than that...God exists in the space between us, when we reach out for each other. We find him when we seek each other."

A lovely story about haunted, damaged people looking for answers in post WWII Cairo and the true story of the discovery of the Gnostic Gospels. Beautifully written with the sparseness of the desert in which it takes place. All that is superficial is scourched away leaving only the essential. What is God, how do we find him, what
Sep 09, 2014 Susan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The book said it was a mystery. The only mystery I found was why it earned any accolades at all. It tried to be too many things; a romance, a mystery, a novel based on a true story, a history of gnosticism; and only was marginally successful at any of it. The characters were so shallow and bland that I would not have cared one bit if a sandstorm had buried them all. The only interesting thing about it were the quotes from the texts discovered in the desert.
Lauren Mcclusick
This book was not written to it's best advantage. I was intrigued by the story of the lost gospels but the book used that as a sub-plot to further the story of the heroine whom I thought was a little wishy-washy. She was realistic in this manner I guess, but the attempted love triangle was just that, attempted. I didn't want Gemma to end up with either brother because they were both one-toned characters who treated her awfully. I would've liked more focus on the gospels. The ending of the novel ...more
"Resurrection" tells the story of Gemma, a nurse whose father, an archaeologist, dies mysteriously in Egypt after the end of WWII. She travels from Britain to Egypt, not sure exactly what she'll find. Gemma discovers that her father studied a set of gospels lost to Christianity, which some people will do anything to keep lost.

Some reviewers have compared this book to "The Da Vinci Code," and I can see where they're coming from. Both books deal with the subject of women in Christianity. However,
Jun 05, 2009 Jim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Just finished listening to the unabridged novel "Resurrection" by Tucker Malarkey. It had alot of promise. Having recently viewed the movie (and listened to the book) The Da Vinci Code, this novel could have been really interesting. I say could, as it turned out not to be very interesting.

As the story unfolded, the daughter of a missing researcher goes to the Holy Land to find her missing father. I turns out that he was dead; curse? natural causes? murder??? There is a sub-plot about the now fam
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Tucker Malarkey was raised in San Francisco. She attended Georgetown University and was then hired by the Washington Post where she spent the next four years working on the Foreign Desk and then with columnist Haynes Johnson on the book, SLEEPWALKING THROUGH HISTORY, a best-selling account of the Reagan years. Before accepting a magazine job in New York, she decided to go to Africa for three month ...more
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